Step into the enchanting world of The Rockwood Experience this holiday season at Rockwood Park & Museum. Immerse yourself in the magic of dazzling holiday light displays, take festive museum tours, capture the joy with complimentary photos with Santa, and much more. Discover the perfect last-minute gift at the Santa Shop, featuring unique handmade crafts and jewelry. If relaxation is on your wish list this holiday season, why not treat yourself to a rejuvenating yoga class? Grab a friend or a family member and make unforgettable holiday memories at The Rockwood Experience - an extravaganza of family fun.

Check out The Rockwood Experience events below:  


Holiday Open House 

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Rockwood's Holiday Open House in New Castle County. Enjoy a dazzling display of local talent, from choirs to dance troupes, along with food trucks, a tree lighting ceremony, Santa's display, and an enchanting train ride through the gardens. Don't miss the self-guided tours of the museum's festive decorations and the featured exhibition, Visions of Sugarplums. This proud local tradition welcomes all ages and is free to attend!  

Friday, December 1 | 5 - 9 p.m.  
*Tree lighting at 6 p.m. 
Saturday, December 2 | 5 - 9 p.m.  

To learn more about, click here: Open House At Rockwood 


Rockwood Museum New Year's Day Hike 

Embark on a New Year's two-mile hike around the renowned Rockwood historic estate and uncover one of Delaware's premier walking trails. Guided by experts, this hike provides an opportunity to delve into the architecture, gardens, and distinctive scenery of northern Delaware.  Arrive early for family activities, enjoy warm beverages, and don't forget to dress in layers. After the invigorating hike, warm up with a self-guided tour of the feature exhibition, Visions of Sugarplums, inside the museum. RSVP to ensure there is enough cocoa for everyone. All ages welcome. It's a FREE event!  

Monday, January 1 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
11 a.m. – Sidewalk Chalk and Complimentary Warm Beverages/Snacks (bring your own mug and fill it with tea, coffee, cocoa, or cider!) 
12 p.m. - Hike (approximately 45 minutes) 

Reservations are required. To RSVP, please click here: Rockwood Museum New Year's Day Hike 


Visions of Sugarplums 

The most fanciful imaginations of children inspire this year’s holiday display at the museum’s historic galleries during the holidays.  All tours are FREE in December. 

Museum Hours: Thu-Sat | 10 a.m, – 4 p.m. Sun | 12 – 4 p.m. 

 

 

Winter Lights at Rockwood 

Experience the enchantment of Rockwood's holiday decorations after dark during this ideal date night. Begin with a romantic stroll through the illuminated gardens, followed by an exploration of the beautifully adorned interiors and feature exhibition inside the museum. It's a self-guided tour with a cash bar. Dress warmly and enjoy the festive atmosphere. All ages are welcome, and it's free! 

Friday, December 8 | 5 - 8 p.m.  
Saturday, December 9 | 5 - 8 p.m.  
Friday, December 15 | 5 - 8 p.m.  
Saturday, December 16 | 5 - 8 p.m.  

No Registration Required. 
 

Below the Stairs and In the Attics: The Servants’ Tour 

Explore Rockwood through the eyes of its dedicated servants from the 1850s to the 20th century. Gain a deeper understanding of the estate's history, including spaces not typically open to the public. This 90-minute tour, which involves navigating multiple staircases, offers a unique perspective on Rockwood Mansion. All ages are welcome, but registration is required due to limited space.  

Sunday, December 10 |1 - 2:30 pm  
Sunday, December 14 | 1 - 2:30 pm  

Admission is $20, with a discounted rate of $15 for New Castle County residents. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Below the Stairs and In the Attics: The Servants' Tour 


Poetry in the Mansion: A Child's Christmas in Wales 

Rockwood's Poet in Residence David P. Kozinski and actress and director Patti Allis Mengers will present a dramatic reading of A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas and other favorites of the festive season, both sacred and secular.  Q&A and an open mic will follow. Light refreshments will be offered. The event is FREE for all ages with a ticket. Tickets are limited.  

Saturday, December 16 | 1 p.m. 

For your FREE tickets, please visit: Poetry in the Mansion: A Child’s Christmas in Wales 


Candlelight Tours 

Rockwood changes from the horticulture paradise of the day into a romantic stage for glimmering surfaces and sumptuous textures at night. Despite its modern conveniences, including bright gas-powered lighting, the families that lived here often preferred the soft drama of candlelight. This tour allows visitors to experience the museum’s interiors in the way they were intended. All ages are welcome on the 90-minute guided tour.  

Friday, January 26 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Friday, February 16 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.  

Admission is $20, with a discounted rate of $15 for New Castle County residents. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Candlelight Tours 

Holiday Happy Hour Yoga Series 

Unwind and embrace holiday Zen with your fellow yogis at Rockwood Park & Museum's Wellness Class – the perfect escape to find your center amidst the festive hustle. Why not enjoy a holiday with a joyous blend of relaxation and rejuvenation! 

Tuesday AM Flow Yoga 
Tuesdays in December | 9 - 10 a.m. 

Admission is $10, with a discounted rate of $6 for New Castle County residents and $2 for Art-Reach members. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Flow Yoga 

Thursday PM Yin Yoga Meditation 
Thursdays in December | 5:30 - 6:30 a.m. 

Admission is $10, with a discounted rate of $6 for New Castle County residents and $2 for Art-Reach members. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Yoga Meditation 

Saturday AM Vinyasa Yoga 
Saturdays in December | 9 - 10 a.m. 

Admission is $10, with a discounted rate of $6 for New Castle County residents and $2 for Art-Reach members. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Vinyasa Yoga 

Full Moon Flow Yoga 
Friday, December 15 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cold Moon 
Friday, January 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Wolf Moon 

Admission is $10, with a discounted rate of $6 for NCC residents and $2 Art-Reach Member. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Full Moon Yoga 

Rockwood Guided Meditation 

Sunday, December 3| 12 - 1 p.m.  
Sunday, January 14| 12 - 1 p.m. 

Admission is $10, with a discounted rate of $6 for New Castle County residents and $2 for Art-Reach members. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Rockwood Guided Mediation 


Happy Hour Yoga 

*Must be 21 years old to attend with Valid I.D. 

Friday, December 8 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  
Friday, January 12 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  

Admission is $20, with a discounted rate of $15 for New Castle County residents. 
To purchase tickets, please visit: Happy Hour Yoga 
*Use the "Art-Reach2023" and "RPPS2023" coupon codes at checkout to unlock the membership discount - must provide proof of membership at beginning of the program. 


Kids and Family Yoga - Holiday Fun 

Rockwood Park & Museum is hosting yoga sessions for children and families with the popular instructor Maryann Quinn. These monthly, themed and super-fun yoga practices will encourage kids to be more present, centered and active. Kids can practice with a guardian present, or the entire family can practice together. Locations within Rockwood structures may vary. Please bring a mat, towel, water, and blocks if you use them. Use the “Art-Reach2024” coupon code at checkout to unlock the membership discount – must provide proof of membership at the beginning of the program. 

Saturday, January 13 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Winter Play 
Saturday, February 17 | 12:30 - 1:20 p.m. | Open Your Heart 

Admission is $10, with a discounted rate of $6 for New Castle County residents and $2 for Art-Reach members.  
To purchase tickets, click here: Kids and Family Yoga-Holiday Fun 
*Use the "Art-Reach2023" and "RPPS2023" coupon codes at checkout to unlock the membership discount - must provide proof of membership at beginning of the program. 

In the winter holiday season, exploring Rockwood Park & Museum is not just a journey through history and culture - it's an experience that brings the magic of the season to life. From the twinkling lights to the rich historical narratives, Rockwood Park & Museum offers a unique blend of festive charm and educational wonders. Embrace the warmth of the holidays as you embark on a memorable adventure through Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley area!