Caroling, the Grinch, and Christmas lights galore!

Time to sing along with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

CAROLING IN HOCKESSIN

WHERE Hockessin Memorial Hall
WHEN Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
ADMISSION Free (unwrapped toys are welcome)

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their friends from Dance HDC for their annual Caroling in Hockessin singalong and holiday toy drive.

Sponsored by Caroline Jones, founder of the Wilmington based non Kind for Kids organization that helps children transitioning into foster care, the Caroling in Hockessin singalong is also a chance for guests to donate a toy for a child in the foster care system.

The program has, in the past, brought in over $15,000 in toys in a year for underprivileged kids.  

The Caroling event features a singalong, performances by Dance HDC, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, homemade treats, and pizza courtesy of Prima’s Pizza.

OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS

YULETIDE AT WINTERTHUR

WHERE Winterthur Mansion and Garden, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur
WHEN Daily through Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ADMISSION $20 adults, $5 children 2 to 11

Tour Henry Francis du Pont’s former home decorated with sparkling holiday displays, including the famous majestic dried-flower tree and a royally inspired tree display.

The annual event explores the treasures of Christmases past with displays of holiday traditions from the 1800s to the early 20th century, including: the earliest types of colorful lights decorating house exteriors; a full-room scene of Clement Moore’s Christmas classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas;” the du Pont family holiday celebrations; and the evolution of Christmas trees over the decades from the 1880s to 1960s.

The exhibit “Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown,” which showcases the coronation gown worn on the Netflix series “The Crown,” has inspired several trees on the tour to be designed as ones owned by Queen Victoria’s family at Windsor Castle.

The 18-room dollhouse that is a guest favorite will also be on display,

Buy tickets online at Winterthur.org, or call 800.448.3883.

CHRISTMAS AT LONGWOOD

WHERE: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd. Kennett Square, PA 19348
WHEN: November 23 –January 7, 9 a.m. 10 10 p.m. daily.
ADMISSION $16 to $30

Celebrate the holidays à la Française at A Longwood Christmas this year, here guests will explore the warm 4-acre conservatory to check out fanciful topiary and more than 50 trees adorned in classic holiday tones boasting sparkling crystal ornaments reminiscent of the splendor of Versailles. Outside, illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, and a half-million lights brighten the night.

Longwood Gardens features 1,083 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, and 4.5-acre conservatory.

For tickets or more information, visit longwoodgardens.org or call 610-388-1000.