Weekend Wonderland in Bethany bringing holiday fun to the beach

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany will be held the first three Saturdays in December, on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, throughout downtown Bethany Beach, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local merchants will be open, with special promotions and activities, and a variety of events will take place throughout the days.

Each Saturday at 6:00 p.m., the Tree of Warmth, on the bandstand, is a holiday charitable event complete with a local choir caroling. Attendees are being invited to bring non-perishable food items and new or gently-used coats to be distributed to a different Sussex County charity each week

Each Saturday is highlighted by a special event. On Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., Holiday Happenings, an annual Town of Bethany Beach event, features family-friendly activities including horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides, caroling and more.

On Dec. 12 at 3 p.m., is Drop & Shop: Kids Day Out, sponsored by Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 can watch a free viewing of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” in the hotel. With certified child care on hand, parents will have time to do their holiday shopping.

Then, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Dickens Parlour Theatre will perform a special Holiday Magic Show in the ballroom of Bethany Beach Ocean Suites. Shoppers can also take advantage of a Gift Wrapping Station, sponsored by a non-profit organization, from 3 to 6 p.m., in the lobby of the hotel.

Several merchants will be holding events, including Mingle & Jingle with Elsa & the Elf at Tidepool Toys & Games on Dec. 5, Brunch with Santa at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites on Dec. 12 and a Children’s Storytime at Bethany Beach Books every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany Beach is a collaboration of the Bethany Beach Business Forum, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Coastal Point and the Town of Bethany Beach.

“Weekend Wonderland is a great event to bring people into town to shop local and share in the holiday spirit,” said Kristie Maravalli, executive director of the Chamber. “With the common goal of promoting the business community, the collective effort of the business owners, the Town of Bethany and Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, has been an amazing cooperative experience.”

Complete details of Weekend Wonderland in Bethany, including the participating businesses, can be found on the event calendar at www.thequietresorts.com.