FREE Holiday Programs

Free Family Programs Celebrating the Season.
  1. Tue Dec. 3

    Santa Story Time Come meet the “jolly old elf, himself” at our special story/craft time. All ages.
  2. Tue Dec. 3

    Holiday Concert The First State Ringers, an affiliate of the Newark Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir, performers beautiful holiday songs from around the world.
  3. Wed Dec. 4

    The Little Match Girl The Hans Christian Anderson classic is performed for young audience by pages Alive Theater young actors.
  4. Wed Dec. 4

    A Christmas Carol Celebrate the holiday season with a performance of this timeless classic by Pages Alive Theater young actors.
  5. Fri Dec. 6

    Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum Bring your family out for Holiday Open House with exceptional entertainment, fun festive crafts, costumed characters, refreshments, food trucks and FREE photos with Santa! The event also includes our Holiday Shoppe selling gifts for the whole family, wonderful performances by dance, music, and choral groups, tours of the holiday display in the museum, and a joyous light display in the gardens surrounding the Mansion and Carriage House. All ages. FREE Free parking and shuttle from Rockwood Office Park, 500 Carr Road in North Wilmington. This event is free but we are collecting non-perishable food and warm hats, gloves, and scarves for the less fortunate this holiday season.
  6. Sat Dec. 7

    Treats with Santa at Absalom Jones Senior Center Please Join Representative Kim Williams, Senator Walsh, Senator Delcollo, Councilman Woods and County Executive Matt Meyer present Treats with Santa! This event includes: Meet and Greet with Rick DeDonato, author of the children's book, "Pipsie, Nature Detective". Reading Corner sponsored by Ellesmere Library Craft station and treats Letters to veterans and Santa FREE photo opportunity with Santa (bring your camera) Any questions can be directed to: Jennifer.Jankowski@state.de.us Ryan.Dunphy@state.de.us Treats with Santa Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Absalom Jones Senior Center 310 Kiamensi Road, Wilmington (302) 995-7636
  7. Sat Dec. 7

    Build Your Own Gingerbread House Enjoy decorating your own gingerbread house and other fun food crafts with the Newark High School Culinary Arts Students. Registration Required.
  8. Sat Dec. 7

    Build Your Own Gingerbread House Enjoy decorating your own gingerbread house and other fun food crafts with the Newark High School Culinary Arts Students. Registration Required.
  9. Sat Dec. 7

    Post-Parade Holiday Celebration Enjoy the festive holiday sounds of Sinerje Clarinet Quartet and a visit from Santa Claus! Refreshments.
  10. Sat Dec. 7

    Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum Bring your family out for Holiday Open House with exceptional entertainment, fun festive crafts, costumed characters, refreshments, food trucks and FREE photos with Santa! The event also includes our Holiday Shoppe selling gifts for the whole family, wonderful performances by dance, music, and choral groups, tours of the holiday display in the museum, and a joyous light display in the gardens surrounding the Mansion and Carriage House. All ages. FREE Free parking and shuttle from Rockwood Office Park, 500 Carr Road in North Wilmington. This event is free but we are collecting non-perishable food and warm hats, gloves, and scarves for the less fortunate this holiday season.
  11. Sun Dec. 8

    Holiday Concert Experience the joy of the holidays through bell ringing performances of traditional and modern favorites by Newark United Methodist Church's First State Ringers. Refreshments and sponsorship thanks to Friends of the Bear Library.
  12. Mon Dec. 9

    Holiday Safety Join New Castle County Police professionals as they detail safety precautions such as safe shopping practices useful to protect your person, family and property, especially during the busy holiday season.
  13. Tue Dec. 10

    Santa's Visit and Story Time Families can do crafts, play games and meet the special visitor from the North Pole. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa.
  14. Thu Dec. 12

    Winter Wonderland Magic Magician Steve Woyce puts on a show packed with magical routines that include snowmen, penguins, candy canes and snowballs.
  15. Fri Dec. 13

    Holiday Celebration and Market at Glasgow Park Join us as we come together to celebrate the annual Holiday Celebration and Market at Glasgow Park. There will be music, gift and specialty food vendors, live performances, refreshments, and Santa’s Workshop with activities and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa! FREE Featured performers: Imagination Players Bayard “Borchestra” Appoquinimink High School Band and More! Friday, December 13, 5-9 p.m. Tree and menorah lighting at 7 p.m. Glasgow Park Bank Barn and Frazer House US Route 40 and DE Route 896, Bear
  16. Fri Dec. 13

    Candle Light Tours Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion and view the museum's holiday display, "Home for the Holidays."
  17. Fri Dec. 13

    Holiday Concert First State Ringers hand bell choir present a concert of holiday music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Newark Free Library. All ages.
  18. Sat Dec. 14

    Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Learn different decorating techniques and go home with a festive gingerbread cookie. Families are welcome and supplies are included.
  19. Sat Dec. 14

    Holiday Scavenger Hunt Let's usher in the season with some fun! Register your team of 2-5 members by December 13 at the Reference Desk. Pick up your clue list from the library on December 14. Teams who complete the hunt are entered into a prize drawing. A smartphone is necessary to answer some clues.
  20. Sat Dec. 14

    How the Grinch Stole WHO-ckessin Join us for an interactive showing of the original classic Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In partnership with the Hockessin Business Association. All ages.
  21. Sat Dec. 14

    Candle Light Tours Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion and view the museum's holiday display, "Home for the Holidays."
  22. Mon Dec. 16

    Holiday Concert: Winter Mandolin Performance Enjoy a performance by musician Stephen Kleiman, who plays winter holiday themed music on the mandolin.
  23. Tue Dec. 17

    Holiday Concert A festive holiday hand bell concert featuring the immensely popular First State Ringers. Sponsored by Friends of the Kirkwood Library. All ages.
  24. Wed Dec. 18

    Holiday Tales Storyteller musician Clem Bowen presents interactive and uplifting stories.
  25. Fri Dec. 20

    Light Up the Night Winter Party On the longest night of the year, chase away the dark with stories, games and crafts. Bring a flashlight and wear your PJ's for a shining celebration of night.
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