2022 Holiday

2022 Odessa Country Christmas

2022 Holiday

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. The National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp House becomes wonderfully adapted into scenes based upon the cherished story, Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress written by the treasured British author Charles Dickens. Beginning November 15th house tours are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm and candlelight walking tours are offered through December at 6:00 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.

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.

Thank you to our sponsors of the 2022 Odessa Country Christmas

National HVACArthur Hall InsuranceAlvaré Associates, Shure-Line Electrical, Inc

Holiday in Odessa '22

2022 Holiday Resale Shop
Friday, November 25, 2022 to Sunday, December 18, 2022

Holiday Resale Shop: Friday through Sunday

Please visit the Christmas Resale Shop located in the Collins-Sharp House (2nd & High Streets) to get the jump on your seasonal decorations at prices you can dictate!

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 1, 2022 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 2022 holiday exhibit.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 6, 2022 - 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 2022 holiday exhibit.

table set by the fire
Thursday, December 8, 2022

By Invitation Only: 2022 Members Holiday Party

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Historic Odessa Foundation invite you to attend the annual member holiday party.

HOF December 11, 2022
Sunday, December 11, 2022

Colonial Dance with The Dover English Country Dancers

The Dover English Country Dancers and The Historic Odessa Foundation request the honor of your presence at their 13th annual Colonial Dance, Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the National Historic Register Bank Building or HOF Visitor Center on the corner of 2nd and Main Streets.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 13, 2022

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 2022 holiday exhibit.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 15, 2022

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 2022 holiday exhibit.

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 20, 2022

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 2022 holiday exhibit.

Curator Candlelight Tour
Thursday, December 22, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour Hosted by Associate Curator

Get into the Christmas spirit by attending a special evening candlelight guided tour offered by the curator of the Christmas exhibit, Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress at the National Historic Landmark, Corbit-Sharp House, of 1774.  

Holiday Candlelight Tour
Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 27, 2022

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 2022 holiday exhibit.

Candlelight Holiday tour
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Holiday Candlelight Tour, December 29, 2022

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 2022 holiday exhibit.

Past Holiday Events

2022 Holiday Resale Shop
Nov 25, 2022 10:00AM to Dec 18, 2022 4:00PM

Holiday Resale Shop: Friday through Sunday

Please visit the Christmas Resale Shop located in the Collins-Sharp House (2nd & High Streets) to get the jump on your seasonal decorations at prices you can dictate!