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November 21, 2017

What to expect at 'A Longwood Christmas' this year

Decorated conservatory' is 'reminiscent of the splendor of France’s Versailles'

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A Longwood Christmas Courtesy of Longwood Gardens/PhillyVoice

"A Longwood Christmas" opens on Thanksgiving.

Longwood Gardens' "A Longwood Christmas" will open for the 2017-2018 season on Thanksgiving. Each year, the botanical garden in Kennett Square decorates its grounds and its conservatory for the holidays.

The conservatory is truly wow-worthy this year, with topiaries, wreaths, ornate mirrors and more than 50 trees decorated with lights, garlands and ornaments. 

Look for thousands of floating cranberries, apples and gilded walnuts that create a grand mosaic, too.

Longwood Gardens describes the conservatory's holiday look as "reminiscent of the splendor of France’s Versailles."

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Outside, there's a dazzling 500,000 lights decorating trees and shrubbery on the grounds. 

Visitors can walk through the winter wonderland displays, watch as fountains dance to holiday music and join in sing-alongs with strolling carolers.

The beer garden will be open through the holiday season for those who want to grab dinner and drinks before or after exploring. This year, there's a new holiday brew on tap. Longwood Seasons: Cherry Oatmeal Stout was developed in partnership with Victory Brewing Co.

Timed admission tickets are required for "A Longwood Christmas." Before visiting, use the interactive "A Longwood Christmas" map to plan your route through the gardens.

"A Longwood Christmas" 2017-2018 Season

Thursday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
$12-$23 per person
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square