Delaware December 18, 2016
It’s Not Christmas In Delaware Until You Do These 11 Enchanting Things
Christmas is less than one week away – have you completed everything on this Delaware Holiday Bucket List yet? Don’t worry, there’s still time to gather your closest friends and family and set off on the ultimate Delaware holiday adventures, so that you can check everything off in the weeks between now and early January, when these amazing exhibits and events all begin to wind down.
1. Watch the Holiday Lights Express speed by.
The train itself has been sold out for weeks, but seeing the historic Doodlebug with over 7,000 lights speed by on the track is a Delaware experience like no other. Find a place to park along the Red Clay Creek near the tracks in Hockessin, and you'll enjoy a show all night as the trains travel back and forth every hour.
2. Order up a yule log from a Delaware bakery.
There are so many bakeries in Delaware that make amazing yule logs and other seasonal treats - there's nothing like a Delaware holiday party complete with cookies from Bing's and a Yule Log from Sweeney's.
3. See the frozen Brandywine.
Whether it's in Brandywine Park in Wilmington or the State Park just outside of the city, seeing the Creek with an icy surface with snow as the backdrop is a magical experience.
4. Stroll along the sand in snow.
After you see the mighty Brandywine subdued by winter, make a point to head down to one of Delaware's majestic beaches, where there's nothing more refreshing than a holiday stroll along the beach and boardwalks.
5. Experience a winter cabin getaway.
Trap Pond State Park offers heated "glamping" year round, and there's no better way to celebrate a holiday than a little getaway holed up in a quaint little cabin.
6. Visit Santa's House in Wilmington.
Smith's House at the top of the Hill in Wilmington hosts Santa Claus himself from 6-8 pm every day until December 23rd!
Visit at Silverside Road & Prior Road, Wilmington
7. Enjoy the holidays in Historic New Castle.
The Spirit of Christmas takes over the whole town, with street acting, open home tours, and gorgeous holiday decorations. It's not a Delaware holiday bucket list without including a trip to New Castle.
8. See the giant Delaware Christmas tree.
Downtown Rehoboth Beach is a magical town during Christmastime, and their gigantic tree is the most impressive one in Delaware! Check it out before it's removed after New Year's.
9. Experience Yuletide at Winterthur.
The most elegant DuPont mansion in Delaware lights up with Christmas Spirit every year! Make sure to plan a trip to see their incredible display of Delaware holiday delight. It's sure to take your breath away.
Winterthur Museum, 5105 Kennett Pike Winterthur, Delaware
10. Experience Lewes like never before.
Winter WonderFEST at Cape Henlopen State Park has taken over one of the most popular parks in the state, and it's getting some amazing reviews. Drive through the light display, go ice skating, and enjoy the vendors at this family friendly festival.
Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes
11. Support local businesses by shopping downtown.
Milford, Lewes, Middletown, Dover, Wilmington, Newark - there are so many amazing downtowns in Delaware that your holiday shopping should be easy to keep local! Visit them all for last minute, unique gifts for your friends and family.
How many have you crossed off so far? If you want to get even more into the Christmas spirit, consider taking our
Christmas lights road trip.