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Winterthur conservatory
Winterthur’s conservatory

Yes, Christmas is in the past, and the torn wrapping is in the trash, but a few local Christmas displays and events are continuing to celebrate the holiday. Here’s a recap.

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Pennsylvania’s latest pandemic guidelines have temporarily closed the Chadds Ford museum. “The museum will reopen for winter hours of operation on January 4, 2021, with the Brandywine Railroad and Ann Wyeth McCoy dollhouse display extended through the end of January,” according to its website.

Hagley Museum and Library

Holidays at Hagley runs through Sunday, with the highlight being a gingerbread house contest with a “Hometown Heroes” theme. A People’s Choice Contest gives visitors a chance to vote on which entries get prizes, and the theme is enhanced with free entry for Hometown Heroes. Santa’s Workshop Selfie Station is open, too. Admission is free-$9.

 

Longwood Gardens

A Longwood Christmas” runs through Jan. 10 at the famed gardens in Kennett Square. But since Pennsylvania’s guidelines have closed the Conservatory, Peirce-du Pont House, Webb Farmhouse and Pumphouse, tickets are now discounted by a third.

Timed tickets are $20-free. Early-evening admission is generally sold, but there are availabilities earlier in the day, starting with the 10 a.m. opening, and just before it closes at 11 p.m.

“Our spectacular outdoor display, including 500,000 lights, dancing fountains, fire pits and our Garden Railway continues,according to its website.

Winter in Wilmington Light Show

The drive-through light show on the Wilmington Riverfront runs for just a few more nights: 5-8 p.m. today and Sunday and 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday. “Your family will love the animated installations, interactive music and holiday cheer,” The Grand promises. Admission is $25 per vehicle.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

The star of Yuletide is a pared-down house tour on the fifth floor, starting and ending in the conservatory. The former du Pont estate has some draws outdoors, including a waterfall filled with silver balls that flow down to the pond and appear on the pool and some downright nontraditional wreaths. There’s also a Kids’ Tram to Enchanted Woods on Sunday. House tours run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sunday. Admission is free-$22.

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