Indoor/outdoor at a Longwood Christmas

The Christmas rush has passed, and school hasn’t begun for 2018 yet, so what can a family do with ‘down’ time?

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., continues its Longwood Christmas through the first week of the new year. Winter temperatures are expected to stay in the frigid zones, and visitors can duck into the conservatory and restaurants to warm up before wandering the outside paths again.

This year’s conservatory highlights a French theme, in which apples, walnuts, and cranberries take center stage.13

“The floor of the Exhibition Hall mimics the strict lines and spaces of a French parterre garden. The center “pathway” of green apples and gold walnuts leads to a fountain, while apples and cranberries in the symmetrical flanking spaces form abstracted fleur-de-lis patterns on the floor…  Finally, none of the fruit will go to waste: when the display is dismantled in January, it will feed livestock at a local farm.”  –from the website.

Along with the hundreds of thousands of lights and the conservatory, check out the railway, listen to the strolling musicians and sing along with the organist.

Check online for ticket availability. Crowds are heavy.  Be aware that visitors will walk a healthy distance to the gardens and buildings from the parking lot, although handicapped visitors can be dropped off at the visitor center entrance. Wheelchair, scooter, and stroller rentals, electric scooters, wheelchairs, and children’s strollers are available for rent in the Visitor Center, on a first-come, first- served basis.

Longwood Gardens is about 70 miles from York or a 90-minute drive.