The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events Around Delaware

Savor the season with these festive events around the state and nearby Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia City Hall./Courtesy of J. Fusco for Visit Philadlephia

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Candlelight Theatre’s Christmas by Candlelight

Come to the Candlelight Theatre to see Christmas by Candlelight, which is consistently voted “Best Musical” for the season.

Through 12/22 • Ardentown, Delaware 

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Cut-Your-Own Christmas Trees at Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards celebrates the holiday season with cut-your-own Christmas trees. On Saturdays throughout December, cozy up for caroling hayrides or meet the jolly man himself.

Through 12/23 • Media, Pennsylvania

Hedgerow Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Every year, the historic Hedgerow Theatre puts on its rendition—adapted and directed by Jared Reed—of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Through 12/24 • Rose Valley, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia’s German Christmas Village

The City of Brotherly Love celebrates the season with a traditional German Christmas Village. Open Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, it features more than 80 vendors surrounding iconic City Hall. Shop for gifts, grab a bite to eat, or take to the ice at this must-visit event.

Through 12/24 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christmas at Colonial

Phoenixville’s Colonial Gardens brings rustic charm to the holidays, with a light display and show synchronized to favorite holiday tunes. Catch Christmas at Colonial on select days throughout the month.

Through 12/29 • Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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Winter WonderFEST

The community-driven Winter WonderFEST event brings several holiday attractions to the area for a great cause. The Ice Rink, Christmas Village and Light Spectacular headline this family-friendly event throughout the holiday season.

Through 12/30 • Milton, Delaware

Holidays at Hagley

The Hagley Museum and Library presents Holidays at Hagley. This classic holiday season tour through Christmas Trees of Past and Present takes you on a journey from the 1840s to present day, exploring the traditions of each era.

Through 1/1 • Wilmington, Delaware

Rose Tree Park’s Festival of Lights

Each night from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. throughout December, Media’s Rose Tree Park transforms into a winter wonderland for its Festival of Lights. Dozens of trees will be aglow at this tradition dating back more than 40 years. Keep an eye out for displays of Charlie Brown and Santa.

Through 1/1 • Media, Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens./Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

A Longwood Christmas

One of the most iconic holiday displays around, A Longwood Christmas transforms the 1,000-plus-acre garden and its grand conservatory into a dazzling Christmas extravaganza, complete with a model train display outdoors.

Through 1/5 • Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Yuletide at Winterthur

The 40th Annual Yuletide at Winterthur celebrates the warmth of the season with a tour of the Henry Francis du Pont’s mansion. The mansion is full of trees, lights and magical dollhouses to entertain the whole family.

Through 1/5 • Winterthur, Delaware

Brandywine River Museum of Art./Photo by Carlos Alejandro

Brandywine Christmas

The Brandywine River Museum of Art’s annual Christmas celebration, Brandywine Christmas, includes an impressive train display with nearly 2,000 feet of railroad track.

Through 1/5 • Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Media Christmas Parade

Santas will take over the borough of Media for the sixth annual Media Christmas Parade. Festivities kick off with a block party, followed by a costume contest and fun run.

12/1 • Downtown Media, Pennsylvania

“Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” at The Grand

Grammy-winner Chip Davis brings the spirit of the season to The Grand Opera House with “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group’s first Christmas album.

12/1 • Wilmington, Delaware

Uptown Christmas at The Met Philadelphia

Making its Christmas debut at the Met, the Philly POPS will perform Uptown Christmas featuring Tituss Burgess, Mandy Gonzalez and the African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas Gospel Choir.

12/1 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Holiday Lights Express

A decorated historic first-generation diesel locomotive powers the Holiday Lights Express, a 45-minute tour of the area. Many trackside neighbors decorate their homes and yards for passengers to enjoy.

12/6-30 • Wilmington, Delaware

QVC West Chester Christmas Parade

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the QVC West Chester Christmas Parade returns to the borough, complete with marching bands, floats, an elf run and walk, plus an appearance by Santa himself. 6ABC’s Adam Joseph again serves as the emcee.

12/6 • Downtown West Chester, Pennsylvania

“The Nutcracker” at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia./Courtesy of B Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

Tchaikovsky’s beloved musical score comes to life at the Academy of Music for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

12/6-31 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

An Offbeat Holiday: The Donald Sinta Quartet

An Offbeat Holiday: The Donald Sinta Quartet returns to the Master Player Concert Series to celebrate the release of their first album, Collider. Their performance will combine their diverse repertoire with seasonal favorites.

12/7 • Newark, Delaware

Candlelight Christmas./Courtesy of Sarah Doheny

Candlelight Christmas

Enjoy colonial-era drinks and food while exploring historic homes aglow in holiday lights during the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Candlelight Christmas.

12/7 • Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Lewes Christmas Parade

The 88th Annual Lewes Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. with a tree-lighting and caroling in Zwaanendael Park following.

12/7 • Downtown Lewes, Delaware

Christmas Tour of Lewes

Get into the holiday spirit and see the private homes and Lewes Historical Society buildings transform the town into a winter wonderland during the
2019 Christmas Tour of Lewes.

12/7 • Lewes, Delaware

Kennett Square Holiday Village Market

Shop for gifts during Kennett Square’s Holiday Village Market, taking place Dec. 7–8 and 14–15. Held at the Creamery, the market has artisan and vintage vendors, plus live music, food trucks and workshops.

12/7-15 • Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Christmas in Odessa

The Christmas in Odessa self-guided walking tour returns for the 55th year to help raise money for the Women’s Club of Odessa. Tour homes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

12/7 • Odessa, Delaware

Carols and Lullabies

The Southern Delaware Chorale takes over the Epworth United Methodist Church for Carols and Lullabies inspired by traditional Spanish carols sung in the southwestern United States. Songs will be sung in a variety of dialects; Spanish, Catalonian, Biscayan and Puerto Rican.

12/8 • Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Winter Arts Festival

The Delaware Art Museum presents the Winter Arts Festival. The perfect opportunity to shop from 20 regional artisans offering jewelry, watercolor paintings, chocolates and more. Tour the museum’s seasonal decorations while listening to local choirs spread the festive spirit.

12/8 • Wilmington, Delaware

Narberth Dickens Festival

Travel back in time to 1840s London during the Narberth Dickens Festival. Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and other characters from A Christmas Carol will take over the borough.

12/8 • Downtown Narberth, Pennsylvania

The Holly Festival in Milton

The Holly Festival is a Milton tradition that features a wide range of vendors, as well as an opportunity for kids to meet and tell Santa Claus their holiday wishes.

12/14 • Milton, Delaware

Santa Cause 5k

Support local organizations during what is called “The Original” Santa Cause event at the Santa Cause 5K. All participants receive a free Santa hat and coffee mug.

12/14 • Newark, Delaware

The Great Russian Nutcracker at The Met

With more than 200 costumes and stunning sets, the Moscow Ballet offers a dazzling international take on a Christmas classic with its performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Met.

12/19 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Orchestra’s The Glorious Sound of Christmas

A tradition dating back more than 50 years, the Philadelphia Orchestra performs The Glorious Sound of Christmas at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.

12/19-21 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Merriam Theater

Charlie, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy are headed to the Merriam Theater for a live rendition of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

12/20-21 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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