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Dec. 2
Holiday Greens Workshop
Families create wreaths or table arrangements from an unusual collection of greens, seed, fruits and ribbon at The Delaware Center for Horticulture. 

(Wilmington, www.thedch.org)

Dec. 3
The Polar Express: Read-Aloud Pajama Night
Get good and snuggly in your p-jams and join new friends at the Brandywine River Museum to delight in the treasured holiday tale. Hot chocolate, cookies and coziness.  

(Chadds Ford, www.brandywinemuseum.org)

Dec. 3-6
Christmas Weekend in Lewes
The first weekend of December is stacked in Lewes. Festivities include a celebration of lights, a parade, a holiday tour and an evening holiday concert. 

(Lewes, www.leweschamber.com)

Dec. 5
Christmas in Odessa
This year, celebrate 51 years of holiday tradition in Odessa by taking a self-guided tour of historic private homes and buildings that have been decorated for the season.

(Odessa, www.christmasinodessa.com)

Art League Holiday Open House
The Rehoboth Art League offers a day of entertainment and demonstrations. 

(Rehoboth Beach, www.rehobothartleague.org)

Dec. 5, 12
Cider Fest
Hot apple cider, s’mores by the fire and holiday hayrides await visitors at Fifer Orchards.

(Camden-Wyoming, www.fiferorchards.com )

Dec. 11-12
Winter Arts Festival
If you’re a late starter, start your holiday shopping with a unique sampling at the Delaware Art Museum. Holiday music will entrance your ears while your eyes take in hip gifts like book art, glass art, jewelry, stoneware, hand-dyed silk accessories and more. 

(Wilmington, www.delart.org )

Dec. 12
The Spirit of Christmas
This townwide event offers tours of decorated historic houses and churches, music, and admission to the Amstel and Dutch houses. This year, “A Christmas Carol” comes to life.

(New Castle, www.newcastlehistory.org)

Holly Festival
Santa, wreath-making demos, local crafters, merchant sales and holiday goodies—you’ll find it all in Milton.

(Milton, www.historicmilton.com)

Nutcracker Dance Me a Story
Creative movement, storytelling and art find their rhythm at the Brandywine River Museum. Children get their moment in the spotlight as they act out the classic tale. There’s craft-making, too. 

(Chadds Ford, www.brandywinemuseum.org)

Dec. 13
Milton Holiday House Tour
Take a self-guided tour of Milton homes decorated in holiday splendor.

(Milton, www.miltoncenturyclub.com)

Sankta Lucia Celebration
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. 

(Wilmington, www.oldswedes.org)

Dec. 19
We Kids Rock Band Holiday Concert
We Kids Rock has a mission: to create fun, upbeat musical experiences for families. Just wait till you see the spin they put on holiday classics at World Cafe Live at the Queen. 

(Wilmington, www.worldcafelive.com)

Dec. 31
Noon Year’s Eve
Talk about a party animal. The Brandywine Zoo’s Noon Year’s Eve boasts family activities that include a toast of sparkling apple cider when the clock strikes 12 (noon, that is). 

(Wilmington, www.brandywinezoo.org)

Through Dec. 23
Santa Claus Express
Meet the man himself (and maybe Mrs. Claus) during a ride on the Wilmington & Western Railroad. It’s a great photo op, and there’s a chocolate treat for each little one.

(Wilmington, www.wwrr.com)

Through Dec. 31
A Swedish Christmas
Visit the Hendrickson House on the grounds of Old Swedes Church in Wilmington to learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays. 

(Wilmington, www.oldswedes.org)

Holidays at Hagley
Eleutherian Mills, the 1803 du Pont ancestral home, puts on the ritz for the holidays—du Pont approved. 

(Wilmington, www.hagley.org)

Through Jan. 3
A Brandywine Christmas
Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum.  

(Chadds Ford, www.brandywinemuseum.org)

Yuletide at Winterthur
You haven’t seen the holidays until you’ve seen them at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Special events, performances, workshops and one gorgeously decorated museum are the sprinkles on the snowflake sugar cookie. 

(Wilmington, www.winterthur.org)

Through Jan. 10
Longwood Gardens Christmas
No one does Christmas like Longwood. Put a twinkle in your eye with holiday lights (half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias and trees galore. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

(Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org)

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