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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.

 

Categories: Things to Do, Weekend Events

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

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