Move over Downton Abbey, the Brandywine Valley is where the du Pont family, one of the wealthiest American families, built a trail of stately mansions and gardens to rival the great homes of Europe. The holiday season finds these magnificent mansions and gardens graced with finery fitting “America’s Castles”.
A Longwood Christmas runs from November 23, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Inside wander through the Conservatory and view a wonderland of fanciful topiaries, twinkling lights and crystal ornaments adorning more than 50 holiday trees. Outdoors dancing fountains, strolling carolers and a dazzling half-million twinkling lights delight guests of all ages. The décor is French inspired and truly c’est magnifique! Tickets are for specific dates and times and sell out quickly – go online to purchase today.
Yuletide at Winterthur will showcase Henry Francis du Pont’s ancestral home in seasonal splendor from November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Perennial favorite, Winterthur’s magnificent dried flower tree, is complimented with a royally inspired tree display. Special events such as a live performance of A Christmas Carol (by great- great grandson of Charles Dickens), Yuletide Wine & Jazz series and more will help to make your season bright!
Holidays at Hagley runs from November 24, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The 1803 du Pont ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature family decorations and holiday trees. Traditional favorites return including the Twelfth Night celebration in the dining room and Victorian Library’s Christmas for children. Glowing lights and grand poinsettias round out the holiday tableau.
Catch the holiday spirit with a visit to Nemours Mansion & Gardens November 18, 2017 through January 7, 2018. This world-famous du Pont estate is beautifully decorated for the holidays with antiques from its collection. Elegantly decorated trees, garlands and sprays; hand-painted ornaments, a manger scene, and original toys from the du Pont estate, complete this festive setting. Membership at any of the DuPont museums and gardens makes a great holiday gift!
Shopping is synonymous with the holidays and every one of these magnificent attractions has world-class gift shops. One of a kind gifts will delight anyone on your list so don’t miss the chance to get some holiday shopping done while you enjoy the holiday season in the Brandywine Valley.