Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway Runs From November 25 through December 31, 2016

Morris Arboretum’s popular Holiday Garden Railway returns November 25, the Friday after Thanksgiving, with grand opening activities including crafts and carolers on Saturday, November 26 from 1-3 pm.  The buildings and trains are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden Railway Display, which will run daily from 10am-4pm through December 31 (closed Christmas Eve and day, and New Year’s day), is one of the Arboretum’s most beloved holiday traditions for many families.

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Visitors of all ages will be wow-ed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with small streams.  Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design.  Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pinecone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts. Recent additions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Waterworks, all part of the holiday splendor.

In 2016, there will be five Friday Night Lights on December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.  From 4:30 to 7:30 pm by separate ticket, available for purchase on the Morris Arboretum website or http://bitly.com/MAhgr, visitors can enjoy the Garden Railway all lit up in the dark of night. It’s a truly magical experience!

Holiday Garden Railway is free with regular garden admission (aside from Friday Night Lights): $17 adults, $15 for seniors, students and youth (13-18) $9, children under age three and members are free.

A winter tradition, the Penn Glee Club will return to Morris Arboretum on Saturday, December 3rd from 2-3pm for their sixth annual holiday concert.  Delight in the Glee Club’s fun and diverse holiday repertoire while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies in the garden.

Don’t forget the Shop at Morris Arboretum for wonderful holiday gifts this season.  The Shop specializes in, environmentally-friendly reuse of materials, and items inspired by nature.  Gifts for children to engage and inspire young minds await you. And for the person on your list who has everything, give the gift of a Morris Arboretum membership, the gift that lasts all year long.

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: www.morrisarboretum.org.

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Photo Credit:  Mark Stehle

Photo Caption: Morris Arboretum’s popular Holiday Garden Railway returns November 25, the Friday after Thanksgiving, with grand opening activities including crafts and carolers on Saturday, November 26 from 1-3pm.  The buildings and trains are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape.  The Holiday Garden Railway Display, which will run daily from 10am-4pm through December 31 (closed Christmas Eve and day, and New Year’s day), is one of the Arboretum’s most beloved holiday traditions for many families. In 2016, there will be five Friday Night Lights on December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.  From 4:30 to 7:30pm by separate ticket, available for purchase on the Morris Arboretum website or http://bitly.com/MAhgr, visitors can enjoy the Garden Railway all lit up in the dark of night. It’s a truly magical experience!