Downstate holiday tree lighting ceremonies scheduled

Ryan Pahren, age 3, checks out his candycane as he, sister Brenda Pahren, 7, and Eric Pahren, 5, meet Santa Claus during the town of Dagsboro’s tree-lighting ceremony Sunday evening at Katie Helm Park. The Pahren children are from Dagsboro. Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe

With Thanksgiving over, a number of events have started to ring in the holiday season. The following tree lighting and caroling events will be held downstate:

• Smyrna/ Clayton Annual July 4th Foundation Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony: Dec. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Clayton Fire Company Station 45 & Clayton Ladies Aux. 300 E St. Clayton. Email Diane Price at for more information.

• Harrington Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling: Dec.4, 6 p.m., Chief Norman Barlow Pavillion in Harrington. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Rain date will be Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Visit for details.

• 4th Annual Town of Bethany Holiday Tree Lighting: Dec. 1, 5 p.m., Bethany Beach Bandstand, Garfield Pkwy. Bethany Beach. Visit for details.

With sons Cooper, left, and Will, Amy Lord of Frankford stands in front of the lighted tree at Dagsboro’s Katie Helm Park at the Nov. 25 lighting ceremony highlighted by a special appearance by Santa Claus.

• Town of Fenwick Island Tree Lighting Ceremony: Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at the Cannon Street Park (in front of the Police Station). For details, visit

• Downtown Dover Capital Holiday Celebration: Nov. 29, 5 to 8 p.m., Downtown Dover, Caroling & Tree Lighting Ceremony. Visit downtowndoverpartnership for details.

• Middletown Main Street, Inc. Ctristmas Tree Lighting: Dec. 1, 2 to 9 p.m. Carolers, street performances, photos with Santa, train rides, and the tree lighting ceremony. For details, visit

• Millsboro Tree Lighting Ceremony: Dec. 1, 5 p.m., Cupola Park, To help sponsor an event presented by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, send an e-mail to or call (302) 934-6777.

• Town of Hartly Tree Lighting & Christmas Celebration: Dec. 8, 6 to 9 p.m. There will be other activities to follow. Hosted by Town of Hartly. Vist Town of Hartly, DE on Facebook for details.

• Milton Lights up The Park, Tree and Park Lighting: Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m., Music starts with Water’s Edge Church Praise Team performs at 5:30 p.m. M.C. is Mayor Ted Kanakos, Lighting Designers, Milton Public Works Dept. Visit for details.

• 87th Annual Lewes Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Dec. 1, 5p.m., After the parade, the tradition has been to officially illuminate the Christmas tree in Zwaanendael Park followed by candlelight caroling in the park. See details at

• Town of Bethel Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., meet at the Town Gazebo, 7769 Main St., Bethel. Residents are invited to bring cookies and the Town will provide cocoa. For details,visit

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