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Fun and Educational Winter Family Activities – Delaware, 2017

December 2nd, 2017

Young family holding hands and ice skating on rinkThe holiday season is here again! There are so many fun family activities available this winter in the Delaware area we had to split them up! Below you’ll find ongoing events, but be sure to check out the rest of our holiday event pages for more including:

Visits with Santa

Parades and Tree Lightings

Special Holiday Events

Winter Family Activities, 2017

Click on the events for more information!

Santa Claus Express: W&W Railroad

Saturdays & Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Departures at 10:30am (Dec. 16th only), 12:30 & 2:30pm. Wilmington & Western Railroad. 2201 Newport Gap Pike. Wilmington, DE 19808.

Take a 1½ hour round-trip train ride with Santa powered by the 0-6-0 steam locomotive No. 58! Santa will be passing out chocolate treats and posing for pictures with the children, so be sure to bring your camera!

Holiday Lights Express: W&W Railroad

Nightly Departures from 12/8-12/30 (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day). Multiple departures hourly between 5-9pm. Wilmington & Western Railroad. 2201 Newport Gap Pike. Wilmington, DE 19808.

Enjoy a peaceful 45-minute evening ride aboard a heated railcar covered with thousands of holiday lights passing by homes decorated for the holidays.

Delaware Children’s Museum

550 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. 302-654-2340

Visit the exhibits at Delaware Children’s Museum for awesome programs including “Winter Wonderland” and “Star Wars Science!” Click here to check out the DCM calendar!

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights at 3 Palms Zoo & Education Center

Fridays & Saturdays throughout December, 6pm-8pm. Weather Permitting. 3 Palms Zoo & Education Center. 924 Blackbird Forest Rd. Clayton, DE 19938. 302-715-1326

Visit 3 Palms for the 6th annual Christmas event! Visit the zoo’s nocturnal animals in the glow of even more lights than before. Roast marshmallows, enjoy some hot chocolate, and share your special Christmas wishes with Santa!

Winter Wonderfest

Light Spectacular

Bigger and brighter in 2017, the Light Spectacular at Cape Henlopen now has 30% more lights and a NEW and improved route! Delight in this dazzling display with your family from the comfort of your own car.

Click here to view Light Spectacular pricing and hours.

Christmas Village

Visit the Cape May Lewes Ferry Grounds to enjoy carnival rides, ice skating, Santa’s workshop, and more! NOW even more fun than before with 2 NEW carnival rides, 5 NEW Midway Games, “The Lodge”- a NEW enclosed & heated tent, and The Visit Delaware Ice Rink!

Click here to view Christmas Village pricing and hours.

NEW Visit Delaware Ice Rink

This brand new 100×70 REAL ice rink is open 6 days a week and offers public sessions, skating classes, birthday parties, and more!

Click here to view Ice Rink pricing and hours.

Riverfront Outdoor Ice Skating

Horizon Services Riverfront Rink. Justison Landing Green, 308 Justison Street Wilmington, DE 19801.

Now open for its fourth season, this family-oriented, outdoor ice skating rink provides fun for family members of all ages. Click here for pricing and hours.

Coleman’s Christmas Tree Farm

550 Silver Run Rd, Middletown, DE 19709. 8am-5pm daily. Santa visits and hayrides on weekends only.

Take a FREE hayride to the Christmas tree fields (Saturday & Sunday ONLY) or choose from a wide selection of pre-cut trees. Santa will be visiting most weekends in December, so be sure to bring your camera! (Call 302-378-8949 to check in advance.)