Holiday Family Fun at the Delaware Beaches

The weather has finally gotten cooler on Delmarva and it is starting to look a little festive.

One of the hardest things for us to get used to since moving to Delmarva is the winter. We used to live just west of Baltimore and I commuted to south-central Pennsylvania for years. We are used to snow. We are used to getting lots and lots of snow. My kids love snow. I love it, too.

Back in Maryland, it was not unusual to get hammered with 24 inches of snow at a clip. One year we got so much snow that my old Volkswagen was completely buried in the snow. The area we lived in had rolling hills and we only had to drive down to Cape Horn Park to find amazing sledding. I regret not going to Ski Liberty before we moved. May be we will go skiing or tubing this year in the Poconos, or central Pa.

The kids still talk about how much fun we had playing in the snow back in Maryland and how we would huddle near the fireplace in the basement to warm up.

I am getting a little misty-eyed just writing that. My youngest was telling me how much he missed those days as we drove over to Cape Henlopen State Park with our dog to go for a walk this past weekend.

As we drove past the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal, he looked over and spotted a Ferris wheel.

“Hey, I have never been on a Ferris wheel before,” he said.

“No, you haven’t.” I said. “Would you like to go?”


What Delmarva lacks in snow and mountains it more than makes up for in creative events and holiday experiences. Here are some ideas and must-do activities on Delmarva during the winter.

Winter Wonderfest: The kids and I went last year to the light show at Cape Henlopen State Park. It was nice we could bundle up and listen to Christmas music while we took in the lights. The kids and I did not stop by Cape May-Lewes Ferry last year to check out the holiday village. This year, we will be sure to stop by. They have an ice skating rink and if you are interested, they will even give lessons. They also have the Ferris wheel, a major selling point for the youngest child. Wonderfest opened on November 17th and ends December 31st. The light spectacular costs $15 for cars and $30 for vans. The ice rink is a pretty good deal. It is $8 for skaters 12 years old and younger and $10 for skaters 13 and older. What is really neat about Wonderfest is that all the proceeds are used to benefit local nonprofits. Last year, the group that organizes the event awarded $100,000 worth of grants to local nonprofits. So you can feel pretty good that your $15 for the lights spectacular is getting put to good use. For details:

Santa will be there the day after Thanksgiving

Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting: The tree lighting takes place on Friday, November 24th, at the bandstand in downtown Rehoboth. I have to admit we have never been to the tree lighting before in downtown Rehoboth Beach. But, we love the boardwalk and we will make it a point to go. The ceremony this year features singing by performers from Clear Space Theatre. The singing begins at 6:30 p.m. and the lights on the tree will be flipped on at 7 p.m. Make sure to stop by Santa’s House on the Boardwalk. Santa will be available at his house starting at 4 p.m. the day of the tree lighting. After the tree lighting ceremony, Clear Space Theatre will be performing Miracle on 34th Street. The Rehoboth Beach Holiday Farmer’s Market at Grove Park also will open on Saturday, November 25th, between noon and 3 p.m. Details:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: Ok. This is up state in Wilmington at The Grand. The show is on Sunday, November 26th, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. My daughter loves Rudolph. In fact, she has asked Santa to bring her a charm from Rudolph for Christmas, so we may head up state for this one. Tickets are $33 and $47. Details:

Miracle on 34th Street at Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Carriage Rides & Santa: The Farm Stand at The Givens is offering $5 carriage rides through Millsboro on December 9th, starting at 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa will be available between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This sounds neat. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. Details: The Farmstand at Givens .

Christmas at The Train Station: The Historic Train Station in Georgetown is opening its doors on Saturday, December 9th, to show off its model trains. The event will also feature caroling. It is free. Georgetown, if you have never been, has some beautiful old houses. We will do this. It is free and what kid does not love trains? Husbands seem to like them, too. For details:

These are just a few ideas of what is going on over the holidays on Delmarva. There are plenty more, and I am sure the list will grow. If we are lucky, may be it will even snow.

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