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Delaware is home to fun festivals and year-round events, come discover what’s happening during your visit.

During spring, history comes to life with the family-friendly Dover Days Festival and the season blooms into colorful landscapes at the Mt. Cuba Center Wildflower Celebration. As the summer heats up, the East Coast’s premier music experience, Firefly Music Festival, brings big-name music acts to Dover. Then, summer celebrations continue with Fourth of July in the First State, featuring fireworks, concerts and more.

Fall brings high-flying action at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition, as well as witches and fiddles during the Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival. In October, get a taste of local wineries and breweries during the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival. To round out the year of fun events, during the holiday season, experience the du Pont mansions decked out in their holiday splendor.

Searching for upcoming events? Visit the Delaware Tourism Office blog for the latest updates on weekend events in Delaware. 

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Saturday Dec 20, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015
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. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first… More

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Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting

Starting December 20, 2014
  • Location: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Address: 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
  • Venue: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Times: Wednesday (Open from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - tour at 5:00 p.m.); Saturdays (Open from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - tour at 1:00 p.m.)
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Enjoy a relaxed and 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. More

James Joyce's The Dead

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Opera Delaware Studios
  • Address: 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: City Theater Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8:00 p.m.
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City Theater Company invites you down to the pub for a proper holiday party this December, as they open their season with "James Joyce's The Dead" - an Irish play with live music that celebrates love and life in a way only the Irish can. More

Mid-Atlantic Ballet presents The Nutcracker

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Mitchell Hall Theater at the University of Delaware
  • Address: South College & Amstel Avenues (The Green), Newark, DE 19716
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Varies
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It's Downtown Newark's Longest Running Nutcracker! The Mid-Atlantic Ballet is pleased to present the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Delighting our hometown audience for years, Mid-Atlantic Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker is one of the most beloved performances of the year. Your family will be delighted with the show's holiday party, dancing dolls, and the gift of a Nutcracker to a little girl named Clara. Witness a daring battle between mice and soldiers, whirling snowflakes, and a… More

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, And I'm Home For The Holidays

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Delaware Theatre Company
  • Address: 200 Water St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Delaware Theatre Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Varies
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Peace on Earth? Joy to the World? Not this December! In the sequel to his Off-Broadway hit comedy My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!, comedian Steve Solomon returns to Wilmington with all new stories of Christmases and Hanukkahs past, complete with bickering parents, motherly guilt trips, and teenage daughter drama. Once everybody arrives home at Grandma's house, the riotous holiday celebration begins, where if you're under age 55 you still sit at the kid's table and… More

47th Annual Nutcracker Ballet

December 20 – 21, 2014
  • Location: DuPont Theatre
  • Address: 1007 North Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: DuPont Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Varies
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Wilmington's very own annual Christmas tradition at the DuPont Theatre since 1967. The complete Nutcracker experience with a full orchestra and chorus, world class Principal Dancers from New York City Ballet, 85 dancers, an enchanting snow scene, and a one-horse open sleigh. This holiday season, you and your loved ones will be treated to something very special, a performance that lifts your holiday spirit and a wondrous experience that evokes joy and happiness to kids of all ages. More

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights

December 20 – 27, 2014
  • Address: 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
  • Venue: 3 Palms Petting Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Fridays & Saturdays Nov. 28 - Dec 27 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Weather Permitting We would like to invite you to our 3rd annual Holiday event! More lights than last year, nothing says "Christmas" quite like 3 Palms! We’ve spruced up the season with a warm inviting atmosphere. Some of our featured displays include: Christmas Island, Classic Nativity, Rudolph & Friends, and we even have a Partridge and a Pear Tree! Enjoy a walk through our festive woodland & see the Zoo at… More

"Big the Musical"

December 20 – 28, 2014
Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” \ presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the holidays. Being an adult looks fun when you’re a kid, and vice versa. Go on a fascinating journey of discovery when little Josh Baskin walks a mile (and a month) in suddenly large shoes. “Big the Musical” is a reminder that life is as much fun as we make it, and to love who we are … at any age. For the “Big”… More

Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration

December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015
  • Location: Various
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 PM – 4:30 PM
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Step back in time at the Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration- an annual tradition celebrating the season through interpretive scenes from classic literature. Some of the homes in the tour include: The Corbit-Sharp House, furnished for the late 18th century period, is a historic house museum that is owned and operated by Historic Houses of Odessa. Other properties managed by the organization include the 1769 Wilson-Warner House, 1700 Collins-Sharp house, 1822 Cantwell's Tavern, and… More

Yuletide at Winterthur

December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission. More

Holidays at Hagley

December 20, 2014 – January 6, 2015
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. Dried flowers, greenery, fruits, and other natural materials create a beautiful holiday ambiance accentuated by soft lights and Christmas music. This year’s exhibit is inspired by the winter pastimes and pursuits of the property’s former residents. Exhibit included in… More

On-Going Events

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad

December 20 – 21, 2014
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. More

The Nutcracker

December 20 – 21, 2014
Wilmington’s Holiday Tradition—the Nutcracker at the Grand—with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Wilmington Children's Chorus. Tickets: Adults $28-48, students 18 and under 50% of adult price, seniors and groups $5 discount. Discounts not available online. Call 1-800-37-GRAND.  Remember ballet tickets make great gifts; one size fits all. Want to add to your family's magical Nutcracker experience? Join us for the Nutcracker Tea before the Sunday Matinee show. Purchase… More

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team

December 20 – 21, 2014
“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… More

Yuletide Brunch with Santa at Winterthur

December 20 – 21, 2014
Enjoy a delicious  festive brunch with Santa and take picturss with him! Make your Holidays magical at Wintethur! For reservations, call 302-888-4826. More

Holiday Light Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad

December 20 – 23, 2014
  • Location: Wilmington and Western Railroad
  • Address: Greenbank Station 2201 Newport Gap Pk, Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Venue: Wilmington and Western Railroad
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 5:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M., 8:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M.
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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. More

Festive Foods - Holiday Hearth Cooking Demonstrations

December 20 – 27, 2014
The crackle of a blazing fire and the delicious flavor of holiday cooking …. Join the Historic Odessa Foundation for a hearth cooking demonstration featuring mouth watering 18th century foods. More

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

December 20 – 31, 2014
  • Location: Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Address: Alapocas Drive and Route 141, Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Venue: Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: various
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The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. More

Titanoboa!

December 20, 2014 – January 25, 2015
From a fossil bed 60 million years deep comes the largest snake in the world!  Measuring 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile.  This exhibit is an amazing look at a lost world and the incredible creatures that inhabited it. More

Outdoor Ice Skating

December 20, 2014 – February 28, 2015
  • Location: Riverfront Wilmington
  • Address: 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Riverfront Wilmington
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: M-T 4-9pm, F 4-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm
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A brand new winter holiday attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  This family-oriented attraction will be fun for all ages and perfect for birthday parties, corporate events and more.  Hours may vary to accommodate school holidays.  Exact times, dates and special programs will appear on the rink's website.  Admission is $7 (ages 13 & up) and $5 (age 12 & under).  Skate rental is $3 per skater. More

 

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