Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway Runs From November 24 through December 31, 2017

Morris Arboretum’s popular Holiday Garden Railway returns November 24, the Fridayafter Thanksgiving with all the buildings and trains 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. Photograph this precious time with your family as the Holiday Garden Railway makes the perfect backdrop for holiday cards and Social Media posts!

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 Compton Mansion, John & Lydia Morris’ original home; Philadelphia City Hall with William Penn atop; and the Undine Barge Club, c 1856.  Additionally, three new townhouses-Elfreth’s Alley, Man of Poor Judgement Tavern, and Dolley Todd Mansion are now displayed within the exhibit and all part of the holiday splendor.

In 2017, there will be five Friday Night Lights on December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.  From 4:30 to 7:30pm by separate ticket, available for purchase on the Morris Arboretum website or via Ticket Leap athttp://bit.ly/MAFNL17, visitors can enjoy the Garden Railway all lit up in the dark of night. With special programming planned for many of these evenings, it will be a truly magical experience!  To warm up your walk, hot cocoa or coffee will be available at the Compton Café, along with various tasty snacks to purchase.

The Garden Railway is supported, in part, through the generosity of Gwen and Ed Asplundh and by a gift given in memory of Joe Shuttleworth.

A winter tradition, the Penn Glee Club will return to Morris Arboretum on Saturday, December 2 from 2-3pmfor their seventh 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.

Photo Credit:  Natavan Werbock

Photo Caption: Morris Arboretum’s popular Holiday Garden Railway returns November 24, the Friday after Thanksgiving, with the buildings and trains 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 2017, there will be five FridayNight Lights on December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.  From 4:30 to 7:30pm by separate ticket, available for purchase on the Morris Arboretum website or via Ticket Leap at http://bit.ly/MAFNL17, visitors can enjoy the Garden Railway all lit up in the dark of night. It’s a truly magical experience!