If you haven’t seen the Longwood Christmas, it is an absolute must see. The team of more than 100 staff members takes over a year in advance to plan the display. They hang 1,600 different handcrafted ornaments and more than 500,000 LED Christmas lights on more than 16,000 plants.
But, reading that doesn’t tell you what you need to know about the display. You really have to see it in person to understand.
Walking into the conservatory was the most amazing part of my most recent visit. Stars were hung from the ceiling with care, one of the most beautiful sights I will see this year.
Gorgeous flowers were everywhere. My favorite winter flower the amaryllis was in stunning bloom.
This is only the second time I’ve been to A Longwood Christmas. The last time we went, the kids were still in strollers and it was so crowded we didn’t get to see everything we wanted. But this year I went on a Thursday night – off-peak - so it felt almost like we had the place to ourselves at times.
And that’s a big hint. If you want to visit the gardens during their Christmas display – it really is best to do it off-peak (Monday-Friday except Dec 26-31). The ticket prices are less expensive and you’ll get to see everything without bumping into people along the way.
And the gardens aren’t just for the adults. While it is one of my favorite places to visit, the kids love it too. The lights are plentiful and there is something around every corner for them. Kids under 4 get in free, but off-peak kids and students (5-22) get in for just $8. And they can check out all the great kid friendly exhibits including the tree houses, indoor Children’s Garden (not just for summer fun) and the Garden Railway!
And for those of you who haven’t already done your holiday cards (like me) it’s a great place to get a photo for your holiday cards!
Let us know if you make the visit and don’t forget it is open until January 6th, so you have plenty of time!
This post was written as part of my participation in Longwood Garden’s “Star Blogger” program. I did receive free entry for the evening and a one-year family membership that we will use to keep up our family tradition of visiting the Gardens.