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Capital Holiday

The Capital City is brimming with lots of ways to celebrate the holiday season! Mayor Christiansen and his City staff, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC), the Dover Public Library, the Downtown Dover Partnership, and NeighborGood Partners (formerly NCALL) invite the community to enjoy holiday traditions, including Small Business Saturday, the traditional Capital Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, First Saturday, the “Dashing Through Downtown Dover Parade, beautiful window displays and downtown shopping. Also visit Dover’s Gift of Lights at Dover Motor Speedway!

For additional events, visit the Downtown Dover Facebook Events page. Login required! 

Gift of Lights

Join the Dover Motor Speedway for the inaugural Gift of Lights event. The drive thru event will run every evening from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day and will have more than 60 scenes and 3 million lights set up along a 1.5-mile pathway winding through the Woodlands of Dover Motor Speedway which is also home of the Firefly Music festival.  This compelling drive-thru holiday light display will be a must see for residents as well as our visitors.  

For more information as well as to purchase tickets, please visit

Small Business Saturday

Visit downtown to shop local & small businesses, purchase new "Downtown Dover Dollars", and participate in an AMEX gift card raffle.

Click here to visit Downtown Dover Facebook for updates.

Capital Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Participate in downtown’s annual Capital Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration from 5-8 p.m.

The event will feature dance and musical arrangements, a photo op with Santa, free grab-and-go holiday kids crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and a grand tree lighting ceremony. The fun doesn’t stop there, stroll down Loockerman Street for even more excitement! Such as:

For more information, click here.

Delaware Ballet's The Nutcracker

Celebrate the holiday season with the Delaware Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker. Hosted in the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover. Visit the website to purchase tickets. Limited tickets are available for each showing. 

For more information, click here.

First Saturday

  • Shop Local! 
  • First State Heritage Park Tours
  • BIGGS Weekend at the Biggs Museum of American Art
  • Events at the Dover Public Library
  • Tours of the Friends of Old Dover Museum
  • Free admission to the Johnson Victrola Museum & the Old State House Museum
  • and more!

For information about First Saturdays, click here.

Woodburn Iluminated

As the days grow short, nothing is quite so comforting as the flicker of candlelight as it keeps the darkness at bay. For 18th and 19th century Americans, candle-lit illuminations, sometimes known as transparencies, were used to cheer, entertain, and celebrate.

This holiday season, we're reviving the old tradition in partnership with the Biggs Museum of American Art and the Governor's staff at Woodburn to light the night with this unique art form.
Stroll the grounds, enjoy the stately home's decorations, admire the gathered illuminations, listen to music, sip warming hot cocoa, and make a delicious s'more over a fire pit...there is so much waiting to revive your spirits during this one-night-only special event.

Want to participate? Visit the John Bell House Thursday-Saturday beginning November 23rd to make an illumination which will be displayed at the event! Be sure to stop by and make one by December 6th or create one yourself at the event.

For more information, check the Kent County Tourism Event Calendar.

Hometown Holiday Event

Join us for the annual Hometown Holiday! This free event features kids activities, crafts, food and community resources. Located on Legislative Mall.

Hosted by Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, Restoring Central Dover, and the Dover Police Department.

Dashing Through Downtown Dover Parade

The electric light parade will showcase "all lit up" vehicles starting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, click here to visit the Dashing Through Downtown Dover Parade Facebook page.

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