The Brandywine Valley is often referred to as “Chateau Country” as Longwood Gardens majestic conservatory and the elegant mansions of the du Pont family grace the countryside. The holiday season is a special time at these attractions offering a sparkling glimpse into true American aristocracy.
A Longwood Christmas runs from November 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Wander through Longwood Gardens’ Conservatory, one of the world’s largest greenhouse structures, filled with magnificently reimagined trees. From festive firs suspended in mid-air to holiday trees created from books, every one is sure to delight. Daily sing-alongs and special performances fill the Conservatory with festive cheer. Holiday magic continues outside with cozy fire pits, colorful fountains dancing to holiday music and a half-million lights to brighten the night. Tickets are for specific dates and times and sell out quickly.
Yuletide at Winterthur will showcase Henry Francis du Pont’s ancestral home in seasonal splendor from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019. The Yuletide tour reflects how American’s have celebrated the season from the 1800’s to the present. The family’s sparkling Christmas tree along with an amazing doll “mansion” is filled with nearly 1,000 miniatures and fully decorated with wreaths, candles and trees. Come revel in the whimsy and warmth of Yuletide.
The Holidays at Hagley runs from November 26, 2018 through January 1, 2019. The 1803 du Pont ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and the French tradition of Twelfth Night celebration. A Gingerbread House contest is a highlight this season. Stop by the visitor center to vote for your favorite.
Catch the holiday spirit with a visit to Nemours Mansion & Gardens November 17, 2018 through December 30, 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.