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December Events Calendar for Delaware: Arts and Entertainment


Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses
Thru Dec. 30 The Amstel House in New Castle is decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in Colonial times. 322-2794, newcastlehistory.org

An Old English Christmas of Washington Irving
Thru Dec. 31 See the holiday exhibit at the English-Georgian-style Wilson Warner House in Odessa. 378-4119, historicodessa.org

editor’s pick Christmas at Hagley
Thru Jan. 1 Like the 19th-century families who lived on Workers’ Hill, visitors can make Victorian Christmas paper decorations and taste holiday cookies. 658-2400, hagley.org

editor’s pick Yuletide at Winterthur
Thru Jan. 6 Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library offers special events, performances and workshops throughout the season. winterthur.org

editor’s pick Longwood Gardens Christmas
Thru Jan. 6 Twinkling lights (half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore. Tickets must be purchased in advance. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

editor’s pick A Brandywine Christmas
Thru Jan. 6 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. (610) 388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Chesapeake City Winterfest
Thru Jan. 12 This Victorian Christmas celebration features lighted displays along the C&D Canal and other holiday activities. (410) 885-5298, chesapeakecity.com

Christmas Weekend in Lewes
Nov. 29-Dec. 2 Festivities include a celebration of lights, a parade, and the Children’s Beach House art show and sale. 645-8073, leweschamber.com

A Swedish Christmas
Dec. 1-29 Visit the Hendrickson House on the grounds of Old Swedes Church in Wilmington to learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays. 652-5629, oldswedes.org

Bridgeville Craft Show
Dec. 1 Held at Woodbridge High School, the Bridgeville Historical Society’s 37th annual Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show features more than 60 vendors. 337-7784

editor’s pick Christmas in Odessa
Dec. 1 This annual tradition features a self-guided tour of historic private homes and buildings that have been decorated for the holidays. 378-4900, christmasinodessa.com

Christ Church Green Show
Dec. 1 Find holiday arrangements, wreaths, gifts and displays at Christ Church in Greenville. 655-3379, christchurchde.org

Seaford Christmas Parade
Dec. 1 Seaford’s celebration centers on a “Nutcracker Christmas” this year. 628-2828, mychristmasparade.com

Rehoboth Christmas Parade
Dec. 4 Rehoboth’s parade and after-party take place on a Tuesday night this year. 227-2772, downtownrehoboth.com

Milton Christmas Parade
Dec. 5 Join the locals as they enjoy marching bands, fire trucks and costumed revelers. 684-1101, historicmilton.com

Milford Holiday Stroll
Dec. 7 Stroll through downtown Milford’s historic business district and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers and Santa’s House. downtownmilford.org

Alternatives Holiday Craft Show
Dec. 7 Meet the artisans and shop for contemporary handmade craft items at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. 656-6466, thedcca.org

Dec. 7 Downtown Newark celebrates the season with holiday entertainment at Academy and Main streets. 366-7060, cityofnewarkde.us

Handmade for the Holidays
Dec. 8 Plantation staff re-creates an 18th century holiday celebration. 739-3277, history.delaware.gov/museums

Art League Holiday Open House
Dec. 8 The Rehoboth Art League offers a day of entertainment and demonstrations. 227-8408, rehobothartleague.org

Milton Holiday House Tour
Dec. 8 Take a self-guided tour of 12 Milton homes decorated in holiday splendor. 684-3736, miltoncenturyclub.com

editor’s pick Spirit of Christmas in New Castle
Dec. 8 This town-wide event offers tours of decorated historic houses and churches, music, and admission to the Amstel and Dutch houses during the day. 322-2794, newcastlehistory.org

Holiday House Tour
Dec. 8 Presented by the Delaware Art Museum Council, this tour features 10 decorated area homes as well as 12 regional artisans displaying their wares in the museum. 571-9590, delart.org

Figure Skating Shows
Dec. 8-9 Take in a Christmas show at The Centre at Delaware State Fair Ice Rink in Harrington. 398-5900, skateatthefair.com

Elsmere Christmas Parade
Dec. 9 Elsmere rings in the holidays with a parade starting at New Road and ending at the Veterans Administration Hospital. 999-0183

St. Lucia Celebration
Dec. 9 Enjoy a traditional celebration of light at Old Swedes Church in Wilmington, followed by refreshments and a tour of the Hendrickson House Museum decorated for a Swedish Christmas. 652-5629, oldswedes.org

Yuletide Reunion
Dec. 12 Join the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy and enjoy the sights and sounds of “A Brandywine Christmas.” Brandywine River Museum, U.S. 1, Chadds Ford, Pa., (610) 388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Holiday Lights Express
Dec. 14-23, 26-30 Break from the holiday madness with an evening ride aboard Wilmington & Western’s heated 1929 railcar. Trackside neighbors decorate just for you. 998-1930, wwrr.com

Seaford’s Victorian Christmas
Dec. 14-16 Tour 13 rooms, a wine and cheese party, and a visit with Santa at Ross Mansion. seafordhistoricalsociety.com

Delaware City Christmas Parade
Dec. 15 The celebration on Clinton Street starts at town hall and ends at the Delaware City Hotel. delawarecity.info