7 Ways to Experience the Holidays in Downtown Wilmington Like Never Before!

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The tastes, the sights, and the sounds. Enjoy Downtown Wilmington during the holiday season like never before! Here are some holiday activities within the city to make your experience magical!

1. Wilmington Jaycees Parade-Saturday November 25th at 11 AM. More details can be found here.

2. Riverfront Wilmington Ice Skating-Opening for its fourth annual season, the Riverfront Wilmington Ice Skating rink is a favorite for families across the tri-state area!  

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at The Playhouse on Rodney Square-Sunday, November 26th, don't miss this holiday favorite as it comes to life on stage for two exclusive performances. Make the event even more special by attending Tea with Rudolph beforehand! 

4. The Nutcracker at The Grand- December 2nd and 3rd, this Christmas tradition is turning 51 in Wilmington! Tickets can be purchased here. 

5. Holiday Shopping- Small business Saturday is an event downtown and many organizations are celebrating with special events and sales! Following the Jaycees Parade, head to Starbucks on Market to warm up and enjoy some complimentary live music. Then hit the streets and head to all of the incredible shops Wilmington has to offer to find something unique for your loved ones! Have some outgoing friends and family? November 24th & 25th at Poppycock Tattoo receive an additional $25 on every $100 spent on gift certificates! Looking for a special book for someone you love? Stop into The Ninth Street Book Shop! For some unique accessories and clothes, head to Spaceboy and Styles by Sassy!

6. Holiday Parties- There are so many outstanding restaurants in Wilmington with private space! Book your Holiday Party at Cafe Mezzanotte, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Chelsea Tavern, The Green Room, Mikimotos, or Domaine Hudson and leave all the work and clean-up to someone else!

7. Kris Allen – Somethin’ About Christmas Tour 2017 at Live Nation Wednesday December 6th at 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.

Post by Julia Mason of Enthusiasm Lab

FREE Live Music at Starbucks on Market through December

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Get your caffeine buzz and enjoy some festive holiday drinks as well as FREE live music at Starbucks on Market at 629 N Market Street Wilmington, DE. The full schedule is below. Don't forget, Starbucks on Market also has incredible food offerings! Be sure to stop by following the annual Christmas Parade to warm up and listen to Kira!

Friday, November 10, 2017    A Note Two Self    5-7pm
Sunday, November 12, 2017    Jenn Minor     11am-1pm
Friday, November 17, 2017    Bill Currier    5-7pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017    Jessica Graae     11am-1pm
Friday, November 24th 2017    NO MUSIC    
Saturday, November 25, 2017    Kira Alejandro    12:30-2:30 PM
Sunday, November 26, 2017    Elizabeth Furman     11am-1pm
Friday, December 1, 2017    Mike McDevitt    5-7pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017    Rick Sabatini      11am-1pm
Friday, December 8, 2017    Chloe Rae    5-7pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017    Jenn Minor     11am-1pm
Friday, December 15, 2017    Skip Barthold    5-7pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017    Alex Allegra     11am-1pm
Friday, December 22nd 2017    NO MUSIC    
Sunday, December 24, 2017    Chuck Knott    11 am- 1 PM
Sunday, December 24, 2017    Lee Zimmerman      11am-1pm

Post by Julia Mason of Enthusiasm Lab


City of Wilmington Announces FREE Youth Recreational Programs for the Fall and Winter Seasons

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Free recreational, educational and cultural activities are being offered
at nine locations around the City for youths aged 8 to 17 through next April
Mayor Mike Purzycki and Department of Parks and Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelly, Sr., today encouraged Wilmington’s younger people between the ages of 8 and 17 to partake of free recreational, educational and cultural activities being offered during the fall and winter at nine sites around the City. Activities include tutoring, homework assistance, aerobics, basketball, tennis and board games among others. Programming at the nine locations will be offered from now through next April.

“Our younger citizens need positive activities to help them mature and learn how to deal with various life circumstances,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Our Parks and Recreation staff engages with youths and teens to provide positive alternatives in a safe and nurturing environment. We want to offer as many programs as possible and to keep those programs going throughout the year. We know that Wilmington’s young people and their families appreciate these opportunities.”

Mayor Purzycki and Director Kelly today thanked the schools and other agencies that have worked with the City to provide sites for the fall and winter programming. They include:

Bancroft Elementary School
700 Lombard Street
Tuesday and Thursday
5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Bayard Middle School
200 South DuPont Street
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
5:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Elbert-Palmer Elementary School
1210 Lobdell Street
Monday and Wednesday
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kingswood Community Center
2300 Bowers DuPont Street
Monday through Thursday
5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Police Athletic League of Wilmington (PAL Center)
3707 North Market Street
Monday through Thursday
 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
P.S. DuPont Middle School
701 West 34th Street
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Sarah Pyle Academy
501 North Lombard Street
Monday and Wednesday
5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Southbridge Neighborhood House
1218 B Street
Monday through Thursday
5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Warner Elementary School  
801 West 18th Street
Monday through Thursday
5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Grow Delaware Fund Provides $5 Million in Support Loans to Small Businesses in Delaware!

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There is a new initiative to support small businesses in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware! The Grow Delaware Fund – will provide $5 million to support loans to small businesses in Delaware that are seeking to strengthen their operations and grow jobs.

The new program, the Grow Delaware Fund, will offer loans from $150,000 to $4 million, subject to guidelines and loan fund availability. Loans can be used for things like: 

  • *Working Capital - to be repaid over 10 years
  • *Machinery and Equipment - to be repaid over 10 years
  • *Real estate acquisitions/renovation of owner-occupied businesses - to be repaid over 25 years
  • *Tenant improvements - to be repaid over the life of the lease
  • *Refinancing existing debts

Press on the project can be found below. Join us in congratulating The West End Neighborhood House, The Longwood Foundation, Discover Bank, Department of State Division of Small Business Development and Tourism and the National Development Council and all those who worked so hard for this project that will play a major key in economic development.



Just Three Meetings Left! Join Us & Make an Impact on Your City!

Impact your city!

Mayor Mike Purzycki and City Planning Director Herb Inden announced that Wilmington is moving into the second phase of its year-long, community-driven process to develop a new citywide comprehensive plan. The new comp plan, which is entitled “Wilmington 2028,” will guide growth and development across the City for the next decade. The next phase involves a series of five public meetings throughout the City at which citizens are invited to drop by and offer additional comments and ideas about the comp plan. There are only three meetings left, so be sure to join in to make an impact on your city!

Wilmington DE 2028
  • Where: Woodlawn Library, 2020 West 9th Street

When: Tuesday, November 14, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


  • Where: Southbridge Neighborhood House, 1218 B Street

When: Tuesday, November 21, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


  • Where: Mt. Carmel United Church, 800 North Walnut Street

When: Thursday, November 30, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.