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Before you know it, we’ll be in the thick of the holiday season! But between decorating, buying presents, baking cookies, and frequent travel, this time often feels frenzied. It’s important to slow down and cherish these days we have with family and loved ones.

To help our DE residents do just that, Precision Door of Delaware has rounded up 4 holiday events happening in the Wilmington, DE, area over the 2016-2017 holiday season.

Christmas in Odessa

Main Street in Odessa, DE, is lined with gorgeously restored 18th- and 19th-century homes. For the past 52 years, Odessa has embraced a special Christmas tradition, transforming these buildings into brilliant architectural light displays in the days leading up to December 25.

Christmas in Odessa is a wonder-filled walking tour that strolls by these famous private and public homes on the night of December 3, welcoming attendees to experience old-time Odessa and the spirit of the holidays. In addition to the walking tour, you can look forward to a performance by Newark Fife and Drum, traditional carols, and an antique show and sale.

A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Fountains, lights, and music unite at Longwood Garden’s tribute to Christmas and the holidays: A Longwood Christmas. Through January 8, listen to and sing along with organ performances in the cheery Conservatory, stroll below colorfully lit pathways, and get warm by outdoor fire pits or snap a candid family photo rocking around the garden’s signature 18-foot-tall immaculately decorated Christmas tree.

From poinsettias to fireplaces, Longwood’s natural indoor and outdoor spaces make the quintessential landscape for getting you and your crew in the holiday mood.

Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Santa Claus Express

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Tired of waiting in line for your yearly Santa sighting? This year, climb aboard an antique steam locomotive straight out of a Christmas card and let Mr. Claus come to you! Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Santa Claus Express is a magical 1.5-hour round trip train ride from Wilmington to Ashland, DE, that’s perfect for families seeking a special Santa photo.

During the ride, Santa makes the rounds to meet passengers, share a Christmas treat, and pose for a portrait. Catch the railroad’s Santa Claus Express Saturdays and Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas at 12:30 or 2:30 pm.

Yuletide at Winterthur

Want to take a historical holiday tour of American Christmas culture? If so, Yuletide at Winterthur, running through January 8, is the holiday event that you don’t want to miss. During Yuletide, Winterthur’s main house is elaborately decorated by wreath, tree, and garland showcasing artifacts and pieces that draw on iconic holiday tales and traditions.

From viewing photographs and artwork from another holiday era to taking in the exquisite detail on each expertly placed ornament and decoration, touring Winterthur during Yuletide is both nostalgic and inspiring!

Make plans to attend these fantastic and festive local holiday events today. Click on the link in each listing for more information on purchasing tickets and planning your visit.

Happy holidays from your friends at Precision Door!