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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 Nov 29, 2014

Featured Events

Dewey Beach Tree Lighting

November 29, 2014
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! More

Handmade for the Holidays – John Dickinson Plantation

November 29, 2014
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. More

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

November 29, 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 November 29, 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

Dover Downs Chocolate Festival

November 29, 2014
Bring the family to celebrate the season at the Dover Downs Chocolate Festival. 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. More

Jim Brickman On A Winter's Night

November 29, 2014
This year, Jim Brickman brings together the sounds of the season with On A Winter's Night. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a "crowd-pleaser," Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his accessible instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations such as Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, and Wayne Brady… More

Steamin' Thanksgiving at Auburn Heights

November 29, 2014
Skip the post-Thanksgiving shopping madness and bring the family out to Auburn Heights in support of a local organization. In addition to all of the usual Steamin' Day fun, enjoy special Thanksgiving-themed activities. For information please call 302-239-2385. More

The Wilmington Jaycees’ 50th Annual Christmas Parade

November 29, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Wilmington
  • Address: Market St. and 5th Street, Wilmington, DE
  • Times: 11 a.m.
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This year's Parade will again feature: Local celebrities and dignitaries, Marching and String Bands, Community organizations, Floats and attractions, Statewide Pageant Winners, Your Favorite Cartoon Characters. And the Star of the Show - Santa Claus! Elves will be accepting Christmas wish lists from children for Santa. Children who provide their name and address will receive a response from Santa in December. More

Walking Tour: “Sights, Sounds, and Smells”

November 29, 2014
In this walking tour of the powder yard, guests experience an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the black powder process and can try their hand at graining some powder. The tour ends with an explosive finish! 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 More

Thanksgiving Weekend Family Activities

November 29 – 30, 2014
Bring your family and out-of-town guests to explore Hagley’s holiday traditions. Sample 19th century holiday dishes like roast duck, play hide-the-thimble and other parlor games, and make Victorian Christmas ornaments. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a day of activities, crafts, and games. Included in admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. More

Cider Fest

November 29 – December 13, 2014
Enjoy hot apple cider, holiday hayrides, and S'mores by the fire, fresh cut locally- grown Christmas trees, fresh locally-made wreaths, handcrafted gift baskets, learn great gift ideas and buy holiday goodies at Fifer Orchards. More

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights

November 29 – December 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

Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration

November 29, 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

November 29, 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

November 29, 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

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings

Starting November 29, 2014
  • Location: Harvest Ridge Winery
  • Address: 447 Westville Road, Marydel, DE 19964
  • Venue: Harvest Ridge Winery
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
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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. More

Rockwood Mansion Ghost Tours

November 29, 2014
Ages 12 & up. Featuring an introduction to the paranormal activity at the Rockwood Mansion. After a brief orientation the group will visit the first and second floors of the mansion. Visitors will be able to test paranormal investigation instruments and hear stories and experiences of those who lived and worked in the mansion. More

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad

November 29 – 30, 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


November 29 – December 14, 2014
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! Directed by Donna Swajeski.  Special show on Dec 12 at 7:30 PM featuring Fezzywig Wine and Christmas Punch. More

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

November 29 – December 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

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

November 29 – December 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


November 29, 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


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