Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway


Morris Arboretum’s popular Friday Night Lights at the Holiday Garden Railway returns this year on five Friday evenings, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 4:30-7:30pm.  This is a separate admission from daytime visitation and ADVANCED TICKETS are REQUIRED for Friday Night Lights. Prices are as follows: Adults: $16, Children: $8, Arboretum Member Adults: $9, and Arboretum Member Children: $3.  To purchase tickets via Ticket Leap beginning November 1, please visit:

Set against the darkening winter sky, Friday Night Lights features the model trains in action, decorated for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights as they zip around an outdoor quarter-mile track. Famous Philadelphia historic buildings adorned in winter finery surround the tracks to create a magical miniature holiday village.  Pack a flashlight and have your children help lead the way through the garden as night falls.  While on site, pick up a few holiday gifts at The Shop at Morris Arboretum that specializes in locally sourced gifts, books, children’s items, and hand-picked gardening tools.

Visitors to Friday Night Lights on December 2, will delight in an appearance by Pennsylvania Ballet’s

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ Sugar Plum Fairy and Mouse King from 5-6pm. Bring your camera and pose with these enchanting dancers for your family holiday photo!  At the following Friday Night Lights on December 9, Flourtown’s St. Genevieve School Bell Choir will ring lovely melodies and seasonal favorites from 5:30-6:30pm. A tasty treat from Bredenbeck’s bakery in Chestnut Hill will be given to guests (while supplies last) at the December 16 event.  For more snacks, visit the Compton Café that will be open during each Friday Night Lights event with hot cocoa, coffee, apple fritters to warm-up your walk.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a 92-acre horticulture display garden featuring a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. Highlights include a formal rose garden, historic water features, a glass fernery, and Out on a Limb, a permanent nationally award-winning exhibit 50 feet above the ground.  Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture Center has received Platinum Level LEED® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information, visit:

Photo Credit:  Mark Stehle