Delmarva Holiday Events 2015

The Eastern Shore knows how to celebrate the holidays right. Take a look at all of the events happening in the coming weeks so that you and your family can get out there and celebrate!


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Victorian Christmas

through December 31, 2015

Downtown Berlin, Maryland 21811

Victorian-style Christmas celebration, carriage rides, caroling, art strolls and classical dinners. http://www.berlinchamber.org

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The B&O’s Magical Holiday Express

through January 3, 2016

901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223-2699

Mark your calendars for the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters, and a train load of fun for the entire family! Admission. http://www.borail.org/holiday/

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Lights On The Bay

through January 2, 2016

Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD 21401

Don’t miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay. The event features more than 60 animated and stationary displays, including traditional Maryland-themed favorites. Admission. http://www.lightsonthebay.org

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Winterfest of Lights

through January 3, 2016

127th St., Ocean City, MD 21842

Board the train and take a ride through an animated wonderland of spectacular lighted displays. Admission. http://ococean.com/events/winterfest-of-lights

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Christmas on the Potomac Featuring ICE!

through January 3, 2016

201 Waterfront St., Fort Washington, MD 20745

Winter comes alive every year as ice carvers build a frozen wonderland at National Harbor. Ice slides, magical creatures and so much more make this enchanting experience one you’ll remember forever! Admission. http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/wasgn-gaylord-national-resort-and-convention-center/christmas-on-the-potomac/xyjvxiz/ice.mi

Horse & Carriage Rides With Santa

December 26 & 27, 2015

Boardwalk, Inlet area, Ocean City, Maryland 21842

Ride with Santa in his big red sleigh. 10 am – 4 pm. http://ococean.com/events/horse-and-carriage-rides-with-santa

Chesapeake City’s Winterfest of Lights

through January 17, 2016

108 Bohemia Ave., Chesapeake City, MD 21915

A blizzard of white lights and holiday light displays illuminated this quaint canal town. http://chesapeakecity.com/winter-events/

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The Trains of Christmas

through February 14, 2016

300 S. Burhans Blvd. (U.S. 11), Hagerstown, MD 21740

“The Visions, Sounds and Snows of Christmas Past and Present” This “O” gauge railroad features the trains of Lionel, MTH, Williams, Weaver and others operating in a snow scene. Also “O” and “HO” scale model railroads, trains for kids to run, artifacts, photos, gift shop & much more. (Friday-Sunday 1-5 pm). http://www.roundhouse.org/Docs/2015-16TrainsOfChristmasFlyer.pdf

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Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

through January 3, 2016 

Nemours Mansion & Gardens | Alapocas Drive and Route 141, Wilmington, DE 19803

Experience rooms beautifully decorated with historical artifacts, enjoy dazzling Christmas trees decked out with hand-painted ornaments and decorations from the early 1900s to the present. Admission. http://www.nemoursmansion.org/content/nemours/mansion/visit/tours-ticketing.html

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Yuletide at Winterthur

through January 3, 2016 

5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our yuletide tour and celebration. Admission. http://www.winterthur.org/yuletide

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Holidays at Hagley

through January 3, 2016 

201 Hagley Creek Rd., Wilmington, DE

Holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration of Twelfth Night. A beautiful holiday ambiance is accentuated by soft lights and Christmas music. Admission. http://www.hagley.org/event/holidays-hagley

Holiday Lights Express

through December 30, 2015

2201 Newport Gap Pike, Greenback Station, Wilmington, DE

Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad “Doodlebug” railcar that is covered with thousands of holiday lights. Admission. http://www.wwrr.com/events/holiday-lights.aspx

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Noon Year’s Eve

December 31, 2015 

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19802

Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and even the opportunity to take photos with the New Year’s Ball! Join us for a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12:00…Noon that is! Program takes place in the zoo so dress warm for the weather! Pre-registration recommended (11:00 am – 12:15 pm). http://www.brandywinezoo.org/special-events.html

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Longwoods Christmas

through January 10, 2016

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

The spirit of the holiday season overflows with our fountain-inspired display. Blue and white twinkling lights, whirling fountain features, and a bounty of trees with icicles and glass ornaments fill our Conservatory.  Admission. http://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/longwood-christmas

 

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A Swedish Christmas

through December 31, 2015

606 Church St., Wilmington, DE 19801

Hendrickson House Museum is decorated for a Swedish Christmas and will be offering tours. Admission. http://www.oldswedes.org/events/

First State, First Day, First Hike

January 1, 2016

Lums Pond State Park

This hike will take you through some of Lums Pond’s unique habitats. Many birds and possibly some mammals will be out. Approx. 2 miles. Trap Pond State Park. This hike will include a section of the newly dedicated “Bob Trail” named in honor or retired State Senator Bob Venables. Approx. 3 miles. Many Delaware State Parks are having First Day, First Hike Events. Please check with your local park. http://destateparks.com/firstday/

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Holiday Festival of Trains

through January 24, 2016

B&O Railroad Museum in Ellicott City, MD | 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City, MD 21043

Enjoy the museums holiday celebration with toy trains and model railroading. See a custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club. http://www.borail.org/ECS-HFOT.aspx

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Odessa’s Annual Holiday Celebration

through December 31, 2015 

Various locations in Odessa, DE

A seasonal tradition of interpreting scenes from classic literature. This year you’re invited to tour the National Historic Register Wilson-Warner House transformed into vignettes inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 2015 celebrates the book’s sesquicentennial (150 years) reacquainting us with the beloved characters and remembering fantastic scenes. Admission. http://www.historicodessa.org/plan-your-visit/holidays-odessa

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New Year’s Eve Anchor Drop at Lightship Overfalls

December 31, 2015

Lightship Overfalls Maritime Museum, 219 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958

(11:00 pm – 1:00 am). Join us when we “Drop the Anchor” celebrating the new year with hot chocolate, toasty fires and seasonal music. This is a weather dependent event. (Cancelled if rain, ice or snow only.) http://www.overfalls.org/news/2012_12_31_new_years_anchor_drop.html

Delmarva Model Railroad Club Open House

Saturday & Sundays through January 10, 2015

103 East State Street, Delmar, DE

The club features model railroad layouts for various size trains. http://www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org/events.html

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New Year’s Rockin’ Noon 

December 31, 2015 

Delaware Children’s Museum, 550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Let the countdown begin! Ring in 2016 at the Delaware Children’s Museum with a special New Year’s Eve countdown celebration that won’t conflict with your kid’s bedtime. Grab a bag of confetti, craft your own sparkly “New Year’s Eve Noisemaker,” and help us countdown to 12PM with a rockin’ DCM dance party. When the clock strikes 12-noon, brace yourself for a shower of confetti and a colorful start to a wonderful new year.

All activities are included with general admission. (11 am – 12:30 pm). http://www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org/calendar/

Midnight Muskrat Dive

December 31, 2015

Somerset Ave., Downtown Princess Anne, MD

(9 pm – 1 am) Ring in 2016 with Marshall P. Muskrat, contests, live music, food and fun. Downtown merchants and vendors will be open. https://www.facebook.com/MidnightMuskratDive/

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

December 31, 2015

Northside Park, 125th St. Ocean City, MD

The fireworks display, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by live entertainment. http://ococean.com/events/new-years-eve-fireworks

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