Schedule includes tours of historic homes and buildings, music, an antique show and sale, a craft sale and holiday decorating demonstrations. The house tour requires a ticket but other events are free and open to the public.

Christmas in Odessa Saturday, Dec. 1 features tours of historic homes and buildings, music, an antique show and sale, a craft sale, and holiday decorating demonstrations.

The first Christmas in Odessa was held 54 years ago as a fundraiser for the Women's Club of Odessa. The purpose was to fund college scholarships for local high school seniors. With the help and cooperation of Odessa homeowners, the club has provided over 150 scholarships. In addition, the club has contributed to many community groups and projects.

The self-guided walking tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. includes private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays.


Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Tickets are sold at the Old Academy at 4th and Main streets and at the Historic Odessa Foundation Visitor Center at 2nd and Main streets.


While tickets are required for the tour, there are other events including an antique show and sale, musical performances, and demonstrations of how to make Colonial holiday decorations that don't require a ticket.

The Women's Club of Odessa sponsors a Christmas Craft Shop in the Appoquinimink Training Center, 118 S. 6th St., Odessa, between the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Route 13, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The parking lot is accessible from southbound  Route 13, south of Main Street.

Freshly cut greens for holiday decorations will be sold at the barn behind the Wilson-Warner House on Main Street, with demonstrations on wreath making and flower arrangements using the greens. The demonstrations are scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon and again from 2-3 p.m. White pine, magnolia, and Scotch broom greens will be available this year.

The expanded Antique Show & Sale will be held at Old St. Paul's Church, 506 High St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Concerts by First State Bell Ringers will be held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., at Old St. Paul’s Church, 506 High St.

At 1 p.m. at Old St. Paul's Church, Christmas music will be played on the historic Tracker organ by Jeanne L. Hatton, and Christmas carols will be sung by the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Choir.

The Newark Fife & Drum Corps is scheduled to perform outside throughout the town from 2-4 p.m.