A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our friends, colleagues and acquaintances who follow our blog here on theoldfathergroup.com.

Due to the holiday season, this edition of the “Weekender Blog” covers events happening between now and early January. There are several things on the schedule, so be sure to check them out.

As a heads up regarding New Year's Eve, we’ve highlighted a few of the area’s most popular holiday celebrations below. But we certainly couldn’t cover them all. If you don’t see an event in your town, contact your local chamber of commerce, consult your local newspaper or do a good old-fashioned Google search.

That being said, there are some great options below, both for the next few days as well as for New Year’s Eve celebrations in coastal Delaware.

Here are some of our favorites:

Slam Dunk to the Beach (Dec. 27-29). This long-running event took a hiatus for a few years but has now made its return to the coastal Delaware region for three days of quality high school basketball action. Hosted by Cape Henlopen High School, the tournament will begin on Sunday and run through Tuesday. For more information, visit www.slamdunktothebeach.com.

Lantern Tour of the Indian River Lifesaving Station (Dec. 30). Take advantage of a special opportunity this holiday season to view the historic Indian River Lifesaving Station via a rare lantern tour. Visit the 1876 structure and then venture out onto the beach to hear special stories of the structure through the years. Call 302-227-6991 for more information.

Overfalls Anchor Drop (Dec. 31). For a unique coastal Delaware New Year’s Eve celebration, join the Lightship Overfalls Foundation from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the historic lightship, where they will celebrate the arrival of 2016 by “dropping the anchor.” Hot chocolate, warm fires and seasonal music are promised. Note that this event is weather dependent and will likely not be held if it’s raining or snowing outside. Visit www.overfalls.org for more information.

Starboard New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec. 31). One of Dewey Beach’s most popular bars welcomes visitors for it’s 2015 New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring a full land and seafood buffet, champagne, entertainment and more. This event sells out every year, so don’t wait until the last minute. Visit http://thestarboard.ticketleap.com/2016/details for more information.

New Year’s Eve Sweet 16 Celebration (Dec. 31). The Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach will once again host it’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration this year, featuring a surf and turf buffet dinner, live music and dancing, an open bar and more. Visit www.atlanticsandshotel.com for more information.

A few other New Year’s Eve Celebrations:

Exercise Like the Eskimos (Jan. 1). The 20th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos event is scheduled for New Year’s Day, beginning at 10 a.m., in Bethany Beach. This is a traditional cold-water plunge, held in coordination with the annual Hair of the Dog run. Several prizes are awarded in a variety of categories and money raised goes to charity. Visit www.the quietresorts.com for more information.

These are just a few of the fun-filled events coming up here in coastal Delaware. For more ideas on what you can do with your friends and/or family, contact your local chamber of commerce or town hall.

And be on the lookout again next week for more great ideas from the Oldfather Group. Now get out there and enjoy all the things that make living at the Delaware beaches such a wonderful experience!