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Events around Delaware for the weekend of 11/30/12 to 12/02/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, take advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping during the holiday season. For shopping locations, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping.

“A Christmas Carol” performed by Clearspace Theatre Company

Recurring from November 23 – December 15, 2012

Various times

The world’s most well known holiday story gets a completely new sound – along with a different title – this year at Clear Space! This musical incarnation of the Charles Dickens classic debuted off-Broadway in 1992 and has subsequently played in theatres across the country. Bring the whole family to the theatre this holiday season for a new musical tradition!

Christmas by Candlelight at New Candlelight Theatre

Recurring every weekend until December 23rd

This holiday Season, New Candlelight Theatre will present Christmas by Candlelight, a musical revue that will warm the hearts of theatre-goers of all ages.

Decorating Delmarva (Delaware International Speedway and U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Delaware)

Recurring every Thursday – Sunday until December 23rd

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Take a 2 mile drive through an animated tour of the North Pole, including holiday lights and community built displays. The tour will conclude in an area recognized as Santa’s Village. In Santa’s Village there will be nightly festival events in an activity area for children of all ages. The events will include Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment.

Hawk Watch
Recurring daily until November 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Discover birding in Delaware during Hawk Watch, a program during which birders count hawks at almost 200 sites across North America. Two events are held in Delaware; one at Ashland Nature Center and another at Cape Henlopen State Park. See how many you can count during this, the fall migration on the Atlantic flyway.

Yuletide at Winterthur: A Feast for the Eyes

Recurring daily until January 6th

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Experience traditions of the past and dazzling entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour. Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is sure to be a feast for your eyes.

Christmas in Odessa
Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays. In addition to the house tour, we have many special events which are included in the ticket price.

Christmas Tour of Lewes
Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This self-guided tour shows off its historic houses in Lewes decorated for the season. In addition, several private homes are selected each year to bring even more Yuletide cheer to our quaint town on the bay.

Brewery tours at Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing Company
Saturday, December 1, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home.

Seaford Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Caroling begins at 6:00 p.m.; Parade begins at 7:00 p.m.
Bring a chair or a blanket (or both!) for a cheery, enchanting evening. This year's theme is a Nutcracker Christmas. Parade route begins at Nylon Blvd and Pennsylvania Avenue, marches east up High Street past the Judge’s stand at Mt. Olivet’s parking lot, turns north (left) at Market Street, and ends at Seaford Middle School. For more information, call (302) 628-2828.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail

Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

Delaware Geocaching Trail

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdover.com

http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 10:16 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Hunting for Bargains in Delaware!

Hunting fowl and wildlife is a cherished fall tradition that I’ve shared with my son for years.

I share a different kind of annual hunting experience with my daughter: Chasing down bargains on Black Friday.

Just like a hunting trip in the wild, Lindsey and I have made a day of the deal quest since she was 12, and over the years we’ve refined it into a well-oiled machine.

Two days before this Super Bowl of savings we plot it all out: Which stores we need to get to, which coupons we have for each store, and what gifts we need to get for each family member and friend. This year we were armed with new shopping apps to find the best deals.

Black Friday ShoppingWe get up sometime between 2 and 3 a.m. and load up on caffeine before heading out armed with a manila folder containing our finely tuned list. The first stop is most likely Tanger Outlets – Bayside, unless we need some electronics, and in that case a stop at Wal-Mart is added to the agenda.

We’ve figured out that the earlier you get there, the better the discounts. But that doesn’t mean we get there at midnight, when the lines are stuffed with people looking to do the exact same thing as you. We aim to do our thing from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., when there’s no lines, more parking and just as many discounts.

We hit the outlets hard. Lindsey loves J. Crew and since I am more mature (older) I like Ann Taylor, and we always make sure to scour Nine West, Michael Kors,  Banana Republic, Gap and sometimes even Nike and Under Armour to snag some gifts for the guys.

We don’t waste any time or try anything on. We get in, and we get out. We’re power shoppers. This helps us take advantage of the great Black Friday deals, which become even greater when we use our Tanger Club Card, giving us an additional 10 percent. And, of course, all of the shopping is tax free!

All of the stores, names and gifts are typically crossed off our list by 11 a.m., and then we go to lunch. If there’s a good girlie movie playing, we’ll grab some popcorn, rest in a cozy theater chair and make a day of it. This year, Lindsey is getting a puppy, so that’s going to be our big post-shopping present.

Yes, the deals are phenomenal, and you can’t beat the excitement of shopping at Tanger’s roster of retailers. But Black Friday shopping is a highlight of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend because it’s a different kind of annual hunting trip, a time for my daughter and I to bond and have a blast – minus the duck calls and the guns.

*Featured guest blog post by Linda Parkowski – Director of Tourism, State of Delaware.

 

posted on: Monday, Nov 26, 2012 12:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 11/23/12 to 11/25/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend!  Find Black Friday tax-free shopping hours and locations in Delaware at http://ow.ly/frP2q.

Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting and Hometown Sing-a-long
Friday, November 23, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gather at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for the annual holiday tree lighting and hometown sing-a-long. It’s a Rehoboth Beach tradition! The sing-a-long from 6-7:00pm will feature Singer/Songwriter Doug James and his good friend Mrs. Claus!

“A Christmas Carol” performed by Clearspace Theatre Company
Recurring from November 23 – December 15, 2012
Various times
The world’s most well known holiday story gets a completely new sound – along with a different title – this year at Clear Space! This musical incarnation of the Charles Dickens classic debuted off-Broadway in 1992 and has subsequently played in theatres across the country. Bring the whole family to the theatre this holiday season for a new musical tradition!

Christmas at Hagley
Recurring from November 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Glimpse nineteenth and early twentieth-century holiday entertaining in Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family ancestral home. The first bus leaves for the exhibit at 10 a.m. and the last bus at 3:30 p.m.

Historic Houses of Odessa’s Holiday Celebration
Recurring until December 30, 2012
An annual tradition celebrating the season through interpretive scenes from classic literature.

Trains and Planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Recurring until January 2, 2013 (Tuesday – Sunday)
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bring the kids of all ages because these are not your typical small size Christmas trains,  the locomotives here are can be over 36” long and can weigh upwards of 40 pounds. Garden scale trains are meant to be run outside in large backyard layouts but the AMC Museum has room in the big hangar to let you enjoy them in warmth and comfort rain or shine.

2012 Chocolate Festival at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino
Saturday, November 24, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Indulge in the sugary delights of the Dover Downs Chocolate Festival featuring cooking demonstrations, photos with Santa, and live entertainment.

48th annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Begins at 3:00 p.m. and kicks off at 5th and Market Street
This year's Parade will feature: local celebrities and dignitaries, marching and string bands, community organizations, floats and attractions, your favorite cartoon characters and the Star of the Show - Santa Claus! The parade will proceed up Market Street and stop briefly at the Grandstand which will be located at 10th Street and then end at 11th and Market.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
November 24 and 25, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your family during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland. Reservations are recommended. Buy tickets online.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdover.com
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 3:30 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Black Friday Tax-Free Shopping Hours and Locations in Delaware

Shop tax-free in Delaware during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season!

Christiana Mall• The Christiana Mall will open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012. Select stores will be opening earlier including Target, which will open on Thanksgiving night at 9:00 p.m. For detailed information about store hours and sales, go to http://www.shopchristianamall.com.

• The Concord Mall will open at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012. Department store and restaurant hours may vary. For more information about deals, please visit http://www.concordmall.com.

• The Dover Mall will open at Midnight on Friday, November 23, 2012. For more information on specific sales, please visit http://www.simon.com/mall/dover-mall.

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach• The Tanger Outlets Moonlight Madness and After Thanksgiving Sale begins at 10:00 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Tanger Outlets “Deals after Dark” includes 20% off at participating stores and runs from November 22-23rd 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. The Tanger Outlets “Deals at Dawn” includes 30% off at participating stores and is on November 23rd from 3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. To download the savings pass, go to http://www.tangeroutlet.com.

• Delaware offers many charming boutiques especially in the historic downtown communities. Celebrate Small Business Saturday while tax-free shopping. Click here to view listings of shopping locations and please call ahead of time to check their holiday shopping hours.

Trip ideas and travel resources:
Search through hotel listings and book online

Dine out in Delaware

Upcoming Delaware holiday events

Take a girls getaway

 

posted on: Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 2:04 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 11/16/12 to 11/18/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend!  For fall trip ideas to enjoy the autumn season in Delaware, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/fall-in-delaware.

Christmas by Candlelight at New Candlelight Theatre
Recurring every weekend until December 23rd
This holiday Season, New Candlelight Theatre will present Christmas by Candlelight, a musical revue that will warm the hearts of theatre-goers of all ages. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/fk85V.

Yuletide at Winterthur: A Feast for the Eyes
Recurring daily until January 6th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Experience traditions of the past and dazzling entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour. Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is sure to be a feast for your eyes. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/fkcI5.

Historic Houses of Odessa’s Holiday Celebration
Recurring November 14 – December 30
An annual tradition celebrating the season through interpretive scenes from classic literature. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/fkdKA.

Decorating Delmarva (Delaware International Speedway and U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Delaware)
Recurring every Thursday – Sunday until December 23rd
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Take a 2 mile drive through an animated tour of the North Pole, including holiday lights and community built displays. The tour will conclude in an area recognized as Santa’s Village. In Santa’s Village there will be nightly festival events in an activity area for children of all ages. The events will include Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/fke5H.

Sunset Bicycle Tour at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, November 18, 2012
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy fall colors, sunset, and hundreds of ducks, snow geese, and other waterfowl while bicycling through Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will discover how these and many other species use Delaware Bay wetlands during their long migrations on the Atlantic flyway. For more information, call (302) 653-6872.

Birding at Killens Pond State Park
Saturday, November 18, 2012
Begins at 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon stroll as we search for birds. Create homemade suet to attract birds to your yard this winter. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours. $3 per person. For more, please call (302) 284-4526.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail

For additional event calendars, visit: 

http://visitdover.com
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 3:28 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 11/09/12 - 11/11/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend!  Planning your next trip? Order now to receive the Official State Travel Guide with trip itineraries, accommodation and attraction listings and much more at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/travel-guide.

Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
November 7 - 11, 2012
The five-day Festival showcases approximately 100 of the best American and international films including features, documentaries, and shorts. Film enthusiasts enjoy the convenience of seeing all the films at one, multi-screen location. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/fappA

49th Annual Delaware Antiques Show
November 8 - 11, 2012
Sixty of the country’s most distinguished dealers present the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more at the Chase Center in Wilmington. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/fapjj

Rainforest Adventure exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Recurring until January 2013
Rainforest Adventure is a multisensory expedition that introduces visitors to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders, and suggests ways that people can make a difference. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/enbqS.

Tour the historical John Dickinson Plantation

Saturday, November 10, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

A featured located on the Delaware History Trail, the Visitor Center at the John Dickinson Plantation contains an exhibit on the life of John Dickinson, as well as the history of the plantation and the tours are conducted by historic interpreters dressed in 18th Century attire. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/e0OCR.

Santa arrives at the Christiana Mall
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Recurring daily until December 24th! Buy more for less with tax-free shopping and get your kid’s yearly portrait with Santa. For more information, call 302-731-9815. 

Brewery Tour at Old Dominion Brewing
Saturday, November 10, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/fapAJ.

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

For additional event calendars, visit:

http://visitdover.com

http://visitsoutherndelaware.com


http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com 

 

posted on: Friday, Nov 9, 2012 3:00 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 11/2/12 to 11/4/12

Here are a few events happening around Delaware this weekend.  Post Hurricane Sandy clean up and repairs are taking place across the state of Delaware. Please go to www.deldot.gov for road closure updates. We also suggest calling ahead to confirm event hours or business hours of operations before traveling. Hotel rooms are available throughout the state. Please call ahead or book online to reserve a room. For hotel listings, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/hotels.

World Championship Punkin Chunkin
November 2 – 4, 2012
Located in Bridgeville, DE
The Punkin Chunkin will be delayed by one day! The event in Bridgeville cancelled the pumpkin throwing event on Friday Nov. 2, but will be open with vendors, concerts and other events taking place Friday afternoon. Punkin Chunkin officials said campers are welcome to come and set up on Friday, and that all events are scheduled to go on as planned on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4. Those who purchased advance tickets for the Friday pumpkin throwing event can use the tickets on Saturday or Sunday. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/eYdEl.

Delaware Art Museum free admission all weekend
November 2 – 4, 2012
In recognition to everyone impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the Delaware Art Museum is offering free admission this Friday and Saturday.  Delaware Art Museum also offers free admission every Sunday. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/eYdOh.

First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair
Saturday, November 3, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Leave the 21st century behind at the First State Heritage Park 18th-Century Market Fair which recreates the sights and sounds of the autumn market fairs held on The Green in Dover in the mid-1700s. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/eYedZ.

Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights Preserve
Sunday, November 4, 2012
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Take a ride in an antique auto, climb aboard the Auburn Valley Railroad, sample free steam-popped popcorn from our vintage popper, view the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, tour the 1897 antique-furnished Auburn Heights mansion and much more. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/eYew3.

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdover.com
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Friday, Nov 2, 2012 10:17 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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