The holiday season has officially arrived now that Santa sightings are a regular occurrence and “The Nutcracker” is on stages up and down the state. With such a busy season ahead, it made sense to file upcoming holiday events by date and put them all in calendar for easy planning. Enjoy!

The holiday season has officially arrived now that Santa sightings are a regular occurrence and “The Nutcracker” is on stages up and down the state. With such a busy season ahead, it made sense to file upcoming holiday events by date and put them all in calendar for easy planning. Enjoy!


WHAT Loblolly Acres’ holiday fun with hayride tours to the Christmas tree fields, straw maze, corn box and petting zoo. WHEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. WHERE 3893 Turkey Point Road, Woodside ADMISSION $6 or less INFORMATION Call Cheryl Epps at 284-9255 or email

WHAT Planes and Trains layout featuring the Shoreline Garden Railroad Club. This large-scale model train layout is inside the main hangar at the Air Mobility Command Museum and features three trains running around a large Christmas tree. The locomotives are up to 36 inches long and can weigh upwards of 30 pounds. Garden scale trains are meant to be run outside but the museum has room in the hangar for visitors to enjoy them indoors. Shoreline Garden Railroad Club volunteers will be happy to explain their hobby. WHEN 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays though Tuesday, Jan. 3 WHERE Air Mobility Command Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base ADMISSION Free MORE INFO 677-5938


WHAT Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll with the lighting of the community Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m., live entertainment, free horse drawn wagon rides, a new Santa House, caroling, and discounts from local merchants. WHEN 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 WHERE Downtown Milford INFORMATION Visit or call 839-1180

WHAT “Humbug!” a holiday comedy by Second Street Players. Audience members are invited to bring donations of nonperishable food items to be benefit Casa San Francisco, a homeless shelter in Milton. WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. WHERE Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford ADMISSION $17 with a $1 discount on matinees for students, senior citizens and military INFORMATION Call 422-0220 or visit

WHAT Harrington Christmas Parade by the City of Harrington Parks & Recreation Department. The parade will line up at about 5:30 p.m., with all entries ready by 6:45. This year’s theme is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 WHERE Line up is on Dorman Street in from of Lake Forest South Elementary School, and the parade continues on Dorman Street, left on Commerce Street, right on Clark Street, left on Delaware Avenue, left on Center Street, and right onto Dorman Street. Parking is available at WT Chipman and Lake Forest South Elementary schools. ADMISSION Free INFORMATION Visit

WHAT “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’” The Kent County Theatre Guild has resurrected this play after years of audience requests. The show is a chaotic presentation of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by the troupers of Farndale’s Dramatic Society. The group strives to overcome the many obstacles to present a more than slightly twisted version of the Yuletide standard. WHEN 8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16; 8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. WHERE Kent County Theatre Guild, 140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover ADMISSION $12, $10 for seniors, students and military INFORMATION Visit or call 800-838-3006


WHAT “The Nutcracker” by Diamond Dance Company. This year’s production pays tribute to the company’s founder, Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith. Her family members are still heavily involved, including her granddaughter Misty Yencer, production coordinator, and her great-granddaughter Victoria Brown-O’Brien in the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. O’Brien shares her role with Angela Zielen. Delaware. Diamond Dance Company welcomes guest dancers from First State Ballet Theater of Wilmington. In addition, alumni dancers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region have returned to perform and pay tribute to Tatiana. WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 WHERE Milford High School Theater ADMISSION $10 to $15 INFORMATION Visit

WHAT 12th annual Choral Breakfast by People’s Place. The event includes musical performances, an all-you-can-eat breakfast, thrift shop, holiday vendors, poinsettia sale and a visit from Santa at 9 a.m. WHEN 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 WHERE Milford Senior Center ADMISSION $6, $3 for children 12 and younger, free for children younger than 3; $3 for entertainment only INFORMATION Call 422-8033, ext. 198

WHAT People’s Day. The day of events throughout downtown Milford includes a Christmas tree extravaganza and holiday bazaar and book sale at the library; People’s Place’s Choral Breakfast; the Milford Boys & Girls Club’s holiday bazaar, crafts and bake sale, Santa shop and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. at Milford High School; “The First Year of the Civil War” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Milford Museum; Santa at his “residence” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Library Square; discount from 1 to 4 p.m. at Milford Skating Center; and “Humbug!” holiday comedy at 8 p.m. at Riverfront Theatre. Many events run at other times during the surrounding days as well as during People’s Day. WHEN 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 WHERE Sites throughout downtown Milford ADMISSION Varies depending on activity INFORMATION Visit


WHAT Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa Claus House, sponsored by Downtown Milford Inc. Each child can tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and will get a free surprise-filled stocking and a free picture with Santa Claus. WHEN 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 16 and 23; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18. WHERE Their new house on Walnut Street at the Riverwalk ADMISSION Free; donations accepted INFORMATION Call Lee Nelson 839-1180


WHAT Christmas concert by the Milford Community Band WHEN 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 WHERE Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave., Milford INFORMATION Visit


WHAT Santa Bingo. This unique game is played with cards that say Santa instead of Bingo and have pictures that are holiday related. This family-friendly event is for children 3 to 8, but parents can stay and help their kids. WHEN 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14; pre-registration is due by 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 WHERE Milford Parks & Recreation ADMISSION $3 for two cards


WHAT The Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrates the season with "Creole Christmas.” Have a New Orleans-style Christmas with seasonal favorites the likes of "Blue Christmas," "Swinging in A Winter Wonderland," "Bells Will Be Ringing," and "The Dreydel Song." A pre-concert talk features scholars discussing the history of jazz, blues and how the legends of New Orleans music styles have influenced the world. A short documentary on the history of Preservation Hall will also be shown. After the concert, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a holiday reception. WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover ADMISSION $55 for pre-concert discussion and concert, $75 for pre-concert discussion, concert and post-concert reception. INFORMATION Call 678-5152 or visit