The time to deck the halls is upon us and Live, Work, Play Wilmington residents can share in the joy this season in a variety of different ways. There are carolers, train rides and secret shops on their way in to town. The beautiful Wilmington Riverfront is already aglow. Taking in the Christmas sights is as simple as taking a walk around the block, but the secret to true holiday happiness is starting the festivities at home. | Longwood Gardens Christmas, A Twinkling Wonerland Bedecked With 500,000 Lights, Returns For The 2012 Holiday Season on November 22

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Wilmington is famous for Christmas décor and spectacular light shows. The Hagley Museum alongside beautiful Brandywine Creek is scheduled to bring out all their Christmas bells and whistles the day after Thanksgiving, and the DuPont family home will be dressed in its best Christmas décor complete with carnations, silver bells and holly. The Smith Family will rebuild the elaborate light show their Silverside home is now famous for. The Longwood Gardens extravagant Christmas display will boast more than 400,000 LED lights strung over evergreens and indoor foliage and their Christmas show will feature ice skaters frolicking in a winter wonderland plus a festive gingerbread house surrounded by treats.

Due to the convenience of local shopping, your home can sparkle with seasonal joy as well. For those of you who maintain a do it yourself approach to the holiday season, Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store on 3080 Brandywine Parkway is the perfect shop to visit. Building unique Christmas decorations is a delightful way to spend a day with your family. Michael’s has everything you can imagine in the way of crafting supplies. Homemade ornaments and hand written cards make great conversation pieces when gathering around your living room tree. Michael’s also boasts aisles full of already made décor for less crafty shoppers and people on a hectic holiday schedule.

Marini Produce and Christmas Trees at 2121 Veale Road is a seasonal Christmas tree shop that sells locally grown produce year round. Target in the Brandywine Parkway sells pre-decorated artificial trees alongside tinsel, lights, ornaments and seasonal dishware. Home Depot, on nearby Miller Road has a wide selection of Christmas trees and seasonal plants such as carnations and mistletoe. Walgreens boasts three convenient locations in Wilmington, all of which are equipped to fulfill your holiday decorating needs.

One interesting aspect that sets Wilmington decorating apart from other cities is the annual Christmas tree recycling program that takes place after the season. Taking in the holiday sights and creating some of your own is easy and convenient in the Greater Wilmington area. Discarding the tree when the season is over is now equally convenient thanks to the city’s public tree removal and recycle program. Everything pertaining to holiday lights is covered, so you can sit back and enjoy the celebration.