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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware November 28 to November 30, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! Here are a few ideas on how to spend time discovering Delaware with your family and friends during the extended weekend!

Planning on shopping for Black Friday? Buy more for less in Delaware with tax-free shopping!

   - Black Friday hours and locations
   - From north to south - Plan your shopping excursion
   - Tips on finding the best deals

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.

Weekend events:
Costumes of Downton Abbey
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 am–6:00 pm
Get a behind-the scenes look at the fashions of the hit show “Downton Abbey”. Forty historically inspired costumes are on display now. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Go back in time and enjoy the holidays, as the du Pont’s would have in the 1800’s. The exhibit is full of holiday decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurring weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays till December 31, 2014
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The world-renowned home is a great holiday outing for the entire family. More than 100 rooms are decorated with Christmas trees, garlands and hand-painted ornaments. The mansion holiday tours are sure to take your breath away. For details, call 302-651-6912.

Thanksgiving Weekend Family Activities
November 28 – 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas in Victorian fashion! At the Hagley’s Museum, sample 19th century holiday dishes; play hide-the-thimble and other parlor games; and make old-fashioned Christmas ornaments. It’s a weekend full of activities, crafts, and games for the entire family. Call 302-658-2400 for tickets.

Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration
Recurring weekly till January 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday
Step back in time and tour of the Historic Houses of Odessa. Take a winter stroll through the town’s tree-lined streets and admire its 18th and 19th century architecture, which are all decorated for the holidays. For information of house tours, call (302) 378-4119

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 31, 2014
Mondays – Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Priceless antiquities stolen by ruthless grave robbers are now on display in Delaware. More than 100 pieces of recovered Italian art and artifacts, dating back from 2,700 years ago, are on exhibit at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to celebrate the holidays as one of America’s wealthiest families?
This is your chance to experience the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical tour of Winterthur, where they gathered every year to celebrate Christmas. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Recurring weekly on Fridays, Saturdays till December 27, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Nothing says "Christmas" quite like “Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights” at the 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Claymont. Kids can run through the festive woodlands while parents enjoy the holiday displays. Roast some marshmallows, sip some hot cocoa, and meet the local four-legged residents. Admission is $10 for up to 5-people. All proceeds go to the care & feed of the rescued animals at 3 Palms! Call (302) 715-1326 for more details.

Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting & Hometown Sing-a-Long
Friday, November 28, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with Rehoboth’s annual holiday tree lighting and hometown sing-a-long. It’s a Rehoboth Beach tradition! Gather at the bandstand on Rehoboth Ave and join in on the fun! Call 302-227-2772 for more information.

Cider Fest at Fifer Orchards Farm
Recurring weekly on Saturdays till December 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Create special winter memories at Cider Fest. There’ll be lots of hot apple cider, holiday hayrides and s’mores by the fire. And they’re all free! It’s also a great opportunity to get your fresh cut Christmas Tree and Wreaths. Contact Fifer Orchards Farm at 302-697-2141.

Dover Downs Chocolate Festival
Saturday, November 29, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bring the family to celebrate the season with yummy chocolate confections – some for tasting and lots for purchasing. Chocolate, gifts, candy, holiday decorations and so much more will be in plentiful supply. Enjoy wonderful holiday music and song while browsing for great holiday gifts and nice treats for you.

51st Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Begins at 11:00 a.m.
Meet Santa and his elves, in person, at this year’s Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade. This year's parade will feature: local celebrities and dignitaries, marching bands, community organizations, floats and your favorite cartoon characters. For details, call (302) 655-5288.

Handmade for the Holidays – John Dickinson Plantation
Saturday, November 29, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Seasonal program in which visitors can learn to create and decorate cards through the art of paper quilling and stenciling, and write a personal note with a quill pen.

Steamin' Thanksgiving at Auburn Heights
Saturday, November 29, 2014
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Avoid the holiday madness and bring your family to Auburn Heights Preserve. Take a ride in antique cars or hop aboard on the Aubrey Valley Railroad. Get a mansion tour and enjoy special Thanksgiving-themed activities. For information, call 302-239-2385.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
November 29 – 30, 2014
12:30 pm. and 2:30 p.m.
Santa is making a special visit to the Wilmington and Western Railroad! Take a ride on the train with The Jolly Old Elf himself. Sweet treats will be handed out to children of all ages! Ticket prices vary from $16-$18. Children (under 2) are free. For more information, call 302-998-1930.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, November 29, 2014
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.

Dewey Beach Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 29, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Dewey Beach Tree Lighting festivities will take place on Saturday, November 29, 2014 beginning at 6:00 PM at Fifer's Orchards market. Parking is free on any street in Dewey. Attendees are encouraged to bring their family, refreshments, and their Christmas Spirit!

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 3:01 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware November 21 to November 23, 2014

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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
Go back in time, to early 20th Century England and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! See up-close the fashions of your favorite characters of the hit TV series Downton Abbey. For tickets, call 800-448-3883.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurs daily till December 31, 2014
This holiday season, experience the beauty and grandeur of the historical Nemours Mansion. The dazzling Christmas décor at the du Pont’s former home will certainly get you in the mood for the holidays. For more information, call 302-651-6912

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 31, 2014
More than 100 pieces of priceless antiquities recovered from international art smugglers are now on display in Delaware. The pieces date back from 2,700 years ago. Be amazed by the stories behind their creation, the theft and recovery. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.

Fringe Festival – Wilmington
November 19 – 23, 2014
Fringe Wilmington is a celebration of unconventional & experimental art. Fringe Wilmington gives artists of all creative disciplines an opportunity to explore the outer edges of their art.

Murder Mystery Train on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Friday, November 21, 2014
Begins at 7:00 pm
It’s a "who dun it?" murder mystery about two girl detectives who try to solve “The Case of the Shaken, Rattled & Rolled Reporter.” It’s a family-friendly, interactive comedy crime skit. Desserts, water and sodas will be provided during the 2½-hour round-trip. Admission for adults is $42.00; seniors (60+) pay $42.00; children (2-12) get in for $22.00; and children (under 2) are FREE! For details, call 302-998-1930. All Aboard!

Starry Night – Star Gazing at Cape Henlopen State Park
Friday, November 21, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Explore the night skies in search of constellations and hear the stories of “how they came to be.” Ages 10 and up with a paying adult. Dress warmly. Limit 20. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852. $2 per person

Hiking Thompson Island (Delaware Seashore State Park)
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Go for a hike around Thompson Island Nature Preserve with a park interpreter. Learn about the island’s Native American presence and observe the abundant wildlife that calls this island home. Space is very limited so pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 227-6991 to register. Age: All Cost: Free

Stories of The Green Tour
Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tour are at the top of every hour
First State Heritage Park will present guided walking tours on the topic of The Green.  Tours meet at the John Bell House, 43 The Green, and leave every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Yuletide at Winterthur
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Walking Tour: Rock and Roll Mills – Hagley Museum and Library
Saturday, November 22, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Visitors explore the geology of the Brandywine Valley and its impact on the milling industry. Take home a piece of Delaware Blue Rock as a souvenir. Tour involves walking on uneven ground. Included in price of admission. Reservations requested, call (302) 658-2400, ext. 261. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Bike Ride on the Refuge
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy fall colors and hundreds of ducks, snow geese, and other waterfowl while biking through Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will discover how these and other birds use Delaware Bay wetlands during their migrations on the Atlantic flyway.

The temperature this time of year is often below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Please dress accordingly. Also, please bring a helmet and a bicycle with wide tires pumped full of air.

This event is free, but an entrance fee is required.

From Downton to Gatsby: Jewelry and Fashion from 1890 to 1929” at Winterthur Museum
Saturday & Sunday
1:00–2:00 pm
Join renowned jewelry expert Andrew Prince, who has created costume jewelry and tiaras for such period dramas as Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Young Victoria, and the hit PBS series Downton Abbey®, as he illustrates the intimate connections between the great jewelers and couture houses and this glittering period. Admission is $15 per Member and $25 per nonmember.

Scrooge performed at the Delaware Children’s Theater
Recurring weekly on Saturday and Sunday till December 14th
Begins at 2:00 pm
Start your holidays off right with this delightful musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. With toe-tapping music and unforgettable characters, follow Mister Ebenezer Scrooge on this magical night of his life where he finally sees the error of his ways and embraces the Christmas spirit. A treat for the whole family! For tickets, call 302-655-1014.

Night Sky at Killens Pond State Park
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Meet at the Campground Parking Lot Gaze at the night sky with a Naturalist and learn about the brightest stars and visible planets. Pre-registration required.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 2:29 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware November 14 to November 16, 2014

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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Recurring daily
Time is running out! Step into the world of Downton Abbey. Experience the fashions and life of the British upper-class in the early 1900’s. For tickets, call 800-448-3883.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
November 15 – December 31, 2014
Recurs weekly
Get into the holiday spirit by taking a tour of the renowned Nemours Mansion. Walk back in time and relive how the du Pont's would have celebrated Christmas. For more information, call 302-651-6912

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Fall Family Exploration Series at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, November 15, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Families will explore the Refuge and learn more about the habitats of Bombay Hook and the animals that live there. Fall Family Exploration Series for ages 7-10 years old. Different areas will be explored. The group will walk trails, dip net in wetlands, use binoculars, learn about wildlife, and have fun!

Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kick off the holidays at Fifer Orchards with free hayrides, free apple cider, free s’mores, and free cooking demos! There will also be local vendors with free samples and wares. The fun starts by calling 302-697-2141 for more details.

Walking Tour: “Workers’ World” at Hagley Museum and Library
Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Discover the fascinating stories of the immigrant workers who lived along the Brandywine and worked for the DuPont Company in the black powder manufactory. This is the only tour that offers in-depth commentary on Workers’ Hill. Tour involves walking on uneven ground. Included in price of admission and free for members. Reservations requested.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Tours begin at 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
Taste one of the best wines Delaware has to offer! Take a tour of the vineyards of Harvest Ridge. Admission is $5. Call 302-343-9437 for more information.

Lenape Living at Killens Pond State Park
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Begins at 3:00 p.m.
Learn what daily life was like for Delaware's native peoples. We will explore clothing, tools, cooking and hunting strategies. Pre-register by calling (302) 284-4299.

Fall Wagon Ride at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Begins at 4:00 p.m.
Ride to Cypress Point in our farm-wagon (straw hats and coveralls are optional)! Sign up for hayride at the camp store at least one hour before program. $4 adult, $2 child

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Nov 14, 2014 4:23 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Take your vacation to new heights when flying to and from the Wilmington Airport

Wilmington Airport DelawareImagine parking your car, walking to the terminal, checking your bag and going through security within 15 minutes or less. That’s the hassle-free experience travelers rave about at the Wilmington Airport when flying Frontier Airlines.

Whether you’re coming from South Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware, travelers save time and money when flying out of Wilmington. With free parking, discounted baggage fees when you check-in online and less drive time on I-95, you will save approximately $50 each time you fly through the Wilmington Airport.

Wilmington Airport Frontier AirlinesNot only will you save money but you will also save time! If you’re traveling with kids, Frontier Airlines at the Wilmington Airport is an ideal transportation option. Once through the quick security line, the gate is right there! Then, to board the plane you just have to walk outside. There are no long walks down airport corridors or running from gate to gate carrying the stroller and car seat. You will be amazed at the ease of your travel and friendliness of the Wilmington Airport staff.

Once aboard the plane, each seat comes with access to 20+ DirectTV channels during the flight for less than $5. No worries if you forgot to charge the iPad or DVD player to entertain the family on the flight. They’ve got it covered!

Wilmington AirportWith flights weekly to and from the Orlando International Airport, the Wilmington Airport gives travelers in Central Florida and surrounding areas easy access to the mid-Atlantic region. Planning a visit to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. New York City or Delaware? Using Delaware’s Wilmington Airport as your travel hub is an affordable alternative. Once you arrive at the airport there are rental car, limousine and taxi services as well as public transportation that can connect to you Amtrak, Greyhound or the major I-95 corridors.

Of course, you won’t want to miss everything that Delaware has to offer. The airport is within a 25-minute drive to exquisite DuPont Mansions and Gardens, scenic state parks delicious dining and tax-free shopping. Or head to southern Delaware to explore the cleanest beaches in the nation!

Don’t just take our word for it; here is what recent fliers had to say:

“My experience with Frontier has been great! Flying out of Wilmington has been so much more convenient to me than traveling out of Philadelphia or Baltimore. Normally traveling from Delaware, especially lower Delaware, requires me to build a great deal of extra time in my travel day. Flying from the Wilmington Airport has literally saved me wasted hours that I normally spent driving, parking, and trying to get through security. How many airports do you know of where you can park for free and less than 100 feet away from the terminal? Less traffic, no lines, no headaches, low fares, it’s a no-brainer.” – Jason from Delaware.

"My husband and I recently flew Frontier Airlines to Denver, CO out of Wilmington Airport. Who would of known that we didn't have to go to BWI or PHL to catch a flight? Frontier out of Wilmington, Delaware exceeded our expectations. It was 10x more convenient than I thought it would be. From the free parking almost door side, quick and easy check in, speedy security, two on ramps to board the plane-front and back, reasonably priced, and to top it off TV's in every seat - the trip was a pleasure." - Lindsey from Virginia

 

posted on: Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 11:52 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Black Friday Tax-Free Shopping Hours and Locations in Delaware 2014

Shop tax-free in Delaware during Black Friday and the 2014 holiday shopping season to find great deals on electronics, name-brand clothing and specialty items. 

Christiana Mall Delaware• The Christiana Mall located off I-95 in northern Delaware includes stores such as; Apple, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Anthropologie, Target, etc. Store openings begin Thursday, November 27th at 6:00 p.m. and will remain open till 1:00 a.m. Black Friday hours will be from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours and times vary based on the specific store locations. 

• The Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach will be open for 23 hours straight with their annual Moonlight Madness Sale! Beginning Thanksgiving night at 6:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Black Friday hours will be from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. They offer stores such as; Sony, Bose, kate spade, J.Crew, Tommy Bahama, etc. Find exclusive after Thanksgiving sales throughout the entire holiday weekend. 

• The Concord Mall located in northern Delaware includes stores such as; Best Buy, Sears, Boscov’s, Macy’s, H&M, etc. Stores within the Concord Mall will be open on Thanksgiving night from 6:00 p.m. - Friday at 10:00 p.m. Department store and restaurant hours may vary.

• The Dover Mall is located in Central Delaware off of Route 1 and includes stores such as; a Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Sears, Boscov’s, JcPenney, Macy’s, etc. Located within a 10-minute drive, are Best Buy, Delaware holiday shoppingTarget and Sam’s Club. Stores within the Dover Mall will begin opening at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 27th till 1:00 a.m. Black Friday hours will be from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Department store hours may vary.

• Delaware offers many charming boutiques especially in the historic downtown communities. Celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 29th 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:

Sign up for deal alerts on BlackFriday.com

Search through hotel listings and book a holiday shopping getaway online

Dine out in Delaware

Upcoming Delaware holiday events

Take a girls getaway

 

posted on: Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 3:38 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Check out the insider’s guide to Delaware’s best spots for last-minute gifts

We know the feeling. Christmas is just around the corner, and you still haven’t bought that extra-special something for that extra-special someone. We have a few winning suggestions for where to find the gifts your heart’s desire will love in tax-free Delaware:

Winterthur Store-- Check out the museum stores. Some of the best-kept secrets in Delaware are the shops that adjoin the major museums, each full of treasures that you just can't find anywhere else. One of our favorites is the artsy, tasteful store at Winterthur Museum, but there are also top shops at Hagley Museum and the Delaware Children's Museum.

-- Remember the small boutiques that fill many of the state's small towns, offering unique gifts and friendly help. Good bets for boutique shopping include Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Second Street in Lewes, Main Street in Newark; Walnut Street in Milford; and Delaware Street in Old New Castle.

-- Everyone likes food. Especially free food. Think about getting them that special treat from a grocery, or better yet, a gift certificate from a restaurant they'd like to try. Some sure-fire dining favorites in Delaware include Harry's Seafood Grill, Domaine Hudson, Mikimotos, Cultured Pearl, and many more. Scroll through the Delaware restaurant listings for ideas.

-- When thinking last-minute gifts, think "experiences." How about a gift certificate from the new trampoline park in Delaware? Or maybe a sailboarding lesson at the beach. Or even stuff their stocking with a passport getting them started on one of the Delaware Tourism Trails, which are low cost ways of exploring top attractions.

-- Make sure your holiday shopping trip is a "power shopping" trip. In other words, head for the spots in Delaware that offer the largest concentrations of retailers, so you can maximize your time. Stores are conveniently clustered in several key locations in Delaware -- along U.S. 40 in Bear and Glasgow, Concord Pike/U.S. 202 north of Wilmington; U.S. 13 in Dover; and Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach. See the Delaware the tax-free shopping page to find the perfect store.

 

posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 3:24 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Make it a holly, jolly winter with top holiday events in Delaware

There’s a special magic to the season this year and every year in Delaware, where holiday celebrations are a beloved and remarkably diverse part of the culture. The best take advantage of the state’s historic legacy – turning the Colonial village of Old New Castle into a scene from a Dickens novel, or transforming the lovely town of Lewes into a seaside celebration of light.

Others are just plain fun – a ride on an authentic steam train with Santa, or the city-wide celebration that is Newark’s Winterfest. When you’re looking for something a little more spirited to do in those weeks before the holiday hits, check out these top events:

Wilmington and Western RailroadSanta Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
November 29 – 30, 2014
Location: Wilmington and Western Railroad, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, DE 19808
Times: 12:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.
Admission: Adults: $18.00; Seniors (60+): $17.00; Children (2-12): $16.00; Children (under 2): Free
Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? 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.

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Fridays and Saturdays, November 28 – December 27, 2014
Location: 3 Palms Petting Zoo, 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
Times: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10.00
Phone: 302-715-1326
3 Palms Petting Zoo is transformed into a celebration of lights, giving visitors a chance to get a nighttime peek at Rosie the Raccoon and Peaches the Opossum. Roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate, enjoy holiday sounds, and whisper your special Christmas wishes in Santa's ear.

Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting & Hometown Sing-a-longRehoboth Beach Tree Lighting
November 28, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Bundle up and gather at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for the annual holiday tree lighting and hometown sing-a-long.

Georgetown Christmas Parade
December 4, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
The annual Georgetown Christmas Parade ushers in the holiday season with marching bands and floats designed to represent this year’s theme of “Simply Christmas.” The Georgetown Parade has also become known as the Christmas ‘Balloon’ Parade with nearly 1,500 helium balloons expected at this year’s parade.

Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll
December 5, 2014
Times: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Come enjoy live entertainment, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and sip cocoa as you stroll through downtown Milford.

Winterfest In Newark
December 5, 2014
Location: Downtown Newark, Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The entire family will enjoy an evening of holiday entertainment, roasting chestnuts, caroling, tree lighting and much more.

A Farmer's Christmas
December 6, 2014
Location: Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, 866 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901
Times: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $1- $5
See a real woodworker and a blacksmith at work. Listen to carolers in St. Thomas Church and watch a live woodstove cooking demonstration in a real summer kitchen. Visit our Loockerman Landing Train Station for some ghost stories. There will be lots of holiday crafts for children to make and take home, historical craft demonstrations inside, and holiday music.

Christmas Tour of Lewes
December 6, 2014
Location: Downtown Lewes, Delaware
Admission: Advance tickets $20 each; $25 on the day of the tour. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult
Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This self-guided tour features this lovely seaside town’s historic houses decorated for the season. Several area churches have special lunches, and the Lewes Yacht Club has lunch and an indoor Craft Fair.

Christmas in Odessa InteriorChristmas in Odessa
December 6, 2014
Location: Historic Odessa, 506 High St., Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $15.00 - $20.00
The Colonial-era homes of Odessa are the stars of this self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings decorated for the holidays. In addition to the house tour, many special events are included in the ticket price.

Sankta Lucia Celebration
December 7, 2014
Location: Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church, 606 Church St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Times: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
In Sweden, the traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia is still marked by light and music. That tradition comes alive at the annual celebration at Old Swedes Church. An authentic ceremony is accompanied by Swedish refreshments and tours of the Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas.

Dickens Christmas historic New Castle"A Dickens Experience" in Historic New Castle
December 13, 2014
Location: Amstel House, 2 East Fourth St., New Castle, DE 19720
Times: 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: Free
The Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" comes to life on the streets of Old New Castle, featuring candlelight tours at Read House & Gardens, musical performances and other entertainment. Visitors will walk from one historic site to the next along New Castle's charming brick sidewalks, lined with festive luminaries, and may even meet a group of carolers along the way.

Milton Holly Festival
December 13, 2014
Location: Milton Fire Station, 116 Front Street, Milton, DE 19968
Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Holly Festival features fine handcrafts (in the Fire Hall and in Goshen Hall); sales of unique decorative crafts, gifts and holiday treats (by area merchants); the very popular Holiday House Tour (at 2:30); and of course a visit from Santa.

Festive Foods - Holiday Hearth Cooking Demonstrations
Saturdays from December 13 – 27, 2014
Location: Historic Houses of Odessa, Second and Main streets, Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Imagine the crackle of a blazing fire and the delicious flavors of holiday cooking. Join the Historic Odessa Foundation for a hearth cooking demonstration featuring mouthwatering 18th century foods.

 

posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 2:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

This year, see Christmas through the eyes of the DuPonts

The holidays were special times in the DuPont family. No expense was spared in making their mansions suitably splendid for the holiday seasons, places where the elaborate decorations outdone only by the sumptuous feasts.

Today, you can relive those days of holiday grandeur at each of the three public museums that now occupy these mansions – Winterthur, Hagley and Nemours. Each year, people from around the country make it a point to lift their holiday spirits with a visit, or to perhaps enjoy a special visit with Santa. Here are the highlights that await:

Yuletide at Winterthur - ImageWinterthur Museum, Garden and Library: This massive mansion is decked out each year in the most tasteful decorations, with the aim of re-creating the look and feel of how holidays were celebrated by the DuPont family when this was their home. Highlights include a woodland path in the winter garden (part of a 1,000-acre rolling meadow preserve), several walk-through room and food displays, and vistas of elaborately decorated trees. Winterthur also offers many events, workshops and performances during the holiday season, including Yuletide Brunches and appearances by Santa. November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Holidays at Hagley Exhibit - ImageHagley Museum and Library: The DuPont family’s ancestral home -- Eleutherian Mills – is transformed over the holidays, transporting visitors back to the Christmas spirit of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights of the Holidays at Hagley celebration include a full schedule of events, including seminars, family programs, gift-making activities, brunches, and tours. November 28, 2014 – January 6, 2015.

Nemours Mansion Holiday ToursNemours Mansion & Gardens: At Delaware's most ornate DuPont mansion, annual Holiday Tours give visitors a chance to see how the family celebrated the season. The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. November 8 – December 31, 2014.

 

posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 2:03 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware October 31 to November 2, 2014

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.

Autumn Shores Getaway
October 31 – November 2
Friday at 8:00 p.m. – Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Book an Autumn Shores Getaway at Delaware Seashore State Park. Take guided hikes through Thompson Island Nature Preserve, enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise plus, overnight stays at the Indian River Marina Cottage.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Paranormal Adventures at Fort Delaware State Park
Friday, October 31, 2014
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Diamond State Ghost Hunters Inc. and park staff for a 3-hour recreational paranormal investigation. $40 per person, advance reservation only.

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more!

First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tour begins at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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.

Autumn Leaf Special to Hockessin on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Train departs at 2:30 p.m.
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 2½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer.

Autumn Hayrides at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. Call (302)-655-5740 to register and reserve your spot. Cost is $5 per person.

Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights
Sunday, November 2, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Experience a day filled with old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Ride in the 1/8-size steam trains and antique autos, see the world's largest operating collection of Stanley Steamers, sample free popcorn from a steam-powered popper, and enjoy family fun for all ages.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 3:37 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware October 24 to October 26, 2014

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.

25th Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers’ Festival
October 24 – 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate 25 years of "Wicked, Wild, & Wonderful!" at the Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers' Festival. Don't miss the costume parade, fiddlers' festival, horse shows, sea witch hunt, beach games, broom toss, rocking bandstand entertainment, trick or treating, costumed dog parade, 5K Race, and more!

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Old New Castle Hauntings in History Walking Tour
Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of Old New Castle!

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more!

Trick or Treat with Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Trick or Treat with Kalmar Nyckel! Wear your costume, bring your candy bag and join the captain and crew for 1 ½ hour sails on the Christina River departing from Dravo Plaza. Passage for all sails is $35 for adults and $20 for youth 17 & under. Reservations are highly recommended.

Hayrides at Hagley
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Included with admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Twin Lakes Harvest Fest
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
This adult-only event features live music and the Twin Lakes Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest.  German food, a pumpkin weight contest, Twin Lakes honey and growlers.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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.

Autumn Leaf Special to Hockessin on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Train departs at 2:30 p.m.
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 2½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer.

Lantern Tour at Indian River Life-Saving Station
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Begins at 6:00 p.m.
Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 227-6991 to register. All Ages $10 per person.

Ghosts in the Graveyard at Old Swedes
Saturday, October 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hear ghostly tales and legends. See if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes. Reservations required.  Tours are an hour long and begin every 30 minutes.

Historic Haunts in Lewes
Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Let the paranormal investigators of Delmarva Historic Haunts lead you on an exploration of the curious happenings in historic Lewes. Visitors will investigate the ghostly happenings at four historic buildings, including the Cannonball House, Burton Ingram, Rabbits Ferry, and the Old Doctor's Office.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Tours
Sunday, October 26, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Find out what happens behind the scenes at Bombay Hook and other National Wildlife Refuges. Visitors can explore its attractions throughout the day. Those who do will hit the trail, watch for birds and more.

Steamin’ Halloween at Auburn Heights
Sunday, October 26, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join Auburn Heights for a family-friendly Halloween. In addition to all of the usual Steamin' Day fun, enjoy special Halloween-themed activities. For more information call 302-239-2385.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 24, 2014 3:30 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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