STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Ready or not, memorable seasonal highlights are either underway, or will be underway shortly. Here’s a quick look at some events in the region:
The 37th annual Festival of Trees at the Pearl S. Buck International National Historic Site is open through Dec. 31 at 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown.
Community artists, businesses and nonprofits have all pitched in to adorn the rooms of the historic Pearl Buck home with creative and festive holiday decorating style. Tours are at 11 a.m., noon and 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $16, $13 for seniors, $8 for students. For more information, visit www.pearlsbuck.org/festival.
The Festival of Trees’ annual Holiday Craft Show, showcasing regional artisans and crafters, is set for Nov. 27-Dec. 31.
FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF THE FESTIVAL OF TREES, CHECK HERE
This year, the Festival of the Trees joins the global Giving Tuesday campaign Dec. 1. PSBI has set a goal of raising $5,000 to feed 30 impoverished Vietnamese children for a year.
Then, on Dec. 10, there will be complimentary décor tours during a Community Open House from 6 to 8 p.m., including food, music from the Lenape Middle School Acabellas and Acafellas, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
You need timed tickets to get into “A Longwood Christmas,” which runs Nov. 26-Jan. 10, and features blue and white twinkling lights, whirling fountain features, thousands of seasonal plants, and a bounty of trees with icicles and fountain-inspired glass ornaments in the conservatory.
Outside, check out the Italian Water Garden, illuminated with a 20-foot tree form, a maple tree near the Meadow Boardwalk with its roots aglow, and colorful fountains at the Open Air Theatre.
Longwood is near the intersection of Routes 1 and 52, Kennett Township. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For tickets and a schedule of what special events are happening the day you plan to visit, go to www.longwoodgardens.org or call (610) 388-1000.
The historic Fairmount Park houses in Philadelphia also get into the spirit. “A Festive Tradition” guided trolley tours include stops in three of the six houses (Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford). Which ones you see depend on whether you’re taking the morning or afternoon tour. There’s an option to make a whole day of it, and see all six. Tours are offered Dec. 10-13 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and board from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Cost is $38, $30 for Art Museum members.
Also, “A Fairmount Christmas Carol” tours Dec. 16 and 18 start every 30 minutes, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The last tour begins at 7:30. What makes these tours special is that there are characters from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” on the trolley to guide you through Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove and Lemon Hill. Tickets are $44, $35 for Art Museum members.
You can register by calling (215) 235-7469 or going to www.philamuseum.org/historichouses.
A Brandywine Christmas kicks off Nov. 27 and features an O-gauge model train display, rare antique dolls display and plenty of whimsical ornaments and decorations through Jan 7. The event takes place at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Route 1, Chadds Ford. Other highlights include a Holiday Lights family workshop on Nov. 28, “The Polar Express” Read-aloud Pajama Night on Dec. 3, a children’s Christmas Party on Dec. 9, and much more. For a complete list, check brandywinemuseum.org. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6-18; free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call (610) 388-2700.
The Narberth Dickens Festival boasts a variety of free events for the family from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday Dec. 6. According to www.narberthonline.com, Narberth “is transformed into 1840’s London” and costumed participants portray characters from “A Christmas Carol.” Highlights include music, crafts, carriage rides (for a fee of a Narberth Shilling – $5), dance performances, scavenger hunt and much more.
The event takes place in the area of Forrest, N. Narberth and Haverford avenues. Parking is available at a variety of lots.
For a complete list of events and more information, check www.narberthonline.com and click on the Narberth Dickens Festival Information Page icon.
Malvern Victorian Christmas is set for Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 and features indoor and outdoor activities such as concerts, open houses, carolers, carriage rides, pony rides, holiday crafts, Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more. For a detailed list of events, check www.malvernsvictorianchristmas.org.
Aixa Torregrosa-Vazquez contributed to this report.