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 once again 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 you to the seasonal festivities of yesteryear. Enjoy the crisp winter outdoors with family and experience the dazzling charm of Historic Odessa. 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.  

Don’t miss the return of the Historic Odessa Foundation’s renowned annual Christmas tradition of transforming a historic house into an exhibition of classic children’s literature. This year the National Register Wilson-Warner House, c. 1769,  becomes the scene of the beloved tale Little Women; or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy! Beginning November 16th house tours are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm and candlelight walking tours are offered through December at 5:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings by reservation.  House tours leave from the Visitor’s Center located on Main Street, and candlelight tours begin at the fire-pit in front of the Stone Barn, c.1812, located behind the Wilson-Warner House. Guests learn about family history, architectural history, and local history on a leisurely walk through and around some of the most stunning and architecturally significant buildings in the State of Delaware.

House Tours $10 per person, $8 for Senior Citizens and students, children under 6 free. Candlelight 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

Little Women
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 to Friday, December 31, 2021

Exhibit: Little Women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

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This holiday season don’t miss the return of the Historic Odessa Foundation’s renowned annual Christmas tradition of transforming a historic house into an exhibition of classic children’s literature. 

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, SOLD OUT!

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, SOLD OUT!

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, SOLD OUT!

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.

Past Holiday Events

Christmas in Odessa
Dec 4, 2021 10:00AM to 5:00PM

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
Dec 2, 2021 7:00PM

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.

Little Women
Nov 16, 2021 10:00AM to Dec 31, 2021 4:30PM

Exhibit: Little Women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy

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This holiday season don’t miss the return of the Historic Odessa Foundation’s renowned annual Christmas tradition of transforming a historic house into an exhibition of classic children’s literature.