The Greater Wilmington, Delaware area, located 25 miles south of Philadelphia and at at roughly the halfway point between New York City and Washington, DC comes alive for the Christmas season for a series of festive events.
For example, in Odessa, the historical homes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries are decorated with a storybook theme from mid November to early January. For 2014, the theme is Classic Fairytale: Little Snow White. On the 1st Saturday of December, many of these homes are open to the public. Historic Odessa Foundation marks this day with bell ringing, carol singing, and a Christmas Craft & Antique Show, Tea at Old St. Paul’s Church.
On the first Sunday of December, the Sankta Lucia Celebration takes place at the Old Swedes Church which dates back to 1798. After the candlelight celebration, A Swedish Christmas is celebrated at the Hendrickson House Museum in what was built as a Swedish farmer's residence in 1690.
In Historic New Castle on the 2nd Saturday of December, during the Spirit of Christmas the historical homes and museums, which are always decorated in a colonial Christmas theme for the season, are open to the public. There is a tree lighting ceremony and carol singing in the Market Square.
Brand new for 2014, the Dicken's Experience, an interactive version of A Christmas Carol, features bell ringing, street theatre and carol singing.
Eleutherian Mills at Hagley Museum (pictured), which was the residence of the DuPont family in the early 19th century, is decorated in French style. Christmas objects which belonged to the family are on display.
Event planners who are organizing events in the Greater Wilmington area can find accommodation and meeting facilities at Inn At Montchanin Village and Hotel du Pont, a 217-room venue dating back to 1913, has 30,000 square feet of function space, including the DuPont Theatre. At the DuPont Theatre, a venue with 1,200 seats, this year for the festive season Cirque Dreams Holidaze was presented. The Nutcracker Ballet wil be performed on the last weekend before Christmas.
Photo Credit: Ron Cogswell