December is officially upon us here in the coastal region, and that means another weekend of events centered around the 2018 Christmas holiday season.

This first weekend of December features events from Lewes all the way down the coast to Bethany Beach, and several points in between. It's a great time to be at the beaches, and we hope you'll all get outside and enjoy the holiday season with us here in the coastal region.

And while you're out and about enjoying all of the great events this weekend, don't forget to take advantage of the tax-free shopping that Delaware is known for. From the outlets in Rehoboth Beach, to Second Street in Lewes and a great month-long event in Bethany Beach that we're going to tell you all about below, this is a great time of year to do some shopping in southern Delaware.

And to get you excited about what's happening this weekend in the coastal region, here's the Oldfather Group's Richard DeCore with a quick preview in video form.

This promises to be another great event-filled weekend here in the coastal region. So, let's get right to it shall we?

Here are the Oldfather Group's top picks for fun and family friendly events over the weekend of Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at and near the Delaware beaches:

Bethany Beach Weekend Wonderland (December 1). This Saturday marks the first of four "Weekend Wonderland" events in Bethany Beach, with activities beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 6 p.m. downtown.

There are several great happenings planned for this Saturday, December 1, including chances to meet Santa, complimentary hot chocolate at 99 Sea Level, an "Elf on the Shelf" scavenger hunt, "ugly sweater cookies" at Bethany Blues, carriage and trolley rides and great tax-free shopping opportunities at several downtown merchants.

The highlight of this first Saturday of the event, however, will be the tree lighting ceremony near the Bandstand at 5 p.m., as well as a chance to ring in the season by singing your favorite Christmas carols.

For more information on the 2018 "Weekend Wonderland" in Bethany Beach, visit the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce's event page online.

Lewes Christmas House Tour (December 1). One of the Lewes Historical Society's biggest events of the year is scheduled for this Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nine private residences will be featured during the 2018 event, in addition to Historical Society properties and a greens sale that's scheduled for Freddie's Barn downtown.

This is a rain or shine event, and tickets can be purchased at several locations in Historic Lewes. These include the Lewes History Museum on Adams Avenue, the Inn at Canal Square and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce office, as well as Browseabout Books in downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Tickets can also be purchased online here, or on the day of the event at either the Lewes History Museum or the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.

Advance tickets are $30 each and tickets purchased the day of the tour are $35. Children under 12 are free, when accompanied by an adult.

Lewes in Bloom Christmas Market (December 1). The 2018 Lewes in Bloom Christmas Market is scheduled for this Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in downtown Lewes.

Several holiday themed products will be available for purchase, including wreaths, holiday floral arrangements, bundles of greens and much more.

This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for Lewes in Bloom, with all proceeds being used to further the work down by the local non-profit organization.

For more information on the 2018 Lewes in Bloom Christmas Market, visit,

Holiday Open House at Rehoboth Art League (December 1). The talented folks at the Rehoboth Art League will be again welcoming visitors to their Henlopen Acres campus this Saturday, December 1, this time for the organization's 2018 Holiday Open House.

Many holiday gift items will be on display and for sale this Saturday in the Corkran, Tubbs and Ventures galleries, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The entire campus will be decorated for the holiday season, with jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass work sculpture and much more available for purchase.

Other activities planned for the open house include a visit from Santa, a special performance by the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Ensemble at 11 a.m., and performances by Chris Johnson on piano at both 12 and 2 p.m.

For more information on the Rehoboth Art League's 2018 Holiday Open House, visit

Santa Cause 5K & Fun Run (December 2). A fundraiser for Children & Families First Delaware, this fun annual event kicks off at the Starboard in Dewey Beach and has several activities for you to choose from.

Billed as the area's "most festive family friendly running event and post-race Christmas festival," this event is scheduled for Sunday, December 2, and begins at 12 p.m., with registration opening an hour earlier.

Scheduled activities include a competitive 5K race, a "jingle stroll" one-mile fun run, a hi-tech costume contest and a huge after party at the Starboard.

All proceeds from this event go towards the good work being done at Children & Families First, which "prevents, protects and heals children from the lifelong negative impacts of child abuse, neglect and family instability."

More information on this event is available at

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!