Now that Santa Claus has officially arrived in downtown Milford, the 9th annual Holiday Stroll will kick off the 2014 holiday season. On Friday, December 5 historic downtown Milford will be open for business as holiday carolers, horse drawn wagon rides and holiday sales celebrate an old-fashioned yuletide season from 5 to 8 pm. Children and adults will enjoy the Christmas Carol Band, the Delmarva Miniature Horse Club, a Christmas Tree Extravaganza and of course, a visit from Santa.
“The Holiday Stroll is an opportunity for Milford families and visitors to Milford to see what our downtown business community has to offer,” commented Downtown Milford Inc. Director Lee Nelson.
As in past years the downtown area will be blocked off to vehicle traffic as families are encouraged to stroll the decorated five-block downtown district with holiday trimmed store windows. New businesses and locations being featured for the the first time this year will be Live Cheap & Make Art Studio, Jarmany’s Closet, Patty Cakes Bakery, Delaware Branding Company, Sugar Bee Candy Store and Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy. Restaurants and pubs including Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s Deli & Bar, Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop, Georgia House, Longshots Sports Bar & Billiards, Milford Tavern and Park Place Restaurant & Lounge will be open while shops including Blooming Boutique, Downtown Barber Shop, Elegant Designs, Good News Natural Foods, Irish Rose, Lou’s Bootery, Milford Gifts, Milford Florists, Milford Skating Center and Riverside Antique Mall will be featuring holiday specials. The Milford art scene will also be represented as Gallery 37, Mispillion Art League, The Music School of Delaware and Riverfront Theatre will all be open welcoming families to enjoy entertainment.
The Milford Museum will host a Special Holiday Exhibit featuring a large collection of antique and modern Santa Claus statues. A Victorian parlor scene includes a cozy fireplace scene complete with antique toys and Christmas tree will also be on display. At the Milford Public Library Santa’s elves will lead event goers on an enhanced journey through the pages of Clement C. Moore’s classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas. Individuals can also donate to the “Mitten Tree”, and vote for your favorite tree in the Christmas Tree Extravaganza.
In the downtown area families will visit the shops, restaurants, bakeries, art galleries and artists’ studios for complimentary hot cider, chocolates and seasonal treats, giveaways and raffles. Traditional entertainment is one of the highlights of the Holiday Stroll featuring everything from barbershop quartets, bands, bell ringers, young carolers and faculty and student performances at the Music School of Delaware.
“It is a great tradition for Milford families and leaves you with a real feeling of the holiday spirit,” commented Pat Sparks, organizer of this year’s Holiday Stroll. “This event highlights what we refer to in Milford as a sense of place. Come downtown with the family and have dinner, shop at our boutiques and enjoy our art community.”
Santa will also be taking Christmas lists and wishes from children from 6 to 8pm at the downtown Milford Santa House located on Walnut Street next to the Mispillion Riverwalk. Snow or shine and free of charge, holiday lovers will not want to miss an old-fashioned Christmas with small town charm this Holiday season.
In keeping with the Holiday Stroll traditions, Milford is a “Community of Caring”. The majority of downtown businesses and non-profits will be accepting nonperishable and monetary donations to their favorite charities. For more information and questions please contact Lee Nelson, DMI Executive Director, at 302-839-1180 or email Director@DowntownMilford.org. On the night of the event information regarding all businesses and organizations involved can be found at the DMI table located on Walnut Street.