6 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Delaware

Christmas tree lighting ceremonies are a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy these tree lightings across the First State.

It’s safe to say the past several years have rejuvenated many people’s appreciation of community connection. A great way to celebrate the holidays with your city, village or neighborhood is to attend a community Christmas tree lighting ceremony. These events across the First State include cozy warm beverages, live entertainment, holiday markets and more. Bring the whole family to enjoy visits from Santa, face painting and activities for the kids.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

November 24, 6-7 p.m.

Enjoy a free evening at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand to kick off the holiday season at the Delaware beaches. Starting at 6 p.m., the Cap Brass Ensemble will set the stage with holiday tunes. The annual community sing-along begins at 6:30 p.m., and the Rehoboth Beach Christmas tree will light up at 7 p.m.

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Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Avenue

Town of Bridgeville Tree Lighting

November 28, 6-7 p.m.

Bridgeville’s annual tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and goodie bags for the kids. Plus, Santa photo ops and Christmas caroling will get the whole family into the holiday spirit.

101 North Main Street, Bridgeville

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Newark’s Winterfest

December 1, 6-8 p.m.

With holiday entertainment, roasting chestnuts, caroling, ice-carving demonstrations and much more, Winterfest is a great addition to your holiday itinerary. The tree lighting will take place on Academy Street amid the festivities.

Academy Street, Newark


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Bethany Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

December 2, 5 p.m.

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Holiday happenings on December 2 include pony rides on the beach, a party with Santa filled with fun for the kids, trolley rides and more. Head to the bandstand at 5 p.m. for a performance from the SDSA Choir and the annual tree lighting.

Boardwalk, Bethany Beach

Millville Yuletide Festival at Evans Park

December 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The town of Millville’s Yuletide Festival provides a full day of holiday fun. The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with a holiday craft show in the Community Center. Outdoor activities, starting at 3 p.m., include s’mores making, hot chocolate sipping, live music, food and a visit from Santa. The tree will make its sparkly debut at dusk to finish off the evening.

32517 Dukes Drive, Millville

Fenwick Island Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 8, 5:30 p.m.

Fenwick’s annual Christmas tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Cannon Street Park. Hot chocolate and cookies will help keep you warm as you enjoy the official glow-up of Fenwick’s Christmas tree.

800 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island

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