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Delaware Winter Festivals and Events

Delaware’s historic towns and charming nooks come alive during the holiday season, thanks to Yuletide tours, dazzling light displays, stage classics, festive parades and other events that capture the joy and spirit celebrated each year in the First State. Winter festivals and events in Delaware take place from early November through the first week of January and include holiday-themed exhibits at museums like Hagley Museum and Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library; house tours in historic Lewes and Odessa; and parades in towns both large (Wilmington) and small (Milton). And while Delaware’s beaches are known as the capital of summer fun, the town of Rehoboth offers one of the state’s most iconic symbols of the season when it lights its 30-foot tree.

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Thursday Dec 18, 2014

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Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration

December 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

December 18 – 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

Outdoor Ice Skating

December 18, 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

Friday Dec 19, 2014

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Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights

December 19 – 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.
  • Visit Website
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

December 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

December 19 – 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

Outdoor Ice Skating

December 19, 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

Saturday Dec 20, 2014

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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.
  • Visit Website
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

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
  • 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 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

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

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

Sunday Dec 21, 2014

Calendar of Events

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
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