Now that Thanksgiving’s past, local groups are hauling out the tinsel and trees to get people in the holiday spirit. Here are a few events happening in the near future.
Santa will start making the rounds in and around Dover as December nears. Here’s a list of events through Sunday, Dec. 5.
Saturday, Nov. 27
Fifer Orchards Cider Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 18 at Fifer Orchards, 1919 Allabands Mill Road, Camden-Wyoming. Event includes complimentary hot apple cider, free product samples, entertainers, book signings, bonfire with free s’mores kits and holiday hayrides. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. For more information, call 697-2141.
Delaware Hospice Festival of Trees and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Chocolate Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dover Downs. Admission is free to Festival of Trees, $5 to Chocolate Festival. Festival of Trees is also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28.
Monday, Nov. 29
Festival of Lights will be at 6 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, Dover. Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr. will light the Christmas tree and more than 30,000 lights throughout the city. Performers include children from The Little School, Wesley Pre-School and Kindergarten, Delaware State University Laboratory School, and the Dover High School Select Ensemble singing holiday songs, and dancers from the Dance Conservatory performing the “Candy Cane Dance.” A visit from Santa Claus will cap off the evening. The event is free. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 736-7050.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
“The Nutcracker” demonstration with dancers from the Ballet Theatre of Dover will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover. Set to the familiar music of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky, the presentation includes a narrated introduction to this holiday favorite. The program is for children 5 and older. Space is limited so call 698-6440 to register.
Friday, Dec. 3
Strolling community caroling on Loockerman Street during First Friday and led by Wesley College’s Music Department will start at 5 p.m. with the community and college singers meeting at 5 p.m. at the Wesley Church Choir Room. Caroling is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by free hot chocolate for carolers provided by the Dover Lions Club and free cookies provided by the Downtown Dover Partnership at 6:30 p.m.
“The Nutcracker” by Delaware Ballet opens at 7 p.m. at Delaware State University’s Education and Humanities Theatre. It also runs at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and are available at The Central Delaware Dance Academy in Enterprise Business Park. For more information or tickets, call 697-2218.
“A Tuna Christmas” by Kent County Theatre Guild will open at 8 p.m. at the guild theater, 140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover. The comedy follows the eccentric townspeople of Tuna, Texas, through their mishaps on Christmas Eve. The play also shows at 8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 10 and 17; Saturdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $16, $14 for students and seniors. For more information or tickets, call 674-3568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Dec. 4
Home for the Holidays in downtown Dover will start at 10 a.m. with musical entertainment and artisans, a gingerbread man scavenger hunt until 2 p.m., and merchant open houses and refreshments. Donations for the food and toy drive will be collected from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Dover Partnership office, corner of Bradford and Loockerman streets. The holiday parade on Loockerman Street will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. A button wreath ornament activity for kids will be at the Biggs Museum at 2 p.m. Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Corner on Loockerman Street or decorate cookies with Wesley College Student Life at the DDP office from 2 to 4 p.m.
Kommunity Kwanzaa Celebration sponsored by the Dover alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Delaware State University will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DSU’s Martin Luther King Student Center. The highlights include displays, poetic recitations, a story and percussion corner, songs and demonstrations of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. There will be a tribute to the elders, and to young men. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item or new, unwrapped toy. Items will be donated to a local shelter. For more information, call 302-531-6522.
A Farmer’s Christmas will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village, 866 N. DuPont Highway, Dover. The event includes holiday crafts that children can make and take home, stories, activities, historical craft demonstrations inside and outdoors in the lantern lit Loockerman Landing Village. Mrs. Claus and her elves will be on hand. Admission is $5. For more information, call 734-1618 or visit www.agriculturalmuseum.org
“The Nutcracker” by Delaware Ballet at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and are available at The Central Delaware Dance Academy in Enterprise Business Park. For more information or tickets, call 697-2218.
“A Tuna Christmas” by Kent County Theatre Guild will play at 8 p.m. at the guild theater, 140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover. The comedy follows the eccentric townspeople of Tuna, Texas, through their mishaps on Christmas Eve. Tickets are $16, $14 for students and seniors. For more information or tickets, call 674-3568 or email email@example.com.
“Allan Harris: A Nat King Cole Christmas” will be at 7p.m. at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover. Tickets are $30, $27 for seniors and military, $23 for students, $18 for children. For more information, visit www.schwartzcenter.com or call 678-5152.
Sunday, Dec. 5
“An American Christmas” performance by the Delaware Choral Society will be at 4 p.m. at Wyoming United Methodist Church, 216 Wyoming Mill Road, Dover. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, students and military. For more information or tickets, call 302-682-3289, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://delawarechoralsociety.org.