Christmas Officially Arrives with the Return of a Longwood Christmas on Nov. 28

PLUS: Kellie Pickler performs at Dover Downs, Rehoboth hosts its annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-a-long and more.


‘Tis the Season

You’ve waited 11 months for it—A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens, which begins Nov. 28. In the Conservatory, fruit-adorned trees tower as high as 18 feet, as  red and green apples float in an artistic pattern in the Exhibition Hall. This year, the Music Room display pays homage to the Green Room at the Hotel du Pont  with trees of sugared fruit and a lavish holiday tea set for 18 guests. In the outdoor gardens, there are more colorful lights on display than ever. The expanded outdoor experience features a floating tree display, hundreds of sparkling snowflakes, twinkling tree forms, a 12-foot fountain of lights and more. A Longwood Christmas runs until Jan. 12. Already underway are a Brandywine Christmas at the Brandywine River Museum and Yuletide at Winterthur till Jan. 5. At the Brandywine, see dozens of rare antique dolls dressed in beautiful clothing, some in rooms filled with handcrafted furnishings and miniature paintings by members of the Wyeth family. The model railroad,, one of the largest modular layouts in the country, features five trains on 2,000 feet of track through a landscape inspired by southeastern Pennsylvania. Then, of course, there are thousands of whimsical critter ornaments and decorations handcrafted from natural materials by volunteers. At Winterthur, see how generations of du Ponts celebrated the holidays. From sparkling trees to stunningly decorated rooms, there’s something for everyone. Perennial favorites such as the dried flower tree, the March Bank tree, the beautiful decorations, place settings, and faux food may inspire your own holiday decorating and entertaining. This year Yuletide explores lights and wedding celebrations of the mid-1800s. Discover how lights were used not only to brighten long winter nights but also to enrich holiday experiences before electricity. Wedding customs include a display of a candlelit ballroom with a chalked floor that artists would draw as an especially elegant feature for partygoers. Two new rooms join the tour this year—McIntire and Franklin—to highlight these wedding celebrations.

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Nov. 27
Event Catch country cutie Kellie Pickler as she strides on in to town to do her thing at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino… More
Event A glass of wine, beautiful decorations, live jazz, twinkling lights—what else could you need? See Winterthur Museum all dolled up for the holidays during Yuletide Jazz and Wine More
Event Oh, tannenbaum. Enjoy Delaware Hospice’s Festival of Trees in Kent County at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Cokesbury Village in Hockessin and at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Catch it before it ends Dec. 1 More

Nov. 28
Event Join the Gobble Walk at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville to walk for hunger on Thanksgiving morning.  Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. Entry fee is a canned good… More
Event The traditional Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for MS in Wilmington includes competitive 5K and 10K runs, as well as a non-competitive 5K walk and a kiddie fun run, each led by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Afterward, party down… More

Nov. 29
Event [IN Wilmington Promotional Pick of the Week] “I talk about my life; it is the funniest thing I can think of,” says comedian John Pinette. See his  “Still Hungry” tour at the DuPont Theatre. You will rollMore
Event Don’t miss the Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-a-long in Rehoboth.  It’s a tradition. Gather at the Bandstand and get ready to sing… More
Event Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses is something special. The Amstel House in New Castle is decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in Colonial times. At the Dutch House, celebrate St. Nichols’ Eve. The month-long celebration starts tonight… More

Nov. 29-30
Event Get inside real artists’ studios on the annual Thanksgiving weekend Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour. Enlightening... More
Event When Alice starts slipping down the Rabbit Hole, hold on tight to your seats. The Lewis Carroll masterpiece “Alice in Wonderland” comes with some crazy characters at the Second Street Players in Milford... More

Nov. 30
Event On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, downtown comes alive with marching bands, floats, dance troupes, special guests, politicos and, of course, Santa, during the Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade. It’s year 49... More
Event Get your post-Thanksgiving chocolate stupor on in style. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino plays host to its annual Chocolate Festival. Enjoy a holiday marketplace, an ice-carving competition and a pop-in by a guy in a red suit... More

Nov. 1
Event Chesapeake City Winterfest begins today with live bands, carolers and, of course, the entire Claus clan. Tonight’s signature event is the holiday tree lighting in Pell Gardens... More


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