Child or child-at-heart, Bethany offers choice of Holiday Happenings

How do you celebrate the holidays? Are family-friendly festivities your goal, or does a warm, jazzy atmosphere light your fire?

The Town of Bethany Beach is inviting people to celebrate both ways at its annual Holiday Happenings. The events include a family party Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and an adult party Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both parties will be hosted at Bethany Beach Town Hall.

For more than a decade, locals have been welcomed to Holiday Happenings as a way to meet and greet their neighbors, said Gloria Farrar, entertainment director for the town.

Saturday, people can enjoy entertainment for the whole family. Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Holiday Music Ensemble will perform, and Lollipop the Clown will paint faces. Parents can bring their cameras to capture the moment when the guest-of-honor, Santa Claus, makes his big appearance at 4 p.m. and then poses with the kids.

There will also be trolley rides, horse-drawn carriage rides and tractor-pulled hayrides to spread cheer throughout the town.

A new addition to Holiday Happenings is an old holiday classic: model trains. The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club will display a functional outdoor model train around town hall, complete with tracks and buildings, for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Free cookies and hot chocolate will top Saturday’s event.

Then, on Sunday, adults can mingle in the fully decorated town hall. The holiday ambiance comes complete with a 15-foot decorated tree.

People “love it,” Ferrar said. “It’s beautiful and it’s fun.”

Light refreshments and holiday punch will be served on Sunday, while the Joe Wilford Trio plays live holiday music.

Special guest Rich Bloch – whose identity was previously a tightly held secret – will entertain visitors with magic tricks and illusions, visiting from Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville.

All the events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gloria Farrar at town hall at (302) 539-8011, ext. 23.