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6 Can’t-Miss Holiday Happenings at the Delaware Beaches


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Christmas and Hanukkah will have come and gone before you know it, so make some time in your busy schedule to enjoy some holiday activities. There’s a lot going on, but we’ve rounded up a handful of events that will surely kick the holiday cheer into high gear.

Pop-Up Tree-Lighting at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

Friday, Dec. 6

Enjoy an off-centered holiday celebration for the whole family featuring a slew of jolly goodness, including:

  • A complimentary hot chocolate and hot apple cider bar with beverages served by cheerful elves
  • A merry lineup of warm cocktails, like spiked apple cider, spiked hot chocolate and mulled wine
  • Live Christmas carols by local musician, Savannah Shockley
  • Take-your-own festive holiday photos
  • The official lighting of the restaurant’s 13-foot Christmas tree

Please bring your new and gently used coats, as the restaurant is hosting a coat drive for Code Purple, a Delaware-based nonprofit that provides temporary housing to those in need when temperatures fall below freezing. The party starts at 6 p.m. and the tree will twinkle at 6:30 p.m.

320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 226-BREW

RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events Around Delaware

7th Annual Holiday Market

Saturday, Dec. 7

Join the town of Millville on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for its 7th Annual Holiday Market. Over 30 vendors will be set up at Millville Town Hall and across the street at the Millville United Methodist Church (MUMC) community building. There will be food available for purchase from Top Five BBQ Bakery plus raffle tickets to win various prizes from local businesses.

36404 Club House Road, Millville • 539-0449

Friends “Old & New” Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, Dec. 7

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library is hosting a sale of rare and collectible books and movies, new children’s books, holiday cards and other gift items on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Books will be available at prices 30–50 percent lower than internet prices. Admission is free and credit cards will be accepted for purchases of $10 or more.

Other items available include holiday ornaments and key chains with the City of Lewes seal, bejeweled bookmarks made by a local artist, tote bags and holiday greeting cards. Two handmade quilts pieced by local artists will be featured during this sale. Local author Nancy Sakaduski will be on hand to inscribe and sign her national-award-winning book, “The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay.”

Proceeds of the book sale benefit the Friends, a separate 501c(3) affiliate of contributing members who support the Lewes Public Library.

Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes • 645-2733

Lewes Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

It’s the 88th year for this parade, which starts at 5 p.m. and follows a route along Savannah Road to Second Street. The parade is followed by by a tree-lighting and caroling in Zwaanendael Park. The rain/snow date is Saturday, Dec. 14. For more information, visit leweschamber.com.

Lewes • 645-8073

Bethany Tree Lighting

Saturday, Dec. 7

The fifth annual lighting of the Bethany tree will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. on the Bandstand Plaza. Enjoy a special concert featuring the Southern Delaware School of the Arts Show Choir. Attendees are encouraged to bring hats, gloves, scarves and canned goods to be donated to local charities. There is no rain date.

214 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach • 539-8011

Dagsboro Christmas Parade

Wednesday, Dec. 11

The sixth annual Dagsboro Christmas Parade returns on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Enjoy floats, marching units, fire trucks and a visit by Santa. After the parade, Santa will be stationed at the Dagsboro Fire Hall to talk with the kids and get their Christmas wish lists. The parade begins at the entrance to Indian River High School on Main Street and comes into town, turning left on Clayton Street and ends at the Fire Hall. For more information, visit dagsboro.delaware.gov.

Dagsboro • 732-3777