The holiday season has officially arrived now that Santa sightings are a regular occurrence and “The Nutcracker” is on stages up and down the state. With such a busy season ahead, it made sense to file upcoming holiday events by date and put them all in calendar for easy planning. Enjoy!


The holiday season has officially arrived now that Santa sightings are a regular occurrence and “The Nutcracker” is on stages up and down the state. With such a busy season ahead, it made sense to file upcoming holiday events by date and put them all in calendar for easy planning. Enjoy!

THURSDAY, DEC. 8
WHAT “Welcome to Our World: A Christmas Gift of Hope,” a holiday musical by the Creative Arts Ministry of Calvary Assembly of God, Dover. The play retells the Christmas story through music, dance and a series of dramatic portrayals that shift from the Nativity to the present day, where the audience meets a troubled, embittered disabled veteran who rediscovers the power of hope and faith. Calvary originally performed “Welcome to Our World” in 2001 in the wake of 9/11. A decade later, the time seemed right to again produce this unique show, said Executive Producer Angela Coon. WHEN 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 11; 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. WHERE Calvary Assembly of God, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Route 10 and South State Street, Dover ADMISSION Free INFORMATION Call 697-7776, or visit www.calvarydover.org

WHAT 38th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes by the Newcomers Club of Dover.  Tour homes decorated for the holidays in downtown Dover, including State and Bradford streets. All proceeds benefit both the Kent County Community School and the John S. Charlton School, which serve the special needs of children and young adults with multiple disabilities. WHERE Homes in downtown Dover. Refreshments will be served and entertainment provided at the Presbyterian Church of Dover, South State and Reed streets. WHEN 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 ADMISSION Tickets are available at local retailers including Bee Hive Beauty Salon, ?Bel Boutique, Forney’s Too, all on Loockerman Street, Dover; ?Delaware Bay Trading Company, Camden ; Heart of Smyrna, Kelly Scissors and ?Sayers Jewelers & Gemologists, all in Smyrna; Jen-Mor Florist, Windswept Copy Center and Some Guys Bagels, all in Dover; ?Simply Charming, Wyoming. INFORMATION Stop by where tickets are sold or visit http://newcomersclubofdover.bravehost.com

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 9
WHAT Delaware Choral Society's "Wondrous Night" holiday concert. WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 WHERE Church of the Holy Cross, 631 S. State St., Dover ADMISSION $ INFORMATION Call 245-0449 or visit www.delawarechoralsociety.org

WHAT “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’” The Kent County Theatre Guild has resurrected this play after years of audience requests. The show is a chaotic presentation of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by the troupers of Farndale’s Dramatic Society. The group strives to overcome the many obstacles to present a more than slightly twisted version of the Yuletide standard. WHEN 8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16; 8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. WHERE Kent County Theatre Guild, 140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover ADMISSION $12, $10 for seniors, students and military INFORMATION Visit www.kctg.org or call 800-838-3006

SATURDAY, DEC. 10
WHAT “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Theatre of Dover. WHEN 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover ADMISSION $20, $15 for seniors and students INFORMATION Call 734-9717, 678-5152 or visit www.dancebtd.com.

WHAT Breakfast with Santa for children 10 and younger sponsored by the city of Dover Parks & Recreation. The breakfast will feature Christmas music and carols, arts and crafts, and a visit with Santa, who will pose for photos. WHEN 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 WHERE Dover Park Recreation Center, White Oak Road, Dover ADMISSION $5; pre-registration required INFORMATION Call 736-7050 or visit www.cityofdover.com/Parks-Recs-Home/

WHAT The Great Christmas Cookie Walk. More than 500 pounds of cookies – including decorated sugar cookies, drop cookies, pressed Spritz cookies, shortbread and more – will be available for purchase. Guests will pay for either a smaller box that measures 6-by-6-by-3 inches, or a larger box that measures 9-by-9-by-2 inches. They then will fill the box with as many cookies it can hold with the lid closing completely and no gaps. Saint Andrew’s choirs will perform. WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, until no cookies remain WHERE Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 425 N. DuPont Highway, Dover ADMISSION 6-by-6-by-3-inch box is $8, a 9-by-9-by-2-inch box is $15, pre-made large cookie tray with a sampling of every cookie is $50 INFORMATION Email Lori at let.speed@verizon.net or call 670-9599, or email Terri at tbnellans@aol.comor call 734-9739.

WHAT A Nutcracker Tea benefiting Read Aloud Delaware. The tea will feature costumed characters from the Ballet Theatre of Dover’s production of “The Nutcracker” and guests will enjoy pastries, scones and teas. WHEN Seatings at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Dec. 10 WHERE McNinch Hall at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover ADMISSION $15, $10 for children INFORMATION Call 674–4423

WHAT Leipsic Fire Company Christmas Bazaar. WHEN 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 WHERE Leipsic Fire Hall ADMISSION For vendors, tables are $15 INFORMATION Vendors may call 382-9596 or 734-4525

WHAT “A Christmas Toy Story” by the Bay Country Figure Skating Club. More than 50 local skaters of all ages will bring familiar characters to the ice. The story, scripted and choreographed by the rink’s coaching staff to a wide of holiday and popular music, brings a little boy’s toys — including monkeys-in-a-barrel, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Bo-Peep, Barbie and Ken, Raggedy Ann and Andy, the little green Army men, and others — out of the toy box to rescue Santa and save Christmas. WHEN 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 WHERE Centre Ice Rink at the Delaware State Fair, Harrington ADMISSION $10, $8 for children in advance, or $12, $10 for children at the door; children younger than 2 enter free. INFORMATION Call 398-5900 or visit www.skateatthefair.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11
WHAT Sounds of the Season concert by Capital Ringers Inc., Dover's community handbell ensemble. A silent auction will precede the concert at 6:30 p.m. Selections include “All I Want for Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Holly and the Ivy” and more. Accompanying the ensemble will be percussion, cello, flute and recorder. WHEN 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 WHERE Wesley College Chapel, Division and Bradford Streets, Dover. ADMISSION Recommended donation of $10 per person or $15 per family. INFORMATION Visit www.capitalringers.org, email director@capitalringers.org, or call director Linda Simms at 877-0187.

WHAT Breakfast with a visit from Santa. The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3238 is serving breakfast with eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, home fries, biscuits, blueberry pancakes, sausage gravy and more. Santa will give a small gift to children 10 and younger. WHEN 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 11; Santa will visit at about 10:30 WHERE 166 Old Camden Road, Camden ADMISSION All you can eat for $6, $3 for children 3 to10, free for children 3 and younger INFORMATION Call 697-1920

FRIDAY, DEC. 16
WHAT “A Gift to Remember,” an original musical production. The show has several large musical numbers, special effects and a few surprises for the audience. WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 WHERE First Southern Baptist Church of Dover, 761 S. Little Creek Road, Dover ADMISSION Free

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 17
WHAT Holiday cookie decoration for children 10 and younger. Join Dover Parks & Recreation staff in decorating gingerbread cookies. WHEN 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 17 WHERE Dover Park Recreation Center, White Oak Road, Dover ADMISSION $2; pre-registration required INFORMATION Call 736-7050 or visit www.cityofdover.com/Parks-Recs-Home/

WHAT The Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrates the season with "Creole Christmas.” Have a New Orleans-style Christmas with seasonal favorites the likes of "Blue Christmas," "Swinging in A Winter Wonderland," "Bells Will Be Ringing," and "The Dreydel Song." A pre-concert talk features scholars discussing the history of jazz, blues and how the legends of New Orleans music styles have influenced the world. A short documentary on the history of Preservation Hall will also be shown. After the concert, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a holiday reception. WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover ADMISSION $55 for pre-concert discussion and concert, $75 for pre-concert discussion, concert and post-concert reception. INFORMATION Call 678-5152 or visit www.schwarwtzcenter.com.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 18
WHAT Camden-Wyoming Fire Company’s annual Santa Run. Santa will ride with members of the fire company to visit area neighborhoods. They’ll hand out treats and have photos taken with children. WHEN 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 21 WHERE Neighborhoods in and around Camden and Wyoming

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 22
WHAT Christmas Dinner with free food, music, toys, clothes, performances and free hair cuts. The party is open to all, including the homeless, those in shelters and those in the community. The event is sponsored by Honor-N-Respect and Next Level Clothing Store. WHEN 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 WHERE New Square Club, 1412 State College Road, Dover ADMISSION Free INFORMATION Call or text (302) 331-5766, (302) 399-5517, or email honor.n.respect@gmail.com

 

ONGOING
WHAT Loblolly Acres’ holiday fun with hayride tours to the Christmas tree fields, straw maze, corn box and petting zoo. WHEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday WHERE 3893 Turkey Point Road, Woodside. ADMISSION $6 or less INFORMATION Call Cheryl Epps at 284-9255 or email loblollyacres@yahoo.com

WHAT Planes and Trains layout featuring the Shoreline Garden Railroad Club. This large-scale model train layout features three trains running around a Christmas tree. Garden scale trains are meant to be run outside but the Museum has room in the hangar to run them indoors. Club volunteers may be available to explain their hobby. WHEN 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays though Tuesday, Jan. 3 WHERE Air Mobility Command Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base ADMISSION Free MORE INFO 677-5938