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Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Last month you have a chance to get a behind-the scenes look at the fashions of the hit show “Downton Abbey”. Forty historically inspired costumes are on display now. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.
Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Go back in time and enjoy the holidays, as the du Pont’s would have in the 1800’s. The exhibit is full of holiday decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.
Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurring weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays till December 31, 2014
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The world-renowned home is a great holiday outing for the entire family. More than 100 rooms are decorated with Christmas trees, garlands and hand-painted ornaments. The mansion holiday tours are sure to take your breath away. For details, call 302-651-6912.
Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 30, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. on Saturdays
Priceless antiquities stolen by ruthless grave robbers are now on display in Delaware. More than 100 pieces of recovered Italian art and artifacts, dating back from 2,700 years ago, are on exhibit at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.
Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to celebrate the holidays as one of America’s wealthiest families?
This is your chance to experience the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical tour of Winterthur, where they gathered every year to celebrate Christmas. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.
Slam Dunk to the Beach
December 27 - 29, 2014
The state’s foremost showcase of national high school basketball talent will return to the Delaware beaches, as the Delaware Sports Commission relaunches the iconic Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament. The rejuvenated tournament is set to tip off Dec. 27-29, 2014 at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.
Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Friday and Saturday
Friday - 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Satuday - 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It’s a brand new holiday attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront! It’s tons of winter fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under. Call 302-425-4890 for more information.
Trains and the Planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Recurring weekly till January 3rd
Friday - Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you love trains, you can’t miss the 5th annual large scale model train layout inside the main hangar. Kids of all ages will enjoy these garden scale locomotives that are over 36" long and can weigh upwards of 40 pounds. Before planning trip, make sure you check the museum’s holiday hours.
Guided Tours at First Heritage State Park
Friday, December 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Take-in the rich history of Delaware at First State Heritage Park! You will be able to either take self-guided or guided tours at the following sites: Biggs Museum, First State Heritage Park Welcome Center, John Bell House, Johnson Victrola Museum, and The Old State House. On Friday-Sunday, Legislative Hall will be closed and Sunday the John Bell House will be closed.
Birdwalk at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, December 27, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group and provide tips and advice to all interested birders.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. the Delaware 87ers
Game begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country. Conveniently located and affordably priced, 87ers games tip off regularly at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center, just of the Interstate 95 exit and close to shopping, dining and more. Parking is always free -- and be sure to check out the Kids Zone.
Bonus trip ideas:
Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.
Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.
Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.
Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.
Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.