2017 List of Christmas and Holiday Events Across Delmarva
11/25 – Chestertown, Md. – the Kent County (Md.) Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. in downtown Chestertown. More information here.
11/27 – Pocomoke City, Md. – The parade Monday will begin at 7 p.m. for its 45th year, featuring marching bands representing seven counties in three states. There will also be decorated and lighted floats entered by schools, civic organizations, churches, and commercial enterprises along with over 100 units from Maryland for this two hour event. The route starts at 14th street and ends at the Pocomoke River. For more information view the event online.
12/1 – Crisfield, Md. – Starts at 6:30 p.m. More information here.
12/1 – Laurel, Del. – Hosted by the Laurel Fire Department in Delaware, the annual parade begins at 7 p.m. More information here.
12/1 – Selbyville, Del. – The 57th annual Selbyville Christmas Parade starts at 7 p.m. More information here.
12/2 – Cambridge, Md. – The city’s 69th annual parade starts at 4:45 p.m. The theme is “Peace on Earth.” More information here.
12/2 – Chincoteague, Va. – Starts at 6 p.m. More information here.
12/2 – Easton, Md. – Starts at 6 p.m. More information here
12/2 – Lewes, Del. – Starts at 5 p.m. More information here.
12/2 – Millsboro, Del. – Starts at 5 p.m. More information here.
12/2 – Ocean City, Md. – Starts at 11 a.m. More information here.
12/2 – Seaford, Del. – Starts at 7 p.m. This will be Seaford’s 152nd annual Christmas parade. More information here.
12/2 – Vienna, Md. – Starts at 11 a.m.
12/3 – Salisbury, Md. – The Jaycees of Salisbury host the 71st annual Christmas parade in Salisbury, starting at 2 p.m. Watch the parade from East Main Street & Mt. Hermon Road. More information here.
12/4 – Snow Hill, Md. – The parade begins at 7 p.m. For more information view the Snow Hill events calendar online.
12/5 – Dagsboro, Del. – The 4th Annual Town of Dagsboro Christmas Parade gets underway at 7 p.m. The rain date will be Dec. 6. More information here.
12/5 – Rehoboth, Del. – Starts at 6:30 p.m. More information here.
12/6 – Milton, Del. – Starts at 7:30 p.m. More information here.
12/7 – Berlin, Md. – The parade, running from 7-9 p.m. welcomes marching bands, dance teams, fire companies and floats before the arrival of Santa. The celebration takes place on 14 South Main Street in historic Downtown Berlin. For more details view the event website.
12/7 – Georgetown, Del. – Starts at 7 p.m. More information here.
12/9 – St. Michaels, Md. – Starts at 10:30 a.m. More information here.
12/9 Bridgeville, Del. – The parade takes place at 101 N. Main St. beginning at 4:30 p.m. For more information click here.
12/16 Delmar – The parade starts at 2 p.m. There will be no rain date. Anyone who wants to be in the parade is asked to call Roger Martison at 302-846-3424 before Dec. 12.
Christmas Train Garden, 12/1-12-30
The Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company hosts its annual train garden display and from Dec. 1-30, the hours of operation are: Monday through Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Refreshments are sold. Donations of money, new toys, or non-perishable food items are welcome for their Christmas Drive. For group reservations, contact J.B. Tieder at 410-228-5262. The Train Garden features little towns, industrial areas, rural areas, scenic areas and several emergency rescue displays. At the old firehouse in the 300 block of Gay Street in downtown Cambridge, MD. ADDRESS: 311 Gay St., Cambridge, MD 21613
Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, 11/16-12/31
The 25th annual Winterfest of Lights presents over one million light bulbs in animated Christmas displays throughout Northside Park. Located on 125th street, the festival invites visitors to take a photo with Santa or sip hot chocolate while aboard the Winterfest Express, a train touring the park in a one-mile journey through fairy-tale themed exhibits. Hours: Sunday – Thursday 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. The event runs until Dec. 31. View the event online for more details.
Winter WonderFEST in Lewes, 11/17-12/31
The Winter WonderFEST is bigger, brighter and cooler for 2017! Fun activities include: Light Spectacular at the Cape Henlopen State Park, Dashing through the Show 5K, plus Ice Rink and Christmas Village. For dates, tickets and info, go online.
Turkey Trek 5k in Pemberton Park- Salisbury, 11/23
The annual race happens at 9 a.m. every year on Thanksgiving Day at Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury. Preregistered runners check-in from 8-8:30 a.m. Early registration through Nov. 19 costs $25. On-site registration lasts from 7:30-8 a.m. and costs $30. The route goes through Pemberton Park’s forests, meadows and wetlands. Refreshments and holiday pie will be available after the race, and all proceeds will go directly toward Pemberton Historical Park’s environmental education programs. For more information about registration and event details visit the Pemberton Historical Park event page.
Holiday Shopper’s Fair in Ocean City, 11/24-26
Purchase from a selection of holiday gifts or enjoy activities for children and a photo opportunity with Santa for the Holiday Shopper’s Fair, located in the Ocean City Convention Center on coastal highway. Parking is free. There will be a food court and door prizes. Admission is $3. The fair runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Melanie at 410-289-2800 or visit the event website.
Rehoboth Beach Holiday Tree Lighting, 11/24
The Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting festivities will take place on Friday, November 24, 2017. A holiday sing-along will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Pavilion before the annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. For additional information contact the City of Rehoboth at 302-227-2772 or go online.
Holiday Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market, 11/25
The Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market will be holding a holiday market in Grove Park on Saturday, November 25th from Noon to 3 p.m. Go online for more information.
Dewey Beach Holiday Tree Lighting, 11/25
The Dewey Beach Tree Lighting festivities will take place on Saturday, November 25, 2017 beginning at 6 p.m. at Fifer’s Orchards market. Parking is free on any street in Dewey. Visit the event website for details.
33rd Annual Solomons Christmas Walk, 11/30
Stroll through the illuminated streets of Solomons Island for a weekend of children’s activities, a live puppet show, an open house across local businesses, Santa’s arrival and the Lighted Boat Parade. There will be a Christmas market from 4-9 p.m. Friday. The event runs Nov. 30-Dec. 2. and most festivities start at 6:30 p.m. each night. For more information visit the event website.
Santa Comes to Rock Hall, Md., 12/2
Santa arrives by boat at the public landing at about 6 p.m., accompanied by the Kent County Community Band. Upon arrival, Santa is transported to Main Street where he “takes up shop” in “Santa’s House” on Main Street to meet children and hear their Christmas requests. The Kent County Community Band continues to play Christmas tunes on Main Street during Santa’s visit. Click here for more details.
Furnace Town’s 19th Century Christmas Celebration, 12/2
homemade soaps, jams & jellies, jewelry, glass blowing demonstrations, and more. There will also be wreath making, warm cider and hot cocoa as well as a craft table for children to make Christmas ornaments. The Delmarva Ramblers will provide live entertainment, playing bluegrass, gospel, traditional Christmas songs and hymns. A 19th Century Christmas Service will be presented at 3 p.m. in the Old Nazareth Church by Rev. David Herr from the Snow Hill Ministerial Association. Admission to the event is free, although donations to Furnace Town will be accepted. For more details call Furnace Town at (410) 632-2032 or visit the event website.
“Christmas in Bridgeville” Craft Show, 12/2
Bridgeville hosts their annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2 at Woodbridge Middle School. The school is located at 307 Laws Street. For more information view the event website online.
Yuletide Festival at Mount Harmon- Earleville, Md., 12/2
The Yuletide Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 & 3, featuring holiday decorations inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, hearth cooking demonstrations, children’s holiday craft activities, and a holiday decorations & greens Sale. Sample hearth-made gingerbread and Wassail Punch will be offered in the Colonial kitchen. Children’s activities take place in the Education & Discovery Center. Go online for more information.
Seashore marathon and half-marathon, 12/2
Starting at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, the races begin at 7 a.m. More information here.
Santa Fun Run in Dewey, 12/3
The event begins at the Starboard restaurant in Dewey Beach, Del. More information here.
Old Thyme Holiday Gathering in La Plata, Md., 12/3
A seasonal celebration of friends, community, and good cheer. Enjoy holiday music, activities, refreshments, and a visit from Santa from 3-6 p.m. Learn more about the event online.
Christmas Production – “How to Have the Best Christmas Ever!”, 12/7-12/10.
Hosted by Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury. Details here.
Live Nativity Holiday Event in Ocean View, 12/13
On Wednesday, December 13th the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church of Ocean View will present a live nativity scene featuring the Christmas story told and re-told every half hour from 6-8 p.m. on the church grounds at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View. The event presents the Nativity outdoors with Christmas carols, music, hot chocolate and refreshments by a fire. For more information, contact Mariner’s United Methodist Church at 302-539-9510 or visit www.marinersbethel.org.
Winter Wonderland at the Ward Museum in Salisbury, 12/16
Visitors to the Ward Museum can experience the grounds decorated for the arrival of Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with winter crafts. Admission to the event and gallery is free. Special discounts will be given in Treetops Gifts of Art and Nature. For more details view the event website online.
Berlin New Year’s Eve Celebration, 12/31
Historic downtown Berlin will ring in the New Year in “America’s coolest small town” beginnig at 5 p.m. along 14 South Main Street. Food vendors, a beer garden and music will all be available. A kids ball drop will take place at 6 p.m. for the first time this year. Outdoor bars and entertainment start at 10 p.m. before the regular ball drop at midnight. For more information view the event details online.
Ocean City New Year’s Eve Celebration, 12/31
Celebrate the New Year with a fireworks display at Northside Park, beginning promptly at midnight. The night will feature live entertainment, hot chocolate and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights. Music will also be provided by a local DJ as visitors await the new year.
Dewey Ball Drop, 12/31
Located in Dewey Beach, Del, the ball drops at midnight on New Orleans Street with the help of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Party favors, hats and noise makers will be handed out as the ball, a surfing Santa, rings in the new year. Click here for more information.