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See the many light displays at Winter WonderFEST in Lewes, Del., along with a carnival, music, ice skating, and more.

When most people think of Coastal Delaware, they immediately picture world-class beach resorts and summertime fun. That’s about to change! Now a year-round destination, Delaware beach resort businesses owners, entrepreneurs, and merchants are creating can’t miss venues for the 2016 holiday season.

Winter WonderFEST in Lewes will launch for the first time in November. The festival will include many attractions, including the dazzling Light Spectacular that will take place at Cape Henlopen State Park. The 2-mile drive-thru holiday light show features more than 60 magical light displays.

The festival begins with the “Dashing Thru the Show” fun run and walk event Nov. 18. Participants will have a unique opportunity to experience the Light Spectacular up close and in person during this 2-mile run/walk event at Cape Henlopen State Park. Gates will open at 5:00pm with the run and walk beginning at 6:00pm.

The Rehoboth Beach Lighthouse at Lighthouse Circle greats the season’s guests with a holiday light display.
The Rehoboth Beach Lighthouse at Lighthouse Circle greats the season’s guests with a holiday light display.

Immediately following “Dashing Thru the Show,” all of the participants, along with Winter WonderFEST sponsors, are invited to attend the opening night party at the Crooked Hammock Brewery.

Light Spectacular tours will begin Nov. 19 at 5:00pm. After touring the lights, stop by the Christmas Village Winter Carnival with its giant Ferris wheel and other rides at the carnival midway. The Christmas Village also includes a special ice rink on the ferry grounds, plus indoor holiday workshops, live music, a strolling Santa, and carnival games for all ages. Delicious hot chocolate will also be available to chase away the chill.

Admission to the Light Spectacular is $15 for cars, $30 for vans, and $50 for buses. Single vehicle tickets are now available online. Discounts are available in advance for groups bringing multiple vehicles. Tickets and more information are available at wonderfestde.org.

Inside fun, too

So, you want family fun inside? Lefty’s Alley and Eats is Delmarva’s newest indoor entertainment attraction.

Located in Lewes, this venue features 16 bowling lanes; a state-of-the-art arcade with 50 to 70 games; a 4,000-square-foot, two-story laser tag arena; four 20-by-12-foot big-screen televisions; a 110-seat restaurant and bar; and banquet options for customized birthdays and corporate and group events, with the culinary talents of LaVida Hospitality Group.

See the many light displays at Winter WonderFEST in Lewes, Del., along with a carnival, music, ice skating, and more.
See the many light displays at Winter WonderFEST in Lewes, Del., along with a carnival, music, ice skating, and more.

The classic Meet Me in St. Louis will debut in Rehoboth Beach on Nov. 25, with shows through Dec. 11, at Clear Space Theatre.

This musical, based on the heartwarming film of the same name, will take audience members on a musical journey back to the early 1900s, on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair. The show is filled with nonstop entertainment, featuring memorable musical numbers such as “The Boy Next Door” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Complete your holiday shopping tax-free in Southern Delaware.

The Tanger Outlet Center, located on Route 1, is comprised of three outlet properties within a 2-mile stretch. Top brand stores include Under Armor, Kate Spade New York, The North Face, Michael Kors, and Coach. And, make time to visit Santa on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, and enjoy unique and boutique shopping on Rehoboth Avenue.

Enjoy The Polar Express at the Salted Rim in Oceanview.
Enjoy The Polar Express at the Salted Rim in Oceanview.

In Ocean View, you are in for a family surprise, with a holiday dinner and movie that’s a local favorite at The Salted Rim.

Through Dec. 30, come in your pajamas and enjoy a buffet breakfast or dinner as you watch the holiday classic, The Polar Express, in classic authentic train cars that served the Queen Ann’s Railroad. It is a magical experience you don’t want to miss, with elves serving hot chocolate and cookies to the children, and a visit from Santa himself.

Karen Falk is director of marketing and commutations for Jack Lingo, Realtor, providing real estate and rental services in Southern Delaware.

 

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