The Brightside: Schellville giving back through Christmas spirit
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Thousands of lights, hundreds of live Christmas trees, a snow zone, and tons of Christmas magic. That’s what you’ll find at Schellville in Rehoboth Beach, and the magic is helping to make sure no kid goes hungry.
“It’s amazing, it’s magical,” Alyssa Titus, with Schell Brothers, said. “I think my favorite thing is when the kids come in, and it’s snowing, and they’re like screeching in delight, and it’s so cool.”
The free winter wonderland is decked out with thousands of lights, a roller skating rink, and so much more. With each step you take, the Christmas magic keeps on coming and coming.
“There’s 18 little houses to explore that are all themed and have things that kids can interact with, so that’s really neat,” Titus explained. “We added a magical Christmas tree maze this year, so we added 1,620 live Christmas trees in the village.”
But while the holiday spirit is in full effect while you walk through Schellville, the magic is really in giving back. Portions of sales from artisan shacks within the village, where small local businesses can set up shop, go toward the Harry K Foundation.
“Harry K has been a long time partner of ours, he combats childhood hunger in our area, he has food pantries in all of the schools, does the backpack program where he gives kids food for the weekends when they’re not at school,” Titus said.
And the giving doesn’t stop there. When you’re there walking through, you can give back right from your phone.
“If you hashtag Kudos for Christmas, you light up the Believe-O-Meter, and you give money to Harry K, because we give a dollar for every light-up to Harry K,” Titus explained.
Titus says they’re just happy to see families back out together during the holiday season.
“A lot of the reaction has just been, ‘we so needed this,’ after a year and a half of not being able to do anything, and just being locked down, and us being able to offer this to our community for free has been really exciting and the reaction has been great,” she said.
For her, it’s truly Christmas magic all in one place.
“It really almost brings tears to my eyes, it’s so cool, the reactions that kids and grown ups, and everybody has about the village,” Titus said.
Schellville is open every weekend through the rest of the month starting at 5 p.m. It’s located right behind the Tanger Outlets, so just look for the giant Christmas trees and lights. While the event is free, we’re told thousands of people head out each night they’re open, so you’re encouraged to register in advance. But if you don’t get a chance to register, you can still go!