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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.

 

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

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