The Lewes Historical Society and the Town of Lewes are gearing up for one of their most beloved holiday traditions – the 40th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes. Join locals and visitors alike this Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 4pm as the town undergoes a magical Christmas transformation to benefit The Lewes Historical Society.

Each year, a wonderful selection of homes is put on display for the Christmas Tour. This year is no exception with homes ranging from the 18th to the 20th centuries. According to The Lewes Historical Society’s Director Mike DiPaolo, “the purpose of the tour is not only to experience the fabric of Lewes history and to learn about great architecture, but to recognize Lewes as both historic and contemporary.”

Houses on the tour will include:

  1. 118 School Lane, home of Mary Ellen Humes
  2. 214 Mulberry Street, home of Amy & Craig Felker
  3. 108 W. 3rd Street, home of Karen Valihura
  4. 105 E. 3rd Street, home of Arlene &  Don Matzkin
  5. 217 Bay Avenue, home of Kathryn & Richard Chefetz
  6. 240 2nd Street, home of Nancy Staisey & Stan Divorski
  7. 26 Shipcarpenter Square, home of Roseann & Bob Dillman
  8. 302 Burton Avenue, home of Mary McLeod
  9. 408 Burton Avenue, home of Jackie Finer

After enjoying your holiday home tour, be sure to check out the Society’s museums, which will be open and decorated for the season. In the Midway Schoolhouse at the Historic Complex, children are invited to help The Lewes Historical Society decorate their tree while exploring traditional Christmas decorations. Children will also have the chance to make cinnamon applesauce and orange clove ornaments. At the Christmas Antique Bazaar and Bake Sale (to be held at the Rabbit’s Ferry House) guests will peruse a wide selection of small furniture, collectibles, dishware, jewelry and more. Once you’ve worked up a sufficient appetite shopping, grab some homemade chili and delicious baked goods. There’s also a chance to nab some fresh holiday pine, holly or magnolia at the Holiday Greens Sale.

While at the Christmas Tour, pop until any number of participating local churches and organizations.  The Children’s Beach House will host a Holiday Art Show & Sale and the Lewes Yacht Club will feature an indoor craft fair and luncheon.

The fun continues when the Tour comes to an end, with the Lewes Christmas Parade, slated to take place from 5 to 7pm. Immediately following the parade, join carolers in Zwaanendael Park for the annual tree lighting.

To purchase tickets to the home tour, call 302-645-7670 or click here. Advance tickets are $20 each and tickets purchased the day of the tour are $25. Children under $12 are free.