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LIT for the Holidays 2021

December 11, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A modern holiday tradition continues with brand-new installations by 10 artists from across the country—all here in one of America’s quaintest historic towns. Why not grab friends or family and make it an evening with festive drinks, local food, firepits, and music?

Explore illuminated holiday displays by artists from New Castle, Wilmington, Philadelphia, San Diego, Hollywood, and Sarasota, then grab a hot drink and follow the winding garden paths to your own fireside table on the grounds of a National Historic Landmark.

The 14,000-square-foot Read House was built around 1800 along the cobblestone streets of Old New Castle, steps away from where William Penn first landed in America. It remains one of the finest examples of federal-period architecture. In the 1920s it became a social hub again, complete with its own basement speakeasy, and has turned up in magazines from Town & Country to Mademoiselle.

Like the generations before us who saw and decorated the Read House through the lens of their own times, the artists and community who come together at LIT for the Holidays help us find new ways of seeing an old house and landscape.

Just 15 minutes from Wilmington and 45 minutes from Philadelphia!

>>> Get your tickets now…prices are $5 higher at the door!
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Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and a choice of festive cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Additional drink tickets available for purchase.
We’re taking every precaution to keep this holiday tradition safe during the ongoing pandemic. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home and allow us to refund your ticket.
The event is rain or shine, so dress to be comfortable in the weather. Please keep in mind you’ll be entering a garden with old pathways and varying ground beneath your feet that might be wet or slippery. Choose your shoes accordingly and step with caution!


Delaware Historical Society
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Read House & Gardens
42 The Strand
New Castle, 19720 United States
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