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Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year!
Join us on Saturday, December 9 for a day of family-friendly and free holiday festivities held rain or shine (snow is another story).
Donations benefit Friendship House of Wilmington.

Christmas Ornaments

An Annual Townwide Event Celebrating the Joy of Community & Holiday Spirit 

Come and experience the magic of the holidays with us! Stroll through private homes, enjoy musical performances and street theater; find great gifts from unique vendors in the indoor & outdoor Winter Market, meet Santa & Friends; sip and savor delicious drink and fare from our restaurants and food vendors, and join local officials, town residents, and fellow visitors for caroling and the annual Tree Lighting ceremony.

Make plans to  join us. We look forward to seeing you!

Open Houses & Museums

Take a walk through many of our town's beautifully decorated homes and museums, and gain ideas and inspiration.


Winter Market

Get into the festive spirit with the indoor and outdoor Holiday Market! Shop for unique gifts, decorations, and holiday treats. There's something for everyone!

Santa & Friends

Meet Santa & Friends from around the world as they stroll and make appearances throughout town. 

Food & Drink

Grab a bite, a cup, or a cocktail at any one of our amazing restaurants, and cafes; if you're on the go, swing by a variety of visiting food trucks.

[Visit our FAQ page for details]

Music & Street Theater 

Enjoy concerts and street theater performances at several locations throughout the day.

Annual Tree Lighting

Join local officials and town residents for caroling at dusk and the town's annual Tree Lighting on The Green!

Have a Ball on
Friday Evening

Join New Castle Historical Society on Friday evening, December 8 for Fezziwig's Victorian Ball at The Arsenal on The Green, Historic New Castle's Visitors Bureau.

(fee/tickets required).

Make it a Weekend!

Historic New Castle has a variety of lovely and affordable places to stay, dine, and shop, and serves as a great spot to do further sightseeing in the region.

[Visit our FAQ page for details]

Support a Great Cause

Spirit of Christmas helps lift others up by giving back. Donations from the day benefit

Friendship House of Wilmington, helping fight homelessness.

Spirit of Christmases Past



Spirit of Christmas Celebration

December 9, 2023 - 9:30am to 5:00pm

For any questions or inquiries, please contact us at

Market Street Historic New Castle, DE 19720

Crystal Snow Balls

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or comments about the Spirit of Christmas Celebration.

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