Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, don't forget to focus your lens on the First State and submit your images for the Delaware Tourism Office Seasonal Photo Contest. For more information, please visit We hope you have a great weekend!

Holiday Tax-Free Shopping Hot Spots:
Christiana Mall:

Concord Mall:

Dover Mall:
Tanger Outlets:

Cider Fest at Fifer Orchards

Saturday, December 17, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy free holiday hayrides, fresh made wreaths, fresh cut locally grown Christmas trees and a bonfire with a free smores kit. For more information, visit or call 302-697-2141. 

Walking Tour: Women of The Green at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, December 17, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Many women were innkeepers, political leaders and social figures throughout the history of The Green. Learn about the lives and contributions of these often-forgotten figures. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Tours begin at the John Bell House on The Green and are offered every hour beginning at 10 a.m. Last tour leaves at 3 p.m. Reservations not required. No fee. For more information, visit 

Civil War Christmas at Belmont Hall
Saturday, December 17, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
The second annual Christmas at Belmont Hall will be A Civil War Christmas.  Enjoy the beautiful historic home decorated for the season and get in the holiday spirit while learning how Christmas was celebrated 150 years ago during the Civil War. Enjoy music, reenactments and sleigh rides! For more information, visit

Lantern Tours at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Learn about the hard work and perils the surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service faced to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast. Enjoy a unique, guided lantern tour of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station museum with an interpreter in turn-of-the-century Life-Saving Service patrol garb. Then walk the same beach where the surfmen performed their nightly patrols more than 100 years ago, scanning the waters for signs of ships in distress. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration required. All ages; $10 per person. For more information, visit

Recurring Events

Christmas Weekends at Hagley Museum

Recurring until January 1, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each weekend from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, Hagley will feature seasonal and holiday activities. On weekends in December and on Jan. 1st as Hagley's gift to the public, admission is free for children 14 and younger. For more information, visit

"The Farndale...Christmas Carol!”
Performed by the Kent County Theatre Guild

December 2 – 17, 2011
Back by popular demand, the strangely compelling and compellingly strange presentation of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by the hardy troupers of the Dramatic Society, who will strive to overcome every obstacle - and there will be many - to present a more than slightly twisted version of the Yuletide standard. Evening performances will be on December 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, with a Sunday matinee performance at 2 PM on December 11. For more information visit, or call 800-838-3006.

Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses
Recurring weekly Wednesday - Sunday until December 30, 2011
Wednesday - Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.); Sunday (Noon - 4:00 p.m.)
New Castle's  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 VanDyke's residency.  At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols' Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Museums will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and open to the public Dec. 26 through 30. For more information, visit or call 302-322-2794.

Holiday Tours at Nemours Mansion & Gardens

Recurring daily until December 31, 2011

Enjoy the splendor of the season while we deck the halls, trim the trees and share our holiday spirit at the du Pont's late 18th-century estate Reservations are highly recommended for individuals and required for groups. For more information, please visit or call 302-651-6912.

Loblolly Acres Christmas Extravaganza!

Recurring until December 25, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Come on out to Loblolly Acres and take a scenic hayride tour of the farm to the stunning Christmas tree fields and pick out your perfect tree. Tag your tree and get 10% off your live tree or watch as our own lumber jacks cut down your tree (don't worry, we always replant in the spring!) so you can take it home for the Holidays. For more information,

Yuletide at Winterthur plus, enjoy seasonal tunes by various ensembles in the Galleries Reception Area from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

November 19, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Join us for a magical tour that will transport you to Christmases of old. Experience Winterthur's most beloved holiday displays from past Yuletides, and discover holiday traditions of Americans from the colonial period through World War II, including the introduction of the first Christmas trees decorated with goodies for children by Pennsylvania Germans in the 1800s. For more information, please visit or call 800-448-3883.

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Bonus trip ideas:

Delaware History Trail:

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail:

Delaware Geocaching Trail: