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Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 12/30/11 - 01/01/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend with New Years Eve event listings! Plus, don't forget to focus your lens on the First State and submit your images for the Delaware Tourism Office Seasonal Photo Contest. For more information, please visit http://www.visitdelaware.com/photocontest/. We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Happy New Year! 
 
Looking for a place to stay for New Years weekend? Check out our listings of charming bed and breakfasts, luxury hotels, historic inns and budget-friendly motels: http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/hotels/.  
 
Giants: African Dinosaurs exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
Recurring daily until February 26, 2012
Life-sized dinosaur skeletons from the African continent are displayed in this “living diorama” organized around seven conceptual themes. Created by ProjecT Exploration and sponsored by DuPont. For more information, visit http://www.delmnh.org/special_exhibits_giants.php or call 302-658-9111.

New Year's Studio at Delaware Children’s Museum
Recurring daily until January 2, 2012 
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Happy New Year! Get the party started by decorating a sparkling crown and 2012 eye glasses. For more information, visit http://www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org/calendar or call 302-654-2340. 

New Year's Eve deal from Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware. $99 includes a double occupancy room, breakfast for two and a free shuttle to the The Stone Balloon Winehouse for their Four Course Dinner & New Years Eve Party which is $79/per guest. For more information, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ilgud-courtyard-newark-university-of-delaware or call 302-737-0900.
 
Walking Tour: Stories of The Green at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
For 300 years, The Green has been the center of commerce, politics and civic life in Dover. Guided walks through the historic district reveal the people and events that left their mark on Dover’s history. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Tours begin at the John Bell House on The Green and are offered every hour beginning at 10 a.m. Last tour leaves at 3 p.m. Reservations not required. No fee. For more information, visit http://www.destateparks.com/programs/programresult.asp?ID=19790 or call (302) 739-9194. 

Noon Year's Eve Celebration at Brandywine Zoo! 
Saturday, December 31, 2011 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at noon!  We'll have games, crafts, and a sparkling apple cider toast as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is)!  Pre-registration suggested, walk-ins welcome. For more information, visit http://www.brandywinezoo.org/ or call 302-571-7747. 

New Years Eve at the Atlantic Sands Hotel
Saturday, Decemeber 31, 2011
Come party with The Funsters! $280/couple withtout accomodations and $425/couple with accomodations includes 1 night stay in ocean view or oceanfront accomodations, dinner for two in the Swan Ballroom, open bar and dancing and party favors! For more information, visit http://www.atlanticsandshotel.com/ or call 800-422-0600.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra: New Year's Eve Celebration - Hollywood & Vienna 
Saturday, December 31, 2011 
Begins at 7:30 p.m.
The fabulous New Year’s Eve tradition continues at the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, but this time with a Hollywood twist. Join us as the orchestra teams up with the Delaware Art Museum. For more information, visit http://www.delawaresymphony.org/ or call 302-656-7442.

New Year's Eve Gala at the Hotel du Pont
Saturday, December 31, 2011 
7:30 pm - 1:00 a.m.
The reception in the Lobby Lounge being at 7:30 p.m. A seven-course dinner in the Green Room at 8:00 p.m. and a New Years Eve party with a live band, dancing and cash bar in the Brandywine Room from 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. $300 per couple. For more information, visit http://hoteldupont.com/dining/restaurant-news/index.cfm or call 302-594-3154. 

New Year's Eve at the Biggs Museum of American Art
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Begins at 8:00 p.m.
Beer and wine included in admission, champagne toast at midnight, signature cocktail, silent auction and live music. For more information, visit http://www.biggsmuseum.org/ or call 302-674-2111. 

Fire and Ice at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino "New Year's Eve Bash"
Saturday, December 31, 2011
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Ring in the new year at Fire and Ice in the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino with a DJ and dancing! For more information or to book a hotel room, visit http://www.doverdowns.com/ or call 800-711-5882.

Sheraton New Year's Eve Party at the new Sheraton Wilmington South
Saturday, December 31, 2011
8:00 p.m.
Special room rates, drink specials, dinner special of 15% off & more - at the newly opened Sheraton Wilmington South. For more information, visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3676.

New Years Eve Celebration at Sheraton Dover
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Begins at 9:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the Sheraton Dover ZBar or La Vista on the Rooftop. Take advantage of their package deals for great room rates. For more information, visit http://www.sheratondover.com/ or call 302-678-8500. 

EVE Wilmington 2012
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Begins at 9:00 p.m.
2nd Annual New Year's Eve party! All-inclusive evening includes premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres / food stations, live music / DJ, gaming, speed dating, champagne toast at midnight, and more! Advance ticket discounts and group pricing available. Free overnight parking available. 21+ Event Only. For more information, visit http://www.evewilmington.com/

Showstoppers! (Clear Space Theater Company)
Saturday, December 31, 2011
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
A group of talented vocalists take the stage at 9pm to perform a brand-new selection of unforgettable showtunes. Immediately following, dance into the New Year with a live swing band led by Doug Yetter from 10pm to 1am. Enjoy hand-passed hors d'oeuvres all evening - all this, plus dessert and a champagne toast at midnight for only $50 - the best deal at the beach to ring in the New Year! For more information, visit http://clearspacetheatre.org/events/eventsindex.html#NYE or call 302-227-2270.

First State, First Day, First Hike
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Various times
Join Delaware State Parks in celebrating the first day of the New Year with a refreshing hike in the park. Parks statewide will host a First State, First Day, First Hike program to celebrate the national movement through America’s State Parks to have all 50 states offer First Day Hikes. Join us in celebrating America’s State Parks and your Delaware State Parks! For more information, visit http://www.destateparks.com/FirstDay/index.asp

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos
Sunday, January 1,2012
Noon – 12:30 p.m.
East end of Garfield Parkway (Bethany Beach, DE)
Each year, more than 300 swimmers "Exercise Like the Eskimos" when they plunge into the frigid Atlantic, all for a good cause: the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation. If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit or lose weight, this is a great way to get your feet wet. For more information, visit http://store.bethany-fenwick.org/item/16th_Annual_Leo_Brady_Exercise_Like_the_Eskimos/9/Available_Ev
 
Recurring events (Please call for holiday weekend hours of operation)
Christmas Weekends at Hagley Museum
Recurring until January 1, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Each weekend from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, Hagley will feature seasonal and holiday activities. On weekends in December and on Jan. 1st as Hagley's gift to the public, admission is free for children 14 and younger. For more information, visit http://www.hagley.org/events.html. 

Yuletide at Winterthur
November 19, 2011 - January 8, 2012
Join us for a magical tour that will transport you to Christmases of old. Experience Winterthur's most beloved holiday displays from past Yuletides, and discover holiday traditions of Americans from the colonial period through World War II, including the introduction of the first Christmas trees decorated with goodies for children by Pennsylvania Germans in the 1800s. For more information, please visit http://www.winterthur.org/ or call 800-448-3883. 

For more event calendars visit:

http://visitdelaware.com/ 

http://visitdover.com/ 

http://visitsoutherndelaware.com/ 

http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/ 

http://www.destateparks.com/ 

Bonus trip ideas:

Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history/ 

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale/ 

Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo/ 

 

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posted on: Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 9:22 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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