Holiday Open House at Rockwood

The Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum is a free family event. Guests enjoy spectacular holiday displays of lights in the park, museum tours, free photos with Santa, and performances from local choirs, dance companies, and more. In addition, New Castle County is proud to offer the Santa Shop which includes students and groups making and selling crafts, jewelry, and other gift items.

Volunteer for this event! 

December 1 & 2, 2023

5-9 p.m. both nights

Rockwood Park & Museum

Free shuttle and parking at 501 Carr Road. Handicap parking/bus also available.

(302) 761-4340

Schedule of Events

5:00 p.m.                   Santa Arrives

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.        Visits with Santa 

                                    Holiday Market Vendors




                                    Food Trucks 

                                    Holiday Train Rides

                                    Costumed Characters 

                                     Mounted Patrol 

6:15 p.m.                     Tree Lighting Ceremony with CAO Vanessa Phillips. Menorah will be present. Mount Pleasant H.S. Choir performing.


Entertainment Schedule


Hemlock Tree 

6:15 p.m.                     Tree Lighting Ceremony with CAO Vanessa Phillips and Mount Pleasant H.S. Choir. Menorah will be present. 

Outside Tent

5:00-6:00 p.m.            DJ

6:30- 7:00 p.m.            Mount Pleasant Choir 

7:30-9:00 p.m.             DJ

Carriage House           

5:15-5:45 p.m.            Bayard School 

6:15-6:30 p.m.            Tree Lighting Ceremony- outside

6:30- 7:00 p.m.            Melodic Movements 

7:00 p.m.                     Holiday Story Time with Special Guest Reader

7:15- 8:00 p.m.            Delaware Arts Conservatory

8:00 p.m.                     Small Wonder Jazz Singers



6:30- 7:00 p.m.            Delaware Children’s Theater

7:00-7:30 p.m.            Mount Pleasant H.S. Flute Quartet

7:30-8:00 p.m.            Mount Pleasant H.S. Ensemble 

8:00-8:30 p.m.            Mount Pleasant H.S. Flute Quartet 

8:30-9:00 p.m.             Mount Pleasant H.S. Ensemble




5:00- 7:00 p.m.            DJ

7:00 -7:30 p.m.           JK Percussions and Arts

7:30-9:00 p.m.            DJ

Carriage House           

5:00-5:30 p.m.            Citlali De Mexico

5:30- 6:00 p.m.            Pieces of a Dream

6:00- 7:00 p.m.            Fierce Dance Academy

7:15 p.m.                     Holiday Story Time with Special Guest Reader

7:15- 7:30 p.m.            St. Marks High School Dance Team

8:00- 9:00 p.m.            The Imagination Players


5:00-6:00 p.m.            Sophia DiLeo   

Food Vendors Both Nights


Maddy's Kitchen

Mojo Loco

Zaikka on Wheels

Thanks to All of Our Special Event Donors

Prime Hospitality

AmeriHealth Caritas  |  Children's Dental Health  |  Christiana Care  | Highmark Blue Cross

Setting Properties  |  Incyte  |  Music School of Delaware  |  Pearly Whites Children's Dentistry

Capano Management  |  DART First State  |  WSFS Bank  |  Community Powered Federal Credit Union

AARP  |  United Healthcare  |  Aetna  |  Chase Center on the Riverfront  |  Wilmington University

Rockwood Park Preservation Society  |  Peter D. Furness Electric Co. Inc.  |  Vandemark & Lynch

Special thanks to all New Castle County residents... without your support, these events wouldn't be possible!