Holiday Open House at Rockwood

New Castle County’s shining holiday celebration will return to Rockwood with an open campus and spectacular roster of activities. Along with the talents of local choirs, food trucks, famous tree lighting ceremony, Santa display, a train ride through the gardens and a brightly illuminated park the Holiday Open House will feature self-guided tours of the museum's first-floor decorations and feature exhibition, Coming Home: Treasures of Rockwood. This event attracts thousands of visitors and is a proud local tradition.

Don't miss the lighting of the big tree at 6 p.m. on Friday.

To help you give back to your community, we are collecting new unwrapped toys for The Ronald McDonald House in partnership with Diver Chevrolet and warm gloves, hats, and scarves for The Hope Center.

Free parking and shuttle from Rockwood Office Park, 500 Carr Road in North Wilmington.

Parking Information

Free parking for this event is at the Rockwood Office Park at 500 Carr Road. Shuttles to the park will begin at 4:45 p.m. and run until the last guests leave. Masks are required while riding the bus. 

Parking along Washington Street Extension and in neighborhoods is strongly discouraged and could result in your vehicle being ticketed or towed at your expense. 

Safety Information

To help do our best to keep everyone healthy during the event we ask that all guests follow these protocols:

  • Families will wait for Santa outdoors. Please dress for the weather.
  • Masks are required while indoors including the mansion, visiting Santa, and while in the Carriage House.
  • Families attending Carriage House performances are asked to observe social distancing by sitting with their family group and leaving an empty seat between groups. 
  • Please stay home if you are anyone in your household is sick or if you or anyone in your household is under quarantine due to exposure to Covid19.

Schedule of Activities

5 - 9 p.m.            Visits with Santa 

                           Holiday Market Vendors

                           Take-And-Make Craft

                           Refreshments 

                           Food Trucks 

                           Holiday Train Rides through the gardens

                          Costumed Characters photo opportunities

                          New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol 

Holiday Gift Market Tent

Friday

Saturday

Entertainment Schedule

Friday

Outside

5 - 7 p.m.             Live Remote with WJBR

6 p.m.                 Tree Lighting Ceremony with Delaware                                                                      Military Academy Choir

7 p.m.                 Mount Pleasant Choir

Carriage House             

5:30- 6 p.m.         Dance Delaware

6 - 7 p.m.            Citlali De Mexico                        

7 - 8 p.m.            Delaware Arts Conservatory

8 - 8:30 p.m.       Delaware Military Academy Choir

Museum

5 p.m.                   El Capik

5:30 - 6 p.m.        Mount Pleasant Flute Ensemble

7 - 9 p.m.             El Capik

Saturday

Outside

5 - 7 p.m.              Live Remote with WJBR

7 p.m.                   Archmere Academy Band

Carriage House             

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

6 - 7 p.m.               Fierce Dance Academy             

7:15- 7:45 p.m.      Dance Jhankaar

8 - 9 p.m.               The Imagination Players


***Schedule subject to change without notice

              

Directions to Rockwood Office Park – Event Parking and Shuttle

GPS Address – Rockwood Office Park: 501 Carr Road, Wilmington Delaware, 19809

From the South:

I-95 South to Exit 9 (Marsh Road). 

  • Make a left at the bottom of the off ramp onto MARSH ROAD, take a right onto CARR ROAD.
  • Make a right into Rockwood Office Park.  

I-495 South to Exit 4A Governor Printz Boulevard. 

  • At the end of the off ramp continue across GOVERNOR PRINTZ BOULEVARD onto EDGEMOOR ROAD. 
  • Continue to WASHINGTON STREET EXTENSION. 
  • Turn right onto WASHINGTON STREET EXTENSION. 
  • Continue to CARR ROAD. 
  • Turn left onto CARR ROAD.  
  • Continue on CARR ROAD.
  • Make a left into the Rockwood Office Park.

From the North:

I-95 North to Exit 9 (Marsh Road). 

  • Make a left at the bottom of the off ramp onto CARR ROAD.
  • Make a right into Rockwood Office Park.  

I-495 NORTH to Exit 4 Governor Printz Boulevard. 

  • At the end of the off ramp continue across GOVERNOR PRINTZ BOULEVARD onto EDGEMOOR ROAD. 
  • Continue to WASHINGTON STREET EXTENSION. 
  • Turn right onto WASHINGTON STREET EXTENSION. 
  • Continue to CARR ROAD. 
  • Turn left onto CARR ROAD.  
  • Make a left into the Rockwood Office Park.

December 
3 & 4

5-9 p.m. both nights

Rockwood Park & Museum


Free shuttle 

and parking at 501 Carr Road

(302) 761-4340

Thanks to our donors:

Kenny Family Foundation Logo
RPPS
The Greenery Caterers Logo
Prime Hospitality Group Logo
Donor Logo
Diver Chevrolet Wilmington Logo

Diver Chevrolet and mix 99.5 WJBR want to make the holidays happier for the kids at the Ronald McDonald house of Delaware – drop off a toy donation at WJBR, new castle county holiday open house and tree lighting or at diver Chevrolet, Delaware’s largest indoor showroom where new Chevys are arriving daily!