Delaware’s winter landscape is a sight to behold, particularly in the centralized city of Wilmington. This holiday season, Delawareans in the Live, Work, Play area have the opportunity to enjoy tax-free Christmas shopping, awe-inspiring light shows, railroad routes decorated for the holidays and everyone’s favorite Christmas character – St. Nick!
Find out where to spot Santa and his flying reindeer, where to find the hottest deals, how to duck the Christmas shopping traffic and more below.
Wilmington Aglow: The Top Seasonal Lightshows
Since Wilmington, De is smack in between the City That Never Sleeps and the City of Brotherly Love, there’s certainly no shortage of accessible light shows. Heading to or from the Residences, you might catch a glimpse of the acclaimed Smith’s Family House delightfully decorated for all to see. A few minutes from the Smith’s Silverside Road abode sets Longwood Gardens in all of its Christmas glory. Their Open Air Theatre Fountain Show which runs every hour on the hour from now until January 11th, features dancing lights set to classic Christmas music. Other twinkling attractions nearby include:
- The Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Holiday Lights Express (which is also a great place to find Santa)
- The long running Macy’s Light Show (in Center City, just a short drive from Live, Work, Play)
- The Herr’s Snack Factory Light Show (a flavorful festivity for all)
If you decide to head over to the nearby Herr’s Factory on December 18th, you can also catch a photo op with Starr the Reindeer as long as you bring your camera phone with you for the ride. If you miss the chance to snap a few pictures with Starr, don’t fret. Santa’s always around in Wilmington and his reindeer often follow him.
Find Sales and Santa Simultaneously
Santa Claus is coming to all the local malls this season and so are some pretty savory sales. For busy Christmas shoppers hoping to knock everything on their list out at once, the Concord Mall—which is just five minutes away from Live, Work, Play—is a pretty safe bet. Santa will be there to pose with the toddlers from now until Christmas Eve.
Don’t have any toddlers this year? Santa has also volunteered to pose with your pet on select dates. Just be sure to keep your furry friend on a leash for the session. Holiday sales have already kicked off at the Concord Mall with tons of your favorite stores participating. Find deals and steals in the Concord Mall at:
Does the thought of mall traffic make you cringe? Public transit stops right in front of the Concord Mall making the chore of hunting for parking spots and sitting through the wrong type of holiday lights optional no matter what day you decide to take on the spree.
Holiday Extras: Treat Yourself to a Seasonal Stocking Stuffer, You Deserve One
Everybody has that one treasured tradition that makes the holiday season special for them. Whatever gets you in the spirit, you’re certain to find it in or around Wilmington, Delaware.
Whether you’re hoping to unlock that magical childhood feeling you got from ice skating on the riverfront or you’ve been pining to take a good old fashioned holiday tour, whether you crave history, fireworks or the excitement of a trendy holiday vineyard outing, you’ll find it right in your own backyard this year. Capture the spirit of Christmas in Wilmington by contacting a Live, Work, Play representative today.