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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.

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Saturday Dec 07, 2013

Featured Events

"Trains and Planes" exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum

December 7, 2013 – January 2, 2014
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time.  Authentic sound and includes both diesel and steam-era trains.  Open daily, free of charge. More

Calendar of Events

Brewery Tour

Starting December 7, 2013
  • Address: 1284 McD Drive, Dover, DE 19901
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11:00 AM, 12:30, 2:00 and 3:00 PM
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Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. More

Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo

December 7, 2013
Register soon for Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo! Everyone knows Santa loves reindeer but many don’t know how much he loves the Brandywine Zoo animals. This event is extra special because you’ll get to dine with Santa as well as our our Brandywine Zoo Director and our Delaware Zoological Society Director for breakfast! Then, share your holiday wishes and take a photo with Santa, decorate cookies, and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters. Finish the morning by strolling… More

Christmas In Odessa

December 7, 2013
Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays. In addition to the house tour, we have many special events which are included in the ticket price. Our tour takes place in historic Odessa, Delaware. Odessa is half-way between Wilmington and Dover at the intersection of Delaware Routes 13 & 299. More

Christmas Tour of Lewes

December 7, 2013
The Christmas Tour of Lewes is part of Christmas Weekend in Lewes. This self-guided tour gives the Society a chance to show off its historic houses decorated for the season. In addition, several private homes are selected each year to bring even more Yuletide cheer to our quaint town on the bay. Several area churches have special lunches, Lewes Yacht Club has lunch & an indoor Craft Fair. $20 per person if purchased in advance by calling (302)645-7670 or at the Ryves Holt House Museum Gift… More

Family Caroling Workshop

December 7, 2013
Adults and kids will make jingle bells and toy drums and learn popular holiday songs. The afternoon will end with a caroling expedition throughout Hagley. Reservations are required. Special program fee charged. Use Hagley’s main entrance. More

Holidays at Hagley

December 7, 2013
Holidays at Hagley exhibits, events, and programs will feature early du Pont family holiday celebrations and traditions based on New Year’s and Twelfth Night. And we are extending free admission to children 14 and under from Dec. 7 through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas). “The New Year in the Residence,” exhibit in the du Pont family ancestral home. “du Pont Family Gift-Giving Traditions,” exhibit in the library. Holiday-Themed Family Adventure Backpacks, with activities… More

Lewes Christmas Parade

December 7, 2013
The theme for this year’s parade is “Mistletoe & Holly.” The parade begins on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street. More

Loblolly Acre's Open House and Holiday Extravaganza

December 7, 2013
Loblolly Acres Holiday Extravaganza is fun for the entire family. Stop in during our open house, 9-5 pm to visit with Santa, take a scenic hayride tour of the farm, visit the petting zoo, complete with two mini pigs and alpacas!, kids can play in the straw maze,fun play area, get face painting, play in the corn pit and on the Big slide! Take some time to browse the gift shop gift shop and find a unique gift for the special someone. Also stay for lunch in the café with homemade soups and… More

Public Tours of Historic Kent County Courtroom #1

December 7, 2013
  • Location: Tours meet at the John Bell House
  • Address: 43 The Green, Dover, DE 19901
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
  • Times: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
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The First State Heritage Park will add a new public tour to its roster of monthly First Saturday events. The final stage of the recent Kent County Courthouse construction project was the restoration of the original portion of the Courthouse on The Green including its historic Courtroom #1, both of which date back to 1874. The history of Dover is closely tied to the history of Delaware’s courts, and to William Penn’s 1683 establishment of Dover as the site for these courts to meet.… More

Santa At the Plank House

December 7, 2013
  • Location: Smyrna Museum
  • Address: 11 S. Main St., Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Venue: Smyrna Museum
  • Times: 2-4 pm
Santa will visit with children in the 1790's Plank House at the Smyrna Museum, More

Seaford Christmas Parade

December 7, 2013
Parade route begins at Nylon Blvd and Pennsylvania Avenue, marches east up High Street past the Judge’s stand at Mt. Olivet’s parking lot, turns north (left) at Market Street, and ends at Seaford Middle School. Recognized as the largest Christmas Parade on Delmarva, we are sure you won't be disappointed! Bring a chair or a blanket (or both!) for a cheery, enchanting evening. More

Cider Fest

December 07 – 14, 2013
Family Fun Including: -FREE Hot Apple Cider -FREE Holiday Hayrides -FREE Smores by the fire -Fresh-cut Locally-grown Christmas Trees -Fresh Locally made Wreaths -Handcrafted Gift Baskets -Great gift ideas and holiday goodies -Special guests each Saturday More

The Story of My Life

December 07 – 22, 2013
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 200 Water St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Delaware Theatre Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Varies depending on performance
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A tale of two friends who couldn’t imagine life without each other – until one of them could and the once inseparable pair separate. Through the rich melodies of this heartwarming musical, the audience accompanies these two friends through their adventures, struggles, and discovery that love is what binds us together. Afterwards, see if you don’t find yourself Googling the name of some long-lost friend who you simply let fade away. Starring Ben Dibble and 2013 Tony Award… More

A Swedish Christmas

December 07 – 28, 2013
A Swedish Christmas Dec. 4-28, 10 am – 4 pm God Jul alla!* Experience Christmas Swedish style at the 17th century Hendrickson House. See traditional decorations and crafts, learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays through tours of our historic site. *Merry Christmas, everyone! More

Exhibit: Taverns, Taprooms & Tippling Houses of Early New Castle

December 07 – 29, 2013
  • Location: Old Library Museum
  • Address: 40 East 3rd Street, New Castle, DE 19720
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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"Taverns, Taprooms & Tippling Houses of Early New Castle" explores the history of New Castle’s early taverns that served travelers and others between the 1650s and the 1840s. New Castle had several taverns operating in the city at any given time. Most were located along Delaware Street and The Strand because those were the locations that were most convenient for travelers and people coming into town for court sessions. You'll meet the tavern-keepers and discover why taverns… More

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

December 07 – 31, 2013
  • Location: Green Room, Hotel du Pont
  • Address: 11th and Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Green Room, Hotel du Pont
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The Centennial Tea features our new centennial tea blend, created especially for the Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration.  This tea is infused with a burst of pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality, to commemorate our commitment for 100 years.  Also featured at our Centennial Tea are various blends from the Delaware Art Museum and several DuPont Estates in the Brandywine Valley.  Choose from Longwood, Winterthur, Hagley, and Nemours teas. Throughout the year,… More

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell

December 7, 2013 – January 5, 2014
American Moderns features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the fascinating half-century from 1910 through 1960. The exhibition’s major themes include cubist experiments, images of modern structures, and stylized renditions of traditional subjects, such as landscapes and still life arrangements. The pictures feature a cast of engaging characters including a tattoo artist, a confidence man, boxers, and independent women. More

Make Your Own New Year's Calling Gift

December 7, 2013 – January 5, 2014
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 201 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Venue: Hagley Museum and Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 9:30-4:30
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Participate in the long-standing du Pont family tradition of presenting small, handcrafted gifts to those you visit on New Year’s Day. Children and adults can learn about the tradition and make their own calling gifts on weekends. Included with admission. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 and Jan. 4-5 More

The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

December 7, 2013 – January 5, 2014
On loan from the Birmingham Museum of Art, this unique exhibition features hand-painted portraits of individual eyes. In this late-18th-century art form, fragile watercolors were meticulously dabbed on tiny pieces of ivory ensconced in jewelry forms. Lavishly adorned with jewels, the portraits set into brooches, rings, lockets, pendants, small boxes, toothpick cases, most from England, are few in number. The collection the Skiers have assembled is considered the largest of its kind, with only… More

Yuletide at Winterthur

December 7, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Experience traditions of the past and dazzling entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour. Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is sure to be a feast for your eyes. In addition to the magical Yuletide tour, a full series of special events, performances, and workshops will help to make your season bright. More

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

December 7, 2013 – January 6, 2014
The latest major exhibition at Winterthur delves into how maps in the 18th and 19th centuries they were key to the American experience and became the social glue that bound a young nation into a community. The exhibition features traditional maps on paper rare and interesting map–related objects from Winterthur’s collection, illustrating American's changing interactions with maps. More

Holidays at Hagley

December 7, 2013 – January 6, 2014
See the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, dressed for the holidays. Check www.hagley.org/events.html for activities, such as carolers, sales at the Hagley Store, and other events. Closed Christmas. More

Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon

December 7, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Seventy-five years ago on October 27, 1938, a brand new material named nylon was announced to the public. Created in DuPont’s labs, nylon replaced silk in the ladies hosiery industry. Nylon was so popular that its early sales created near riots because demand was so high. Hagley’s exhibition will discuss the early development of nylon and its impact on the fashion industry. Exhibition included with admission. The exhibition will be open through March 31, 2014. More

On-Going Events

"Home for the Holidays" Parade

December 7, 2013
Enjot the "Home for the Holiday" Parade in the capital city of the state of Delaware with your friends and family. The parade starts at noon and you will be provided refreshments (beverages, cookies, etc.,) free to shoppers. The event will also host various artists or entertainers and a Ginger Bread Scavenger Hunt after the parade from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. More
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