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Enjoy These Holiday Events in and Around Delaware

Photo courtesy of Carlos Alejandro

There are many holiday events to enjoy around Delaware this year, including lights displays, theatrical performances and more.

Here are highlights of what’s happening in December in the area as reported by the organizations listed. For hours and other information, please check the venue website.

Hagley Museum & Library

Through January 1, Wilmington, Del.

For the past five seasons, Hagley has featured a popular gingerbread house contest and display. It’s too late to enter this year, but the houses built around a theme of All Creatures Great and Small are on display through New Year’s Day. On December 3 and 10, Santa Claus appears at Hagley for Instagram mementos in front of the fireplace. Finally, don’t miss a rare chance to see Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family’s first home in America, on twilight tours Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning December 13. Visit hagley.org.

Entries from the popular gingerbread house contest at Hagley Museum and Library will be on display through New Year’s Day. Photo courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.

A Longwood Christmas

Through January 8, Kennett Square, Pa.

What would the holiday season be like without an early evening drive past Longwood’s entrance along Route 1 east of Kennett Square to see its perimeter forest of trees ablaze with colored lights? This year’s A Longwood Christmas takes visitors on a stroll inside through floating floral designs, festive trees dressed in gilded garlands and vibrant poinsettias. Outside, there are botanically themed light displays and enchanting tree houses. Visit longwoodgardens.org.

Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree at Linvilla Orchards

Throughout December, Media, Pa.

Don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty? Why not cut down your own Christmas tree? This year, stop in at Linvilla Orchards’ Garden Center to make your selection; they transform their space into a Winter Wonderland complete with Santa and his elves. If chopping down a tree isn’t your speed, you can always buy precut. The garden center also sells a plethora of seasonal decorations, such as handmade wreaths and ornaments, children’s toys and collectibles. Don’t forget to check out the poinsettia garden while you’re there. Visit linvilla.com.

Clear Space Theatre Company Presents Elf

Through December 18, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Clear Space Theatre Company in Rehoboth Beach presents the holiday play Elf, based on the popular film of the same name about a young orphan who gets waylaid to the North Pole in Santa’s magical bag. Visit clearspacetheatre.org.


Through December, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Enjoy family fun and holiday shopping every day at Schellville at the Tanger Outlets Seaside on Route One in Rehoboth. Its annual Enchanted Winter Celebration features 18 miniature houses full of decorations, toys, activities and rides on two Schellville Express trains. Visitors can also glide along the roller rink and skate path (rental skates available), have a ball in the Snow Zone or lose themselves in the Magical Maze of Merriment. Visit schellbrothers.com.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

December 1–January 8, Winterthur, Del.

Yuletide at Winterthur features festive trees inspired by Christmas displays of first ladies at the White House as well as traditional inspirations from the Henry Francis du Pont family. The traditional toy train displays take place Saturdays and Sundays during the month, as well as Wednesday evenings. Don’t miss A Christmas Carol live performances December 7 and 8, featuring a one-man show by Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of the author, using only a table, chair and hat rack. Swiss violinist Noelle Gruebler and pianist Olivia Geiser perform a Candlelight Concert December 10. Visit winterthur.org.

Milton Annual Christmas Parade

December 7, Milton, Del.

Experience floats, music, food and more at the annual Milton holiday event, the Christmas Parade. Visit milton.delaware.gov.

Victorian Christmas Traditions

December 7, Dover, Del.

A period costume display of Victorian Christmas Traditions celebrates the young Victoria and her German cousin Albert at the Kent County Library. Visit co.kent.de.us.

Glasgow Park Holiday Celebration and Market

December 9–10, Newark, Del.

The festivities move to Glasgow Park for a holiday celebration and market with a train ride, crafts, music and more. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras for selfies with Santa and additional costumed figures. Visit newcastlede.gov

Milton Annual Holly Festival

December 10, Milton, Del.

An annual holiday event that features artworks, crafts, holiday treats, wreaths, fresh plants and a visit from Santa. Visit historicmilton.com


December 11, Greenville, Del.

Delaware Nature Society hosts hayrides for young adults through its Coverdale Farm Preserve. Visit delnature.org

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs The Glorious Sound of Christmas

December 21–23, Philadelphia

Uphold a tradition that has been standing since 1962 and listen to The Glorious Sound of Christmas this year conducted by William Eddins, who is joined by the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia. This show takes place at 7 p.m. Visit philorch.org

The Night Before Christmas Celebration

December 22, Dover, Del.

The Kent County Library keeps Mrs. Claus company with an early The Night Before Christmas holiday event, featuring a reading of the classic with a sing-along party and an expected “drop-in” guest. Visit co.kent.de.us.

Visitors can marvel at the miniature Brandywine Railroad at Brandywine River Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Carlos Alejandro.

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Through January 8, Chadds Ford, PA

The Brandywine Railroad is a longstanding tradition at the museum since 1972. It’s an awe-inspiring display of toy and scale model trains consisting of over 1,000 pieces and operating across 2,000 feet of track. The trains make their merry way through an array of scenery, including a village, a farm, a carnival and a drive-in theater. Visit brandywine.org.

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