If you want to see one of the region's most talked-about holiday events, you'll need to make the 13-mile journey northwest from Wilmington to the Pennsylvania town of Kennett Square. Once there, follow signs for Longwood Gardens, a massive property renowned for its extensive collection of botanical specimens and acre after acre of landscaped gardens.
Founded by Pierre S. du Pont during the early part of the 20th century, this property plays host to more than 10,000 kinds of plants. That said, each season brings a different display, from bountiful blooming bulbs during the springtime to the changing leaves of autumn. During the holiday season, however, Longwood truly shines as the gardens are set aglow with 500,000 twinkling lights. The dazzling displays are part of A Longwood Christmas, an annual event that draws people from all over to experience the holidays through horticulture.
A Longwood Christmas is taking place now through Jan. 8. Timed tickets can be purchased via the Longwood Gardens website. Don't miss it!