On Saturday, November 29 Santa came to town by way of firetruck and was given an official escort by the Milford Police Department. Prior to his arrival visitors were entertained by the First State Harmonettes as they sang Christmas and holiday songs for the families waiting in line to see Santa at his downtown home on Walnut Street.
The annual Santa Claus House has been a Milford tradition in downtown with photographic records dating back to the 1940s. Three years ago, with the help of countless volunteers, Downtown Milford Inc. and the Santa Claus House Committee were able to provide a brand new house for local children, which currently stands on Walnut Street in downtown Milford.
Bev French, Chair for the Santa Claus Committee, was happy to see the crowd of over one hundred children at the forth season of the newly constructed Santa House on the banks of the Mispillion River. French and her army of volunteers prepared for Santa’s arrival by cutting, sewing and stuffing 1,100 stockings to hand out to children during the event. Approximately 20 individuals helped cut and sew stockings, 60 volunteers stuffed the stocking and 31 local people were Santa’s elves to help while the house was open.
Santa will be in his house listening to the dreams and wishes of children every Friday evening 6 to 8pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm until December 21. As usual, all children age 12 and under who visit will receive a picture with Santa, a candy cane, a stocking filled with candy and a chance to win one of Downtown Milford Inc.’s weekly drawings of a $50 gift certificate and a dozen cookies from Dolce, all of which is free. Since Downtown Milford, Inc. is a nonprofit, the organization is dependent upon support from the entire community for both volunteers and funding in order to offer this special experience. If individuals would like to be a part of this worthwhile project and support DMI’s efforts, they are encouraged to call Bev French at 424-4465 or Lee Nelson at the DMI office at 839-1180.