Incorporate these outdoor activities into your Christmas weekend

With the holidays upon us this weekend, there aren’t many local events to tell you about today. And for good reason – it’s a time to be with your family and friends, enjoy meals, open gifts and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

But we know that there are many people who consult us on theoldfathergroup.com each week at this time for ideas of fun things to do in the area. And we certainly don’t want to disappoint.

So we’re going to stray a bit this week from official events and gatherings into a quieter conversation about the things you can do outside over the next few days.

If you’re in the mood to get out of that Christmas ham or just want to enjoy the crisp early winter air on or near the beaches, these options can definitely help you with both endeavors.

Let’s start with the one you’ve heard of before, at least if you’re reading our weekly events blog, and it’s another chance to enjoy some of the fabulous light shows that will soon end their runs of 2021.

We have already mentioned them in our “Weekender Blog”, but there is no harm in presenting them once more before the end of the season.

For a little last-minute Christmas cheer, you can’t go wrong with:

  • winter wonderfest. This holiday event continues at Hudson Fields near Milton. It is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Sunday, January 2. Admission prices are $20 Monday through Wednesday and $25 Thursday through Sunday.
  • Schellville Enchanted Winter Celebration. This event is held behind Tanger Outlets Seaside and is open Thursday-Sunday, 5-9pm, through December 31. Free entry.
  • winter festival of lights. This long-running holiday event is once again being held at Northside Park in Ocean City and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 11 admitted free.
  • Lewes Lights. This special holiday event in Lewes runs through the end of the year and features dozens of party houses throughout the city.

Now, if you want to get in some exercise while on vacation, there are definitely plenty of great places to do it here at the beaches of Delaware and Maryland.

Let’s review some of the more popular choices for getting out and enjoying a nice, leisurely walk with your partner, or even a more invigorating walk or bike ride to get that heart rate up.

Here are some choices to consider:

Junction and breakwater trail

Southern Delaware’s most popular walking and biking trail is often packed with locals and visitors. But it’s late December, so chances are you’ll have enough space to get your work done over the holiday weekend.

The Junction and Breakwater Trail skirts the western edges of Cape Henlopen State Park and winds through hardwood and pine forests, coastal marshes and open fields.

The trail includes an old railway bridge that dates back over 100 years and crosses Holland Glade.

The most popular section of the trail runs for about six miles, but it also connects to other trails for those wishing to continue to other parts of southern Delaware.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Delaware’s largest and most-visited state park is full of interesting places, including hiking and biking trails, a very long fishing pier, and even a beautiful beach at Herring Point.

Simply enter the national park, choose a trail and see where it takes you. There are plenty of signs along the way to guide you or you can just ride it and see where you end up.

Climb the fire control tower and stroll through historic Fort Miles while you’re there.

Can you really have a bad day at Cape Henlopen State Park? We certainly don’t think so!

The beach and the promenade

Whether it’s Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach or Ocean City, beaches and boardwalks are always good choices for taking beautiful walks and forgetting the stresses of everyday life.

These are obviously a lot less crowded this time of year, so grab the family pooch, plus a loved one or two, and have a nice walk on the boards. Or if it’s not too cold and you feel so inclined, the sand is just as soft in December as it is in July.

And come on, there really is no such thing as the salty air of the Atlantic Ocean, is there?

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