Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley attractions, restaurants and hotels are beginning to dress in their holiday best and that means 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 this list and check it twice as you make plans to #VisitWilm to see Santa!


1. Christiana Mall

Beginning November 11th through Christmas Eve, Santa will be stopping by the Christiana Mall for photos and to gather a few ideas from your wish lists. He is also going to have a special day on December 4th for those kiddos that need a "sensory friendly" visit for photos. From November 14th through December 5th, Santa will even let you bring your pets along too! Everyone deserves some time with the Jolly Elf, don't they? While you’re there, be sure to take advantage of Christiana Mall’s hundreds of stores including classics like Apple, Nordstrom, The North Face, Target and more.  Did we mention shopping in Delaware is tax-free? The perfect way to check off those items on your holiday shopping list – just be sure to check it twice!       


2. Wilmington and Western Railroad

On varying dates beginning November 25th through December 23th, 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 3rd and 10th. Explore the picturesque grounds, the Hagley Barn and visit Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family’s ancestral home all decked out for the season.  While you wait, enjoy the creativity and imaginative interpretations of gingerbread houses featured in Hagley's 5th annual gingerbread contest. Let Santa know who you voted for! He loves the Gingerbread competition. He will make his appearances from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. with a cookie break from 1:00-1:30.

4. Brandywine Zoo 

Visit the Brandywine Zoo December 3rd and 4th to see Santa and enjoy the Winter Wonderland fun! This beloved family tradition is a highlight of the season.  Enjoy holiday treats provided by Janssen's Market, complimentary hot chocolate and holiday activities. Grab your tickets today! 

5. Visit with Santa and Enjoy a Meal!

Santa LOVES a good breakfast and brunch... join in the holiday fun and meet up with the Jolly Elf alongside some delicious food options!  

Bonus. Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade

Although Santa will not be able to talk to everyone, you can still enjoy seeing him on top of a float at the 58th annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade in downtown Wilmington November 26th.
This year's parade route will be: 

Starts at 2nd &Market St.
Travels North on Market St.
Past Reviewing Stand at 10th & Market St.
Parade ends at 11th & Market St.

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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