The ghost stories have been told and the candy has been eaten, which can only mean one thing…The holiday season is here. So, before they are in the rearview mirror, slow things down, take a break and escape to a much simpler time when the holiday season was a relaxing affair.

With a history dating back to the 1600s, Greater Wilmington’s historic towns are taking back the holidays and embracing their Colonial roots. Explore Historic New Castle and Historic Odessa as they preserve the past with events throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Getaway to Greater Wilmington

Historic New Castle may be best known as the place Delaware voted to break away from Pennsylvania and England, but this tiny town is also known for its Christmas spirit.  Each year the town turns into a real-life Dicken's classic. The classic tale of past, present, and future is a New Castle holiday tradition that includes “Fezziwig’s Ball” and live performers, dressed in period clothing, roaming the streets of New Castle performing snippets from the famed story. This year’s event takes place on December 10th.

The historic holiday fun doesn’t stop there. On this day in Old New Castle, owners of notable homes welcome the public in for holiday-themed tours. Start the day at the New Castle Presbyterian Church, where they have a full schedule of the year’s events.

If the holiday spirit of New Castle doesn’t fill your seasonal quota, head over to Odessa, Delaware to explore a Colonial townscape committed to historic preservation celebrating Christmas in Odessa. This self-guided tour through the area’s fascinating 18th and 19th century buildings is set for December 3th from 10am-4pm with special events going on throughout the day.


The historic towns of New Castle and Odessa are filled with incredible experiences no matter what time of year you visit, but that the experience is even more pronounced during the holiday season. Get back the meaning of the season and provide your family with a Colonial Christmas experience they will not soon forget. Start planning your holiday adventure today!