Here are your Christmas Tree lightings & more for the 2018 holiday season! Click on the name of the event and you will go off to a website with detailed times, locations, etc.

If you click on the images here, you can check our fun collection of Christmas cards tailored to life on the Chesapeake and Delaware bays. Why not send something a little different this year?

Did I miss a lighting event in your town? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page so that I can jump in and update things. I will be putting together a full list of Christmas parades and other December events for you as well–this covers just the first part of the season, through the early days of December  …

Crab Basket Christmas Tree

The Crab Basket Tree! Click the image to see more holiday cards …


Nov. 15 through Dec. 31

Ocean City, Md.: Winterfest of Lights

Nov. 17 through Dec. 31

Lewes, Del.: Winter Wonderfest light show, ice-skating rink, and Christmas village at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Nov. 17 through Jan. 6

Winterthur, Del.: Yuletide at Winterthur Museum, northeast of Wilmington, Del., with period decor and displays at a magnificent DuPont mansion.

Nov. 22 through Jan. 6

Kennett Square, Pa.: The focus of this year’s Longwood Christmas is “The Tree: Re-imagined.” Longwood Gardens is a little northeast of Wilmington, Del.


Sat., Nov. 17

Ocean City, Md.: Light Up Downtown festival

Chesapeake City, Md.: Holiday Pet Parade and Santa Arrival

Eastern Shore Christmas Cards

Santa at the Lighthouse! Click on the image to see more holiday cards …

Fri., Nov. 23

• Rehoboth Beach, Del.: Tree Lighting & Holiday Sing-A-Long

• North East, Md.: Tree Lighting Event

• Chestertown, Md.: Santa Arrival & Lighting of the Town

• Berlin, Md.: Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House

• Cape Charles, Va.: Festive Fridays (every Friday through Dec. 21)

Fri, Nov. 23; Sat., Nov. 24; and Sun., Nov. 25

• Ocean City, Md.: Holiday Shoppers Fair

Sat., Nov. 24

• The Kent County Christmas Parade in Chestertown

• Chincoteague, Va.: Tree Lighting (as you will see at the link, there is also a big Holly Day Market event that day)

• Cambridge, Md.: Tree Lighting (at Spring Grove, near courthouse)

• Dewey Beach, Del.: Tree Lighting

• Milford, Del.: Santa’s Arrival

Christmas Crab

Santa Claws! Click on the image to see more holiday cards …

• Wyoming, Del.: Cider Fest Saturdays at Fifer Orchards (also Dec. 1 and Dec. 8) Santa, Mrs. Claus, and more.

• Rehoboth Beach, Del.: Gingerbread Contest with professional and amateur divisions

Mon., Nov. 26

Seaford, Del.: Tree Lighting & Caroling

Pocomoke City, Md.: Christmas Parade

Thu., Nov. 29

• Dover, Del.: Capital Holiday Celebration with tree lighting, crafts, Santa village, and more.

• Snow Hill, Md.: Tree Lighting

• Milton, Del.: It’s a Wonderful Life film screening

Thu., Nov. 29; Fri., Nov. 30; and Sat., Dec. 1

Lewes, Del.: Christmas Weekend in Historic Lewes events, with tree lighting, parade, Christmas house tour, and more.

Skipjacks Christmas Card

A Skipjack Christmas! Click on the image to see more holiday cards …

Fri., Nov. 30

• Elkton, Md.: Tree Lighting (times two)

• Easton, Md.: Moonlight Madness shopping event

• Cape Charles, Va.: Festive Fridays (every Friday through Dec. 21)

Sat., Dec. 1

Rock Hall, Md.: Santa Arrives by Boat, followed by the Crab Basket Christmas Tree Lighting

Princess Anne, Md.: Christmas in Princess Anne events with parade, house tour, and more

Odessa, Del.: Christmas in Odessa Tour of Homes

Middletown, Del.: Hometown Christmas celebration with tree lighting and parade

Easton, Md.: Holiday Parade

Seaford, Del.: Christmas Parade

Melfa, Va.: Christmas Festival

Cambridge, Md.: Crab Basket Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade

Lewes, Del: Christmas Tour of Lewes

Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2

Oxford, Md.: Christmas on the Creek events, with tree lighting, caroling, firehouse breakfast, and more.

Earleville, Md.: Yuletide Festival at Mount Harmon Plantation

Snow Hill, Md.: Dickens Christmas Weekend with carriage rides, Victorian characters, and more

Eastern Shore Road Trips with Santa

Click on Santa to give the gift of adventure: EASTERN SHORE ROAD TRIPS!

Wed., Dec. 5

Centreville, Md.: Tree Lighting with Santa appearance

Thurs., Dec. 6

Denton, Md.: Lighting of the Green and Christmas Parade

Fri., Dec. 7; Sat., Dec. 8; and Sun., Dec. 9

• Chestertown, Md.: Dickens of a Christmas Weekend

Sat., Dec. 8

• Milford, Del.: Downtown Holiday Stroll

• Galena, Md.: Tree Lighting (scroll down at link)

• Tilghman Island, Md.: Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting and Boat Parade

• Greensboro, Md.: Lighting of the City and Christmas Parade

–compiled by Jim Duffy






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