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Matt Ritter, Chief of Programming, 302-739-9187; or Caroline Foltz, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9185,

Special holiday events and programs offered in Delaware State Parks  

DOVER (Nov. 26, 2013) – Delaware State Parks has many events scheduled throughout the state this holiday season that promise to help families create new traditions and boost their spirits while enjoying the beautiful winter scenery in the parks.

Families can enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. Children’s activities will include pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, up-close animal encounters and a chance to walk through the zoo before it opens to the public. 

Back again this year is the zoo’s Noon Year’s Eve Celebration.  Visitors and staff will ring in the New Year, Tuesday, Dec. 31 at noon with games, crafts and much more. Pre-registration is required for both zoo programs and more information can be found at

Auburn Heights Preserve will host an Old-Fashioned Holiday Event at the Marshall Steam Museum on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.  This special program will feature Victorian holiday traditions, crafts and activities.  Pre-registration is required and families can visit for more information. 

A long list of holiday-themed events can also be found at, including a Jingle Bell Hayride suitable for all ages at Bellevue State Park, a Candy Cane Hunt at Killens Pond State Park and wreath-making and winter craft programs at multiple parks in December. 

More information on all special events can be found at Families should call the park hosting the event for registration information.  

Vol. 43, No.452


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