Holiday Events

What to do, see and attend during this magical season.

Nov. 18-20, Dec. 2-4

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

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,

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,

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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,

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,

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,

Weekends thru Dec. 23

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

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,

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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,

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,

Dec. 2

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

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,

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,

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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,

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,

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,

Dec. 3

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

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,

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,

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,

Dec. 10, 17

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

Dec. 9-30

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

Dec. 10

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

Dec. 10

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

Dec. 10

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

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,

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,

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