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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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Sunday Dec 08, 2013

Featured Events

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

December 8, 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

"Delaware 87ers vs. Canton"

December 8, 2013
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Canton. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now. More

Brunch with Santa

December 8, 2013
Bring the kids to share their holiday wishes and have their photo taken with Santa while enjoying a delicious family brunch! More

Lesson and Carols Service

December 8, 2013
Musical program of traditional and modern Christmas music presented by Wesley College Music Department and guest musicians. Service held at historic Barratt's Chapel. More

Sankta Lucia Fest

December 8, 2013
Sankta Lucia Festival Sunday, December 8, 1 pm and 3:30 pm The festival of light and music at Old Swedes Church is a warm holiday tradition. Wearing a crown of candles, accompanied by her attendants, tomtes (elves) and star boys, Lucia ushers in the Christmas season. Please join us for this event co-sponsored by the Delaware Swedish Colonial Society. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Suggested donation: $5/person; $10/family. For reservations:… More

The Story of My Life

December 08 – 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 08 – 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 08 – 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 08 – 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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

Go Ape at Lums Pond State Park!

December 8, 2013
  • Location: Lums Pond State Park
  • Address: 1068 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
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The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear.  Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Overall there are 5 individual sections within the course - rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings including Double Stirrups, and stunning views that take you higher into the forest canopy.  The Park also offers biking and hiking trails, a disc golf course,… More

The Nutcracker

December 8, 2013
The Ballet Theatre of Dover brings this beloved tale for all ages to the Schwartz Center for the Arts. The story tells of how a young girl risks her life to save an ugly Nutcracker doll and breaks an age-old spell that transforms him into a handsome prince who takes her on a magnificent journey to the Kingdom of Sweets. The story unfolds into a whirlwind of dances to Tschaikovsky's immortal music...from battling rats, swirling snowflakes, dancing Candy Canes, a magical Gingerbread house, and… More

"The Story of My Life" at DTC

December 08 – 22, 2013
Music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, book by Brian Hill, directed by Bud Martin.  Through the rich melodies of this heartwarming musical, the audience accompanies two friends through their adventures, struggles and discovery that love is what binds us together. More

Santa Claus Express

December 08 – 22, 2013
  • Location: Wilmington and Western Railroad
  • Address: Greenbank Station 2201 Newport Gap Pk, Wilmington, DE 19808
  • Venue: Wilmington and Western Railroad
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Train departs at 12:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.
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Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride the 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. Reservations are strongly recommended. More

Yuletide Brunch with Santa

December 08 – 22, 2013
Saturdays and Sundays in December (except December 28 & 29), 9:00 am–2:00 pm Santa will appear from 9:00–11:00 am $34.95 per person; children, ages 2–12, half off, children under 2 are free. Members receive 10% discount on parties of up to four. For reservations, call 302.888.4826. More

Decorating Delmarva Holiday Fest

December 08 – 29, 2013
This 2nd Annual 16-night event will take visitors on a 2 mile tour through the North Pole, holiday lights, and community built displays and will conclude in Santa's Village. In Santa's Village there will be nightly festival events held in an activity area for children including, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment. More

Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses in Historic New Castle, DE

December 08 – 29, 2013
  • Location: Amstel House
  • Address: 2 East Fourth St., New Castle, DE 19720
  • Venue: Amstel House
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wed-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4
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The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke’s residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums. More

Annual Holiday Art Market at the Newark Arts Alliance

December 08 – 31, 2013
  • Location: Newark Arts Alliance
  • Address: 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, DE 19711
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Tuesday-Sunday), 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. (Thursday and Saturday)
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Shop for locally made art and crafts for holiday gift giving. Art by local artists is guaranteed to be unique and to make your loved ones feel special. Eleven artists selling jewelry, mosaics, felt ornaments, photography, watercolors, handweaving, fiber art, pottery, tie dye and batik and window ornaments. A portion of the proceeds benefits NAA programs.  More

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

December 08 – 31, 2013
  • 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: 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Sunday), 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Tuesday to Saturday)
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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. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries, and outstanding works of art. Following the house tour visitors are taken on a guided bus tour through the Gardens. One of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America, it extends one third of a mile along the main vista from the house. The… More
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