Lots of holiday cheer to be had in Hockessin and the surrounding area this season!

Kick off the holiday season with these family fun local events


WHERE: Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road
WHEN Saturday, Dec. 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Join the Hockessin Business Association and New Castle County Libraries for their fourth annual “How the Grinch Stole WHO-ckessin” interactive viewing of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Hockessin Library.

Join the titular character and his “Grinch-ettes” for a family-friendly singalong to the classics from the 1966 animated special featuring narration by Boris Karloff and songs by Thurl Ravenscroft.

HBA member Charles Shattuck, who performs as the Grinch himself, said the “Off-Valley Road Players” are preparing in earnest for their fifth performance.

“Everyone involved is excited to be part of what has become a Hockessin holiday tradition,” Shattuck said. “We created this event for the children and their families to have a moment to laugh during the hectic season. It also demonstrates the benefit to the community when members like HBA businesses and the Hockessin Library work together in the spirit of goodwill.”


WHERE Hockessin Memorial Hall
WHEN Tuesday, Dec. 11, 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.


WHERE Winterthur Mansion and Garden, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur
WHEN Daily through Jan. 16, 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.

Each room on this year’s Yuletide tour tells a story reflecting the ways in which Americans have celebrated the winter holiday season from the 1800s to the present. 

Other decorations and displays recall H. F. du Pont’s family traditions during Christmas and New Year’s at Winterthur, including the family Christmas tree, glittering with glass ornaments and fringed by baskets brimming with gifts, one for each family member.

Buy tickets at the visitor’s center, online at Winterthur.org, or call 800-448-3883. Enjoy $5 off adult Monday through Wednesday, Dec.  3 to 19. Use code $5OFF.


WHERE: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd. Kennett Square, PA 19348
WHEN: All season through Jan.  6, 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.