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7 Magical Holiday Events in Downtown Wilmington DE for Your Bucket List

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1. 55th Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade Saturday, November 24, 2017 at 11 AM Begins at 5th and King Street and ends in Rodney Square Wilmington, DE

  Photo Credit: Moonloop Photography

Photo Credit: Moonloop Photography

The Wilmington Jaycees are currently planning for the 55th Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade to be held in Downtown Wilmington on Saturday, November 24th at 11am. This year’s Parade will again feature:

  1. • Local celebrities and dignitaries
    • Marching and String Bands
    • Community organizations
    • Floats and attractions
    • Statewide Pageant Winners
    • Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

    And the Star of the Show – Santa Claus! Elves will be accepting Christmas wish lists from children for Santa. Children who provide their name and address will receive a response from Santa in December.

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Read about last year’s parade festivities…

2. Small Business Saturday November 24th 2018 Various Shops in Downtown Wilmington, DE

  Photo Credit: Moonloop Photography

Photo Credit: Moonloop Photography

Following the Wilmington Jaycees Christmas parade, start the shopping season by supporting local businesses that create jobs, boost our economy, and preserve neighborhoods around our country. The Market Street corridor is full of unique shops and dining experiences. There will be some surprise pop up shops as well!

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Caroling and Tree Lighting Rodney Square Wilmington, DE Tuesday, November 4th 2018

  Photo Credit: North Delaware Happening

Photo Credit: North Delaware Happening

Please join Mike Purzycki - Mayor of the City of Wilmington, and Acting Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz for Wilmington’s official lighting tree lighting and caroling to kick-off the holiday season. Get in the holiday spirit with your friends, on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m. in historic Rodney Square at 10th and North Market Streets.

Gather with family, friends and neighbors at this popular gathering to get into the holiday spirit while helping those in need. Mayor Mike Purzycki and members of City Council will light the City’s Tree, and sing holiday carols led by local choral groups.

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4. Ice Skating at Horizon’s Riverfront Rink 308 Justison Street Wilmington, DE 19801

The Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware is pleased to reopen The Horizon Services Riverfront Rink for its 5th season. This family-oriented, outdoor ice skating rink provides fun for all ages! The 2018/2019 season will operate November 23rd through the end of March 4, 2019. The Riverfront Rink is able to accommodate approximately 350 skaters at once and will be open 7 days a week with extended hours during the holiday break. The Horizon Services Riverfront Rink not only brings the fun winter tradition of skating to the Wilmington Riverfront, it will also offer numerous programs and promotions throughout the skating season. Lace up your skates and we’ll see you at the rink!

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5. The 52nd Annual Nutcracker at The Playhouse on Rodney Square December 8th and 9th 2018

This holiday season, be treated to something very special, a performance that lifts your holiday spirits and evokes joy in kids of all ages. Wilmington’s beloved annual holiday tradition at the Playhouse on Rodney Square turns 52 this year!  Come to our Nutcracker and experience an opulent theater with a full orchestra and chorus, world class guest artists, and 100 talented dancers from the Wilmington Ballet and the HAC School of Dance. Follow the dancers as they party, battle, and enchant you with their beautiful dancing. Make The Nutcracker a part of your family’s holiday tradition, and experience the magic of this beautiful, timeless ballet.

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6. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage The Grand, Copeland Hall Saturday, December 8th 2018

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE is a present the whole family can enjoy! 


Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better magic of the season. 

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7. Cirque Dreams Holidaze The Playhouse on Rodney Square November 23rd-November 25th 2018

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is a new cirque adventure, Broadway musical and family holiday spectacular wrapped in one! This incomparable phenomenon features over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. 

Audiences of all ages will be mesmerized for 2 hours and marvel at soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats and extravagant theatrical production numbers the Boston Globe hails “Entrancing…Las Vegas meets family entertainment." 

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9th Mile Galleria Event Center Awarded a Façade Grant of $8,025 through The Downtown Visions Main Street Façade Improvement Program

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Through the Downtown Visions Main Street Façade Improvement Program the owner of 9th Mile Galleria located at 603 N Market Street was awarded a façade grant for $8,025.

The grant went towards both his front and back façade which included masonry, stucco, addressing concrete issues, structural framing, new doors, new transom, steel lintels, windows, trim  and exterior paint.

Interested in learning how Downtown Visions Main Street Program can help your business? Click here to learn more.

9th Mile Galleria is a state-of-the-art event center and banquet facility with a maximum occupancy of 100, with comfortable seating for 65. The venue hosts a variety of social events including birthday parties, graduations, bridal showers, baby showers, office parties, fundraisers, meetings, reunions, conventions, art shows, fashion shows, comedy shows, live shows, and events that occur on a recurring basis.

To reserve 9th Mile Galleria for your next event, call 215-356-8717 or visit  www.9thmilegalleria.com.

Top 10 Instagrammable Places in Wilmington, Delaware

Toss those travel books aside…below are some of the top favorites along the Market Street corridor according to Instagram! Be sure to add them to your destination list when visiting the Greater Brandywine Valley.

La Fia 421 N Market Street Wilmington DE

Bardea 620 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

Wilmington Green Box: 420 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

Market Street Bakery & Cafe 823 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

Brew HAHA! 824 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

Rodney Square 1100 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

HOTEL DU PONT 42 W 11th Street Wilmington, DE

Queen 500 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

The Grand Opera House 818 N Market Street Wilmington DE

WilminGO Golf Cart Taxi Service (Location Varies)

Celebrate a Gallery that has brought the entire Community Together! It is LaFate Gallery's Third Anniversary!

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A Limited Edition Print, available online at www.lafategallery.com

Join us in celebrating the third anniversary of LaFate Gallery, a space that has inspired, educated and most importantly, celebrated the beauty of cultural diversity.

Located within the LOMA district at 227 N Market St, LaFate Gallery has become a community staple, providing workshops, painting classes and art for purchase. Within the three years of the gallery's existence Eunice LaFate, owner of the shop has impacted hundreds of lives with her bubbly personality and gift of creativity.

 LaFate has immersed herself in teaching and helping people of all ages and races, which is why her creative spirit shows itself in folk art that emphasizes the beauty of human diversity and the importance of cultural heritage. 

Her anniversary art sale on September 30th from 1-6 PM will be a benefit show featuring 25% off all original paintings. Attendees are requested to register at eunicelafate@gmail.com 

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7 Unexpected Coffeehouse Beverages in Wilmington, DE

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Up and down the Market Street corridor, coffee houses are plentiful. Between 2nd and 10th street there are at least four on Market Street alone to serve the rising resident and worker base within the city. The best part, these are not all your ordinary chain coffeehouses...they are unique, homegrown and have a little something to suit everyone's tastes. 

 LOMA Coffee 239 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

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Photo Credit: LOMA Coffee

If you are dairy-free or vegan, an Oat-milk Latte from LOMA Coffee is calling your name. Oat milk is a dairy alternative that measures up to the creaminess of milk products. LOMA is known for their neighborhood friendly vibe as well as their breakfast, salads, sandwiches and most-recently, smoothies. 

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Another LOMA delight, if you need a dessert and are craving chocolate on a hot summer day, check out their Frozen Hot Chocolate for a sweet and cool treat! 

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Have you heard of an Affogato? We hadn't either...but if it tastes as good as it looks we are down to try it! Above, from LOMA Coffee, an Affogato consisting of premium vanilla ice cream, a doubleshot of espresso and your choice of toppings. It's make your own sundae, adult style! 

Coffee Mode 919 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

Coffee Wilmington DE

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Coffee Mode is focused intensely on the quality of their coffee and various offerings. Coffee Mode's Elixer Coffee took 6th place at the Coffee Champs competition in the capital of coffee, Seattle, Washington. Even if you are not a coffee fan and Kombucha is more your jam, Coffee Mode is constantly switching up what they have on tap. 

Brew HaHa! 823 N Market Street Wilmington, DE

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Photo Credit: Brew HaHa! 

Voted Best of Delaware for a good reason, and inspired by the premier espresso bars of Italy, Brew HaHa!'s series of unique cafes across the Brandywine Valley offer coffee lovers a boutique experience, where every drink is special and individualized attention is paid every step of the way. Above, a Rose Latte is just as luxurious tasting as it sounds. 

matcha wilmington de

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Matcha Much? When you drink Matcha you are ingesting the whole tea leaf which in recent studies has shown more health benefits than your typical green tea. This beverage above, a Matcha Milkshake is the perfect harmony of health conscious and sweet dessert.