Now is a time to give thanks – maybe for all the great things there are to do in Delaware every weekend! 

This guide to Black Friday tax-free shopping across the state will help you plan your shopping fun – including times and locations.

And here is a round-up of some of this weekend’s other fun. While you’re enjoying Delaware, please share travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Instagram and Pinterest and tag your post #Delagram.

OPENING WEEKEND: 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. 

OPENING WEEKEND: 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. 

 

Broadway Christmas Wonderland
Friday, November 25 – Sunday, November 27, 2016
Times vary
Playhouse on Rodney Square
$40-85
This is one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever. This most loved Christmas show features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole. Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas journey.

Thanksgiving Weekend at Hagley
Friday, November 25 – Sunday, November 27, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hagley Museum & Library
Included with admission
Bring your family and out-of-town guests to enjoy activities, crafts, and games. Sample historic holiday dishes inspired by nineteenth-century recipes from “The Hagley Cookbook,” play hide-the-thimble and other parlor games, and dress up in nineteenth-century clothes for a picture-perfect memory.

Dewey Beach Sip & Shop
Friday, November 25 – Saturday, November 26, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Dewey Beach
Free
We are excited to have even more vendors then last year so we will be expanding into the Starboard! We will also have local guitarist and music angel Chris Steele Saturday shredding! Tons of local incredible artists, photographers, wood workers, jewelry, packaged goods, holiday ornaments, woman's clothing, local incredible businesses, and much more all made local! We are also going to have a huge display of local artwork for sale. 

Rehoboth Beach Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-A-Long
Friday, November 25, 2016
6:30 PM
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
Free
It's a Hometown Tradition! Come to the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for a holiday sing-along at 6:30 PM and annual Tree Lighting at 7:00 PM.

Tracy Lawrence
Friday, November 25, 2016
9:00 PM
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
$25-45
Country music star Tracy Lawrence will grace the Rollins Center stage. Best known for his hits like “Sticks & Stones”, “Alibis” and “Time Marches On.”

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.

OPENING WEEKEND: 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. 

OPENING WEEKEND: 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.

OPENING WEEKEND: 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!

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.
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