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Countdown to Christmas includes Santa visits and holiday performances

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Countdown to Christmas includes Santa visits and holiday performances

Santa Claus is coming to town! 

The festive holiday season just wouldn’t be complete without a visit from The Jolly One. The Dewey Beach Lions Club (DBLC) invites everyone to come down and have breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12 at the DBLC building located at 115 McKinley Street in Dewey Beach. Breakfast will be held from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and kids will be able to visit with Santa, make crafts, and write letters from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to support the DBLC’s effort to fight childhood hunger and “keep kids fed in Sussex County.” Adult admission is $8. Children ages 10+ pay $4, and children ages 9 and under get in free with a paying adult. 

The "Big Guy" will be back on Sunday, December 13 at the Crooked Hammock Brewery and Restaurant in Lewes for a Kids’ Brunch benefitting Toys for Tots. The family-friendly brunch buffet will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Santa will be on hand to hear what is on every child’s wish list. The cost for brunch is $14 for adults and $7 for kids. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots community gift box and receive a special thank you gift certificate for a Crooked Hammock dinner in 2016. For more information call 302-644-7837 or visit www.crookedhammock.com

Holiday performances ring in the season 

Classical music enthusiasts will delight as the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra presents its Holiday Joy Concert on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Epworth United Methodist Church located on Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach. The concert, under the direction of Julien Benichou, will include seasonal favorites and feature special performances by guest soloists soprano singer Sharin Apostolou and saxophonist Gary Louie. General admission tickets are $45. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website.

The First State Ballet Theatre presents its 14th annual production of The Nutcracker at Delaware Tech in Georgetown on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. This spectacular holiday tradition is the longest running performing arts event of any kind in Sussex County. FSBT collaborates with longtime partner, Rehoboth Beach’s own Sussex Dance Academy, whose students will perform the Angels and Polichinelles variations in Act II. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, veterans and seniors 60+. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at the will call desk outside the theater on the evening of the performance. The theater does not have numbered seating so arrive early. Will call opens at 6:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Holiday happenings kickoff a festive season

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, November 23, 2015
Holiday happenings kickoff a festive season

The holiday season is upon us and we can assure you that Rehoboth Beach and its surrounding areas do not skimp on holiday traditions. We have tree lightings, sing-a-longs, and holiday parades. It's truly a magical time here at the beach, sort of like being in Whoville, but without the Grinch hanging around. 

The Downtown Rehoboth Beach Holiday Tree Lighting & Sing-A-Long will be held on Friday, November 27. This hometown tradition, hosted by Clear Space Theatre, takes place at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Get those pipes ready and join hundreds of friends and neighbors for the sing-a-long at 6:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 7:00 p.m. 

After the ceremony, grab dinner and start your holiday shopping. You can shop and save the entire holiday season. Beginning on Black Friday and continuing through Christmas Eve, several Rehoboth Beach businesses will be participating in a downtown markdown. Participating restaurants, shops, and services will offer 10% off. Rehoboth Beach has so many charming and unique shops that you’re guaranteed to find exceptional gifts for the special people on your list. So come on down and support local businesses while also receiving well-deserved savings. 

So what’s better than one tree lighting ceremony? TWO tree lighting ceremonies of course! Come down to Fifer's Market, located at Route 1 and Chicago Street in Dewey Beach, on Saturday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. for the annual Dewey Beach Holiday Tree Lighting. Watch Santa and friends arrive in style to light the tree. The event, sponsored by the Dewey Beach Civic League, includes photos taken with Santa and friends, live music, bonfires, refreshments, and delicious food. 

Check out the Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. This annual tradition, presented by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, the City of Rehoboth Beach, the Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Rehoboth Beach Main Street, promises to be the largest one to date. After the parade, everyone is invited to the Rehoboth Beach Fire Station on Rehoboth Avenue for refreshments and to hang out with Santa Claus.


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