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 Shopping Hot Spots:
Christiana Mall:

Concord Mall:

Dover Mall:

Tanger Outlets:

Mr. Dickens Comes to Dover at First State Heritage Park
Friday, December 9, 2011
Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Experience an unforgettable one-man retelling of the beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. The performance takes place in Rose Cottage, an 1860s building in the heart of Dover’s Victorian District. Refreshments will be served in a setting enhanced by Victorian-style seasonal decorations. Admission is limited to 50. To reserve, please call (302) 739-9194. Admission is $10. For more information, visit

Milton Holly Festival
Saturday, December 10, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Milton is having their annual Holly Festival in the Milton Firehall across from the public library. There will be tons of great Christmas craft vendors to shop! For more information, visit or call 302-684-1101.

27th Annual Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 10, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the Delaware Art Museum Council, the Holiday House Tour is always a seasonal highlight! This year’s tour features eight remarkable studios and beautiful Wilmington, Greenville, and Centreville homes bedecked for the holiday season. Sponsored by Nordstrom. For more information, please visit or call 302-571-9590.

New Castle by Candlelight
Saturday, December 10, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Visitors will walk from one historic site to the next along New Castle’s charming brick sidewalks, lined with festive luminaries, and may even meet a group of carolers along the way! For more information, visit or call 302-322-2794.

Holly-zoo Days at the Brandywine Zoo
Sunday, December 11, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon at the zoo to rev up your holiday spirit! Walk amongst your wild friends that reside at the zoo, sip a warm beverage, listen to festive music, and round off your trip with a visit to the “Zootique” gift store! Free with paid admission to the Zoo. For more information, visit

Fezziwig's Christmas Party featuring the Ardensingers at the Smyrna Opera House
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Begins at 2:00 p.m.
This fun presentation will focus on a Dickens' type Christmas party where you, our guests, will enjoy a variety of holiday music, both Victorian and modern. And, in traditional festive spirit, the Ardensingers will feature a few selections from the Messiah, along with other holiday-related skits and entertainment. For more information, visit or call (302) 653-4236.

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

Scrooge! Performed by Clear Space Theatre Company
November 25 - December 11, 2011
Thursday-Saturday 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 3:00 p.m.
The Clear Space family tradition is back for another spirited holiday season full of ghosts, greed and great singing and dancing! Our very own original musical version of the classic Charles Dickens tale has been re-vamped for its annual production, featuring a brand-new cast. 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.

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.

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.

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Recurring weekly

Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum with free admission on Sundays, thanks to the support from AstraZenena. For more information visit, or call 302-571-9590.

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Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail:

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail:

Delaware Geocaching Trail: