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Our Favorite Festivals, Annual Events, Benefits, and Live  Performances

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020

OCT - NOV Weekends  - Autumn Leaf Express

Climb aboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad and surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. Travel through the valley onboard our vintage coaches to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove on this 1.5-hour round-trip train ride. This event is powered by our vintage railcar, the Pennsylvania Railroad Doodlebug. Due to COVID-19, all reservations must be purchased online.  For more information and to make a reservation visit here.

NOV 14 - MERR Institute's Annual "Finraiser"

The MERR Institute (Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute) is presenting a new twist on their annual "Finraiser".  On Saturday, November 14, MERR has taken their annual event Virtual. Activites will include a silent auction, presentation, raffle and entertainment. VIP tickets at $60, will get you additional goodies.  All proceeds benefit Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue. See more info here: https://fb.me/e/1GSyD4y3S.

NOV 14 - Holiday Craft &Vendor Show at Delaware Fairgrounds

Get ready for a shopping experience that is best shared with friends!  Over 100 Crafters and Vendors are gathering for the very first Holiday Shoppes at the Delaware State Fair on November 14th.  This event is sure to satisfy Delmarva’s craft & holiday shopping lovers! Whether you are looking for decorations to strum up the holiday spirit or unique stocking stuffers and gifts for the ones you love, the Holiday Shoppes Craft & Vendor Show at the Delaware State Fair will offer a wide selection of jewelry, accessories, home decor, candles, hand painted items and much more, as well as an array of Food Vendors to further compliment the day! For more information, visit here.

NOV 21 - DEC 31 - Winter Wonderfest

Join Winter Wonderfest this year at Hudson Fields for the “Journey to the North Pole” featuring new displays & a LIVE North Pole drive-thru experience featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus! Happening daily from 5:00 -1 0:00pm. Get your tickets here.

NOV 21 - JAN 3 - Yuletide at Winterthur

This year, one of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases will dazzle you indoors and outdoors. Warm yourself by the fire pit and enjoy some s’mores while you watch our 3D light show* displayed on the outside of the house (December 1–12); hop on our Kids' tram to Enchanted Woods and take in the festive outdoor decorations; and explore the Conservatory and entertaining rooms on the fifth floor of the house with a self-guided tour, where you can revel in the breathtaking trees and dazzling room displays. And that’s just the beginning! Throughout the season, there will be many exciting programs and events to make this a truly special holiday. Live ice sculpture carving Holiday carolers and a concert Jazz & wine Workshops creating holiday centerpieces, hand-crafted ornaments, and kids’ crafts Brunch with Santa Shopping pop-up shops Family fun days Fireside Mulled Wine New Year’s Calling celebration And more! We can’t wait to celebrate with you and provide a little joy, warmth, and love this holiday season. Visit here for more info.

NOV 27 - DEC 20 - Elf The Musical at Clear Space Theater

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (THE WEDDING SINGER) and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buy your tickets here.

NOV 28 - DEC 13 - Milton Arts Guild Holiday Market

Milton Arts Guild will be open for three weekends for holiday shopping. Nov. 28 & 29, Dec. 5 & 6, and Dec. 12 &13 from 10am to 3pm. Our artists and artisans have crated "just the thing" for your holiday gift giving. Don't miss this chance to get affordable one-of-a-kind presents or a little something for yourself. Everyone will be masked and socially distanced so this will be a safe shopping experience. Visit https://www.miltonartsguild.org for more information.

NOV 29 - Steamin' Thanksgiving

Get in the festive spirit with a special Steamin' Day! Climb into an antique automobile, board one of our trains, and experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th-century. At Auburn Heights, there is old-fashioned fun for the whole family, with free steam-popped popcorn, kids activities, special exhibits, tours of the Marshall Steam Museum, firing up demonstrations, and more! For an additional fee, tour the magnificent 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family. There is something for everyone at Auburn Heights, whether you are 2 or 92. Event takes place from 12:30-4:30pm. Visit here for more info.

NOV 28 - DEC 21 -Santa Claus Express - Wilmington & Western Railroad

Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride the Wilmington & Western Railroad and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf rides the train, greets everyone on board, and gives all the children a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland. Reservations are strongly suggested; a sell out is likely. For more information on this railway event, as well as the Holiday Lights Express, and to make a reservation, visit our website at wwrr.com.

DEC 1 - DEC 31 - Lewes Lights

In an effort to close out a year of darkness with bright light and holiday joy, "Lewes Lights" is a fun & free community activity for all to enjoy. Lewes, Delaware homeowners are invited to decorate their home exteriors for the holiday season. On December 1st, a driving tour map of decorated homes within the City of Lewes will be provided to the public for all to enjoy throughout December. People's choice awards will be awarded based on public vote. Visit https://www.leweslights.org for more information.

DEC 1 - DEC 29 - Outdoor Candlelight Tour: Historic Odessa

The holidays are coming and the Historic Odessa Foundation is bringing seasonal sparkle to the 18th century hamlet of Odessa, Delaware! We invite you to stroll or through the historic center of town gathering inspiration for your most beautiful family celebrations to date. Our winter lights are sure to enchant even the most stubborn Scrooge. Outdoor candlelight walking tours are offered through December at 5:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings by reservation. Tours begin at the fire-pit in front of the Stone Barn, c.1812, located behind the National Historic Register Wilson Warner House, c.1769. This tour, due to COVID-19 pandemic, supplants the 34-year-old Christmas tradition of interior house tours that interpreted classic children's literature. Guests will learn about family history, architectural history, and local history on a leisurely walk around some of the most stunning and architecturally significant buildings in the State of Delaware.

DEC 7 - DEC 12 - The Wilmington Ballet presents The Nutcracker Experience

From December 7th – 12th, sugarplums will dazzle, mice and soldiers will battle, and snowflakes will swirl as the Wilmington Ballet presents their completely virtual Nutcracker Experience. This six-night, online event will feature a mix of pre-recorded and live videos, bringing the holiday tradition into your home like never before! The ballet will be performed in venues across the Greater Wilmington area, including The Delaware Art Museum and The Playhouse on Rodney Square. Watch for the Battle with the Mouse King filmed in the art museum's Copeland Sculpture Garden and The Land of the Sweets live streamed from Fusco Hall. The Wilmington Ballet asks that viewers continue to follow the Delaware State of Emergency guidelines that have been put in place. They have priced tickets per household to encourage social distancing. Once purchased, ticket links are unique and cannot be shared. The Nutcracker Experience is presented by The Tuttleman Foundation. Visit here for tickets and more information.

DEC 5 - Christmas Tour of Lewes and  Holiday Village & Market

Experience historic Lewes, Delaware, as nine homeowners open their doors "virtually" to the community during the Society’s signature event, “A Christmas Tour of Lewes”. The Lewes Historical Society's 47th Annual Tour will be a digital edition this year. We bring you into Lewes' unique and historic houses while you sit in the comfort of your home. Tickets can be purchased through January 5th with the link to the tour going "LIVE" at 5 p.m. on December 5th. This opportunity to view both the interiors and exteriors of nine notable homes will be accessible for up to a month.Prior to taking the virtual tour of Lewes at 5 p.m., you won't want to miss the "Holiday Village & Market" outdoors and LIVE on the Society's main campus located at 110 Shipcarpenter Street in Lewes, Saturday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The historic properties will be decorated for the holidays. Admission is $5, children under 12 are free, come rain, snow or shine! Visit here for tickets and more info.

DEC 12 - Winter Festival at Delaware Art Museum

The Museum's celebration of the holidays returns with a new look and feel. Shop from regional artisans and local fine food and beverage purveyors, and listen to festive music performed by strolling carolers. The Museum Store will offer specials throughout the weekend. Purchase tickets early and secure your preferred timed ticket entry. The event will take place in the Copeland Sculpture Garden.