PHOTOS: A Very Longwood Gardens Christmas

Did you know that it takes over a year for the staff at Longwood Gardens to plan and execute their annual Christmas festivities? Not to get ahead of ourselves, but they are already putting the finishing touches on organizing next year’s displays. That’s how grand and downright spectacular the lights, trees, and handcrafted scenes are at the iconic Kennett Square landmark. This year, the gardens have already welcomed thousands of visitors for their annual holiday extravaganza since it opened on Thanksgiving Day, and they’ll be hosting many more: They’re open until 10 p.m. throughout early January to accommodate the number of guests who want to bask in the glow of the magical lights. There’s even an entire tree made of thousands of hand-cut paper leaves and paper-mache penguins sliding down a mountain of silver dichondra!

If you can’t wait, we’ve brought a taste of the holiday gardens to you via the following pictures that capture the little extra something that Longwood presents throughout the holiday season. And, heck: we even included a picture of their award-winning bathroom (yes, you read that right.)