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Event Calendar

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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Sunday Dec 21, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

December 21, 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

Calendar of Events

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum

Starting December 21, 2014
Admission to the Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. The admission fee is waived thanks to support from generous individuals. The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. More

47th Annual Nutcracker Ballet

December 21, 2014
  • Location: DuPont Theatre
  • Address: 1007 North Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: DuPont Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Varies
  • Visit Website
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

"Big the Musical"

December 21 – 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 21, 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
  • Visit Website
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 21, 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 21, 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 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 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

Yuletide Brunch with Santa at Winterthur

December 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 21 – 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.
  • Visit Website
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

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

December 21 – 30, 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

December 21 – 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
  • Visit Website
The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. More

Titanoboa!

December 21, 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 21, 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
  • Visit Website
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

Monday Dec 22, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

December 22, 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

Calendar of Events

Nancy Josephson Exhibit

December 22 – 24, 2014
  • Location: The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery in the Carvel State Office Building
  • Address: 820 N. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Times: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit Website
The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to present a selection of works by Nancy Josephson, Individual Artist Fellow in Craft. The exhibition presents a series mixed media work. Josephson makes extensive use of beads and sequins to create contemporary icons. More

"Big the Musical"

December 22 – 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

Yuletide at Winterthur

December 22, 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 22, 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

Holiday Light Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad

December 22 – 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.
  • Visit Website
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

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

December 22 – 30, 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

Titanoboa!

December 22, 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 22, 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
  • Visit Website
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

Tuesday Dec 23, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

December 23, 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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