Riverfront Wilmington has always been one of the centerpieces of the greater Wilmington area during the holiday season, with festive events and activities throughout the area. The Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware (RDC) has dramatically increased that presence this season with the introduction of Riverbright Wilmington, a full lighting of the Riverwalk and surrounding amenities.
Beginning the weekend of November 25th, the Christina Riverwalk will be completely transformed into a walk-through holiday light display, with trees and archways wrapped in holiday lights, holiday décor throughout the area, and holiday-themed events throughout the season. The almost 2 mile Riverwalk from Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park to the DuPont Environmental Education Center will be lit, offering guests a chance to stroll along the river and enjoy the festive display.
The holiday iteration of Riverbright Wilmington, known as Holiday Magic, will be just one of the seasonal displays along the Riverwalk, with many of the lights remaining up through the year and changing seasonally. In Spring of 2023, the RDC will begin a project to light the underpasses of the Amtrak bridges connecting Riverfront Wilmington to the downtown area. The project is in funded by a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant through the Delaware Division of Small Business, designed to increase tourism to the area.
“The RDC is thrilled to launch this dazzling new attraction at the Riverfront during the holiday season. The illumination of the Riverwalk will create a magical winter wonderland for all ages to enjoy” Proclaimed RDC Executive Director Megan McGlinchey. “Coupled with the many special events that are also planned, we know that guests from around the region will make Holiday Magic at Riverbright Wilmington the can’t miss holiday destination!”
Riverbright Wilmington, Holiday Magic, is sponsored in part by the Delaware Tourism Office, Capano Residential, EDiS, RK&K, Big Fish Restaurant Group, Chase, and Mercury Financial.