Tis’ the season to enjoy special moments with family and friends. Relish the magic, the beauty and the excitement of the holidays at these popular Delaware Holiday Attractions. Kids of all ages will enjoy the lights, the trees, the music and all these popular Delaware destinations for a fun experience during the Holiday Season. The below list of events are the perfect addition to other holiday excursions – like doing some tax-free shopping at Delaware’s malls and boutiques.

Here are a few of the best holiday events and attractions in Delaware, just to get you started on your trip:

Winter WonderFEST
November 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017 (clink link above for specific dates)
Location: Cape Henlopen State Park and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal
Admission to Light Spectacular: $15 for cars, $30 for vans, and $50 for buses
Times: Gates open at 5:00 PM
Drive through a Cape Henlopen State Park filled with the bright, beautiful colors of the 1.5-mile “Light Spectacular” holiday light show, which includes more than 90 awe-inspiring displays. Enjoy the fun at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, which will become the “Christmas Village.” The village will have an ice skating rink, live music, indoor holiday workshops, a strolling Santa and carnival rides, including a giant Ferris wheel

Yuletide Tour at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
November 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Location: 5105 Kennett Pike (Del. 52), Winterthur 19735
Admission: $20. Reservations recommended.
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Open Daily
This grand mansion is an awe-inspiring holiday sight, with its already lavish rooms decorated in the same ways that the DuPont family did when this was their home. Be sure to check out the majestic dried-flower tree (with more than 60 varieties). Other highlights include a woodland path in the winter garden (part of a 1,000-acre rolling meadow preserve), and vistas of elaborately decorated trees. Winterthur also offers many events, workshops and performances during the holiday season, including Yuletide Brunches and appearances by Santa. This year, you won’t want to miss the unveiling of the Doll House.

Holidays at Hagley Museum and Library
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Location: Hagley Museum, 201 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington 19807 (use main entrance off Del. 141)
Admission: Adults $14, Children 6-14 $5, Children 5 and under and Hagley Members free.
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily
See how the holiday traditions of France were brought to America by the DuPont family when they started their empire here on the banks of the Brandywine River. The original American mansion of the DuPonts will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of holiday entertaining and the celebration of Twelfth Night.

Twilight Tours at Hagley Museum and Library
December 12, 2017 and on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for the remainder of the month (December 13, 19, 20, 26, 27)
Location: Hagley Museum, 201 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington 19807 (use main entrance off Del. 141)
Admission: Adults $10
Times: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (tours leave on the half hour)
Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America, dressed for the holidays and illuminated with softly glowing lights. Lace, fresh greenery, poinsettias, and dried flower arrangements adorn holiday displays throughout the residence. 

Holiday Lights Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
December 8 – 23 & 26- 30, 2017
Location: Wilmington & Western Railroad, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, DE 19808
Admission: Adults: $13; Seniors (60+): $12; Children (2-12): $11
Times: Departs 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday lights). Many of our trackside neighbors decorate their homes and yards for our passengers to enjoy.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
November 25- December 24, 2017 on Saturdays and Sundays
Location: Wilmington & Western Railroad, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, DE 19808
Admission: Adults: $19 Seniors (60+): $18 Children (2-12): $17 Children under 2: FREE Times: Departs 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
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. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland.

Sankta Lucia Celebration at Old Swedes Foundation
December 10, 2017 Location: Old Swedes Church, 606 N. Church Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Admission: Adults $10
Times: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Join us for a traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia, a holiday that is still marked by light and music in Sweden today. The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society and Old Swedes Historic Site co-sponsor the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia at Old Swedes Church.

Christmas Tour of Lewes
December 2, 2017
Location: Downtown Lewes, Delaware
Admission: Advance tickets $25 each; $30 on the day of the tour. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult
Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stroll at your own pace through this charming seaside town, enjoying the historic homes in their Holiday best. Festivities will accompany the day at Lewes Historic Complex, including a Christmas Antiques sale, Bake Sale, and Holiday Greens Sale, capped with a Christmas Parade and tree lighting.

Holidays in Odessa
November 14 – December 31, 2017 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day)
Location: Historic Odessa, 506 High St., Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Varies
Step back in time at the Historic Odessa's annual Holiday Celebration - a seasonal tradition of interpreting scenes from classic literature.

Christmas in Odessa
December 2, 2017
Location: Historic Odessa, 506 High St., Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Advanced: $20, Adults: $25, Kids (6 to 12): $10, Kids (under 6): Free
The Colonial-era homes of Odessa are the stars of this self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings decorated for the holidays. Be sure to also check out the Christmas Craft Shop at the Appoquinimink Training Center, 118 South 6th Street, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Freshly cut greens will also be for sale at the barn behind the Wilson-Warner House, where visitors can enjoy demonstrations on wreath making and flower arrangements using the greens.