Holiday/Winter Events

As a quiet snow falls and the Brandywine River slows to a frozen trickle, the warmth from the fireplace and a good glass of local wine sustain us throughout winter in the Greater Wilmington and Brandywine Valley region. From the first twinkle of the holiday lights, winter events in the region embrace the natural beauty of the season.

Christmas Tours in Odessa and Old New Castle (December)

Christmas comes alive in the historical towns of OLD NEW CASTLE and Odessa, where traditional holiday celebrations will transport you back in time. In Old New Castle, the annual "Spirit of Christmas & A Dickens Experience" events feature carolers, street vendors and actors recreating street scenes straight out of "A Christmas Carol," as private homes and historic sites open their decorated doors to sightseers. "CHRISTMAS IN ODESSA" features private house tours, craft sales, holiday concerts and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Longwood ChristmasA LONGWOOD CHRISTMAS (November-January)

Fountains dance, snowflakes hang in midair, and more than a half million lights brighten the winter nights during "A Longwood Christmas" at Longwood Gardens. Annual themes create new inspirations for design every year, but you'll always find fields of red poinsettias and grandly decorated trees for the season. (Come back after the holidays for the must-see annual Orchid Extravaganza inside the warm, four-acre Conservatory.)


Inside the home where Henry Francis du Pont and his family gathered to celebrate the holidays, the traditional Christmas of a bygone era returns every year to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Holiday performances fill the air with music, the house is decorated as it might have been in days past, and the spirit of the season surrounds you.