Holiday Happenings at the Delaware Beaches

By Ali Gilliam, in All Communities

The holidays are in full swing, and at the Delaware beaches that means our favorite light displays, Christmas parades and holiday happenings are back…and arguably better than ever! It’s a busy month for those of you who love the holiday season as much as we do, and in just the blink of an eye the ball will be dropping and we’ll be celebrating the new year so now is the time to don your Santa hats, hit the holiday party circuit, and let your days be merry and bright!
Christmas Tour of Lewes – Saturday, December 2, 10am-4pm 
One of Lewes’s most beloved traditions returns this weekend, promising a full day of Christmas cheer in Downtown Lewes. The 44th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes is hosted by The Lewes Historical Society and gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy the historic homes decorated for the holiday season. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of – proceeds benefit The Lewes Historical Society.
Lewes Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 2, 5pm-6:45pm
Leading our local holiday parade circuit is the annual Lewes Christmas Parade, which will celebrate it’s 86th year this Saturday, December 2 starting at 5pm. Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate, and meet us in Historic Downtown Lewes for a an extra helping of holiday magic. The parade begins on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street.
Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade – Tuesday, December 5, 6:30pm
The holiday fun continues on Tuesday, December 5 for the annual Rehoboth Christmas Parade. A beloved tradition for our team, look for our Schell Brothers float at both the Lewes and Rehoboth parades!
Winter Wonderfest – November 17 – December 31
It’s the most wonderful time of year! The holiday magic returns to Cape Henlopen State Park and the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal Grounds this year with Winter Wondefest, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the fun. New this year, is our very own Schellville Christmas Village!
Schellville features 12 tiny houses, each with their own unexpected surprises inside. Drop a note in Santa’s mailbox, enjoy the snow, visit Santa’s Workshop, visit Mistletoe Market or stroll through Schellville Town Hall.
On select dates from November 17 through December 31, join us at Winter Wonderfest and explore our Schellville Christmas Lane for holiday activities and some pretty terrific family photo opportunities before hitting the carnival rides, Santa’s Workshop, the Crooked Hammock Lodge, ice skating rink and more.
Bethany Beach Holiday Happenings – Saturday, December 2, 1pm-3pm
In Bethany Beach, the holiday season will officially begin this Saturday with their annual Holiday Happenings, which includes the 3rd annual tree lighting at 5pm. There’s also Caroling on the Bandstand, December 2, 9, and 16, along with plenty of holiday-inspired shopping fun via the Weekend Wonderland in Bethany.
Winterfest of Lights
Further south in Ocean City, enjoy the 25th anniversary of the beloved Winterfest of Lights! Located on 125th street on the bayside, it’s a family tradition you won’t soon forget. Plus, Santa, hot chocolate, and plenty of festive cheer!

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