Downton Abbey Arrives in March

Plus relive “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Biggs Museum this week and more holiday happenings in Delaware from 12/19 to 12/21


Downton Abbey Comes to Delaware

If you’re still waiting for season four of “Downton Abbey” to begin—and eager for the spring opening of Winterthur after all the holiday hoopla—let’s heighten the suspense. “Costumes of Downton Abbey” is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the show will be displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors can step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. In addition, Winterthur will host a range of lectures, workshops, and events for adults and families focusing on entertaining and country house life in Britain and the United States. A co-production of Carnival Films and Masterpiece, “Downton Abbey” depicts life in an aristocratic household of the fictional Earl and Countess of Grantham and is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed period dramas ever produced. It has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries and seven Emmys, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It was the most watched television series in both the United Kingdom and the United States and became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial “Brideshead Revisited.” By the third season, it had become one of the most widely watched television shows in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized “Downton Abbey” as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011. The costumes will be lent by Cosprop, the world’s leading costumier to film, television, and theater. Winterthur’s most popular exhibition, “Fashion in Film,” which attracted more than 42,000 people over its three-month run, also featured costumes by Cosprop. See “Costumes of Downton Abbey” beginning March 1.

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Dec. 19
Event [IN Wilmington Promotional Pick of the Week] Don’t miss the last night of Christmas Classics at Penn Cinema in Wilmington. Tonight’s feature: “Miracle on 34th Street.” See Kris Kringle do his thing. Does it get any better than that?… More
Event Secrets of the Brandywine River Museum Railroad spills all the choo-choo chatter you can handle by the man who knows, Steve Clarke, who puts the delightful display together each year… More
Event Enjoy sweets, create a holiday ornament and hear the classic story “A Charlie Brown Christmas” during Cocoa, Cookies and Story Time at the Biggs Museum of American Art. What kid wouldn’t love it? More

Dec. 20-21
Event Singers and orchestra perform Handel’s classic Messiah at Concord Presbyterian Church. Afterward, enjoy some fellowship and good cheer. ‘Tis the season… More
Event Enjoy a ride on the Holiday Lights Express, a 45-minute evening ride aboard Wilmington & Western Railroad’s heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad Doodlebug car covered with thousands of lights. Breathtaking… More
Event A Brandywine Christmas includes an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. A holiday classicMore
Event There is no greater dose of Christmas magic than “Miracle on 34th Street,” the story of a disillusioned little girl who learns how to believe again. See it at Wilmington Drama League… More
Event The tale of the loathsome Ebenezer Scrooge jumps the coast to the States during the Great Depression in “An American Christmas Carol,” a new take on the classic at Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach… More
Event What you’ll remember most about this exhibiton are the talented artists who interpreted this month’s theme, “Memories,” at Gallery One... More

Dec. 21
Event New Ark Chorale presents “Christmas Scenes,” featuring the premiere of “Missa Brevis for the Nativity” by music director Dr. Michael Larkin. See it at Newark United Methodist Church... More
Event He might love milk and cookies, but Saint Nick is no stranger to gourmet buffet breakfasts. Check it out during Breakfast with Santa at Longwood Gardens... More


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