The holidays are not complete without a visit to the Historic Homes of Odessa, Delaware. This year, Odessa’s celebration will be an enchanting journey through time honoring the beloved and timeless poem, "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas" or "Twas the Night Before Christmas." This poem, originally published anonymously in December 1823, served as the inspiration for this year’s beloved holiday tradition. 

Along with the Odessa holiday festivities comes the annual Christmas in Odessa Fundraiser. For its 50th annual event, the Women’s Club of Odessa opens the doors of private homes and public buildings perfectly dressed for the season on December 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

The fundraiser’s schedule is as follows...  

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fresh greens including white pine, magnolia, boxwood and holly will be for sale at the barn behind the Wilson Warner House at 202 Main Street. The green sale is open to the public.  

10:00 a.m.

Tour private homes and public buildings at your leisure. A tour ticket is required to enter these gorgeously decorated buildings. Carols will be sung a cappella by “Vocal Exchange” during the tour.  

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Back again this year are carousel rides at 202 Main Street. Donations appreciated.    

10:00 a.m. to Noon

A fife and drum corps will perform around town. 

11:00 a.m.

Bell Ringers Concert at St. Paul’s, located at 406 Main Street, is open to the public. 

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join in for complimentary tea and Christmas cookies served by the Women’s Club of Odessa at the Historic Odessa Foundation’s Visitors Center at 201 Main Street.  

12:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Choir performs a “Christmas Sing Along” at St. Paul’s, 406 Main Street. Open to the public.  

1:00 p.m.

The MOT Male Choir performs at St. Paul’s, 406 Main Street. Open to the public.   

5:30 p.m.

Odessa Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Old Academy  


To purchase tickets, visit Tickets are on sale now through December 1, 2023.