Odessa, Delaware offers glimpse of Christmas past

    Halfway between Wilmington and Dover is a time capsule of sorts, an elaborate retro-holiday display in historic Odessa. The town celebrates itself by opening the doors of many of those historic houses this Saturday.

    Saturday is the 45th anniversary of a Delaware yuletide tradition.
    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. It happens one day only, Saturday, Dec. 5.
    In addition to the house tour there are many other special events, including a Christmas craft show, an antique show and sale, a performance by the Newark Fife and Drum Corp, Christmas concerts at Old St. Paul’s Church and much more.

    Tickets are $20 if purchased the day of the tour. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5 and children under 6 are free.

    Part of the proceeds will help fund college scholarships for local high school seniors.

    For more information go to christmasinodessa.com. You can watch the highlights of Christmas in Odessa and a look at how Delawareans are celebrating the holidays when you watch FIRST, the public media news magazine produced by WHYY-TV. The FIRST broadcast from Odessa will air on Friday December 18th at 5:30 and 10pm.




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