Happy Thanksgiving! Here are a few ideas on how to spend time discovering Delaware with your family and friends during the extended weekend!

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Weekend events:
Costumes of Downton Abbey
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 am–6:00 pm
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.

Thanksgiving Weekend Family Activities
November 28 – 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas in Victorian fashion! At the Hagley’s Museum, sample 19th century holiday dishes; play hide-the-thimble and other parlor games; and make old-fashioned Christmas ornaments. It’s a weekend full of activities, crafts, and games for the entire family. Call 302-658-2400 for tickets.

Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration
Recurring weekly till January 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday
Step back in time and tour of the Historic Houses of Odessa. Take a winter stroll through the town’s tree-lined streets and admire its 18th and 19th century architecture, which are all decorated for the holidays. For information of house tours, call (302) 378-4119

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 31, 2014
Mondays – Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.
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.

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Recurring weekly on Fridays, Saturdays till December 27, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Nothing says "Christmas" quite like “Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights” at the 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Claymont. Kids can run through the festive woodlands while parents enjoy the holiday displays. Roast some marshmallows, sip some hot cocoa, and meet the local four-legged residents. Admission is $10 for up to 5-people. All proceeds go to the care & feed of the rescued animals at 3 Palms! Call (302) 715-1326 for more details.

Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting & Hometown Sing-a-Long
Friday, November 28, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with Rehoboth’s annual holiday tree lighting and hometown sing-a-long. It’s a Rehoboth Beach tradition! Gather at the bandstand on Rehoboth Ave and join in on the fun! Call 302-227-2772 for more information.

Cider Fest at Fifer Orchards Farm
Recurring weekly on Saturdays till December 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Create special winter memories at Cider Fest. There’ll be lots of hot apple cider, holiday hayrides and s’mores by the fire. And they’re all free! It’s also a great opportunity to get your fresh cut Christmas Tree and Wreaths. Contact Fifer Orchards Farm at 302-697-2141.

Dover Downs Chocolate Festival
Saturday, November 29, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bring the family to celebrate the season with yummy chocolate confections – some for tasting and lots for purchasing. Chocolate, gifts, candy, holiday decorations and so much more will be in plentiful supply. Enjoy wonderful holiday music and song while browsing for great holiday gifts and nice treats for you.

51st Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Begins at 11:00 a.m.
Meet Santa and his elves, in person, at this year’s Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade. This year's parade will feature: local celebrities and dignitaries, marching bands, community organizations, floats and your favorite cartoon characters. For details, call (302) 655-5288.

Handmade for the Holidays – John Dickinson Plantation
Saturday, November 29, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Seasonal program in which visitors can learn to create and decorate cards through the art of paper quilling and stenciling, and write a personal note with a quill pen.

Steamin' Thanksgiving at Auburn Heights
Saturday, November 29, 2014
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Avoid the holiday madness and bring your family to Auburn Heights Preserve. Take a ride in antique cars or hop aboard on the Aubrey Valley Railroad. Get a mansion tour and enjoy special Thanksgiving-themed activities. For information, call 302-239-2385.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
November 29 – 30, 2014
12:30 pm. and 2:30 p.m.
Santa is making a special visit to the Wilmington and Western Railroad! Take a ride on the train with The Jolly Old Elf himself. Sweet treats will be handed out to children of all ages! Ticket prices vary from $16-$18. Children (under 2) are free. For more information, call 302-998-1930.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, November 29, 2014
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dewey Beach Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 29, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Dewey Beach Tree Lighting festivities will take place on Saturday, November 29, 2014 beginning at 6:00 PM at Fifer's Orchards market. Parking is free on any street in Dewey. Attendees are encouraged to bring their family, refreshments, and their Christmas Spirit!

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.