It’s the most wonderful time of the year for those who enjoy Christmas music, events and more. And there’s plenty on the calendar in Kent County between now and the end of the year. So get ready to enjoy.

Sunday, Nov. 30

Enjoy the lovely sound of handbells played by Dover’s own Capital Ringers at the Presbyterian Church of Dover, 54 S. State St., in Dover at 2:30 p.m.

COST $10 for adults; $5 for students older than 13; $1 with paying adult for ages 2 to 13.

INFO Visit doverpresbyterian.org or call 734-3313

 

Dover Symphony Orchestra will tug on your heartstrings with its concert “Ringing In The Holiday Season” at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino at 3 p.m.

COST $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, college students and military; Free for children younger than 16

INFO Visit doversymphony.org

 

Monday, Dec. 1

Smyrna will host an evening of holiday cheer, with music by the Citizens’ Hose Company Band and refreshments, in celebration of the official holiday lighting of Town Hall during the event, Caroling on the Plaza, at Town Hall, 27 S. Market St. Plaza, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The rain date is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

COST Free

INFO Visit smyrna.delaware.gov or call 653-9231

 

Wednesday, Dec. 3

The choruses from Lake Forest Central and Lake Forest High will welcome in the holiday season during the annual Christmas Tree lighting at the Harrington Parks & Recreation Center, 114 E. Liberty St., at 6 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

COST Free

INFO Call 398-7975 or visit hprnews.com

 

Thursday, Dec. 4

Enjoy wine, appetizers and a tour of some of Milford’s most festive homes during the Delaware Hospice Center’s Christmas House Tour. The tours will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Include three private homes and the Sunnybrae Mansion, concluding with refreshments at the hospice center.

COST $15 for the house tour, $15 for wine and appetizers, $25 for both

INFO For tickets, call 424-0395 or 430-0532

 

Downtown Dover will embrace the holiday season with a visit from Santa Claus, caroling with local school children and dignitaries near City Hall, ballet performances, free hot chocolate and cookies, horse-drawn carriage rides and more during the Capital Holiday Celebration on Loockerman St., in Dover at 5 p.m.

COST Free

INFO Visit cdcc.net

 

Friday, Dec. 5

Delaware Hospice Center will open for the first of its three-day Festival of Trees at 100 Patriots Way in Milford from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature a display of decorated trees and wreaths, holiday centerpieces, a bake shop, craft elves, gift shop, Memorial Tree, New Hope Tree and Remembrance Tree. Additional hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7.

COST $6 for adults; $4 for seniors and students; free for children 10 and younger on Friday and Saturday

INFO Visit delawarehospice.org or call 746-4666

 

Bring your favorite ornaments/holiday decorations and have fun sketching and painting to create your own one-of-a-kind holiday cards at Live Cheap and Make Art Studios, 39 N. Walnut St., Suite 105, Penney Square, in Milford at 5 p.m.

COST $35 plus supplies

INFO Visit livecheapmakeart.com or call 625-2525

 

Get in the holiday spirit with some sweets and a holiday craft to hang on the tree at the Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., in Dover from 5 to 7 p.m.

COST Free

INFO Visit biggsmuseum.org or call 674-2111

 

Special holiday sales, live entertainment, treats and more will be available during Downtown Milford Inc.’s Holiday Stroll on S.W. Front Street, S.E. Front Street, N.W. Front Street, Park Avenue and Walnut Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Dozens of shops, churches and community groups also have events planned around the stroll.

COST Free

INFO Visit downtownmilford.org or call 839-1180

 

Delaware Ballet will open its 23rd annual production of “The Nutcracker” in Delaware State University’s Education and Humanities Theater, 1200 N. Dupont Highway, in Dover at 7 p.m. Additional shows will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6

COST $15

INFO Visit delawareballet.net or call 535-0222

 

Legendary, multiplatinum-selling jazz saxophonist Kenny G will perform a holiday concert in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, in Dover at 9 p.m.

COST $35 to $75

INFO Visit doverdowns.com or call 674-4600

 

Saturday, Dec. 6

The Markells will open up Woodburn, the governor’s mansion, for guided tours during a holiday open house at 151 Kings Highway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COST Free

INFO Call 739-5656

 

Clayton Intermediate School (CIS) will host its third annual PTO Craft Fair at 86 Sorrento, Drive, in Clayton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The PTO fundraiser will benefit the students at CIS.

COST Free

INFO Visit cis.smyrna.k12.de.us or call 653-4512

 

Visitors at the John Dickinson Plantation at 340 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover will be able to create a sachet with herbs and spices from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A similar event also will be held on Dec. 20.

COST Free

INFO Call 739-3277

 

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village will be hosting a Farmer’s Christmas at 866 N. Dupont Highway in Dover from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will include a woodworker, a blacksmith, carolers, ghost stories, children’s crafts, holiday music, warm cider and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

COST Free

INFO Visit agriculturalmuseum.org or call 734-1618

 

Home for the Holidays Parade will step off on Loockerman Street in Dover at noon, followed by visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus at the Santa House from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Downtown Dover merchant will have open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., musical entertainment and artisans will begin at 1:30 p.m. and a Help the Grinch Find Ornaments Scavenger Hunt at the Winter Wonderland on Loockerman Way will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COST Free

INFO Visit downtowndoverpartnership.com or call 678-2940

 

Ballet Theatre of Dover will open the classic ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., in Dover, at 2 and 7 p.m. An additional performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.

COST $18 to $25

INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-5152

 

Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season with the captivating music of “Ornament: A Tribute to the Trans-Siberia Orchestra” starting at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Harrington Raceway and Casino, 5 W. Rider Road.

COST $10

INFO Visit harringtonraceway.com

 

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine and beer, a silent auction and raffles will be included in Delaware Hospice Center’s Night of Lights Reception at 100 Patriots Way in Milford from 6:30 to 9 30 p.m.

COST $50 per person; reservations required

INFO Visit delawarehospice.org or call 746-4666

 

Diamond Dance Company will open its 15th annual production of the “The Nutcracker” at Milford High School, 1019 N. Walnut St., in Milford at 7 p.m. The final show is at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.

COST Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children/students 17 or younger.

INFO Visit southerndelawareballet.com

 

Sunday, Dec. 7

Enjoy bacon and eggs with Old Saint Nick during Clayton Fire Company’s 17 annual Breakfast With Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 212 Railroad Ave. in Clayton. The event will include an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and a special treat for the kids. Find the perfect gift for the family in Santa’s Workshop. All gifts are $2 and include free wrapping.

COST Adults $8, kids $4, ages 2 and younger free

INFO Call 632-3445

 

A traditional open house and Christmas bazaar for the entire family will be held at the Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., in Smyrna at 1 p.m. Enjoy Christmas carols sung by local schools, Christmas decorations, hot cocoa and cookies, a screening of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick himself. Shop vendors and pick up a handmade gift for the holidays.

COST Free with donation of a toy or canned food

INFO Visit smyrnaoperahouse.org or call 653-4236

 

The Milford Community Band and Keenote Chorale will present a Christmas concert at the Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave., in Milford at 3 p.m.

COST Free

INFO Visit milfordcommunityband.org or call 422-6304

 

The Smyrna/Clayton July 4th Association’s Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m. The parade route will begin at Clayton Elementary, go down Main Street, turn left on Reed Street and end at Metal Masters. The event will be followed by the 20th annual Memorial Tree ceremony at Clayton Fire House.

COST Free

INFO Visit scjuly4.com or call 270-1747

 

Join Capital Ringers for their 10th anniversary Christmas Concert Tour “Traditions,” featuring audience favorites like “Wizards in Winter” and “Let it Go” (from the Disney movie, “Frozen”) at Reformation Lutheran Church, 613 Lakeview Ave., in Milford at 7 p.m.

COST $10 per person or $15 per family

INFO Visit capitalringers.org or call 632-3106

 

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Calvary Assembly of God will read between the lines of scripture and culture to tell the love story of a young couple caught up in the fulfillment of prophecies in the opening of the Biblical Broadway-style play “Mary and Joseph: The Miraculous Journey” at 1141 E. Lebanon Road in Dover at 7 p.m. Five additional performances are scheduled through Sunday, Dec. 14.

COST Free

INFO Visit calvarydover.org or call 697-7776

 

Friday, Dec. 12

Kent General’s Poinsettia & Lights event will feature Santa and a day of music, entertainment, a craft show and more in the hospital’s Pavilion Conference Rooms and Welcome Center, 640 S. State St., in Dover from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

COST Free

INFO Visit bayhealth.org or call 674-4700

 

Saturday, Dec. 13

Visit Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winter Wonderland on Loockerman Way in Dover.

COST Free

INFO Visit downtowndoverpartnership.com or call 678-2940

 

Sunday, Dec. 14

Enjoy the elegance of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” as the Delaware Choral Society and the Delaware Youth Chorale present their annual winter concert “A Christmas Rose” at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., in Dover at 4 p.m.

COST $12 to $25

INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-5152

 

Families are invited to join Yvonne Johnson, professor of music at Delaware State University, as she leads an old-fashioned carol sing-along on piano at Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven, Lane, in Dover at 2 p.m.

COST Free

INFO Visit Kent County Public Library on Facebook or call 698-6440

 

Saturday, Dec. 20

Visit Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winter Wonderland on Loockerman Way in Dover.

COST Free

INFO Visit downtowndoverpartnership.com or call 678-2940

 

Wednesday, Dec. 31

You and your little ones can live it up on the last day of the year while being entertained by the Ballet Theatre of Dover’s cast from “The Nutcracker,” representatives from the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre and storyteller/musician Clem Bowen in the third annual FOL Winter Festival at Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven, Lane, in Dover at 9 a.m.

COST $5

INFO Visit Kent County Public Library on Facebook or call 698-6440