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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Dec 27 to Dec 29, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Please note that some attraction's are closed on December 24 and 25th, 2013. Please check their website or call ahead for the most up to date hours of operation.

“An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware” exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

Air Mobility Command Museum"Trains and Planes" exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time.  Authentic sound and includes both diesel and steam-era trains. Open daily, free of charge.

Holidays at Hagley
Friday - Sunday
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, dressed for the holidays. Check www.hagley.org/events.html for activities, such as carolers, sales at the Hagley Store, and other events. Closed Christmas.

A Swedish Christmas
Friday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experience Christmas Swedish style at the 17th century Hendrickson House. See traditional decorations and crafts; learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays through tours of our historic site.

Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses in Historic New Castle, DE
Friday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Sunday)
The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke’s residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Friday - Sunday
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. 

Annual Holiday Art Market at the Newark Arts Alliance
Friday - Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday and Friday), 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Saturday)
Shop for locally made art and crafts for holiday gift giving. Art by local artists is guaranteed to be unique and to make your loved ones feel special. Eleven artists selling jewelry, mosaics, felt ornaments, photography, watercolors, hand weaving, fiber art, pottery, tie dye and batik and window ornaments. 

Nemours Mansion Holiday ToursNemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Friday - Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries, and outstanding works of art. Following the house tour visitors are taken on a guided bus tour through the Gardens. One of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America, it extends one third of a mile along the main vista from the house. The Gardens are exquisitely landscaped with fountains, pools, and statuary surrounded by natural woodlands.

3 Palms Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Friday and Saturday
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
More lights than last year with a warm inviting atmosphere. Enjoy a walk through our festive woodland & see the Zoo at night. Roast a marshmallow, sip hot chocolate, & whisper your special Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear!

Decorating Delmarva Holiday Fest
Friday - Sunday
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This 2nd Annual 16-night event will take visitors on a 2-mile tour through the North Pole, holiday lights, and community built displays and will conclude in Santa's Village. In Santa's Village there will be nightly festival events held in an activity area for children including, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment.

Brewery Tour at Fordham/Dominon Brewing
Saturday, December 28, 2013
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.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday & Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Delaware 87ersDelaware 87ers vs Springfield
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Springfield. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Bonus trip ideas:

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Monday, Dec 23, 2013 2:49 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Dec 20 to Dec 22, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

“An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware” exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

"Trains and Planes" exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time.  Authentic sound and includes both diesel and steam-era trains. Open daily, free of charge.

Holidays at Hagley
Friday - Sunday
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, dressed for the holidays. Check www.hagley.org/events.html for activities, such as carolers, sales at the Hagley Store, and other events. Closed Christmas.

A Swedish Christmas
Friday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experience Christmas Swedish style at the 17th century Hendrickson House. See traditional decorations and crafts; learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays through tours of our historic site.

Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses in Historic New Castle, DE
Friday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Sunday)
The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke’s residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Friday - Sunday
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. 

Annual Holiday Art Market at the Newark Arts Alliance
Friday - Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday and Friday), 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Saturday)
Shop for locally made art and crafts for holiday gift giving. Art by local artists is guaranteed to be unique and to make your loved ones feel special. Eleven artists selling jewelry, mosaics, felt ornaments, photography, watercolors, hand weaving, fiber art, pottery, tie dye and batik and window ornaments. 

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Friday - Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries, and outstanding works of art. Following the house tour visitors are taken on a guided bus tour through the Gardens. One of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America, it extends one third of a mile along the main vista from the house. The Gardens are exquisitely landscaped with fountains, pools, and statuary surrounded by natural woodlands.

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont
Friday - Sunday
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Centennial Tea features a centennial tea blend, created especially for the Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration.  This tea is infused with a burst of pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality, to commemorate our commitment for 100 years. $28 per person, not including gratuity.

3 Palms Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Friday and Saturday
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
More lights than last year with a warm inviting atmosphere. Enjoy a walk through our festive woodland & see the Zoo at night. Roast a marshmallow, sip hot chocolate, & whisper your special Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear!

Decorating Delmarva Holiday Fest
Friday - Sunday
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This 2nd Annual 16-night event will take visitors on a 2-mile tour through the North Pole, holiday lights, and community built displays and will conclude in Santa's Village. In Santa's Village there will be nightly festival events held in an activity area for children including, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment.

Yuletide Brunch with Santa
Saturday and Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays in December (except December 28 & 29), 9:00 am–2:00 pm Santa will appear from 9:00–11:00 am $34.95 per person; children, ages 2–12, half off, children under 2 are free. Members receive 10% discount on parties of up to four. For reservations, call 302-888-4826. 

Discover Battery 519 at Fort Miles (Cape Henlopen State Park)
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Begins at 10:30 a.m.; 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.
Learn how Battery 519 operated during WWII. Tours start at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. and run for an hour and a half - come to any one you'd like. Pre-registration is not required, but call 302-645-6852 for information. Ages 7 and up with paying adult. $5 per person, cash only.

Brewery Tour at Fordham/Dominon Brewing
Saturday, December 21, 2013
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.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday and Sunday
Train departs at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. And he may bring Mrs. Claus with him! Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance: The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 21, 2013
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wilmington’s annual Christmas tradition at the historic DuPont Theatre since 1967. The complete Nutcracker experience with a full orchestra and chorus, world-class Principal Dancers from New York City Ballet and 85 dancers deliver a wondrous Christmas experience!

Bonus trip ideas:

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 3:26 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Dec 13 to Dec 15, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

“An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware” exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday); 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries, and outstanding works of art. Following the house tour visitors are taken on a guided bus tour through the Gardens. One of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America, it extends one third of a mile along the main vista from the house. The Gardens are exquisitely landscaped with fountains, pools, and statuary surrounded by natural woodlands.

Air Mobility Command Museum"Trains and Planes" exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time.  Authentic sound and includes both diesel and steam-era trains.  Open daily, free of charge.

Holidays at Hagley
Friday - Sunday
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, dressed for the holidays.

“American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell” exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum
Friday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“American Moderns” features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the fascinating half-century from 1910 through 1960. The exhibition’s major themes include cubist experiments, images of modern structures, and stylized renditions of traditional subjects, such as landscapes and still life arrangements.

A Swedish Christmas
Friday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experience Christmas Swedish style at the 17th century Hendrickson House. See traditional decorations and crafts; learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays through tours of our historic site.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Friday - Sunday
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.

Annual Holiday Art Market at the Newark Arts Alliance
Friday - Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Saturday); 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday and Friday)
Shop for locally made art and crafts for holiday gift giving. Art by local artists is guaranteed to be unique and to make your loved ones feel special. Eleven artists selling jewelry, mosaics, felt ornaments, photography, watercolors, hand weaving, fiber art, pottery, tie dye and batik and window ornaments.

3 Palms Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Friday and Saturday
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy more lights than last year, we’ve spruced up the season with a warm inviting atmosphere. Enjoy a walk through our festive woodland & see the Zoo at night. Roast a marshmallow, sip hot chocolate, & whisper your special Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear!

Decorating Delmarva Holiday Fest
Friday - Sunday
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This 2nd Annual 16-night event will take visitors on a 2-mile tour through the North Pole, holiday lights, and community built displays and will conclude in Santa's Village. In Santa's Village there will be nightly festival events held in an activity area for children including, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment.

Holly FestivalMilton Holly Festival
Saturday, December 14, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shop for great gifts and enjoy family-friendly activities in historic Milton, Delaware. Plus, pick up your handmade Holly wreath!

The Spirit of Christmas in Old New Castle
Saturday, December 14, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A town-wide event that presents private homes and churches decorated for the season, plus musical events throughout the day.  Free admission to the Amstel House, decorated for a traditional holiday celebration, and the Dutch House, which will feature a celebration of St. Nicholas' Eve.

Cider Fest at Fifer Orchards
Saturday, December 14, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Family Fun Including: free apple cider, holiday hayrides, smores and a chance to pick your favorite fresh cut Christmas tree, handmade gift baskets and holiday wreath.

Fordham/Old Dominion Brewery Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2013
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.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
December 14, 2013 – December 15, 2013
Train departs at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 P.M
Travel on an old steam locomotive with Santa and even Mrs. Claus. Each child will receive a chance to meet Santa and will receive a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Christmas At Belmont Hall: A Civil War Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visit a Civil War military encampment, ride in a horse drawn sleigh, learn about life on the home front during the War, listen to the Camp Band, visit Santa, listen to readings of T'was the Night Before Christmas, make a period tree ornament, and drink Wassail.

Milton Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 14, 2013
2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a Holiday House Tour that will include historic and modern homes and sites splendidly decorated for the holiday season. The tour begins at 2:30 pm and ends at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour and may be purchased at Antiques In Milton, 109 Union St., Hillside Flowers, 105 Lavinia St., Salon Milton, 517 Chestnut St., Lydia B. Cannon Museum, 210 Union St., or Lewes Printing, 33506 Crossing Ave., in Lewes. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays in Milton, a historic and charming town with a historic area on the National Register of Historic Places that is well worth a visit.

Rockwood Holiday Open House - ImageCandlelight Tours at Rockwood
Sunday and Saturday, December 14, 2013 – December 15, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy the Holiday Museum Tours, the Rockwood Park light display and the melodious music by "The Singing Sisters" of Canaan Baptist Church and more. Don't forget to get a photo with Santa!

Delaware City Historic Ghost Tours
Saturday, December 14, 2013
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
A Delaware Main Street event - Join SPRE, as their tour guide leads you by the ambiance of a lit lantern through our historic town. This is a dry event meant for fun and families.

"The Sound of Christmas" at the Grand Opera House
Saturday, December 14, 2013
8:00 p.m.
Familiar carols of the season starring Elisabeth von Trapp who also tells stories of Christmas traditions from her Austrian childhood and, acclaimed granddaughter of the "Sound of Music" family, with the Carolina Brass.

Holiday Walking and House Tour - Smyrna
Sunday, December 15, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Get in the Christmas spirit at the Holiday Walking and House tour of Historic Downtown Smyrna. The self guided tour features lovely outdoor displays and houses open to tour. Sponsored by the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association. Pick up map of tour at the Smyrna Museum.

Delaware 87ers vs Ft. Wayne
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Ft. Wayne. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Bonus trip ideas:

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 9:58 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Dec 6 to Dec 8, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

"The Story of My Life" at Delaware Theatre Company
Friday - Sunday
Various times
Music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, book by Brian Hill, directed by Bud Martin.  Through the rich melodies of this heartwarming musical, the audience accompanies two friends through their adventures, struggles and discovery that love is what binds us together.

"Trains and Planes" exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time. Authentic sound and includes both diesel and steam-era trains. Open daily, free of charge.

Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses in Historic New Castle
Friday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday); 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Sunday)
The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke’s residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums.

Yuletide at Winterthur - ImageYuletide at Winterthur
Friday - Sunday
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.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday); 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)
The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries, and outstanding works of art. Following the house tour visitors are taken on a guided bus tour through the Gardens.

3 Palms Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Friday and Saturday
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 P.m.
The 2nd annual Christmas Event is boasting more lights than ever. Enjoy a walk through the festive woodland & see the Zoo at night. Roast a marshmallow, sip hot chocolate, & whisper your special Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear!

Decorating Delmarva Holiday Fest
Friday - Sunday
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This 2nd Annual 16-night event will take visitors on a 2-mile tour through the North Pole, holiday lights, and community built displays and will conclude in Santa's Village. In Santa's Village there will be nightly festival events held in an activity area for children including, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment.

Art on the Town (Wilmington)
Friday, December 6, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. Art on the Town is free and open to the public from 5 - 9 pm unless otherwise noted. Gallery talks at 6:30 pm.

Holiday Stroll in downtown Milford
Friday, December 6, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Come to downtown Milford to enjoy live entertainment throughout the streets, visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more.

Newark Winterfest
Friday, December 6, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Caroling, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and cider, tree lighting, ice carvings, and a visit from Santa. Contact City Of Newark Parks and Recreation Department for more information at 302-366-7060

Art is Social: Ugly Sweater Party at the Delaware Art Museum
Friday, December 6, 2013
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Unpack that red and green snowman sweater grandma gave you and join us for our Ugly Sweater Party! Prizes available for the “Ugliest Sweater,” “Best Matching Couple,” or “Best Homemade.” This festive event will also include karaoke, special holiday drinks, and more! There will be $1 - $4 beers & glasses of wine, $20 VIP beer & wine tastings.

Yuletide Brunch with Santa at Winterthur
Saturday and Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a holiday brunch at Winterthur! Santa will appear from 9:00–11:00 a.m. Reservations are required. Price is $34.95 per person; children, ages 2–12, half off, children under 2 are free. Members receive 10% discount on parties of up to four. For reservations, call (302) 888-4826.

Holidays at Hagley
Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Holidays at Hagley features early du Pont family holiday celebrations and traditions based on New Year’s and Twelfth Night with extended free admission to children 14 and under from Dec. 7 through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas).

First Saturdays in the First State – Holiday Open House at Woodburn
Saturday, December 7, 2013
On the first Saturday of each month, the First State Heritage Park offers a variety of free programs at each of the park's partner sites, including historical theater or hands-on events at the John Bell House, tours of the two capitol buildings in Delaware's capital city -The Old State House and Legislative Hall plus, much more. Walking tours leave from the John Bell House hourly from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This Saturday will include the annual Holiday Open House at Woodburn, the Governor’s House. Governor Markell and First Lady Carla Markell will greet visitors from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Admission is free.

Christmas In Odessa
Saturday, December 7, 2013
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.

Christmas in LewesChristmas Tour of Lewes
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This self-guided tour highlights historic homes decorated for the season. Several area churches will have special lunches and the Lewes Yacht Club will server lunch and host an indoor Craft Fair. Price will be $20 per person if purchased in advance by calling (302) 645-7670 or at the Ryves Holt House Museum Gift Shop at the corner of Second and Mulberry Streets or $25 per person if purchased the day of at the Museum Gift Shop or Lewes Chamber of Commerce on Kings Highway, Lewes, DE. Children under 12 free.

Cider Fest at Fifer Orchards
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Family Fun Including: free hot apple cider, holiday hayrides, smores by the plus, locally made holiday wreaths and fresh cut Christmas trees are available for purchase.

T.S. Smith & Sons 3rd Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shop from the farm market favorites including holiday baskets & find the perfect gift for your loves ones. Enjoy cooking demos, free samples, live holiday music, free wagon rides (weather permitting), and of course, Santa will be there from Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Mrs. Claus... so bring your camera and get your picture with them!

Home for the Holidays Parade (Dover)
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Parade begins at Noon
Enjoy the "Home for the Holiday" Parade in the capital city of the state of Delaware with your friends and family. The parade starts at noon and shoppers in downtown Dover will be provided free refreshments (beverages, cookies, etc.,). The event will also host various artists or entertainers and a Ginger Bread Scavenger Hunt after the parade from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brewery Tour at Fordham/Old Dominion Brewing
Saturday, December 7, 2013
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.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday and Sunday
Train departs at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Santa greets everyone on board the Wilmington and Western Railroad and gives all children a chocolate treat. He may even bring Mrs. Claus with him! Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland. Reservations are strongly recommended.

NutcrackerThe Nutcracker at the Schwartz Center for the Arts (Dover)
Saturday and Sunday
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Saturday), 2:00 p.m. (Sunday)
The Ballet Theatre of Dover brings this beloved tale for all ages to the Schwartz Center for the Arts. Come enjoy the magic of this holiday tradition at the Schwartz Center for the Arts!

Holiday Happenings in Bethany Beach
Saturday, December 7, 2013
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Bring the family to downtown Bethany Beach for carriage wagon rides, face-painting, visits with Santa and more. This year, the festivities will be moved outdoors to the park next to Town Hall. Illuminated Crepe Myrtles will line the path to Santa and photographs will be taken of all who share their Christmas wishes. In case of inclement weather, the festivities will be moved inside Town Hall. The celebration is free and all are welcome!

Lewes Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7, 2013
5:00 p.m.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Mistletoe & Holly.” The parade begins on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street.

Seaford Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7, 2013
6:00 p.m.
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. Recognized as the largest Christmas Parade on Delmarva, we are sure you won't be disappointed! Bring a chair or a blanket (or both!) for a cheery, enchanting evening.

Delaware 87ers vs. Canton at the Bob Carpenter Center (Newark)
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Canton. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Sankta Lucia Fest at Old Swedes Church (Wilmington)
Sunday, December 8, 2013
1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The festival of light and music at Old Swedes Church is a warm holiday tradition. Wearing a crown of candles, accompanied by her attendants, tomtes (elves) and star boys, Lucia ushers in the Christmas season. Please join us for this event co-sponsored by the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Suggested donation: $5/person; $10/family.

Bonus trip ideas:

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 11:49 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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