45 Festive Ways To Celebrate Christmas In Philly Region


The Philadelphia Christmas Village is one of the many great Christmas events in Philadelphia in 2018.

Philly is always festive but each year from November through December, the city puts on its best for the holidays. And that’s true for the surrounding area, too. Each year there are Christmas and holiday events in Philadelphia that are traditions for visitors of all generations. But there are also some fun new and unique Christmas and holiday events in and around Philadelphia for 2018. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or just for an afternoon, there are lots of fantastic day trips from Philadelphia. No matter what festival or festivals you celebrate, enjoy a little holiday cheer with these 45 Christmas and holiday events and things to do in Philly in 2018! Then ring in 2019 and say goodbye to 2018 with events across the region.

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Visiting Mt. Cuba Center Native Plant Botanical Garden


Gazebo overlooking a pond at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware.

I’ve found The Secret Garden and it’s Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware. The one-time private estate is now a public garden and research center with nearly 600 acres of managed natural lands and another almost two dozen acres of gardens. I recently had the chance to visit Mt. Cuba Center with my husband and it was even more lovely than we had expected.

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Post by . Originally published June 8, 2018. Last updated June 26, 2018.

Christmas in Historic Odessa with Tradition and Charm


Christmas tree and gingerbread house in the Wilson-Warner House in Historic Odessa, Delaware.

Christmas in Historic Odessa, Delaware captures all of the charm and tradition of the holiday season. It’s not over-commercialized reindeer or cartoony men in red suits. It’s far more innocent and heartfelt. The town captures a yuletide feeling that hardly seems to exist anymore these days. The small town of historic homes put on its holiday finest each year to awe, inspire, celebrate and welcome visitors. My husband and I made a trip to Odessa, Delaware to experience the holiday cheer and the historic homes in person.

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Post by . Originally published November 24, 2017. Last updated October 14, 2018.

Checking In: Historic & Luxurious Hotel Du Pont

Reviews, Travel

Two double beds in a Hotel Du Pont room.

For over a century, HOTEL DU PONT in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, has been hosting guests. From presidents to kings and queens, HOTEL DU PONT has been THE place to stay, dine and be entertained. But it’s also the ideal place to stay if you’re discovering the region along the Pennsylvania-Delaware border that’s peppered with museums and history (Longwood Gardens, Nemours Mansion & Estate, Winterthur, Brandywine River Museum of Art). Recently my husband and I checked in at Hotel Du Pont for the night and it was the perfect place to unwind and relax.

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Post by . Originally published October 25, 2017. Last updated October 22, 2017.

Afternoon Tea at HOTEL DUPONT is Delightful, Delicious

Food, Travel

Afternoon tea at HOTEL DUPONT.

A day of culture. Art and afternoon tea. It’s difficult for me to think of a better way to spend a day. And Wilmington, Delaware, has just the answer. After my recent trip to the Brandywine River Museum of Art, I headed down to downtown Wilmington. Only a short drive away from the museum is the historic HOTEL DUPONT. The luxurious hotel serves up afternoon tea that will spoil and delight. It’s a day to savor and enjoy.

It doesn’t take long to become impressed by the HOTEL DUPONT. Even those unfamiliar with its legendary reputation for luxury will soon get the picture once they step inside the lobby.

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Post by . Originally published August 9, 2017. Last updated January 27, 2019.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens Has French Style


The Sunken Gardens and Colonnade at Nemours Mansion and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware.

Judging by the photo above of Nemours Mansion and Gardens, where do you think I am? France? Germany? Italy, perhaps? You’d be forgiven for thinking so. But I’m actually in Delaware. That’s right. The First State and the home of tax-free shopping has a magnificent mansion that draws on European influences.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens was the home of Alfred I. du Pont. The massive estate is today open to the public. It’s quite a remarkable home with impressive gardens. In fact, they are the largest formal French gardens in North America. And that’s before you consider that the estate isn’t in Europe and, really, isn’t all that old. It’s a taste of Europe’s royal golden age that is hard to find on this side of the Atlantic.

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Post by . Originally published July 5, 2017. Last updated May 18, 2018.

Museum Visit: Winterthur & Downton Abbey Costumes


Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur

If you’re anything like me, it always seems to be the attractions that are close by that I never get around to visiting. For years I’ve wanted to visit Winterthur and for years I just never got around to it. Funny how that works out. Fast forward to the announcement last year that Winterthur would have a special exhibit of costumes from the television show Downton Abbey. Then all of sudden, I made time to go to Winterthur. Funny how that works out.

So with my partner in crime for the Downton Abbey exhibit — in this case, my mother — we headed down to Delaware on a Friday morning to indulge in the dress of the English wealthy being exhibited in an American mansion.
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