Get ready for a Christmas event as joyful and comforting as your Grandma’s gingerbread cookies. It’s almost time for the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade, a celebration that brings Southern Delaware to life.
What is the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade?
The Christmas Parade is an old-fashioned Christmas celebration, one that stitches the fabric of the community together in the warmest of ways. Organized by the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, this parade’s theme is as nostalgic as it gets: “Celebrating an Old-Fashioned Christmas in Lewes.” From marching bands to clowns, and equestrians to antique cars, the parade is an explosion of sights and sounds.
Where is the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade?
The parade actually zigzags through the charming streets of Lewes — not Rehoboth Beach, as you might have thought. This parade, in particular, starts in the very heart of Lewes, meandering through its historic district and finishing at Zwaanendael Park.
How to Get to the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade
The town of Lewes is a stone’s throw from Rehoboth Beach, so don’t worry if you’re staying in the latter. The journey from Rehoboth Beach to Lewes could be a scenic drive or a quick bike ride, thanks to the well-maintained roads and numerous bike trails that connect these sibling towns. Public transportation options are also available.
Where to Park at the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade
The town offers various parking areas, both paid and free, within a reasonable distance from the parade route. But remember, these spaces fill up as fast as a Christmas stocking, so be sure to arrive early to claim your spot.
Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade Activities
After the parade, the celebrations continue. Join Mayor Andrew Williams at Zwaanendael Park for the lighting of the grand Christmas tree, a spectacle that sets the night ablaze. Follow this up with candlelight caroling led by Christy Taylor and her students.
Don’t rush off too quickly, though! The entire Christmas weekend in Lewes is packed with activities. The festivities kick off a few days before the parade during the Lewes Merchants’ 36th annual Hospitality Night, and many other events are sprinkled throughout the weekend. Check the chamber’s website for the most up-to-date information.
So, whether you’re a holiday-goer who has had their Christmas shopping done since July or a last-minuteer scrambling for gifts, this parade is a must for your Christmas list.