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Holiday Events


Nov. 18-20, Dec. 2-4

Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees in Hockessin and Milford benefits Delaware Hospice. | www.delawarehospice.org

Nov. 19-Jan. 8

Yuletide at Winterthur
You ain’t seen the holidays until you’ve seen them at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Special events, performances and workshops throughout the season are the sprinkles on the snowflake sugar cookie. | Wilmington, www.winterthur.org

Nov. 24-Jan. 8

A Longwood Christmas
Put a twinkle in your eye with half a million holiday lights, thousands of poinsettias and trees galore at Longwood Gardens. | Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org

Nov. 25-Jan. 1

Holidays at Hagley
​Eleutherian Mills, the 1803 du Pont ancestral home, puts on the ritz for the holidays—du Pont approved. | Wilmington, www.hagley.org

Nov. 25-Jan. 8

A Brandywine Christmas
Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. | Chadds Ford, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Nov. 27-Jan. 7

Chesapeake City Winterfest
Enjoy more than a month of Christmas activities at the canal, including holiday lights, carolers, carriage rides and more. | Chesapeake City, www.chesapeakecity.com

Weekends thru Dec. 23

Santa Claus Express
Meet and greet the man himself during a ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad. | Wilmington, www.wwrr.com

Dec. 1-31

A Swedish Christmas
Visit the Hendrickson House on the grounds of Old Swedes Church in Wilmington to learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays. | Wilmington, www.oldswedes.org

Dec. 1-30

Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses
The Amstel House in New Castle is decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in Colonial times. At the Dutch House, celebrate St. Nichols’ Eve. | New Castle, www.newcastlehistory.org

Dec. 1

The Polar Express: Read-Aloud Pajama Night
Get snuggly in your p-jams and join new friends at the Brandywine River Museum of Art to delight in the treasured holiday tale. Hot chocolate, cookies and coziness included. | Chadds Ford, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Dec. 2

Reindeer Run and Romp
The race begins at 7 p.m. and supports Special Olympics Delaware. | Newark, www.sode.org

Dec. 1-3

Christmas Weekend in Lewes
Festivities include a Merchants’ Hospitality Night, a parade, a house tour, an art show and sale, a tree lighting and caroling. | Lewes, www.leweschamber.com

Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10

Cider Fest
Hot apple cider, s’mores by the fire, holiday hayrides and Santa Claus await visitors at Fifer Orchards. | Camden-Wyoming, www.fiferorchards.com

Dec. 3-4

The Nutcracker
Kick off the season with one of Wilmington’s most enduring holiday traditions, “The Nutcracker” ballet. This year, the Christmas spectacular is 50 years in the making, but young Clara is as exciting and exquisite as ever. See it at The Playhouse on Rodney Square. | Wilmington, www.theplayhousede.org

Dec. 3

Holiday Greens Workshop
Families create wreaths or table arrangements from an unusual collection of greens, seeds, fruits and ribbon at The Delaware Center for Horticulture. | Wilmington, www.thedch.org

Dec. 3

Christmas in Odessa
This year, celebrate 52 years of holiday huzzah in Odessa. This one-day tradition features a self-guided tour of historic private homes and buildings that have been decorated for the season. | Odessa, www.christmasinodessa.com

Dec. 3

Christ Church Green Show
Find holiday arrangements, wreaths, gifts and displays at Christ Church. | Greenville, www.christchurchde.org

Dec. 3

Art League Holiday Open House
The Rehoboth Art League offers a great collection of fine arts and crafts and gift items. | Rehoboth Beach, www.rehobothartleague.org

Dec. 7

Children’s Christmas Party
Santa visits the Brandywine River Museum of Art, plus face painting, model trains and more. Wear your best holiday gear! | Chadds Ford, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Dec. 10-11

Winter Arts Festival
Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a truly unique sampling at the Delaware Art Museum. Find hip gifts like book art, glass art, jewelry, stoneware, hand-dyed silk accessories and more. The family fest also boasts holiday crafts throughout the museum. | Wilmington, www.delart.org

Dec. 10, 17

Breakfast with the Trains
Join in a behind-the-scenes visit with the Brandywine River Museum of Art Railroad. | Chadds Ford, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Dec. 9-30

Holiday Lights Express
Enjoy an evening ride on Wilmington & Western’s heated 1929 railcar. | Wilmington, www.wwrr.com

Dec. 10

Spirit of Christmas
This town-wide event offers tours of decorated historic houses and churches, a tree lighting and caroling. | New Castle, www.newcastlehistory.org

Dec. 10

Milton Holiday House Tour
Take a self-guided tour of Milton homes decorated in holiday splendor. | Milton, www.miltoncenturyclub.com

Dec. 10

Holly Festival
Santa, wreath-making demos, local crafters, merchant sales and holiday goodies and more. | Milton, www.historicmilton.com

Dec. 11

Sankta Lucia Celebration 
Enjoy a traditional celebration of light and music at Old Swedes Church, followed by a tour of the Hendrickson House. | Wilmington, www.oldswedes.org

Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve
The Brandywine Zoo offers family activities such as a sparkling apple cider toast as the clock strikes noon. | Wilmington, www.brandywinezoo.org

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