It’s that time of year in the coastal region when the holidays take center stage and we all start thinking about spending as much quality time as possible with our friends and family members.
It’s also the time when celebrating the season dominates most of our town’s activity schedules. And we’ve done our best to keep you covered on that front.
In today’s blog entry, we’re giving you as much information as we can regarding holiday activities coming up in the next few days and weeks.
We have Christmas parades, visits with Santa Claus, light shows and many other events on tap that are perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.
Some of these event may have passed already, so read below to see what's coming next! Let's take a look…
Let’s start with all of the parades that are being planned for the region in the next few weeks. Most towns in the vicinity have an event planned, so let’s run them down now…
Georgetown (Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 7 p.m.). The parade will run down Market Street, past The Circle and through the middle of town. The theme for 2018 is “Parade of Lights.”
Selbyville (Friday, Dec. 7, beginning at 7 p.m.). This is the 58th annual parade in Selbyville, with many floats marching bands, classic cars and more planned. The event is scheduled to run for about two hours.
Laurel (Friday, Dec. 7, beginning at 7 p.m.). This annual parade will begin on Evergreen Drive and proceed north on Central Avenue to Maryland Avenue. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Village.” There will also be a Christmas Village Market on Broad Creek at Venables Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach (Tuesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m.). This year’s parade down Rehoboth Avenue is sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Co., where everyone is invited following the parade for refreshments, trophy presentations and visits with Santa Claus.
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Milton (Wednesday, Dec. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m.). Sponsored and organized by the Milton Volunteer Fire Co., the parade starts at Union and Atlantic, runs up Federal Street and ends at Milton Elementary School.
Winter WonderFest (Now through Dec. 31). This holiday-themed local event will take place at both Cape Henlopen State Park and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry from now through New Year's Day. It’s actually two events in one, a light spectacular with several dozen holiday light displays at the park, and a Christmas Village, with carnival rides, an outdoor ice-skating rink and more at the ferry terminal. The event is managed by the non-profit Festival of Cheer organization. Visit www.wonderfestde.org for more information.
Winterfest of Lights (Now through Dec. 31). This award-winning attraction in Ocean City has become a family tradition of sorts since its first year in 1992. More than a million lights will once again be on display in Northside Park on 125th Street, including hundreds of animated displays. The Winterfest of Lights opens daily at 5:30 p.m. between now and New Year’s Eve. Call 1-800-626-2326 for more information.
Visits with Santa Claus
Rehoboth Beach. Visit with Santa in Rehoboth Beach every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23 at The Boardwalk at the end of Rehoboth Avenue, as well as a special appearance on Friday, Nov. 23., from 4 to 7 p.m. There's no charge to visit Santa, but donations are appreciated. Hours for the Santa house are from 1 to 3 p.m. An updated scheduled is available at www.beach-fun.com/holiday-fun.html.
Tanger Outlets. Special "Selfies with Santa" events are scheduled at Tanger Outlets on Saturdays between Nov. 24 and Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a contest to win $100 Tanger gift cards for those who post their selfies with Santa on the Tanger Facebook page by using #SelfieswithSanta. More info at www.tangeroutlet.com.
Milford. The Milford Santa Claus House is located on Walnut Street at the Riverwalk and will be open on Fridays, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Dec. 23.
Milton Holly Festival. Santa Claus will be available for photographs during this popular yearly event, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown Milton.
Weekend Wonderland (Bethany Beach). This event includes several great holiday themed activities, including scavenger hunts, carriage rides, Christmas caroling, photo opportunities with Santa and much more.. The event is scheduled on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 and 22, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Visit www.townofbethanybeach.com for more information.
Victorian Christmas (Seaford). Held at the historic Gov. Ross Mansion outside of Seaford, this special Victorian event is scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 7-9 and is organized by the Seaford Historical Society. Santa Claus will also make an appearance. Visit www.seafordhistoricalsociety.com for more information.
Edwards Christmas Village (Lewes). Held at the Edwards family home on Robinsonville Road, this holiday display will be open certain Saturdays and Sundays in December and includes hundreds of miniature homes. There are also complimentary refreshments and photos with Santa Claus. Please consider donating a non-perishable food item, to be donated to a local charity. Call 302-645-9380 for more information. Read our 2017 blog on this attraction here.
Milton Holiday House Tour (Milton). Hosted by the Women's Club of Milton, this annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is the 24th year for the house tour, with several private homes, as well as public buildings included for 2018. For more information, call 302-354-8470.
Holly Festival (Milton). This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at various locations in Milton. Venues include the Milton Fire Hall, Goshen Hall, the Milton Historical Society Museum and the Milton Public Library.
Holiday Stroll (Milford). Costumed holiday carolers, live holiday music, the Delmarva Miniature Horse Club, carriage rides and more are planned for this festive 13th annual event. The "Snow or Shine" date is Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Events that have passed! (updated December 4th)
These great events have come and gone for this season but look forward to attending in the years to come!
Seaford (Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 7 p.m.). This year’s theme in Seaford is “A Star Bright Christmas” and will be held for the 153rd time. Participants include marching bands, lighted float displays, fire trucks and much more. The parade begins at Pennsylvania Avenue and Nylon Boulevard and runs through the middle of downtown on High Street.
Lewes (Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 5 p.m.). This is the 87th year for the Christmas parade in Lewes and will include bands, clowns, antique cars, decorated vehicles, commercial floats and much more. The parade will begin on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end on Second Street, with a tree lighting ceremony to follow in Zwaanendael Park.
Ocean City (Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.). This year’s 35th annual parade will march along Coastal Highway from Old Landing Road to 120th Street and will include more than 50 units. There will be high school marching bands, antique cars, holiday floats and much more.
Millsboro (Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 5 p.m.). Lighted floats, fire trucks, local high school bands and much more will highlight this year’s annual parade in Millsboro, which will march downtown on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Delmar (Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 2 p.m.). Sponsored by the chamber of commerce, this annual parade will run through downtown and, of course, will feature Santa Claus at the end. Watch out for candy tossed from floats and other entries.
Visits with Santa Claus
Bethany Beach. During the annual “Holiday Happenings” event at town hall on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus, get their faces painted, enjoy a mug of hot cocoa and much more.
Christmas Tour of Lewes (Lewes). This is the 45th year for this popular holiday tradition and is set for Saturday Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are nine private homes on the tour this year. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by visiting www.historiclewes.org or by calling 302-645-7670.
Caroling on The Circle (Georgetown). This 35th annual event is held on The Circle in Georgetown (weather permitting) and begins at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 3. The event is also the culmination of the Sussex County food drive, with donations given to area pantries, churches and food banks. In the event of bad weather, Caroling on The Circle will be moved to the nearby Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department. Call 302-855-7700 for more information.
Christmas Market (Lewes). The 4th Annual Lewes in Bloom Christmas Market is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Peters Episcopal Church in downtown Lewes. Visit www.lewesinbloom.org for more information.
Santa Fun Run (Dewey Beach). Held at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, this festive event is planned for Sunday, Dec. 2. Outrun Santa's reindeer in a competitive 5K, or just "jingle stroll" in an untimed 1 mile fun run/walk, with giveaways and fun surprises along the way. Visit www.cffde.org/santa-fun-run for more information.
Holiday Open House (Rehoboth Beach). The Rehoboth Art League will be hosting this special holiday event, on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit the Rehoboth Art League online for more information.Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Rehoboth Beach. Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 23, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., the lighting of the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Tree officially kicks off the 2018 holiday season in coastal Delaware. In addition to the lighting of the tree, there will also be a sing-along with a lot of your favorite holiday tunes. So come to the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand this Friday night for this festive annual event. For more information, call 302-227-6181 or visit www.rehobothbandstand.com.
Dewey Beach. Not wanting to let their next door neighbors have all the fun, Dewey Beach will be holding their own tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Fifer's Orchards Market on Cullen Street is the location for this holiday event, which everyone in Dewey Beach is invited to attend. Visit www.deweybusinesspartnership.com for more information.
Bethany Beach. Bethany Beach will be holding their tree lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. The ceremony will take place on the bandstand plaza at The Boardwalk, and will include caroling with The Remnants.
Lewes. The “First Town in the First State” will also be holding a tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 1, following the town’s annual Christmas parade. The event will be at Zwaanendael Park on the corner of Savannah Road and King’s Highway, and will include the singing of Christmas carols via candlelight.
Seaford. The Caroling in Gateway Park event is the setting for the lighting of Seaford's Christmas Tree, which will be on Monday, Nov. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m.