Holiday Garden Railway, Winter Wellness Walks, and Garden Highlights Tours

Philadelphia, PA—Spend time among colorful trees and fall and winter blossoms at Morris Arboretum & Gardens with events and classes that are fun for everyone! Except where noted, all events listed below are free with general admission. Learn more about our events at

Morris Arboretum & Gardens WINTER hours

10 am – 4pm daily through March; last entry every day is 3 pm.

The Morris will be closed November 23, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.


Holiday Garden Railway

Through November 30

The Morris Arboretum & Gardens’ annual family favorite, Holiday Garden Railway, runs November 24 through December 30. Experience a magical miniature world of model trains, historic buildings, bridges, and more—all decorated with thousands of twinkling lights. And now with 300 feet of new track! Daytime viewing is free with general admission. Get more information at


Winter Wellness Walks

Saturdays and Sundays, November through March | 10:30  am

Meet at Welcome Center, weather permitting

Free with general admission

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, these brisk walks stick to the paved paths and get your heart rate up. Sponsored in part by Independence Blue Cross. Get more information at or call 215.247.5777 ext. 157.

Garden Highlights Tour

Saturdays and Sundays | 1 pm

Meet at Welcome Center, weather permitting

Free with general admission

Our knowledgeable guides will design a tour around the interests of the attendees. Every tour is different, so come back as many times as you’d like. Get more information at or call 215.247.5777 ext. 157.

Christmas in the Bryn Athyn Historic District

Wednesday, December 6 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Meet at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral

Members: $115 | Non-members: $125

Get into the Christmas spirit with a guided visit to the Bryn Athyn Historic District. The tour consists of three National Historic Landmarks recognized for their remarkable architecture and craftsmanship: Cairnwood Estate, Glencairn Museum, and Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Includes all admissions and a festive holiday tea. Meet at Bryn Athyn Cathedral, 900 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009. Get more information at or call 215.247.5777 ext. 125.

Holly Highlights & Winter Greenery Tour

Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 am

Meet at Welcome Center, weather permitting

Free with general admission

Bundle up for a unique guided tour highlighting the Morris’s collection of hollies and other broadleaf evergreens that enliven the winter landscape and provide year-round appeal. Learn some fun facts and get new ideas for your own home garden. Get more information at



Less Lawn Lecture Series

Providing practical information for transforming part or all of your lawn into a beautiful space of ecological value.


Less Lawn: Making Woodland Restoration Possible

Saturday, December 2  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meet at the Welcome Center

Members: $35 / Non-members: $40

Property owners today can gain many benefits by converting land back to woodland as it used to be, including shade, more food and habitat for wildlife, lower costs from energy and mowing, and reduced flooding. Learn about grants available to property owners for restoration. Class starts in the Welcome Center, then we’ll drive to the Flourtown Day Use Area to see some lawn conversion projects. Get more information at


Less Lawn: Making Woodland Restoration Possible (Online)

Tuesday, December 5  6:00 – 8:00 pm

Online class

Members: $35 / Non-members: $40

Learn how designer Larry Weaner combines design with the reproductive abilities of plants as well as ecological processes to create compelling, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature. This is an ONLINE program; a Zoom link will be emailed to all class participants in advance of the program. Get more information at


Less Lawn: Creating Connections—Design-Centered Conservation

Monday, December 11  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Meet at Welcome Center

Members: $35 / Non-members: $40

Have you been re-thinking your lawn? Are you ready to make a change to a rich, interconnected habitat for birds, pollinators, and wildlife? Then join Andrew Kirkpatrick for a discussion about applying design-centered conservation practices to enrich your property while balancing all your recreational, maintenance, and aesthetic needs. Get more information at

For more information, contact Mellany Armstrong at or call 215.247.5777 x 135, cell 610.329.4022.

The Morris Arboretum & Gardens is one of more than 30 Philadelphia gardens in America’s Garden Capital. This 92-acre horticultural display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Morris Arboretum & Gardens offers educational programs for many audiences ranging from youth to professional and is a leader in botanical and horticultural research. Selected by Philadelphia Magazine as a 2023 Best of Philly winner!


100 E Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 / 215.247.5777 /