Get Away: Winter WonderFEST

The Delaware holiday festival includes a Christmas Village, a lights display and more.

Winter Wonderfest’s Christmas Village. Photo courtesy of

First held in 2016, southern Delaware’s Winter WonderFEST offers a trifecta of activities to put you in the holiday spirit: a Christmas Village, ice rink and lights display. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal grounds are transformed into a colorful Christmas Village with a giant Ferris wheel, games and holiday-themed carnival rides. Warm up with cocoa and cocktails in a large heated tent dubbed The Lodge, or skate under the lights to holiday tunes at the open-air ice rink, also at the ferry terminal. Less than 2 miles away, a 1½-mile drive-through Light Spectacular transforms Cape Henlopen State Park with more than 100 displays, including a giant igloo, leaping gingerbread man and juggling snowman. On opening night, Nov. 17, you can tour the lights on foot ($35; $20 kids; prices include a T-shirt and goodies). The remainder of the season, car passes are $15 in advance and well worth it for the express lane into the show (call 302-727-0221 to reserve); $20 at the gate. Hours are 5-9 p.m.

Spend the night on Lewes’ waterfront at The Inn at Canal Square, which is known for its holiday finery. Several of the coastal-themed rooms have balconies, and the two-bedroom suites feature a wood-burning fireplace. Rates from $140 per weekend night, continental breakfast included. A two-night WinterFEST package includes admission to the Light Spectacular and an $80 dinner credit, from $475 on weekends.

Winter WonderFEST runs from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. Visit for details.



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