We had so much fun last year ... we're heading back to Longwood Gardens again this year to see the Christmas displays
The Christmas display at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA is incredible. Plan for this meetup is to meet at 6:30 AM at the Grosvenor Metro Station. Then we can carpool to Longwood. It takes just over 2 hours to get there.
You will need to purchase a timed admission ticket to the Gardens. Once info about tickets for the Christmas display in on Longwood's site - I'll add a link to this meesage. My suggestion is that as soon as you are sure you coming on the 9th - go ahead and buy a timed admission ticket for as close to 9 AM as you can get. I don't know how quickly they will sell out of tickets for that hour on a Sunday morning. Tickets cost $ 18 Longwood Garden Members do not need to get a timed ticket - as a member you can get in anytime.
My suggestion would be that we plan on photographing in the Conservatory & the Dupont House in the morning - then meet for lunch at 11:30 in the restaurant. After that - depending on what people what to do - either keep shooting - or head on back.