There is something about a lighted tree in a darkened landscape. The glow of light against the darkness, illuminating and beckoning, reminding us of the magic of childhood.
I found this magic at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square this Christmas. As we walked along the pathways lit by trees, I truly believed in the spirit of Christmas. One of my favorite light displays was a summer installation still on display for the Christmas season only – Light: Installations by Bruce Munro. 7,000 stems of light overlook Longwood’s Small Lake. Nearby was the Floating Tree display in the Large Lake, equally stunning!
If I had to choose a favorite, Longwood’s Conservatory has always been one, and this time was just as amazing as last winter’s visit. Walking in to the conservatory, a breath of Narcissis wrapped around me, touched by heady whiffs of lilies.
Everywhere I turned, there were more displays to ooh and ahh over. I wanted to linger in every single room and simply absorb the experience. I can’t wait to bring my family back in December to experience the magic for themselves.
Tips for Families Visiting Longwood Gardens
Taking children to Longwood Gardens has long been a Philadelphia tradition. Longwood is family-friendly with its wide paths, ramps for stroller access, and wonderful children’s garden. To make your family’s visit to Longwood a magical, memorable experience, keep these tips in mind when planning your trip.
- Best times for visiting: Tuesday through Friday
- Non-Peak Admission (Monday through Friday except 12/26 to 12/31): $18 for Adults, Children $8, Children Under 4 FREE
- All tickets are timed. Buy your tickets online before arriving to prevent waiting in the Visitor’s Center.
- Members can beat the crowds during Members-only hours on Nov. 26th, Dec. 3rd, 10th and 17th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- Have children wear layers that can be removed and carried when visiting the Conservatory.
- Bring a stroller for younger children since you’ll be covering a lot of ground.
- Borrow a smock when entering the Children’s Garden to keep your children dry while playing in the fountains.
- More Tips on Visiting
As a Longwood Star Blogger, I was given a tour of Longwood Garden’s Christmas display along with a year membership for my family. All opinions and amazement expressed in my post are purely my own. There will be more excitement as I share our future visits to Longwood.