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A Dickens Experience in Historic New Castle
Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Old New Castle
Free
The New Castle Historical Society will help bring the Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" to life on the streets of New Castle as part of the Spirit of Christmas! Admission will be free for the day at the Amstel House, which will be decorated for a traditional colonial holiday celebration, and the Dutch House, which will feature a celebration of St. Nicholas' Eve.

Dogfish Distillery Spirited Weekend
Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11, 2016
All Day
Dogfish Inn
Prices vary
Come spend two nights with us in Delaware for one epic trip that will include a visit to every single Dogfish Head location with a focus on the Dogfish Distillery and spirited concoctions. You know you want to! The event will begin and end at the Dogfish INN.

OPENING WEEKEND: Holiday Lights Express
Friday, December 9 – Friday, December 30, 2016
4:00 – 10:00 PM
Wilmington & Western Railroad
Adults: $12, Seniors: $11, Kids: $10 (free under 2)
Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday lights). Many of our trackside neighbors decorate their homes and yards for our passengers to enjoy. Reservations are STRONGLY suggested. Trains will not be running on December 12, 13, 14, 24, & 25th.

Horizon Riverfront Rink
Friday, November 25, 2016 – Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Times vary
Wilmington Riverfront
$5-8 ($3 for skate rental)
Justison Landing Green, will be transformed into Wilmington’s own “Rockefeller Center” with holiday decorations, twinkling lights, and festive music. The beautiful green grassy area will give way to a 72’ x 120’ skating rink. The rink will be able to accommodate approximately 350 skaters at a time. Horizon Services Riverfront Rink will not only bring a fun winter tradition of skating to downtown Wilmington, it will also offer numerous programs and promotions throughout the skating season. 

Winter WonderFEST
Friday, November 18 – Sunday, January 1, 2017
Times vary
Cape Henlopen State Park/Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
Prices vary
Drive through a Cape Henlopen State Park filled with the bright, beautiful colors of the two-mile “Light Spectacular” holiday light show, which includes more than 60 awe-inspiring displays. Enjoy the fun at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, which will become the “Christmas Village.” The village will have an ice skating rink, live music, indoor holiday workshops, a strolling Santa and carnival rides, including a giant Ferris wheel. The event kicks off Friday, Nov. 18 with a 5K run and two-mile walk around Light Spectacular. Right after that, there will be an opening night party at Lewes’ Crooked Hammock Brewery, a part of LaVida Hospitality Group. The next night vehicle tours of Light Spectacular begin. Park gates open at 5 PM. The tour is open Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 21. From then until Jan. 1, it will be open every night. Admission to Light Spectacular is $15 for cars, $30 for vans, and $50 for busses. Discounts are available in advance for groups bringing multiple vehicles. The Christmas Village Nov. 25. It is open Friday and Saturday through Dec. 22 and then every day between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1.

Holidays in Odessa
Tuesday, November 15 – Saturday, December 31, 2016
Times vary
Historic Odessa
Prices vary
Step back in time at the Historic Odessa's annual Holiday Celebration - a seasonal tradition of interpreting scenes from classic literature. This year you're invited to tour the National Historic Register Wilson-Warner House transformed into vignettes inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman's tale of THe Nutcracker and The Mouse King ; 2016 celebrates the book’s bicentennial (200 years) reacquainting us with the beloved characters and remembering fantastic scenes.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Times vary
Nemours Mansion & Gardens
Prices vary
Experience rooms beautifully decorated with historical artifacts, enjoy dazzling Christmas trees decked out with hand-painted ornaments and decorations from the early 1900s to the present. Come discover the elegance of Nemours Mansion during the holidays.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Sunday, January 8, 2017
Times vary
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Included with admission
Delight in and be inspired by visions of holidays of old at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration.

Holidays at Hagley: A Child’s Delight
Friday, November 25, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017
Times vary
Hagley Museum & Library
Included in admission
The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration of Twelfth Night. This display features toys, games and dolls. 

Old Fashioned Christmas at Bellevue Mansion
Saturday, November 26 – Sunday, December 18, 2016
Times vary
Bellevue State Park
$15
Step back in time into the beautifully decorated Bellevue Mansion at Bellevue State Park. Visit with Father Christmas, sit and listen to stories/sing with storyteller, take some time to view the train display custom designed for the holiday by the First State Model Railroad Club. The Mansion in all its glory will provide you not only an old fashioned experience but also provide you with many holiday picture taking opportunities throughout the site. 

Santa Claus Express
Saturday, November 26 – Sunday, December 18, 2016
Times vary
Wilmington & Western Railroad
Adults: $18, Seniors: $17, Kids: $16 (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. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland. This event has assigned seating, please call the office for arrangements. Reservations are strongly suggested, sell out is likely.

Santa’s House on the Boardwalk
Saturday, November 26 – Sunday, December 18, 2016
Times vary
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Free
Santa has announced his hours and house location. Santa’s House will be on the Rehoboth Boardwalk at the end of Rehoboth Avenue! Stop by and tell Santa your Christmas wish list! There is no charge to visit Santa; donations are appreciated. Remember to bring your camera!

Cider Fest
Saturday, December 3 – Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fifer Orchards
Free
Saturdays only - Free: Hot apple cider, hayrides, s'mores by the fire - Fresh-cut locally grown Christmas trees - Fresh locally made wreaths - Handcrafted gift baskets - Special guests each Saturday .. and so much more!

Christmas Village
Saturday, December 10, 2016
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Harvest Ridge Winery
Free
Join Harvest Ridge Winery for an evening of shopping, eating, and drinking! They'll have the fire pits out and will be all decked out as a Christmas Village. Vendors of all types will be on site for you to browse and shop. So come, sip, stroll, and shop at the winery. They'll also have delicious Polish food served up by The Polish Connection LLC.

2nd Saturday Garden Walk
Saturday, December 10, 2016
8:00 AM
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Included with admission
Come discover Conifers and the Winter Garden.

Historic Milton Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:30 – 6:30 PM
Milton Historical Society
$20 ($25 day of)
A tour of several of Milton’s most charming homes, the Milton Historical Society and Museum, Milton Town Hall, the Milton Arts Guild Gallery at the Studios on Walnut, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, all beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany Beach
Saturday, December 10, 2016
11:00 AM
Bethany Beach Bandstand
Free
Celebrate the holidays in style by the seaside at Weekend Wonderland in Bethany. Every Saturday in December prior to Christmas, shoppers and visitors can take advantage of great shopping, fun activities and be part of the caroling around the Christmas Tree on the Bandstand to end the day. 

Winter Arts Festival
Saturday, December 10, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Delaware Art Museum
Free
Join the Delaware Art Museum to celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Arts Festival! This family-friendly weekend event features 20 regional artisans selling their wares and holiday gifts. Local school and community choirs will perform live, festive music as families roam and participate in holiday-themed art projects.

Bonus trip ideas:
Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.
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 Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.
Discover the top things to do in Delaware.