Holiday Shopping Weekends at Virden Await You.

Squeeze in a weekend at the shore and enjoy local holiday festivities and outlet shopping.


Walk the beach, shop the outlets, take a brewery tour, dine somewhere new. Lewes will be bright and cheery as the holiday season picks up and the Virden Center makes it easy for you and your family and friends to enjoy it all.


Hit the outlets and specialty boutiques and make progress on your gift list. Then treat yourself to Virden’s great overnight rates.


Feel like a kid again with the magic that is Lewes Lights, Winter Wonderfest, and Schellville Enchanted Winter Celebration– three of Delaware’s biggest holiday festivals.

Visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce for its complete event listing including art and craft fairs, holiday markets, parades, tours and more, and the Lewes Historical Society for their 49th Annual Holiday Tour of Lewes and Holiday Village and Market.


After a full day of shopping, sightseeing, and dining, stir up some hot cocoa mix with a candy cane as you relax in your guestroom.

The Virden Center.
One of the UD Community’s best perks.

The Virden Center has 23 guestrooms divided between two overnight lodges. Choose between three room configurations: a queen, a queen and a twin, or two twins. Each guestroom has a private entrance, a private bath, and a private screened-in porch – many overlooking the surrounding wetlands. Other creature comforts include linens, toiletries, coffee makers, TVs, WiFi, plus mini-refrigerators and microwaves in select rooms.

Contact us today to book your stay.

University of Delaware Conference Services

N E W A R K  C A M P U S

Clayton Hall Conference Center
100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE  19716
(302) 831-2214

The Tower Audion & Atrium at STAR
100 Discovery Blvd., Newark DE  19713
(302) 831-2214

L E W E S  C A M P U S

The Virden Retreat Center
1155 College Drive, Lewes DE  19958
Overnight Lodge A: 1183 College Drive
Overnight Lodge B: 1181 College Drive
(302) 645-4100


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