Eric Johnson

2:00pm - 7:00pm

Holiday Magic At Riverbright Wilmington is here!  And Mix 99.5 WJBR will be there this holiday season!

We are so lucky to have so many beautiful places to spend time with friends and loved ones here in the Brandywine Valley!

One of my favorite places is Riverfront Wilmington. So much so, that’s how I spent my Fathers Day last  year!  We spent the day walking along the Christina, miniature golfing, dining at one of the awesome riverfront restaurants and eating ice cream!

Riverfront Wilmington

And now we can have special holiday times along Riverfront Wilmington.  This past weekend, the Christina Riverwalk was completely transformed into a walk-through holiday light display.

Enjoy trees and archways wrapped in holiday lights and holiday décor in the entire area.  Plus between now and Christmas there will be special events including visits from Santa, a petting zoo and live broadcasts by yours truly on Mix 99.5 WJBR, Delaware’s Christmas Station!

The festive holiday lights run for about 2 miles along the entire walk, right up the the DuPont Environmental Center.

Holiday Magic Riverbright Wilmington is just the start of light displays along the riverfront walk.  Many of the lights will remain up and change seasonally.

Join me and Mix 99.5 WJBR for our live broadcasts from Holiday Magic Riverbright Wilmington;   

  • Friday, December 2, 2022 from 2pm-7pm

620 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Location: Under the crane on the Public Dock; behind Iron Hill


  • Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 2pm-7pm

308 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Hare Pavilion on Riverwalk behind the beer garden


  • Friday, December 16, 2022 from 2pm-7pm308 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801Hare Pavilion on Riverwalk behind the beer garden


  • Thursday, December 22, 2022 from 2pm-7pm308 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801


Holiday Magic At Riverbright Wilmington

Christmas Tree Farms Near Wilmington DE

Wanna cut down your own tree this year? We are lucky that there are so many Christmas tree farms near Wilmington DE!

I grew up in Mays Landing NJ and growing up we cut our own trees!

However, we did not go to a tree farm. My Dad would find a field where shapely cedar trees would grow. Of course as a child I never gave any thought that those trees may have been standing on private property. And clearly my Dad did not care! We would quietly wander the field and my renegade Dad would saw the tree down. We did this for many years, until an incident, caused by me, happened one year.

Not realizing we were quietly trespassing and actually stealing a tree, I yelled “TIMBER!!” Well with that my Dad gave me a dirty look and said RUN! We ran to my Dad’s pick up, tossed the tree in the back and got out of there! (Read my brothers account here!)

That was the last time we did that.

Of course, not being a renegade like my Dad (who passed away in 1991) me and my own family have always gone to a Christmas tree farm. From the time they were little right up to recent years. It’s such a great family experience as there is always a camp fire burning, hot chocolate to be had and a hey ride into the field.

Over the years we’ve gotten many trees from close-by Linvila Orchards.

Christmas tree farm

Below, check out my list of the best Christmas tree farms near Wilmington DE!
Most offer the cut your own tree experience, while others offer early season tagging where you can tag early for the tree to be cut down at a later time.

Most open this weekend or just after Thanksgiving.

  • Schmidts' Tree Farm in Landenberg PA

    Open on November 26, 17, 28, December 4 and 5. 8am to 4:30pm


    Your Local Tree Farm Schmidt's Christmas Tree Farm was started in 1970 by Joan and Ellis planting about 2 acres of Scotch Pine seedlings. Over the years we have gradually expanded until today we have about 30 acres of trees.

  • McCarthy Tree Farm in Middletown DE

    Cut your own trees on 11/26, 11/27 and 12/3.


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  • Arasapha Tree Farm in Glen Mills PA

    Opening for tree sales on November 25th.  Hours are Monday thru Friday 3pm to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 8pm.

    Arasapha Tree Farm at Glen Mills Pennsylvania

    The Bates Motel goes from Scary to Merry! This heartwarming holiday attraction features a holiday hayride and more for the whole family!

  • Linvilla Orchards near Media PA

    Linvilla opens for cut your own trees on November 19th.  Hours are Monday thru Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm.

    Cut-Your-Own - Linvilla Orchards

    The most up to the minute picking information is posted on this page including crop selection and predicted schedules, picking conditions, picking tips and guidelines and pricing. Hayride to Cut Your Own is $2.00 per person. This fee is nonrefundable and covers your ride to and from the cut your own field.

  • Old Stone Farm in Landenberg PA

    Old Stone Farm opens starting November 25th.  Open daily from 8am to 4pm.

    Old Stone Farm

    Welcome! The Old Stone Farm is a family run, "choose and cut" Christmas tree farm. In addition to a large selection of beautiful trees, we craft an assortment of Christmas decoratives, using our own fresh greens.

  • Coleman's Christmas Tree Farm in Middletown DE

    Coleman’s Christmas Tree Farm opens for the season on Saturday November 19th.  Cut  your own trees from 8am to 5pm.


    We offer bonfires during the months of September, October, and the beginning of November. We will be open on weekends beginning at the end of September for Pumpkins! We are open 8am-5pm daily Our last hayride goes out at 4:30pm. We offer a large selection of pre-cut trees!

  • Pine Valley Christmas Tree Farm in Elkton MD

    Pine Valley Christmas Tree Farm is open for tagging until November 23rd.  Starting Thanksgiving weekend they will have a selection of fresh cut Fraser Fir.   And Santa will be there on November 25, 26 and Dec 3.

    About 1 - Pine Valley Christmas Trees

    A Family Tradition Nestled in the rolling hills at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, Pine Valley Christmas Trees has been selling quality Christmas trees for over 50 years. Our story began in the 1840's when the farm was purchased by our ancestors, the Griffiths. Five generations of Underwoods have lived on this farm.

  • Exley's Christmas Tree Farm in Sewell NJ and Monroeville NJ

    Exley’s has 2 locations in NJ.  In Sewell and in Monroeville.  They are open for tagging trees now.   Plus they have hay rides to Santa Land!

    Exley's Christmas Tree Farm

    Please read our COVID-19 notice for details Click here for our Christmas Tree Selection Update 2022 Exley's Christmas Tree Farm is a subset of Exley's Landscaping Service, Inc. The company was started four decades ago by W. Robert Exley. It began as a lawn service, but flourished to include landscaping, and now Christmas Trees.

  • Belly Acres Christmas Tree Farm in Franklinville NJ

    Opening day is November 26th.  Hours are from 10am to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving until December 18th, rain or shine!

    12 Must Do Holiday Events Near Wilmington

    12 Must Do Holiday Events Near Wilmington

    It’s that time of year again, where we are all looking for fun holiday things to do, to get out and spend time with family and friends.  There’s nothing quite like the holiday season here in Delaware.  Sure, summer is fun and we look forward to the beautiful weather at our beaches, but there’s just something about the Christmas music, lights and decorations that warm the heart.

    And we can’t forget how much excitement the Philadelphia Eagles bring to the season.  Especially this year!  Go Birds!

    So, we decided to put together a list 12 Must Do Holiday Events Near Wilmington, so you can put them on your list.  These are some wonderful activities you might want to visit throughout the season.  We’re sure there are many more exciting events around our great state, this is just a sampling of some of the events that are closest to us right here in Wilmington. We’re are very fortunate to have places like Longwood Gardens and Wintherthur so close to home.


    We certainly couldn’t call ourselves Delaware’s Christmas Station without providing you with all things Christmas.

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    • 1. Longwood Gardens Christmas

      November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023

      This holiday season, wrap yourself up in the warmth—and the chill—of A Longwood Christmas as we showcase the dramatically beautiful contrast of fire and ice.

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    • 2. Holiday Lights Express at Wilmington & Western Railroad

      Select nights December 9, 2022 – December 30, 2022

      Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 1-hour evening ride aboard our vintage train, which is covered in thousands of holiday lights.  Reservations suggested.  This excursion does not feature Santa Claus.

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    • 3. Santa Claus Express at Wilmington & Western Railroad

      Select dates November 25, 2022 – December 23, 2022

      Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland.  Reservations suggested.

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    • 4. Christmas in Odessa

      December 3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays.

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    • 5. Holiday Season at Nemours Estate

      Ever since 1910, when Mr. and Mrs. duPont began living in their newly built mansion, the holiday season has been a festive time at Nemours. The Christmas decorations at the Nemours Mansion are often inspired by the architecture of the home, the customs of the duPonts or the French influence.

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    • 6. Holidays at Hagley

      November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023

      This year, “home” may have taken on a different, more poignant, meaning, especially around the holidays, when family gathers. It is in this spirit that Hagley celebrates the holiday season with the theme, “Home for the Holidays: A Celebration of Family.”

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    • 7. Wilmington Christmas Parade

      Saturday, November 26, 2022

      This year’s Parade will again feature:

      • Local celebrities and dignitaries
      • Marching and String Bands
      • Community organizations
      • Floats and attractions
      • Your Favorite Cartoon Characters
      • Santa Clause
      • Letters to Santa – Elves will be accepting Christmas wish lists from children for Santa. Children who provide their name and address will receive a response from Santa in December.

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    • 8. Yuletide House Tours at Winterthur

      November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023

      Featuring two distinctly designed and equally breathtaking trees showcasing exquisitely dried flowers, this year’s Yuletide Tour explores the traditions and festivities of the season enjoyed by the family during Henry Francis du Pont’s lifetime. See decorations that emphasize his lifelong love of nature and the Winterthur Garden and an homage to the upcoming exhibition Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House.

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    • 9. The First State Ballet Presents The Nutcracker at Copeland Hall at The Grand

      December 16, 2022 at 7pm

      Join Delaware’s only professional ballet company for Wilmington’s favorite holiday tradition! Experience the magical journey through the land of sweets in FSBT’s lavish production of The Nutcracker on the main stage at The Grand Opera House.

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    • 10. Santa at The Brandywine Zoo

      Saturday, December 3, 2022 & Sunday, December 4, 2022 10am – 12:30pm

      Get your photos with Santa at this Winter Wonderland event! Enjoy a holiday treat, free hot chocolate and fun holiday activities!.

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    • 11. New Castle County Festival of Trees

      Friday, November 18, 2021- Sunday, November 20, 2022

      In its 35th year, Festival of Trees features a beautiful display of decorated trees and wreaths – all are sponsored and decorated by local businesses and individuals. This year’s event will include a Marketplace, Bake Shop, Musical entertainment and specialty trees such as the Remembrance Tree, Memorial Tree and New Hope Tree. You don’t want to miss out!

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    • 12. Luminature at The Philadelphia Zoo

      November 17, 2022 – January 7, 2023

      LumiNature returns to Philadelphia Zoo this November! The biggest and brightest holiday light show yet, LumiNature features more than a million twinkling lights across 14 illuminated zones. Tickets are now on sale—reserve yours today!

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