November 16 - December 31Ocean City
See how Ocean City, MD, sparkles this winter and visit the Winterfest of Lights! You'll find more than one million holiday lights and hundreds of animated light displays throughout Northside Park. Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion, take a photo with Santa, and board the Winterfest Express to tour fairy tale themed exhibits. The one-mile journey takes you through 58 acres of lights and features a 50-foot Christmas tree. Admission to board the train is only $5 for guests 12 years and older and FREE for children 11 years and younger. So grab your family and friends, and don't miss this award-winning holiday event! Date/Time Information: November 16th - December 31 st Sunday - Thursday 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday 5:30-10:30 p.m
November 30 - December 1Rehoboth Beach
The Cape Henlopen Senior Center is hosting its’ 2nd HOLIDAY FAIR & CRAFT BAZAAR, a two-day event, on Thursday, November 30th from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday, December 1st from 9 am to 5 pm. Last year’s fair was so well received that we decided to repeat it. We have over 20 craft vendors signed up! Breakfast and lunch refreshments will be available and we will be raffling off door prizes every 2 hours on both days. We are also selling raffle tickets for the chance to win 2 Club House seats for the EAGLES vs COWBOYS game on Sunday, December 31st, game time 1 pm. Raffle tickets are only $10. What a great way to end 2017! Tickets are on sale now at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center. The drawing will take place at 3 pm on December 1st.
December 1, 9:00am - 9:00pmFenwick Island
Join us monthly for Fenwick First Fridays! Now's your chance to explore Fenwick Island -- without the summer crowds. Hosted monthly on the first Friday of each month, participating retailers and restaurants will offer specials and promos aimed at those visitors and locals who appreciate that the off-season is often the best time to savor and discover local gems. Stay tuned each month for new specials!
December 1, 9:00am - 9:00pmFenwick Island
Enjoy your Christmas shopping with discounts at these participating stores Fenwick! Join us monthly for Fenwick First Fridays! Now's your chance to explore Fenwick Island -- without the summer crowds. Hosted monthly on the first Friday of each month, participating retailers and restaurants will offer specials and promos aimed at those visitors and locals who appreciate that the off-season is often the best time to savor and discover local gems.
December 1 - December 3Milton
Hosted by Delaware Hospice to support its programs, Festival of Trees features a magnificent display of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. A variety of events and activities help make the weekend truly special. This year's Festival includes: December 1 - Bingo Tournament, 12-2 December 2 - Santa's Visit with crafts and games, 11-2 December 2 - Dance, including hor doeuvres, wine, beer and martini bar, 6:30-9 December 3- Sip and shop, 12-4 FREE ADMISSION
December 1, 4:00pm - 7:00pmRehoboth Beach
On this 3-hour group mix and mingle brew tour, we will take you and up to 13 others to 2 breweries of our choosing and you can sit back, relax and enjoy meeting and mingling with new friends who may be on board. You never know, you may just fall in love (with a new beer or maybe even another beer lover). Includes samples, snacks and a mug. BYOB is totally ok on board this tour; but please no red wine. Some minimum group sizes may apply. Meet at our shop at 19470 Coastal Hwy #5, Rehoboth Beach, DE. If you need a local ride home afterward, we'll get you there safely for a small additional charge. Offered Daily at 4 p.m. Only $49
December 1, 5:30pm - 10:00pmGeorgetown
Join us on Friday, December 1st for Making Spirits Bright Spreading good cheer to veterans in our community! Event benefits Food Baskets for local veterans and their families $25 per person *Sponsorship opportunities available Live Music by The Funsters Heavy hors-d'oeuvres Cash Bar Available Call 259-6086 with questions. Please bring canned food items for the holiday food baskets for veterans. Event will be at the Delaware Tech Gymnasium located in the Jason Technology Center Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. and Music from 6-10 p.m. For tickets, call 302-259-6086 or buy online at go.dtcc.edu/holidaysocial
December 1, 6:30pm - 9:30pmLewes
Featuring a live and silent auctions, cocktails, dinner, a performance by Pamela Stanley, plus an exclusive Art Show and Sale. All proceeds benefit the Children's Beach House and our mission to help kids with special needs in Delaware.
December 1, 7:00pm - 9:00pmSelbyville
Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of food, fun, and floats! Watch the floats, marching bands, beauty queens, fire trucks, classic cars and much more make their way through downtown Selbyville to celebrate the holiday season. PARADE PARTICIPANTS- Floats will be competing in the following categories for 2017: Adult Marching Unit Antique Cars & Trucks Commercial Float Custom Cars & Trucks Fire Company Marching Band Non-Commercial Float Youth Marching Unit Overall Dazzler All entry forms are due no later than Wednesday, November 22nd. Fees/Admission: Floats and spectators are free. Vendors start at $25 PARADE VENDORS All Vendors need to complete a License Application (printable) Food Vendors also need to complete a Food Vendor Application (printable) PARADE VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are needed to help the parade run smoothly.
December 2, 10:00am - 4:00pmLewes
December 2nd, 2017 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm The historic Rabbit's Ferry House, c. 1740, will be part of the festive Christmas Tour of Lewes benefiting the Lewes Historical Society and set for December 2. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at outlets in Lewes and Rehoboth or online at www.historiclewes.org 44th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes Set for December 2 Benefits Lewes Historical Society One of Lewes’s most beloved holiday traditions – the 44th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes benefiting The Lewes Historical Society and presented by Chesapeake Group at UBS Financial Services – is set for Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Advance tickets are $25.00 each; tickets purchased the day of the tour is $30.00. Children under 12 are FREE when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at the Society’s Museum Store at 302 Savannah Road, corner of Savannah and Third. Tickets can be ordered online at www.historiclewes.org or by phone at 302-645-7670. Please note that all tickets from online sales and phone requests will be held at the Museum Store. Beginning mid-November, tickets can also be purchased in Lewes at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Lewes History Museum (both Kings Highway), or The Inn at Canal Square on Front Street. In Rehoboth Beach, tickets may be purchased at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue. A wonderful selection of homes is on this year’s tour. The Society’s Director Mike DiPaolo noted, “The purpose of the tour is not only to experience the fabric of Lewes history and to learn about great architecture but to recognize Lewes as both historic and contemporary.” Houses on tour will include: 1. 344 Pilottown Road, home of Stephanie and Barry Boright 2. 524 Kings Highway, home of Linda Madrid and Amy Frederick 3. 8 Nebraska Avenue, home of Sue and Dave Baker 4. 9 DeVries Circle, home of Caryl and George Williams 5. 328 Market Street, home of Stacy Kerr and CR Wooters 6. 15 DeVries Circle, home of Marva and Jeff Heckert 7. 121 East Third Street, home of Brenda Jones 8. 122 Bayview Avenue, home of Carol and Dave Smith 9. 1014 Bay Avenue, home of Fena and Andy Macdonald Beyond the nine private homes on tour this year, the Society’s museums will be open and decorated for the season. During the tour, The Lewes Historical Society will host a Christmas Collectibles Sale, held at the Ellegood House at Third and Shipcarpenter Streets on the Lewes Historic Campus. It will be a wonderful chance to do a bit of shopping for the holidays featuring a selection of small furniture, collectables, dishware, jewelry and more. Outside a Holiday Greens Sale will feature fresh magnolia, pine and holly- while supplies last. On the Grounds of the Lewes Historical Society's Shipcarpenter Street Campus, living history characters will be preparing their daily meal over a small encampment fire making a traditional sailors and soldiers ham and potato stew with cornbread. A historically inspired dish spanning generations, from the winter at Valley Forge in 1777 where the Fighting Delaware Blue Hens were stationed fighting against the British to the early 19th century. Come warm yourself by the fire, explore the past, engage our ancestors in lively discussion, and enjoy holiday decorations of a by gone era on display inside of the historic properties. Christmas Tour of Lewes tickets and a great selection of gifts will be on hand at the Society’s Museum Gift Shop, located 302 Savannah Road, corner of Third Street and Savannah Road, in historic Lewes. Society members are invited to enjoy a 10% discount on all Museum Gift Shop items.
December 2, 1:00pm - 3:00pmBethany Beach
Celebrate the holidays in seaside style at Weekend Wonderland in Bethany. For the first three Saturdays in December, shoppers and visitors can take advantage of great shopping and fun holiday festivities, complete with caroling around the Christmas tree on the Bandstand! Elf On the Shelf Scavenger Hunt- Participating businesses will have an Elf displayed somewhere in their establishment, if you locate the Elf you will receive a sticker for your bingo card. When you get bingo, you can enter for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be announced on December 2nd and December 9th at 5 pm on the Bandstand. If you fill the entire bingo card, you will be entered to win the grand prize on December 16th. Bingo cards can be picked up at participating businesses. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 1:00-3:00 p.m. Holiday Happenings @ Town Hall Meet Santa Make holiday crafts Enjoy trolley, tractor, horse, & wagon rides 3:00-4:30 p.m. Meet Elsa & Anna @ Tidepool Toys & Games 5:00-6:00 p.m. Lighting of the Tree & Caroling @ the Bandstand
December 2, 5:00pm - 6:45pmLewes
86th Annual Lewes Christmas Parade! This year’s annual Lewes Christmas parade, presented by the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, will honor as Grand Marshals its longtime parade organizers Tom King of King’s Ice Cream Shops and Dennis Forney of the Cape Gazette. Both men served consecutively on the chamber’s board as president in the early 1980s and took over responsibility for organizing the parade in 1982 when the number of entries had been dwindling. This year marks their 35th anniversary of bringing the magic of the holiday to the streets of Lewes. As they have done for years, Tom is the parade chairman and Dennis is the parade announcer. The parade takes place on December 2 at 5 p.m. (Rain/Snow Date: Saturday, December 9 at the same time). For many years the parade has had a designated theme but has always promoted itself as an old-fashioned parade. Recognizing that as the parade entries have grown considerably since Tom and Dennis took over organizing it, many of those entries also enter other towns’ parades with different themes. The number of entries that actually used the theme was very small. This year and in future years, the parade’s theme will be “Celebrating an Old Fashioned Christmas in Lewes.” Organizations and individuals who want to enter the parade in a decorated vehicle or in a marching group should contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce (645-8073) to receive an entry form. The deadline for entry is November 17. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Marching Group, Band, Clown, Equestrian, Decorated Classic Car (vintage 1967 or older), Decorated Vehicle (after 1967 or more recent), Fire Company, Commercial Float, Community Organization Float and Youth Organization Float. ALL entries need to be decorated. Entrants will be notified in a mailing on November 22 with their entry number and their parade lineup time. The parade line up takes place from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and the parade begins on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street. Entrants for Saturday’s parade are asked to commit to the Rain/Snow date on the following Saturday, if it is necessary. After the parade, the tradition has been to officially illuminate the Christmas tree in Zwaanendael Park followed by candlelight caroling in the park, led by Christy Taylor with sound by Bill Larsen. This year, a new tradition is being established by the City’s Parks and Recreation committee. They have made arrangements to have a fresh-cut tree moved into Zwaanendael Park between the museum and the Fisher-Martin House. The 30 foot tree is a Norway spruce donated by Liz Hudson. The tree lighting ceremony will commence shortly after the last parade entry passes by the judges’ reviewing stand in Zwaanendael Park. The Christmas Parade is the culmination of a number of special events and activities associated with the celebration of the Christmas Weekend in Historic Lewes. The festivities kick off on Thursday, November 30, with the Lewes Merchants’ 31st annual Hospitality Night from 5-8 p.m. in the historic commercial district surrounding Second Street, including the Zwaanendael Museum with extended hours. Second Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday night. Santa will make a brief visit to his Lewes house in front of Citizens Bank that evening in advance of his arrival at the Lewes Christmas Parade on Saturday night. Each child who visits Santa that night will receive a special gift- The Night Before Christmas, an original reproduction of the 1896 book - compliments of The Cottage, a vintage gift boutique, located on Second Street across from Citizens Bank. On Friday, December 1, the Children’s Beach House (CBH) hosts a Winter White Holiday Celebration benefit from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. The benefit is open to the public and tickets can be purchased by calling 302-645-9184 or online at CBHINC.org. On Saturday, CBH will host an Art Exhibit & Sale in their facility at 1800 Bay Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lewes Historical Society’s 44th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes takes place on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also that day, Lewes in Bloom is hosting their 4th annual Christmas Market at St. Peter’s Churchyard from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., selling live Christmas wreaths, bundled fresh greens, floral arrangements and Lewes in Bloom merchandise. Another event Saturday at St. Peter’s Church from 11 a.m-2 p.m. is the ECW Soup Luncheon in the Parish Hall, in conjunction with the Christmas Tour of Lewes. Tour-goers are also invited to visit the Zwaanendael Museum to see their holiday decorations and current exhibits. There are numerous other activities throughout the Lewes area associated with the holiday weekend celebrations. For a complete listing, visit the chamber’s website: www.leweschamber.com and click on the calendar tab. The chamber’s visitor center is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.
December 2, 9:00pm - 12:00pmLewes
Let the church ladies do your holiday baking for you! Doors open at 9 AM and close when the last cookie is sold, usually within 2 to 3 hours. Get there early for the first pick since there's always a long line before doors open at 9 AM! $8 per pound
December 3, 11:00am - 4:00pmDewey Beach
Are you ready for abundant hilarity in the name of charity?! Well, get ready because the Santa Fun Run is coming BACK TO TOWN, specifically Dewey Beach, DE on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017! Grab your friends, your family, and your most festive holiday flair because it's time to #clausforacauseDE at the 2nd Annual Santa Cause 5K & Fun Run! NEW for 2017 choose between our chip-timed 5K run, managed by Races2Run; our beloved non-competitive fun run with both courses featuring holiday treat station surprises along the way, or get a special ticket to join us for an after party stuffed with more fun than Santa's Sack! Don't forget to DRESS UP and take lots of #CFFelfies at the event with SANTA!! Best of all? 100% of the event proceeds will benefit Children & Families First. Just like Santa, Children & Families First delivers gifts to children, but our gifts happen year round in the form of home visiting for at-risk pregnant mothers so newborns get a great start in life; parenting classes and resources that build strong, forever families; counseling to empower teens towards self-sufficient futures and more. By participating in the Santa Cause 5K & Fun Run YOU give children the most priceless gift possible: the gift of opportunity to reach their fullest potential! So let's do THIS! Let's #clausforacauseDE because when our children succeed, our whole community benefits!
December 3, 3:30pm - 6:30pmRehoboth Beach
Our guide will pick your party up at a local address or you can meet us at our shop 19470 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE. From there, we'll head over to our local winery for a wine tasting. You'll sample 6 locally produced wines and you'll even get to keep your souvenir wine glass. We'll have snacks to compliment the wine as well. Next, we'll head over to a local botanical garden which will be all decked out for the holidays. Sip wine as you wander through the gardens, enjoying the display of over 14,000 lights, the native plants, trees, Koi pond, Hibernaculum, Petra Cuniculum, Amphibian Pond / Vernal Pool. This venue is a non-profit garden that operates to persuade people to the Romantic Style of natural gardening, to educate about plants, use of native plants and gardening techniques and science. The gardeners are passionate about gardening for the benefit of wildlife. Tax-deductible donations are accepted.
December 4, 6:30pm - 8:30pmGeorgetown
Plan on joining the community for an evening of holiday music at Caroling on The Circle, Monday, December 4, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Sussex County Courthouse in downtown Georgetown. Caroling on The Circle is an annual tradition in Sussex County. More than just an evening of music, Caroling on the Circle also serves as a food drive for pantries and nonprofit organizations that serve the less fortunate in the community. Plan on bringing a non-perishable item (or two) for the food drive. Monetary donations also accepted.
December 5, 6:30pm - 9:00pmRehoboth Beach
The 2017 Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade will be presented by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company in cooperation with the City of Rehoboth Beach, and the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. Our goal is to make the 2017 Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Hometown Christmas Parade the largest we’ve ever had. This Year’s Parade will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 6:30 pm. The Parade will be followed by Santa's Christmas Party at the Rehoboth Fire Station. There is no rain date for the parade. Any decision to cancel due to weather, based on the radar for the start time of the parade, will be made around 2 pm on the day of the parade. To register for the Parade click here. For more information or to request that we mail you a registration form, please call the Hometown Parade voicemail at 302-542-6802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your name, phone number, and mailing address if you would like a form sent to you.
December 7 - December 8Berlin
Event Description: Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary Lobby Sale - Everything $6.00! Necklaces, Rings, Shawls, Watches, Glasses, Hats and many other gift ideas. Proceeds to benefit the programs and services provided by Atlantic General Hospital. Two-Day Event: December 7th, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm December 8th, 2017 from 8 am to 3 pm
December 8, 5:00pm - 7:00pmOcean City
Please join us for our 2017 December Holiday Business After Hours Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Hosted by Dry Dock 28. Please join us for our annual holiday after hours at one of Ocean City's newest hot spots! Dry Dock 28 is a premium networking opportunity where you will be able to relax, enjoy and promote your business and its services. Each year during our Holiday After Hours we have our Toys for Tots drive. Please bring a new unwrapped toy. There will be 50/50 door prize drawings, happy hour prices, and complimentary appetizers. Fees/Admission: New unwrapped toy for our Toys for Tots toy drive
December 9, 11:00am - 6:00pmBethany Beach
Celebrate the holidays in seaside style at Weekend Wonderland in Bethany. For the first three Saturdays in December, shoppers and visitors can take advantage of great shopping and fun holiday festivities, complete with caroling around the Christmas tree on the Bandstand! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Photos & Cocoa with Santa @ Bethany Fine Arts Gallery 3:00-5:00 p.m. Screening of The Batman Lego Movie @ South Coastal Library 5:00-6:00 p.m. Caroling @ the Bandstand with Victorian Carolers
December 9, 12:00pm - 3:00pmOcean View
Enjoy an old-time Christmas at the Ocean View Historical Complex, with the festive decorations, sounds, smells, and tastes of winters gone by. Come see the freshly painted circa 1850 Tunnell-West House and smell the pine and bayberry. Free to all with plenty of parking at the Ocean View Town Hall.
December 9, 2:00pm - 3:00pmLewes
“A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat, Part Two.” Lecture by historic-site interpreter Andrew Lyter on the glory days of the American whaling industry (1783–1861). Part three of “Global to Local: International Events and the First State,” a six-part series exploring how world events impacted Delaware’s history.
December 10, 8:00am - 11:00amLewes
Sunday, December 10 - Birding Field Trip - 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird frequenting the refuge at this time of year. Come prepared for the weather and expect to walk up to a mile. Bring your binoculars, a field guide, and spotting scope (the leader will have spotting scopes also). Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the refuge office. Trips are free, open to the public, and last approximately three hours. Pre-registration is required by calling the refuge office at (302) 684-8419
December 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pmLewes
Join us and enjoy painting Snowy Barn for yourself or as a gift. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Pinewood Stables Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team. The IEA is an organization for middle to high school age students, focusing on developing rider skills on a variety of horses. Complimentary wine, beer, light snacks, and 50/50 drawing. No painting experience needed!
December 16, 10:00am - 1:00pmLewes
The first Santa Claus Open Tournament will take place on Saturday, December 16th! Shotgun start at 10:00 am. 9 holes/ 2 person scramble - teams can consist of ANY 2 players. $20 for members; $25 for non-members - Register by Wednesday, December 13th (Golf cart and food included in fee). Sign-ups are in the clubhouse!
December 16, 3:00pm - 6:00pmBethany Beach
Celebrate the holidays in seaside style at Weekend Wonderland in Bethany. For the first three Saturdays in December, shoppers and visitors can take advantage of great shopping and fun holiday festivities, complete with caroling around the Christmas tree on the Bandstand! Elf On the Shelf Scavenger Hunt- Participating businesses will have an Elf displayed somewhere in their establishment, if you locate the Elf you will receive a sticker for your bingo card. When you get bingo, you can enter for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be announced on December 2nd and December 9th at 5 pm on the Bandstand. If you fill the entire bingo card, you will be entered to win the grand prize on December 16th. Bingo cards can be picked up at participating businesses. 3:00-5:00 p.m. Santa @ Bethany Blues 5:00-6:00 p.m. Caroling @ the Bandstand with Southern Delaware School of The Arts Show Choir