As Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley begin to dress in their holiday best, Santa’s arrival isn’t far behind. That’s right... the cookie loving, Jolly Old Elf himself with the iconic white beard is headed to Greater Wilmington and he is making multiple stops.

Grab the list and check it twice, Santa is coming to town!


1. Christiana Mall

Beginning November 12th through Christmas Eve, Santa will be stopping by the Christiana Mall for photos and to gather a few ideas from your wish lists. From November 29th through December 20th, you can bring your pets along too! Everyone deserves some time with the Jolly Elf. While you’re there, be sure to take advantage of Christiana Mall’s hundreds of stores including Apple, Nordstrom, The North Face, Target and more.  Did we mention shopping in Delaware is tax-free? The perfect way to check items off your holiday shopping list – just be sure to check it twice!       


2. Wilmington and Western Railroad

On varying dates beginning November 26th through December 19th, the Wilmington and Western Railroad will be hosting Mr. Claus on their Santa Claus Express! Take a train ride through the scenic Red Clay Valley with the Jolly Elf as he stops to greet all on board and give out a special holiday treat. Be sure to purchase your tickets now these awesome rides fill up quickly! 

3. Hagley Museum and Library

Santa’s next visit will be to Hagley Museum and Library on December 4th and 11th. Explore the picturesque grounds, the Hagley Barn and visit Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family’s ancestral home all decked out for the season.  You can also vote for the area’s best gingerbread house before seeing Santa. Let him know who you voted for he loves the Gingerbread competition! He will make his appearances from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Santa does take a break to check in on his reindeer from 1:00-1:30.

4. Brandywine Zoo 

Visit the Brandywine Zoo December 11th and 12th. This beloved family tradition is a highlight of the season.  Of course, Santa will be there, but the Winter Wonderland set up also includes holiday treats, hot chocolate and seasonal activities. Grab your tickets today! 

5. American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

Santa may have a sleigh to get him to and from the North Pole, but on occasion he needs a different form of transportation. On December 11th look for him in the sky as Santa arrives via helicopter to visit the Brandywine Valley and hear your holiday wishes! SantaFest at the American Helicopter Museum begins at 10am. Make your plans today! 

Santa is so excited to meet everyone and spend part of his holiday season in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley! The holiday magic takes place all month long – make plans now to catch Santa before he’s gone.   Advance ticket purchase is recommended.   

Happy Holidays! 


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