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Longwood Gardens to launch massive holiday light show

By Stephanie Levin

‘Tis the start of the season at Longwood Gardens. Beginning November 23, guests of the Kennett Square horticultural wonderland will be treated to a French-inspired holiday experience of the senses called A Longwood Christmas.

On Longwood’s 1,000-acre lot, visitors will behold over 100 trees sparkling with half-a-million lights. Many of the botanical garden’s most popular sights will also be on view, including the illuminated Italian Water Garden and a wildlife tree decorated with edible treats such as wheat, fruit and birdseed for local furry and winged friends. Fire pits, fashioned by craftsmen and local artists, are kindled each night to keep visitors warm and toasty on the trail.

Those who need a more substantial respite from the elements can step into the heated conservatory. Francophiles will be dazzled by an elaborately adorned table set with Versailles-inspired holiday decor, four acres of fragrant seasonal plants and botanical wonders and a colossal fir bedecked with blue, copper and gilded ornaments. Plus holiday-themed performances, organ sing-alongs and carolers are sure to get the Grinch-iest Grinch in the holiday spirit.

This winter wonderland runs through January 7, 2018. Timed admission tickets are required and available now by going here. The gardens are open daily from 9am to 10pm.

Tickets for adults 18 and older range from $23 to $30. Seniors (62 years and older) and college students (with ID) pay $20 to $27. Children ages 5 to 18 are $12 to $16; and kids 4 and under are free. (Before you leave, make sure to take your kids to see the landscaped garden railway. It’s a classic goodie.)

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