There's no doubt that things are beginning to look much more "holiday-like" in coastal Delaware over the last few weeks. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, with all of the festive, frantic and fun activities that define the Christmas/holiday season following directly behind.
Because of this special time of year, you'll notice a holiday theme in this week's "Weekender Blog," as always brought to you by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty in Rehoboth Beach. The annual fall festival season has essentially wrapped up in coastal Delaware, but now it's time to welcome ole' Saint Nick to town in many different ways.
This weekend's headliner is the opening of the highly anticipated Winterfest of Lights, just across the state line in Ocean City. This wildly popular annual event has been going on for decades and is always good fun for the entire family.
Be sure to check it out, along with some of the other great selections we've previewed for you this week. And be sure to check back at this time every week for more great events and happenings at or near the Delaware beaches.
Now, here are our choices for some fun, family happenings for the weekend of Nov. 20-22:
Winterfest of Lights (Nov. 19-Jan. 3). Northside Park in Ocean City is once again the backdrop for this annual holiday event on Delmarva. More than a million lights are featured again this year, distributed among hundreds of animated, holiday light displays. Also returning for 2015 is the Winterfest Village pavilion, Yukon Cornelius's gift shop and photos with Santa Claus. Cost is $5 per person and kids 11 and under are free. Call 1-800-OC-OCEAN for more details.
Seashore Wreath Making (Nov. 21). If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend at the Delaware beaches, consider making your very own holiday wreath at Delaware Seashore State Park. Made from natural materials found along the beach and augmented with local holly and other trimmings, these one-of-a-kind creations will surely add to the festive atmosphere in your home. Cost is $20 per person. Visit www.destateparks.com for more information.
Fall Market on the Riverwalk (Nov. 21). For one day only, downtown Milford will be hosting a fall market on its riverwalk. Buy local produce, handmade items, win great prizes and enjoy quality local entertainment near the Mispillion River. Visit www.downtownmilford.org for more information.
Prime Hook Birding Trip (Nov. 22). For the nature lovers out there, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will be holding it's latest birding field trip this Sunday. These free excursions are led by volunteer birding guides who will teach participants all about the unique bird species that make coastal Delaware it's home this time of year. Trips generally last about three hours and begin at 8 a.m. Call Prime Hook at 302-684-8419 for more information.
Pack the Pod (Now – Dec. 7). This is not really an event, but a worthy annual campaign that we felt was important to mention this time of year. Sussex County's annual food drive has already kicked off and will attempt to top last year's total of more than 31,000 food items donated to local charitable organizations. Items this year can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the County Administrative Offices on The Circle in Georgetown. The food drive will culminate on Monday, Dec. 7, with the annual Caroling on The Circle event. Call 302-855-7700 for more information.
These are just a few of this weekend's fun-filled events here in coastal Delaware. For more ideas on what you can do with your friends and/or family, contact your local chamber of commerce or town hall.
And be on the lookout again next week for more great ideas from the Oldfather Group. Now get out there and enjoy all the things that make living at the Delaware beaches such a wonderful experience!