Weekend-Guide-North-DelawareYour Fabulous weekend guide for Friday, Dec. 6th – Sunday, Dec. 8th NorthDelaWHEREHappening.com. NDH’s hottest picks of what’s happening and WHERE all over North Delaware + slightly beyond, tons of  Holiday Happenings from Historic Home Tours of Odessa to a Tree Lighting at Rockwood and Lots of Photo Opportunities with Santa.  We even have some great non-Holiday events to share from Fearless: A Fight Against Lime to a GLEE-ful Gala and a whole lot of stuff in between, the weekend guide offers fun for everyone, rain or shine! Don’t forget to get the most from your visit – This is just a tease, check out the rest of this weekend’s happening events and the fun in the weeks ahead on NorthDelaWHEREHappening’s sortable calendar of events.

Without further ado –

Here’s our hottest picks for WHAT’s Happening & WHERE this weekend

in North Delaware…


trolly bazaarTaste of the Holidays| Delaware Center for Horticulture

Taste of the Holidays | 50 Craft Beers, Wines & Spirit, Holiday Arts & Crafts, Gourmet Food & Live Music – FREE Admission. For more information visit; Taste of the Holidays| Delaware Center for Horticulture

christmas-holiday-fling-delaware26th Annual Claymont Holiday Fling

The community is invited to celebrate the holidays and the American Cancer Society’s mission to finish the fight against cancer.  For more information visit; 26th Annual Claymont Holiday Fling

Odessa-Historic-MadelineMadeline’s Christmas | Historic Odessa

For the past 30 years the Historic Odessa Foundation has celebrated children’s literature by recreating vignettes from the classics in one of our 18th-century houses. Our visiting public have been treated to the wonderful literary works of Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Francis Hodgson Burnett, and Lewis Carroll…and that is just to name a few. For more information visit: Madeline’s Christmas | Historic Odessa

Christmas-Tree-LightingAnnual Tree Lighting | Elsmere

Join the Town of Elsmere as we begin this years’ holiday season with our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  For more information visit; Annual Tree Lighting | Elsmere

Holiday Open House at Rockwood

Ceremonial Lighting of the Big Tree with the UD Children’s Choir performing.  Secret Santa Shop supporting local youth entrepreneurs, Frosty and Rudolph will be making an appearance, Free Photo with Santa plus much, much more.  For more information visit; Holiday Open House at Rockwood

RunRunRuldoph5k-Newark-HolidayRUDOLPH 5K RUN & ROMP | Newark

The Special Olympics 5K Reindeer Run and Romp starts at the Aetna Fire Station, located on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street in Newark at 7pm.  Sponsored by BNY Mellon and held in conjunction with the City of Newark’s Department of Parks & Recreation “Winterfest” celebration. The 2012 event saw 1,434 participants raise more than $45,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.  For more information visit; RUDOLPH 5K RUN & ROMP | Newark

Winterfest NewarkWinterFest 2013 | Newark

Winterfest promises to be a wonderful addition to the holiday season. Holiday entertainment, roasting chestnuts, caroling, tree lighting, ice carving demonstrations, and much more will fill this wonderful evening of fun for the whole family on Main & Academy Streets.  For more information visit; WinterFest 2013 | Newark

Shining Night-Delaware-Holiday-showsA Shining Night Holiday Concert | Wilmington

The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware, the First State’s pioneering LGBT choral ensemble, will present its annual holiday concert A Shining Night Celebrate the holidays as RCD lights up the night with song!  For more information visit; A Shining Night Holiday Concert | Wilmington

Ugly-Christmas-Sweater-PartyArt is Social: Ugly Sweater Party | Delaware Art Museum

Unpack that red and green snowman sweater grandma gave you and join the Delaware Art Museum for the Ugly Sweater Party! Prizes available for the “Ugliest Sweater,” “Best Matching Couple,” or “Best Homemade.” This festive event will also include karaoke, special holiday drinks, and more!  For more information visit; Art is Social: Ugly Sweater Party | Delaware Art Museum

SATurday-North-Delawhere-weekend-event-guide-delawareBreakfast with Santa at Brandywine Zoo | Wilmingtonsanta-zoo

This event is extra special because you’ll get to dine with Santa as well as the Brandywine Zoo Director and Delaware Zoological Society Director! Then, share your holiday wishes and take a photo with Santa, decorate cookies, and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters.  For more information visit; Breakfast with Santa at Brandywine Zoo | Wilmington

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Santa’s Secret Shoppe | Newark

Children are invited to participate in Santa’s Secret Shoppe at the George Wilson Center. This event gives children the opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends with a pint sized price tag.  All items will be priced $5.00 and under and will be gift wrapped for FREE.  For more information visit; Santa’s Secret Shoppe | Newark

Snack with Santa | Newark

SNACK WITH SANTA The Holidays are coming!  Get into the spirit by joining Santa for snacks, crafts, games and a relaxed visit at the George Wilson Center.  For more information visit; Snack with Santa | Newark

Odessa-House-TourChristmas in Odessa | Self-Guided House Tour

The Women’s Club of Odessa presents Christmas in Odessa a self-guided tour of private homes and public buildings many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries decorated for the Holidays.  For more information visit; Christmas in Odessa | Self-Guided House Tour

Claymont-Delaware-Holiday-WeedChristmas Parade & Weed Decorating Ceremony | Claymont

The Claymont Christmas Parade route along Philadelphia Pike is 1.4 miles from Maple Lane Elementary School to the shopping center at Darley Road. The Christmas Weed Decorating Ceremony is held on the lawn of the Church of the Ascension.  For more information visit; Christmas Parade & Weed Decorating Ceremony | Claymont

Shop Local DELAWARE HolidayHoliday Art Market | Newark Art Alliance

The Newark Art Alliance Annual Holiday Art Market featuring 11 LOCAL artists displaying fine art, crafts, and jewelry for sale in the exhibition gallery. Art by LOCAL artists is guaranteed to be unique and to make loved ones feel special. For more information visit; Holiday Art Market | Newark Art Alliance

Santa-Express-Train Wilmington-DelawareSanta Claus Express | Wilmington & Western Railroad

Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride the Wilmington & Western Railroad train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. And he may bring Mrs. Claus with him! Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures. For more information visit; Santa Claus Express | Wilmington & Western Railroad

nutcracker-balletThe Nutcracker | Delaware Dance Company

Delaware Dance Company proudly presents its 30th annual production of The Nutcracker on December 7 & 8, 2013 at John Dickinson High School Theatre.  For more information visit; The Nutcracker | Delaware Dance Company

Sarah-DavenportFEARLESS: A Fight Against Lyme| Arden

A benefit for Sarah Davenport and the Fight Against Chronic Lyme Disease.  It’s an all ages event featuring The Glimmer Twins Rolling Stones Tribute Band.  There will be an open bar, buffet & kids’ activities.  For more information visit; FEARLESS: A Fight Against Lyme| Arden

Matthew Morrison GLEE Grand Gala Delaware37th Annual Grand Gala Starring Matthew Morrison from Glee | Wilmington

The 2013 Grand Gala, one of the philanthropic highlights of Wilmington’s social calendar, will feature Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison from Fox TV’s Glee as the featured performer. Morrison will be backed by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and music director David Amado.  For more information visit; 37th Annual Grand Gala Starring Matthew Morrison from Glee | Wilmington


Will the Real Santa Please Stand Up?Sunday Brunch with Santa | Deerfield Golf & Grille Newark

Deerfield’s elves have arranged for Santa Claus to make four appearances at Deerfield this holiday season. These events combine Delaware’s Best Sunday Brunch with the joyous sights and sounds of the holiday season. Bring your camera and get ready to enjoy…Brunch With Santa – Four Times In December! For more information visit; Sunday Brunch with Santa | Deerfield Golf & Grille Newark

Candlelight-Dinner-TheaterChristmas by Candlelight 2013| Arden

Christmas by Candlelight- A holiday variety show full of holiday cheer for the entire family. Celebrate the season with this heartwarming production featuring your favorite “Candlelighters” singing and dancing to your favorite holiday classics. For more information visit; Christmas By Candlelight 2013

Winterthur-Museum-Yuletide-Music-SeriesYuletide Music Series | Winterthur Museum

Enjoy seasonal tunes by the Blue Rock Chorus amongst the festive, decorated trees in the Winterthur Museum Galleries Reception Area after a morning Yuletide tour. There is no better way to relax and celebrate the season. For more information visit; Yuletide Music Series | Winterthur Museum

hagley-museum-centreville-mHolidays at Hagley

Participate in the long-standing du Pont family tradition of presenting small, handcrafted gifts to those you visit on New Year’s Day.  Children and adults can learn about the tradition and make their own calling gifts.  For more information visit; Holidays at Hagley


Elsmere-Council-Holiday-ParadeAnnual Holiday Parade | Elsmere

Join the City of Elsmere for the Annual Elsmere Holiday Parade.  For more information visit; Annual Holiday Parade | Elsmere


The-music-school-logoFamily Friendly Holiday Sing!

Sing and play along with Early Childhood faculty for our 23rd annual festive celebration of the season! Featuring “The Gingerbread Boy” with students and faculty. Ages 1½ to 7. FREE!  For more information visit; Family Friendly Holiday Sing!

Mastersingers-WilmingtonMarket Street Music Christmas Concert: Mastersingers of Wilmington

Join the celebrated Mastersingers of Wilmington, organist Marvin Mills, conductor David Schelat, and orchestra to experience some of the greatest Christmas music of all time. From familiar carols and moving music of the Renaissance, to music hot off the press and enchanting music of Mozart, Monteverdi and Michael Haydn, this concert will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit!  For more information visit; Market Street Music Christmas Concert: Mastersingers of Wilmington


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Happening Holidays: 2013 Holiday Guide

Happening Holidays Holiday GuideHappening Holidays | A Collection of Everything Holiday in North Delaware. LOCAL Parades, Tree Lighting Festivities, Lights & Sights, Gift Guides, Holiday Shows, DIY Entertaining & Decorating, Shopping, Santa, and much more! Easily navigate through the 2013 Holiday Guide by clicking on each of the images below. Book mark this page as we’ll be adding and updating events and categories throughout the Holiday Season. Everything Holiday brought to you by the Delaware Lottery, Instant Games, Wanna Play?