Holiday in bloom

In case the holiday spirit is still with you, consider the Longwood Gardens' Christmas celebration, continuing through Sunday. Near Kennett Square, Pa., Longwood Gardens has an impressive fountain show, in which the fountains "dance" to music every half-hour, beginning at 11 each morning (weather permitting). From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the fountains offer a continuous show. There are poinsettia, tree and other flower displays on view in a heated conservatory. The gardens remain bright even after dark with 400,000 lights and an icicle and snowflake spectacle.

The celebration continues through Sunday at Longwood Gardens, which is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $6 for ages 6-15 and free for children under 6. Longwood Gardens is on Route 1, 30 miles west of Philadelphia. For more details, call 610-388-1000 or visit www.long

Naturally festive

This weekend is your last chance to check out the naturally decked halls at the Conservatories at Brookside until next year. All the winter-garden favorites are brought indoors for a comfortable and festive display complete with boughs of holly, hot pepper plants, cyclamen, poinsettias and more at "A Gardener's Holiday." The North House is filled with colored lights and vibrant plants, while the South House celebrates nature with garden materials, such as seed heads and garden tools.

The holiday displays at the Conservatories, at 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, are open through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more details, call 301-962-1400 or visit

Beach open house

If the cold winter months are getting you down and summer seems far, far away, you might want to head to Ocean City today for the eighth annual Open House. Located at City Hall, the Open House invites visitors to check out the resort town and learn about this year's focus, the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Former Beach Patrol Capt. Bob Craig and current Capt. Butch Arbin will tell stories of their post, while Mayor Jim Mathias and City Council members greet visitors. Other city organizations will be presenting information, and the Russ Perkins Trio and Stephen Decatur High School Choir will perform.

The Open House runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at City Hall, at 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue. For more details, call 410-289-8931. Admission is free.

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