Delaware During the Holidays

Everything you need to know to make the most out of this holiday season.

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Madeline Adamczyk


Jan 21, 2021

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From buying presents to baking cookies and everything in between, there’s always so much to do as the holiday season approaches. Nevertheless, you should make sure to take some time for yourself and your family. Enjoy all that Delaware, Ohio has to offer in the upcoming months from carriage rides to ice skating and New Year’s Eve parties.

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Delaware Tree Lighting

A Weekend of Holiday Magic

Starting on the first Friday of December, and running the entire weekend, Main Street Delaware will be hosting numerous festive events to start the holiday season off right. All events are free of charge, and the weekend officially starts with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 6:30 pm on the main stage. There will be live entertainment throughout the night on the stage as well. In addition, there will be live reindeer, carolers, free carriage rides around the downtown area, and ice skating for an additional price.

The weekend will continue on Saturday with the opening of the Holiday Open House and a children’s scavenger hunt called “Dash for Dasher.” Santa House will be at The Strand Theatre, from 1-3pm and all month until Christmas.

On Sunday, the weekend of events will be wrapped up with a Christmas-themed parade through the town. It starts at 3 pm sharp so plan accordingly.

Some of Main Street Delaware’s holiday events run for the length of the holiday season, so be sure to check their website for the full list of activities.

christmas tree with lights
Don't miss the tree lighting ceremony this year!

Fantasy of Lights

Hosted by Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds, this 3-mile holidays lights drive-thru experience is nothing short of memorable. Come see 132 light displays with a total light count of more than one million. There will be LED light-up everything, from Santas, Christmas bells, reindeer, a tunnel of lights, gingerbread houses, and more. After the display, park your car and head over to Cross Creek Camping Resort to warm up with hot cocoa and cookies and spend some time with Santa. The show runs from November 17, 2017, to January 1, 2018, and ticket prices are $20 per car during the weekdays and $30 on the weekends. The show’s ticket sales benefit two charity organizations, Recreation Unlimited, and A Kid Again. Don’t miss this fun opportunity for the whole family!

christmas tree with lights
These twinkling lights will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Cupboard Fundraiser

Bake for a Change this Holiday Season

Every year, Andrews House hosts a Christmas Cupboard Fundraiser that raises money for the organization’s yearlong efforts to serve local community families. For the fundraiser, they fill cupboard shelves with cookies and other baked goods items. Give back this holiday season and donate a dozen or two of your best holiday cookies. The drop-off day is the day before the fundraiser, but everyone is welcome to come to the actual fundraiser on December 2nd from 9am-2pm. Andrews House will be in its best holiday decor, so come, enjoy the festive ambiance and buy different cookies and gourmet foods, live wreaths, and raffle tickets to various raffle items. You won’t want to miss this.

putting sprinkles on gingerbread men sugar cookies
Baking is fun for the whole family during the holidays.

Central Ohio Symphony Holiday Concert

Music to your ears

Every year, the Central Ohio Symphony performs a Holiday Concert for the people of Delaware county and the surrounding areas. This year, the band, Lone Raven, will be performing alongside the symphony. Two concerts will be held on Sunday, December 10th, one at 2:30pm and one at 4pm. Purchase your tickets today.

person playing the flute
The symphony is sure to please!

Make-n-Take Ornament

Get crafty this holiday season

Visit your local Pat Catan’s on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am-3pm to participate in a free jingle bell ornament craft! All of the supplies and instructions will be made available to you at a table in front of the store, ready and waiting for you and your kids to put together. You can add a bell, chenille stems, and sparkly bows if you so desire to your ornaments. Don’t you want another addition to your Christmas tree?

christmas ornament hanging on christmas tree
Everyone can use a new ornament on their Christmas tree.

The Arts Castle’s New Year’s Eve Party

End the Holiday Season with a Bang

The Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, otherwise known as The Arts Castle, is a non-profit organization that aims to foster the creative energies of the residents of Delaware County and surrounding areas. They offer a wide array of art classes in painting, drawing, photography, and more. They also have a performing arts program and healthy mind and body meditative studies. They feature creative workshops, summer camps, exhibitions, and special events that are fun for the whole family. The next special event that they’re hosting is a New Year’s Eve Party that will be held from 9 pm on December 31st, 2017 to 12:30 am on January 1st, 2018. Nightfall will be performing for the duration of the event, and there will be hors d’oeuvres, and of course a countdown to the new year!

man playing guitar
Ring in the new year with some live music!

This holiday season in Delaware can be your best yet. Schedule some of these events into your calendar before you forget!

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