Holiday Events in Coastal Delaware

The Rehoboth Beach Christmas tree. PHOTO FROM CITYOFREHOBOTH.COM

Experience the magic of the holidays in Coastal Delaware

The holiday season is magical in Coastal Delaware. Historic small towns offer celebrations such as tours, light displays, parades, tree lightings, sing-alongs, and more.  These events are sure to add joy and special memories to this festive time of year.

Here at NextHome Tomorrow Realty we enjoy life in Coastal Delaware.  Make sure to check our calendar of events for local live entertainment and other events. 

 

ONGOING HOLIDAY EVENTS

THE WINTER WONDERFEST DRIVE-THROUGH LIGHT SPECTACULAR

Open nightly from November 19 to January 2.

The Winter Wonderfest Drive-Through Light Spectacular returns to Hudson Fields.  The Spectacular is a drive-through experience showcasing exciting new Sussex County-themed light displays. Produced by the charitable organization Festival of Cheer Inc., the annual holiday tradition has raised over $557,000 to support Sussex County charities since 2016. Open nightly from November 19 to January 2.  For more information or tickets go to wonderfestde.org/delaware-light-spectacular 

SCHELLVILLE ENCHANTED WINTER CELEBRATION

Open Thursday-Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m., Nov. 20-Dec. 31, and the entire week of Dec. 26-Dec. 31.

Schellville was always a popular feature at Winter Wonderfest in previous years.  This year an expanded Schellville Enchanted Winter Celebration will take place in November and December on a 6-acre site behind Tanger Outlets Seaside along Holland Glade Road north of Rehoboth Beach.

The celebration will include a 100-by-200-foot roller-skating rink featuring a loop where skaters can roll under a tunnel of lights, and an expanded cobblestone Enchanted Christmas Village with 18 houses, including a new pet hospital and airplane hangar. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand each night of the festival. Admission is free to the public with $5 rentals for skates.

But that’s only the beginning.

There will be a large Christmas tree at the entrance – perfect for photo opportunities, an expanded outdoor lounge area with fire pits, new and improved snow machines providing twice as much snow for 15 minutes every hour, and two trains passing through a tunnel of lights with views of holiday characters, and Christmas decorations and trees.

Other features of the festival will include:

  • Candy Cane Artisan’s Lane market with 10 artisans selling gifts, stocking stuffers and Schellville memorabilia.
  • Frosty’s Food Truck Alley each night with five trucks; a Ho, Ho, Ho Hospitality Tent for adults sponsored by La Vida Hospitality overlooking the skating rink; and coffee and hot chocolate from the Schell Brothers Coffee House.
  • Starboard Stage featuring live acts.
  • Project Kudos bus with an interactive Believe-O-Meter.
  • A snow zone for safe snowball fights each evening and 16 snow machines to cover the grounds every 15 minutes.
  • A Christmas tree maze with an Enchanted Elf Village, Revelation Two Blokes Beer Garden and Christmas trees to explore.

 The festival will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 20-Dec. 31, and the entire week of Dec. 26-Dec. 31.

For more information or reservations, go to schellbrothers.com/promotions/schellville

LEWES LIGHTS

From December 3 to December 31

Each year, over 200 Lewes, Delaware homeowners & businesses decorate their home exteriors for the holiday season. Every December, visitors are provided a driving tour map of decorated homes within Lewes and the option to vote for their favorite homes within 7 award categories including, “The Clark Griswold of Lewes.” For more information, event updates, and map, go to leweslights.org or @LewesLights on Facebook.

Event organizers will host an opening ceremony on Friday, Dec 3rd when they “flip the switch” in true Clark Griswold style! Beginning at 5:30pm in Canal Front Park, there will be a countdown to the lighting of the 2020 Jingle Bell Lane (Best Decorated Street in Lewes Award Recipient)! Event creators will recognize distinguished guests from the City of Lewes, Members of the Press, and Santa Claus.  They will also provide details of the month long celebration. The event will conclude with a countdown and illumination of lights throughout Lewes.

 

TREE LIGHTINGS

REHOBOTH BEACH TREE LIGHTING AND SING-ALONG

November 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Come out for the Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting and Sing-Along to kick off the holiday season.  Gather at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for the lighting of the big community tree and a little holiday sing-along. Stay downtown after the event, to enjoy dinner and holiday shopping with family and friends.  For more information go to www.cityofrehoboth.com/events/general/tree-lighting-and-sing-along

MILTON “LIGHTS UP THE PARK”

November 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Join family, friends, and neighbors at the town’s annual event to view the lighting of Memorial Park for the holidays.  The Town of Milton hosts this event alone with the following sponsors: Al Frantic, Milton Community Foundation, and Milton Lions Club. 

Music begins in Memorial Park at 5 p.m.  Tree and park lighting to follow at 6 p.m.

Of course… there will be hot chocolate and cookies!

LEWES CHRISTMAS PARADE, TREE-LIGHTING AND CAROLING IN THE PARK

December 4 at 5 p.m.

The Lewes Christmas Parade will be held on December 4.  It begins at 5:00 on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street.  Parade entries include floats, marching groups, bands, equestrian groups, classic cars, and more. After the parade, gather for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Zwaanendael Park.  Tree-lighting will be followed by candlelight caroling in the park, led by Christy Taylor. The tree lighting ceremony will commence shortly after the last parade entry passes by the judges’ reviewing stand in Zwaanendael Park. For more information go to www.leweschamber.com/event/chamber-sponsored-events/annual-lewes-christmas-parade

 

HOLIDAY PARADES

MILTON CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 1 at 4 p.m.

The Milton Christmas parade is sponsored by the Milton Fire Department.  It will be held on December 1 beginning at 7 p.m. Parade will begin at Union Street and Atlantic Street, through town to Federal Street, and proceed up the hill to end at the Milton Elementary School. Entries include bands, firetrucks, floats, antique vehicles, and Santa Claus. December 1 at 7 p.m.

LEWES CHRISTMAS PARADE, TREE-LIGHTING AND CAROLING IN THE PARK

December 4 at 5 p.m.

The Lewes Christmas Parade will be held on December 4.  It begins at 5:00 on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street.  Parade entries include floats, marching groups, bands, equestrian groups, classic cars, and more. After the parade, gather for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Zwaanendael Park.  Tree-lighting will be followed by candlelight caroling in the park, led by Christy Taylor. The tree lighting ceremony will commence shortly after the last parade entry passes by the judges’ reviewing stand in Zwaanendael Park. For more information go to www.leweschamber.com/event/chamber-sponsored-events/annual-lewes-christmas-parade

REHOBOTH BEACH HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company will host the 2021 Hometown Christmas Parade. Residents, guests, visitors, and family members are encouraged to come together to enjoy a night of holiday fun for everyone. Parade entries include equestrian groups, classic cars, floats, bands, Santa Claus, and more!

 

LOCAL SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES

A SMALL BUSINESS CHRISTMAS

November 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hudson Fields

Featuring over 100 local small businesses along with food vendors, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and much more!

For more information go to the facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/837002846963084/

LEWES MERCHANTS’ HOSPITALITY NIGHT

December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join the merchants in Downtown Lewes as they host evening shopping with musical entertainment and complimentary refreshments.  For more information go to www.leweschamber.com

LEWES HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S OUTDOOR HOLIDAY VILLAGE & MARKETPLACE

December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewes Historical Society’s Main Campus

The holiday season is magical in Coastal Delaware. Historic small towns offer celebrations such as tours, light displays, parades, tree lightings, sing-alongs, and more.  These events are sure to add joy and special memories to this festive time of year.

Shop with holiday vendors, buy greenery to decorate your home, join with historic interpreters over the firepit to hear period stories, and visit with the live sheep from Brittingham Farms! Grab a cup of hot cider inside Mariner’s Tavern (Rabbit’s Ferry) and experience the Tavern as it was in the early 19th-century. HouseTickets are $5, free for children 12 and under, and available at the gate. For more information go to
www.historiclewes.org/events/christmas-tour-of-lewes.html

Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewes Historical Society’s Main Campus

MILTON HOLLY FESTIVAL

December 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Milton Chamber of Commerce, the Milton Holly Festival includes over 75 vendors selling gifts, decorations & treats. Vendors will be located throughout the Milton Fire Hall, the Milton Public Library, Goshen Hall, and the Milton Arts Guild. In and around the Lydia B. Cannon Museum will be Santa Claus and free face painting; the Holiday Village with non-profits providing activities; the Cheer Garden to warm up with a Dogfish head Brewery adult beverage; the Milton Garden Club; and the Women’s Club of Milton. For more information go to www.historicmilton.com/event/milton-holly-festival-2

Did you know that Milton was once known as the Holly Capital of the World?  The festival’s name stems from this historical claim.  Milton once produced more holly wreaths than any other location. From the 1930s to the 1950s, holly was abundant and wreath making could earn a family up to $500 per season. Plastic was the downfall of Milton’s cottage industry as synthetic wreaths became a popular substitute for the genuine article.

SHOPPING CAPE

Shop at participating small businesses for an opportunity to win big!  Put your money where your home is.

Contest runs from November 28 to December 24.

Visit shoppingcape.com for list of participating local businesses.  Website also has information on how to enter to win the $1,000 grand prize shopping spree or one of four weekly $500 shopping sprees. Prizes will be awarded in gift cards – in the winners’ preferred denomination – to any participating locations.

Brought to you by Schell Brothers, Cape Gazette, and County Bank.

 

MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS

LEWES HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR OF LEWES

December 4 at 5 p.m. through January 4, 2022

Join the Lewes Historical Society for their 48th annual signature event, a “Christmas Tour of Lewes.”  Tour ten private engaging venues as they “virtually” open their doors to our guests.   

Tour ten of Lewes’ distinctive, festive and elegant houses and historic properties decorated for the holiday season from the comfort of your home!  This year’s 60-minute virtual tour is professionally filmed and narrated by ABC television and radio personality Michael Sprouse.  Properties on display will showcase individual tastes and style, from a newly remodeled 19th-century Federal-style home in the center of town to a charming Middleburg Hunt-style house. 

Footage includes two of the Society’s historic buildings, restored and decorated for the season, and a holiday entertaining demonstration at the 18-century DAR Maull House. For more information visit www.historiclewes.org/events/christmas-tour-of-lewes.html

The tour will be available to enjoy beginning on December 4 at 5 p.m. through January 4, 2022.