With the start of December came all manner of events to celebrate the winter holidays. Here is a list of some of the events happening in the coming weeks.


FRIDAY, DEC. 3
Holly Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 209 S. State St., Dover. The event includes a luncheon, cookie walk and silent auction. The homemade lunch of soup, sandwiches and beverages is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is $6; take out is available. The cookie walk features sweets made for holiday cookie trays. Cookies are packaged in bags and are $1. The silent auction will feature gift baskets, flower arrangements, artwork, teddy bears and more. Lunch includes homemade vegetable beef or chicken noodle soup with a hot ham and cheese melt, turkey wrap, or turkey sandwich. Coffee, hot/cold tea and lemonade are also available. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the church at 678-9626. All proceeds benefit the mission projects of the Wesley United Methodist Women.

Strolling community caroling on Loockerman Street during First Friday and led by Wesley College’s Music Department will start at 5 p.m. Community and college singers should meet 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 and cookies for carolers.
 
“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. 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. 674-3568, www.kctg.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. 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. 734-1618, www.agriculturalmuseum.org.

“The Nutcracker” by Delaware Ballet will be 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. 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. 674-3568, www.kctg.org.

“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. 678-5152, www.schwartzcenter.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 5
13th Annual Breakfast with Santa, presented by the Clayton Fire Company, will be from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Clayton Fire Hall, 214 Railroad Ave., Clayton. The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is $8 for adults, $4 for kids, and free for those 2 and younger. Kids can get their picture taken with Santa. A Santa’s Workshop will be available, with all gifts costing $2 and free gift-wrapping being offered. Call to make reservations. 632-3445.

“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. 302-682-3289, delawarechoralsociety@yahoo.com or http://delawarechoralsociety.org.

A musical program featuring the birth of Christ as seen from heaven on Christmas will be at 4 p.m. at the Elizabeth W. Murphey School, 42 Kings Highway, Dover. The production is a joint effort between Delaware State University’s art department and health and public policy department, the Capitol Park Civic Association (Helping Hands Incorporated), and Community Christian Worship Center. Children’s choir of angels will oversee the Christmas events from heaven in this production that includes holiday favorites and a Nativity scene. Free (freewill offering will be collected), open to the public.

“Ring in Christmas!” by the Capital Ringers Handbell Ensemble will be at 7 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 11 N.W. Salevan Place, Milford. Selections include “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “Wizards in Winter” and more. Recommended donation to attend is $10, or $15 per family; funds will help cover the cost of the group’s upcoming tour. www.capitalringers.org, director@capitalringers.org, or 302-877-0187.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8
Caroling on The Green will be at 7 p.m. on The Green, Dover. Sing along with local leaders and community members as they sing Christmas favorites. Free, although attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for local food pantries. 734-7513.

“A Time for Christmas” by Calvary Assembly of God Creative Arts Ministry will be at 7 p.m. nightly from Wednesday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 12; there also is a 10:30 a.m. performance Sunday, Dec. 12. The show will be at Calvary Assembly of God’s sanctuary/theater, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Route 10 and S. State Street, Dover. “A Time for Christmas,” a dramatic holiday musical directed by Dee Gleason and produced by Terence Savagel, centers around Bill, a modern-day Scrooge. On Christmas Eve, an angel takes Bill on a journey through time, visiting the first Christmas in Bethlehem, Charles Dickens-era London and scenes from his life. Admission is free with no reserved seating, and doors open one hour prior to performances. A nursery is available. 697-7776, www.calvarydover.org.

THURSDAY, DEC. 9
“A Time for Christmas” holiday musical by Calvary Assembly of God Creative Arts Ministry will be at 7 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God’s sanctuary/theater, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Route 10 and S. State Street, Dover. Admission is free with no reserved seating, and doors open one hour prior to performances. A nursery is available. 697-7776, www.calvarydover.org.

FRIDAY, DEC. 10
“A Time for Christmas”  holiday musical by Calvary Assembly of God Creative Arts Ministry will be at 7 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God’s sanctuary/theater, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Route 10 and S. State Street, Dover. Admission is free with no reserved seating, and doors open one hour prior to performances. A nursery is available. 697-7776, www.calvarydover.org.

“Believe” ice skating holiday show will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Centre Ice Rink at Delaware State Fair, Harrington. More than 50 skaters from the Bay Country Figure Skating Club, rink students, and guests from the University of Delaware will perform to music from “Polar Express” and holiday favorites. Jerry Santoferrara, Centre skating director and former competitive skater, directs. Advance tickets are $10, $6 for children, or $12, $8 for children at the door, with free admission for children younger than 2. 398-5900, www.skateatthefair.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 11
“Where Handel Meets Gershwin,” Delaware State University Concert Choir’s Christmas concert, will be at 6 p.m. at the DSU Education and Humanities Theatre. The mass choir accompanied by the Harlem Festival Orchestra will present a Handel’s “Messiah” sing-along and excerpts from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The concert is free.

Breakfast with Santa will be at 9 a.m. at 1243 College Park Drive, Dover. This event also is a toy drive for Toys for Tots, and is sponsored by the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware. The breakfast includes Santa pancakes and sausage breakfast, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), face painting and more. The event is free, and reservations must be made in advance by calling 734-8061. Each child is asked to bring at least one unwrapped, new toy to donate to Toys For Tots.

“A Time for Christmas” holiday musical by Calvary Assembly of God Creative Arts Ministry will be at 7 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God’s sanctuary/theater, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Route 10 and S. State Street, Dover. Admission is free with no reserved seating, and doors open one hour prior to performances. A nursery is available. 697-7776, www.calvarydover.org.

“Believe” ice skating holiday show will be at 4 p.m. at Centre Ice Rink at Delaware State Fair, Harrington. More than 50 skaters will perform to music from “Polar Express” and holiday favorites. Advance tickets are $10, $6 for children, or $12, $8 for children at the door, with free admission for children younger than 2. 398-5900, www.skateatthefair.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 12
The 4th Annual Holidays with our Veterans event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post 2, 835 Bay Road, Dover. Come and celebrate our veterans with food, music, fellowship and more. This event is free to the public. For more information, call Renee Adams at 242-6856 or Leila Meekins at 747-0307.

 “Believe” ice skating holiday show will be at 3:30 p.m. at Centre Ice Rink at Delaware State Fair, Harrington. More than 50 skaters will perform to music from “Polar Express” and holiday favorites. Advance tickets are $10, $6 for children, or $12, $8 for children at the door, with free admission for children younger than 2. 398-5900, www.skateatthefair.com.

“Ring in Christmas!” by the Capital Ringers Handbell Ensemble will be at 7 p.m. at Wesley Chapel, corner of North Bradford and Division streets, Dover. Selections include “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” “Wizards in Winter” with special instrumentation and more. Recommended donation to attend is $10, or $15 per family; funds will help cover the cost of the group’s upcoming tour. www.capitalringers.org, director@capitalringers.org, or call director Linda Simms at 302-877-0187.