Longwood Gardens continues its well-deserved reputation for superlatives this Christmas season, with lights, Christmas trees, designs and music throughout the more than 1,000 acres of beauty.
Don’t be lulled into thinking the half-million lights are the only attraction. The conservatory is loaded with color–and lights– showing the ingenuity of the garden’s 1,500 employees. Orchids, waterfalls, Christmas trees decorated by local schools, and a play area for kids make this a stop worth making. And, it’s welcome relief to the season’s frigid temperatures.
Strolling minstrels, a gigantic trail layout, water fountains and bell choirs, concert choirs are stars. And, you can sing along with the organ performances.
All pathways are paved and wheelchair accessible.
Longwood Gardens is 70 miles from York, or a 90 minute drive. To get there, take US route 30 east for 43 miles. Take state route 41 south for 16 miles to US route 1 north, and follow the signs from there.
All Longwood Christmas tickets are timed, including members. The best bet is to buy tickets online. Visitors can purchase tickets at the door but if that time slot is sold out, they would wait until the next opening– if one comes up. Tickets for non-peak days are $23 and $30 for peak days.
From the Longwood website– This holiday season we look at the Christmas tree in a new light. Join us as we celebrate the Tree Reimagined with festive firs suspended from above, towering tannenbaums created from books to birdhouses to stained glass, and more traditional favorites elevated with surprising new twists.
Outdoors, gloriously illuminated trees lead you on an enchanting holiday journey through our Gardens. Stroll underneath floating orbs of light, watch as tree roots and branches take new illuminated life, and see our Main Fountain Garden as you’ve never seen it before. Warm up by our welcoming fire pits, listen to carolers, and relish in the wonder of A Longwood Christmas.