Bethany, businesses building Weekend Wonderland

The town of Bethany Beach will have a bit more of an extended celebration of the holidays this year.

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany will be held the first three Saturdays of the month, beginning this week, Dec. 5, with the traditional Holiday Happenings event, organized by the Town, featuring family-friendly activities. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, trolley rides and caroling.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, there will be the Drop & Shop: Kids Day Out event, sponsored by Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Parents can drop off their children (between the ages of 4 and 12) at the hotel at 3 p.m. so the kids can enjoy a free viewing of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” while their parents visit local shops. There will be certified child care on hand.

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 19, Dickens Parlour Theatre will perform a special Holiday Magic Show in the ballroom of Bethany Beach Ocean Suites at 3 p.m. There will also be a gift-wrapping station, sponsored by a non-profit organization, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the hotel’s lobby.

Along with the major attractions for each weekend, several merchants will also be holding their own events. See pages 48 and 49 of this week’s paper for a comprehensive listing of those events.

The Weekend Wonderland events have been organized as a collaboration between the Bethany Beach Business Forum, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Coastal Point and the Town of Bethany Beach.

Think local when shopping this holiday season, and our businesses will be vibrant year-round.