Holidays, Bethany-style

Weekend Wonderland offers holiday fun in downtown Bethany

Date Published: 
Dec. 8, 2017

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.

Having kicked off the holiday season in style with its tree-lighting ceremony and Holiday Happenings event last weekend, Weekend Wonderland fun continues in Bethany Beach for the next two Saturdays.

Many Bethany Beach businesses will be open on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, with special activities abounding to put shoppers in a festive holiday mood, according to Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the events, along with the Town of Bethany Beach and the town’s downtown business group.

One unique activity the whole family can participate in — and potentially win prizes from area businesses — is the Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt.

Participating businesses will provide bingo cards to shoppers. Each participating shop will also have an Elf displayed somewhere in their establishment. Anyone who finds the Elf will receive a sticker for their special bingo card. When the stickers add up to “bingo,” the cardholder can enter for a chance to win a prize. Winners will be announced on the Bethany Beach bandstand at 5 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Those who fill all 20 spaces on the card will be eligible to enter the grand prize drawing, the winner of which will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 16. The game has already proven popular with holiday shoppers, Weaver said.

“We took more cards out” to the businesses on Monday, after the first Weekend Wonderland activities last weekend, she said.

This weekend, shoppers are being invited to bring cookies to be send to military service members. Donations can be placed in 8-inch-by-8-inch boxes or in large zip-top bags, Weaver said. Cookies for the troops will be accepted on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Su Casa, 101 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach.

Caroling on the bandstand next to the enormous holiday tree now towering over the boardwalk will bring each of the special Saturdays to a festive close.

Special events scheduled for Weekend Wonderland are:

Saturday, Dec. 9

•11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Photos and cocoa with Santa at the Bethany

Fine Arts Gallery, 106 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach;

•Noon to 5 p.m. — Holiday House at Tidepool Toys & Games, with wine and cheese available for adult shoppers;

• 3-5 p.m. — Screening of “The Batman Lego Movie” at South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach; and

•5-6 p.m. — Caroling at the bandstand with the Indian River High School Chorus.

Saturday, Dec. 16

• 1-1:30 p.m. — Grinch storytime at Tidepool Toys & Games on the boardwalk;

•3-5 p.m. — Santa at Bethany Blues, 6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach; and

• 5-6 p.m. — Caroling at the bandstand with Southern Delaware School of the Arts Show Choir.

Participating businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

For more information on Weekend Wonderland, call the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber at (302) 539-2100.