Bethany ready for Holiday Happenings this weekend

Holiday traditions run the gamut — everything from special dishes for a holiday meal to games played on a special day or the way that holiday tree is selected and trimmed. And, in coastal Delaware, there are religious services, charity events, festivals of light and Holiday Happenings. But not just any “holiday happenings.” This is Bethany Beach’s special brand of holiday fun, aimed at bringing neighbors together ahead of the holidays and offering wintertime family fun in the unique seaside setting.

This year’s Holiday Happenings are set for this weekend, on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. On Friday, Bethany Beach’s adult residents are being invited to attend the annual holiday get-together at town hall, from 4 to 6 p.m., where they can visit with olds friends and maybe make some new ones. The decorated town hall tree will be on full display and refreshments will be on offer.

Then, on Saturday, Bethany Beach town hall will serve as a seaside southern extension of the North Pole from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., when it opens up to the public for family fun with a holiday theme. Entertainment designed for the whole family will be on offer, featuring free carriage rides, hayrides, face-painting, refreshments and more.

The afternoon’s festivities will be capped off with the traditional visit from Santa, who will arrive with much fanfare and be available to receive kids’ wish lists, as well as for photos, so parents should bring along their cameras to catch that special moment for the holiday card or family photo album.

“The children have a blast, and they’re so much fun to watch,” Mayor Tony McClenny said recently about the annual event.

The Dec. 1 event is open to the public, so kids and their families can travel from near and far to visit with Santa and engage in some holiday fun to kick off the season in seaside style.