2021 in Odessa Delaware

2021 Odessa Country Christmas

2021 Holiday
2021 in Odessa Delaware

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2021 Odessa Country Christmas

Stroll or drive through the historic area for enchanted evenings of winter lights at the Historic Odessa Foundation. 

The holidays are coming and the Historic Odessa Foundation is bringing seasonal sparkle to the 18th-century hamlet of Odessa, Delaware! We invite you to stroll or drive through the historic center of town gathering inspiration for your most beautiful family celebrations to date. Our winter lights are sure to enchant even the most stubborn Scrooge. 

As dusk falls the National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp House, c.1774, along with the Foundation's other Nationally Registered properties, will transport in a glow of white light to the seasonal festivities of yesteryear. Enjoy the crisp winter outdoors with family while social distancing and experience the Historic Houses of Odessa like you have never seen them before. This marks the first time ever that the museum houses are decorated with light. Evergreens laden with pinecones, holly, and winterberry, along with welcoming wreaths deck doors, windows, and lamp posts sending our message of hope and goodwill for a joyous, healthy, and happy Yuletide season.  

Outdoor candlelight walking tours are offered through December at 5:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings by reservation.  Tours begin at the fire-pit in front of the Stone Barn, c.1812, located behind the National Historic Register Wilson Warner House, c.1769.  This tour, due to COVID-19 pandemic, supplants the 34-year-old Christmas tradition of interior house tours that interpreted classic children’s literature.  Guests will learn about family history, architectural history, and local history on a leisurely walk around some of the most stunning and architecturally significant buildings in the State of Delaware.

Walking tour $15 per person includes a beverage ticket redeemable at Cantwell’s Tavern.

Reservations are required by calling Jennifer Cabell Kostik 302-378-4119

Holiday in Odessa '21

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 2, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.

Christmas in Odessa
Saturday, December 4, 2021

HOF Participates in "Christmas in Odessa"

The first "Christmas in Odessa" took place 57 years ago as a fundraiser for the Women's Club of Odessa. The purpose was to fund college scholarships for local high school seniors. With the help and cooperation of Odessa homeowners and the Historic Odessa Foundation, the Women’s Club of Odessa has provided scholarships to over 100 students.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 7, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.

Storybook Time
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

By Reservation: Storybook Time (pre-K and Kindergarten)

Join the Historic Odessa Foundation as we read excerpts from Little Women. Then, see the story come to life as we tour our holiday exhibit after decorating delicious holiday cookies.

Little Women illustration
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

By Reservation: Storybook Time (Older Children)

Join the Historic Odessa Foundation as we read excerpts from Little Women. Then, see the story come to life as we tour our holiday exhibit after decorating delicious holiday cookies.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 9, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.

Festive Foods
Saturday, December 11, 2021

2021 Demonstration: Festive Foods

The crackle of logs on the fire, the sweet smells of apples and cinnamon, a mouthwatering chicken roasting over the coals….top off your holiday tour at the Collins-Sharp House as the Historic Odessa hearth cooks prepare delicious 18th century recipes typically enjoyed during the holiday season.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 14, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 16, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.

Festive Foods Demonstration
Saturday, December 18, 2021

2021 Demonstration: Festive Foods

The crackle of logs on the fire, the sweet smells of apples and cinnamon, a mouthwatering chicken roasting over the coals….top off your holiday tour at the Collins-Sharp House as the Historic Odessa hearth cooks prepare delicious 18th century recipes typically enjoyed during the holiday season.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 21, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.

Associate Curator Candlelight Tour
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour Hosted by Associate Curator December 23, 2021

Get into the Christmas spirit by attending a special evening candlelight guided tour offered by the curator of the Christmas exhibit, Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy at the National Historic Register, Wilson-Warner House, c. 1769.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 28, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.

Candlelight Holiday tour
Thursday, December 30, 2021

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 30, 2021

You are invited to step back in time through the doors of the Historic Odessa Foundation and explore the Christmas traditions of yesteryear! Participants experience a special candlelight tour of our 2021 holiday exhibit.