There are so many safe holiday activities to experience here in the First State! This year is a perfect one to create new family traditions. Get out and savor all Delaware has to offer. Here are five activities for your family’s “Holiday Bucket List.” Check them off and create memories along the way.


A Longwood Christmas

The outdoor gardens at Longwood showcase beautifully adorned trees,  seasonal plants, twinkly lights, and more. It will be an experience you and your family will never forget. Stroll in the open air to explore this magical winter wonderland. There are cozy fire pits and promenades. Bundle up and enjoy!


Wilmington & Western Railroad

All aboard! Hop on this historic railroad (originally chartered in 1867). The railroad operates steam and diesel-powered trains and runs between Greenbank and Hockessin, Delaware. For one hour, you can ride the historic 100-year-old coaches, which are adorned with thousands of holiday lights. The conductor and team have taken extra precautions for this season, including adding an additional coach, so passengers can spread out safely.


Migrating Birds at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Bombay Hook is among the most renowned birding locations in the U.S., and it’s right here in our backyard in Smyrna, Delaware. Winter is one of the best times to visit and see the breathtaking sight of hundreds of thousands of snow geese on their migrating journey! The geese make their home in Bombay hook until March before heading to the Arctic. Seasonal counts exceeding 200,000 have been recorded.


Holiday Habitats at Brandywine Zoo

Yes, it’s true, Delaware has a zoo. At the Brandywine Zoo, you can see many animals in their outdoor habitats. Or, you can explore indoors to see those who live in the conservatory. Lemurs, eagles, pygmies, and more –there’s plenty of new furry friends (and feathered ones) to meet, including the popular red panda! The Zoo has posted sanitation stations throughout, and you and your family will be able to safely stay socially distant while exploring.

Starting December 28 for winter break, the Zoo is hosting “Holiday Habitats.” Visit to learn how animals survive in the winter.


Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show

Hop in the car and get ready to be dazzled. This light show on Wilmington’s Riverfront is sure to take your breath away. Your family will enjoy animated installations, music, and of course, holiday cheer!


Pack the camera, don your holiday sweaters and go enjoy all the fun holiday experiences local to our State. We hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful season full of memories and new traditions.