Here’s What to Do Around Delaware This Weekend 

There's plenty to do in Delaware this weekend, including holiday markets, parades and Christmas-themed activities to celebrate the season.

Looking for things to do in Delaware this weekend? From art exhibits and seasonal festivities to craft fairs, music festivals and foodie fun, there’s always something happening in the First State.

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Friday, December 8

Go to Woodburn Illuminated

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For 18th- and 19th-century Americans, candle-lit illuminations, sometimes known as transparencies, were used to cheer, entertain, and celebrate. Woodburn Illuminated revives that spirit each year with a festival of candlelight. Stroll the grounds, enjoy the stately historic home, listen to live performances, sip hot cocoa, make s’mores and look forward to more holiday fun.

151 Kings Highway, Dover

Experience Noël at Nemours Estate

Tour festive displays in the 77-room mansion at Nemours Estate. With live music and other festivities throughout the season, this is a great way to get into the holiday spirit in Delaware. Plus, there are plenty of photo ops throughout the estate.

1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington


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Saturday, December 9

Go to the Annual Christmas Parade in Bridgeville

The town of Bridgeville’s annual Christmas Parade starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. The parade runs down Market and Main Streets. Enjoy apple dumplings and a warm beverage from Frozen Farmer as you watch the parade go by.

110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes

Check out This Year’s Schellville Enchanted Winter Celebration in Rehoboth

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Schellville returns for another season of holiday cheer. This is the perfect activity to follow Thanksgiving celebrations with the family. Look forward to ice skating, a holiday village, Christmas-themed markets and photo ops with Santa. Plus, plenty of delicious food and beverages will be available at the beer garden, snack shacks and Frosty’s food trucks.

36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, Rehoboth Beach


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Celebrate the Season at a Holiday Pop-up Bar

With festive cocktails, small plates or full menus and plenty of Christmas-themed photo ops for you and your friends, these Christmas pop-up bars are the perfect way to spend a weekend evening throughout December. Check out our list of four local favorites, including Blitzen and the Sleigh Bar.


Sunday, December 10

Shop Around Scout Cafe’s First Annual Holiday Market

This open-air holiday market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Scout Cafe’s back garden. This is the Wilmington newcomer’s first holiday market and, with a great list of vendors, a cozy atmosphere and a visit from Santa, it’s sure to be a fun afternoon. Plus, grab lunch and a drink inside the cafe before or after you shop around this weekend.

2316 Baynard Boulevard, Wilmington


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Have Brunch with Santa at Park Cafe

Enjoy brunch with Santa Claus at Park Cafe in Wilmington. Reservations are required, and the cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. There will be a brunch buffet, kids’ activities and a visit and photo op with Santa.

2510 West 5th Street, Wilmington

Want even more? Check out our Delaware event calendar guide, where you can also submit events of your own happening in the region.

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