Enjoy Christmas in Downtown Delaware with Home for the Holidays Weekend from December 1-3, 2023.
First Friday and the Tree Lighting Ceremony kick off the season of holiday events on Main Street Delaware, Ohio.
Main Street Delaware Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2023 at 6:30 pm. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a magical experience for the whole family. Join Santa on the corner of William and Sandusky Streets as he flips the switch and lights the tree!
Photos with Santa
Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-15, 2023. Appointments are available for visits with Santa at the Delaware Welcome Center (20 E. William Street). Photos are $15, which includes 1 print and digital copy of photograph, from For His Glory Photography.
Walk-in Photos with Santa Hours
Friday, December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Fridays, December 8 and 15 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, December 2 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Other times are available by rsvp: Book appointments now!
Letters to Santa
Can’t visit with Santa this year? Make sure he gets your letter by dropping it off in the North Pole Post mailbox on the front porch of the Welcome Center, 20 E. William Street.
Carriage Rides in Downtown Delaware
Hop in a horse-drawn carriage for a ride with your loved ones! Take off from the historic Strand Theatre for a ride around downtown. $2 per person ages 6 and older
Carriage Ride Hours
Friday, December 1 from 6-9 pm
Fridays, December 8 & 15 from 6-8 pm
Strap on your skates and enjoy free ice skating on Ohio Wesleyan’s Campus (on the JAYwalk between Beeghly Library and Hamilton-Williams Campus Center). Provided by Snappy’s Automotive and The Mason Foundation.
Enjoy free ice skating provided by Snappy’s Automotive and The Mason Foundation!
Friday, December 1 from 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 from 1-3 p.m. (Ages 10 & under only), learn to skate with the WarCats Hockey Team. Free skate from 3 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 from 1-3 p.m.
Dash for Dasher Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 11 am-1 pm beginning at COhatch (18 E William Street).
Santa has lost his reindeer Dasher! Explore downtown following Santa’s clues to find him and have fun along the way! The event is free. Voluntary donations will be accepted, a box of cereal towards Dream Center or monetary donations towards Main Street Delaware are recommended.
Holiday Parade in Delaware, Ohio
Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 3 pm. The annual Home for the Holidays Parade will be stepping off at 3 p.m. from Mingo Park.
The parade route heads west on E Lincoln Avenue, then turns left to walk south on N Sandusky Street through downtown. It ends at the corner of S Sandusky Street and Wilmer Street, near the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.
Main Street Holiday Tours: Northwest Trolley Edition
Saturday, December 9, 2023. Add a bit of history to your holidays with a narrated but tour of Delaware’s NW neighborhoods, courtesy of the Delaware County Historical Society, Boardman Arts Park, Willow Brook..
Tours cost $25 per person and leave from the Boardman Arts Park. Three tour times are available at 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm Reserve your spot today!
Holiday Makers’ Market
December 14, 2023 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Local artisans will showcase their incredible talents, offering one-of-a-kind gifts, decor, and goodies that will surely add that special touch to your holiday celebrations this year. 17 N Sandusky Street
Shop Local in Delaware
Main Street Delaware has put together a list of shops and businesses to visit in Downtown Delaware. Some offer online shopping as well. See the full list here.
Find more details about events in Downtown Delaware here.