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Executive - Press Release

Posted on: November 28, 2022

County Executive Meyer announces dates, times for December holiday events

New Castle, DE – Today, County Executive Meyer announced dates and times for annual holiday open houses.


“Our holiday open houses are a perfect way to kickoff the holiday season,” said County Executive Meyer. “These free community events – going on more for more than two decades are a proud tradition New Castle County is proud to host year after year.”


Rockwood’s Holiday Open House is held on December 2 and December 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening. Admission is free as is the park and ride located at nearby Rockwood Office Park at 501 Carr Road. Rockwood Park & Museum is located at 4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE 19802. Rockwood tours are free in December.


In its 22nd year, the Holiday Open House at Rockwood continues the tradition with festive lights in the gardens, free photos with Santa, mini train rides, local music and dance performances in the Carriage House and Museum and more. The 2022 holiday display in the mansion is inspired by Rockwood Park’s historic arboretum and includes a dozen decorated trees celebrating the 170-year legacy of the arboretum and gardens. 


Holiday Open House is not your only opportunity to enjoy the holiday lights and museum display at Rockwood. Museum tours are free throughout December and there are evening hours when you visit during Winter Nights at Rockwood. The holiday lights will be on display in the park through the new year.


On Friday, December 9 at 6 p.m., a historic dairy farm sets the scene for the Holiday Celebration and Market at Glasgow Park in Bear. A large, decorated tree sits atop a mound awaiting tree lighting In the quaint barn, dozens of local artisans sell unique gifts and treats for the whole family. Outdoors you can take a ride around the farmhouse on the Toyland Train and take a selfie with Santa under the pavilion.  Enjoy food trucks, make a holiday craft, and watch wonderful local school ensembles and choruses perform on the stage.


Families are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank at a drive coordinated by the Glasgow High School Air Force JROTC.


The Holiday Celebration and Market is held on December 9 and December 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. each evening. Admission is free. Free parking on site. Glasgow Park is located at 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702.


The Holiday Open House and Holiday Celebration are presented by New Castle County Department of Community Services Division of Community Resources.

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