2016 Winter Festivals Guide.  There’s no better way to shake off the cabin fever than with some of the regions most happening and infamous LOCAL winter festivals in chronological order.  From WINE, EATs, and Guiltless Shopping to Stage, ARTs and Music, embrace the cold and celebrate the beauty of winter nearly every weekend until the onset of Spring.  Mark your calendars and bookmark this page – we’ll keep adding Winter Festivals to heat you up!  It’s Winter, so hopefully it goes without saying —please watch for weather advisories and cancellations.

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Winter Wine-derland at Chaddford Winery (Jan. 16-18)Chaddford Winery Winter Wine-derland

Kick off the winter festival season at Chaddsford Winery’s aptly named Winter Wine-derland!  This three-day event at the winery includes food trucks, live music, fire pits, and wine!  Plus, the first 100 folks through the gates each day receive a free winter hat!  What’s there to WhINE about!?!?  The Winter Wine-derland runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from January 16-18.  Cheers!

Invention Convention at Hagley Museum (Jan. 16-18)Hagley Invention Convention

The theme for the 2016 Invention Convention is robots.  Robots have explored the far reaches of space, the depths of the oceans, and the inner workings of the human body.  Now you can explore robots themselves.  The fun-filled weekend event will explore the fascinating world of robotics with robotic demonstrations, hands-on engineering challenges, and in-person conversations with professionals who use robots in their daily work.  For information, please visit Invention Convention.

Downtown Newark Restaurant Week (Jan. 18-24)Newark Restaurant Week 2016

The Downtown Newark Partnership is proud to host its 10th annual Restaurant Week at 10 Main Street establishments.  Come out and enjoy innovative and tantalizing two- and three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner designed to suit any palette or purse.  Restaurant Week runs from January 18-24.

Fair Hill “Frozen” Fantasy (Jan. 23)Fair Hill Nature Winter

Fair Hill Nature and Environmental Center turns into a winter wonderland for a “Frozen”-themed crafts and activities festival!  Enjoy a morning of outdoor adventures and indoor crafts that are sure to inspire movie fans and nature nuts.  See more at Fair Hill Frozen Fantasy.

Guilty Girls Warehouse Sale (Feb. 5-6)Guilty Girls Giving Group Warehouse Sale 2016

Bring your friends and come out for a fun filled night of shopping!  The GGWS features 30+ LOCAL clothing, shoe, and gift boutiques, selling their end-of-season merchandise at liquidation-level prices.  Everything discounted 30-80 percent!  Best of all, GGWS donates a portion of the profits donated to “A Better Chance for Our Children.”  What could be better than snagging a super steal to benefit others?!  For information, please visit Guilty Girls Warehouse Sale.

Victorine’s Valentine’s Day at Hagley (Feb. 8)Hagley Victorine

Victorine’s Valentine’s Day is a sweet family event with something for everyone.  Guests can decorate a candy bar wrapper and customize a cup of hot chocolate with different toppings.  Visitors can also discover the Victorian roots of Valentine’s Day.  For more information, please visit Victorine’s Valentine’s Day at Hagley.

Shine a Light On The Queen 1976 (Feb. 20)Shine a Light on 1976 at The Queen

Join the Light Up The Queen Foundation for our annual Shine A Light On The Queen event!  This year, we pay tribute to 1976 – when President Ford was in office and America was celebrating its 200th birthday.  Come out and groove to “the best sings of 1976” performed by local artists.  For more information, go to Shine a Light on 1976.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Art Museum (Feb. 20)Chinese New Year Monkey 2016

It’s the Year of the Monkey!  Enjoy a FREE celebration including traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, a gallery scavenger hunt, plus a lion and folk dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Folk and Lion Dance Troupes and Yo-Yo Club.  Artwork created by children from the Chinese School of Delaware will be on view to commemorate this holiday. For more info, visit Chinese New Year Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum.

Hockessin Art Festival (Feb. 26-28)SandyAskeyAdams-fine Art-Hockessin Art Festival 2014

Each year, over 25 artists display and sell limited edition prints, original watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, sculptures, and carvings.  A wide range of styles and prices will be available for sale.  30% of all art sales go directly to the operation of the Wilmington & Western Railroad!  For information and schedule, please visit Hockessin Art Festival.

Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast at DNS (Feb. 27)Maple Sugaring at Delaware Nature Society

Come out and learn about Maple Sugaring at the Ashland Nature Center followed by a pancake breakfast where you can “taste the final product.”  This is a fun event for the whole family!  For details, please visit Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast at DNS.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wilmington (March)

Break out your greenest GREEN and bring your Irish spirit to the 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Wilmington. Date is still TBD. Visit www.facebook.com/DelawareIrish for details.

Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival (March 18-20)Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival WWBF 2016

30+ bands.  Two Stages. Three days. Weekend jamming.  These are all things to enjoy at the Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival.  Featuring open band performances and $1,000 prize drawing! For more information, please visit Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival.