Longwood Gardens

There are more than a half-million outdoor lights at Longwood Gardens' holiday display this year.

EAST MARLBOROUGH—Longwood Gardens have been voted best botanical garden holiday lights by USA Today’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Longwood Gardens won the contest topping a list of 20 botanical gardens across the United States.

The gardens boast 500,000 outdoor lights and fountains set to holiday music. Visitors will also find fire pits for warming up and carolers adding a note of holiday cheer. There’s also a miniature train display outside.

Inside the conservatory visitors can find a display in the exhibition hall of 17 suspended Balsam Fir trees, lit and decorated, giving the impression of a somewhat eerie floating forest. A few other outstanding sights this year include a “tree” made of 200 handmade birdhouses, another 14-foot tree built of children’s books, a suspended “tree” made of 600 pieces of hand cut stained glass measuring 12 feet high.

Longwood Gardens also won the contest in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

The top 10 winners in the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights category:

-A Longwood Christmas - Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square, Pa.

-Million Bulb Walk/Dominion Energy Garden of Lights - Norfolk Botanical Garden - Norfolk, Va.

-Gardens Aglow - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Boothbay, Maine

-Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, Va.

-Garden Lights - Atlanta Botanical Garden - Atlanta

-Illuminations - Botanica - Wichita, Kan.

-Fantasy in Lights - Callaway Gardens - Pine Mountain, Ga

-River of Lights - ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden – Albuquerque, N.M.

-Magic Christmas in Lights - Bellingrath Gardens - Theodore, Ala.

-Nights of a Thousand Candles - Brookgreen Gardens - Murrells Inlet, S.C.

The Christmas Show at Longwood Gardens will run through January 6, 2019. Advance reservations can be made by calling 610-388-1000. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and senior citizens, $23 for adults, and $12 for those ages 5 to 18.

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