Now that Santa Claus has officially arrived in downtown Milford, the 11th annual Holiday Stroll will kick off the 2016 holiday season. On Friday, December 2 historic downtown Milford will be open for business late as holiday carolers, horse drawn wagon rides, decorated store windows, entertainment, and free refreshments welcome families to celebrate the season. Children and adults will enjoy songs from strolling carolers from the Second Street Players’ Children’s Chorus and student performances at the Music School of Delaware. Families can visit the horses from the Delmarva Miniature Horse Club and take a free horse drawn wagon ride, courtesy of Dave Wilson.
“DMI’s Holiday Stroll has traditionally been the kick-off for the holiday season in Downtown Milford. It’s an evening for residents to greet friends and visitors to make friends, a time to relax, enjoy holiday entertainment and refreshments, and see all that Downtown Milford has to offer,” stated Downtoen Milford Inc. Director Steve Twilley. “Our downtown stores, unique and especially beautiful at the holidays, are ready to help shoppers throughout the season find that special gift. And if you can’t find it downtown, you can always visit Santa downtown and give your list to him.”
As in past years the downtown area will be blocked off to vehicle traffic as residents and visitors to Milford are encouraged to stroll the decorated five-block downtown district with holiday trimmed sidewalks and storefronts. Restaurants and pubs including Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s Deli & Bar, Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop, Georgia House, Milford Billiards, Panificio Di Canevari and Park Place Restaurant & Lounge will be open while shops including Bikes Etc., Blooming Boutique, Coolspring Cottage, Delaware Branding Company, Downtown Barber Shop, Elegant Styles Hair Salon, Fur-Baby Boutique Daycare, Spa & Hotel, Good News Natural Foods, Irish Rose, It’s All About Time Clock Shop, Josephine Keir Ltd. at Home, Petite Sweets, Milford Antiques & Friends, Sling With Me, Sugar Bee Sweets and Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy will be featuring holiday specials. The Milford art scene will also be represented as Gallery 37, Live Cheap & Make Art Studios, Mispillion Art League, The Music School of Delaware and Riverfront Theatre will all be open welcoming families to enjoy entertainment. The Causey Mansion B&B, City of Milford Customer Service Center, Delaware Tang Soo Do Academy, Dorey Insurance & Financial Services, First Presbyterian Church, Milford City Hall, Milford Museum Marvel Agency and Tax Chicks will be open with entertainment and holiday goodies.
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 help a local family in need this year as they vote for their favorite tree in the annual Christmas Tree Extravaganza. In the downtown area families have the opportunity to 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; everything from barbershop quartets, bands, bell ringers, young carolers, and faculty, student performances at the Music School of Delaware.
“I’ve enjoyed Holiday Stroll with my family since it began 11 years ago. There is simply something special about walking the streets together, seeing the decorated windows, hearing the carols, and enjoying everyone’s company,” said Twilley. “I hope that in the hustle and bustle that the holidays may sometimes bring, families can discover the simple beauty of strolling our beautiful downtown and visiting our stores, restaurants, galleries, and services.”
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 across the street from the Riverfront Theatre. 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, to participate or volunteer, families are encouraged to contact Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) at 302-839-1180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals can keep up with the latest Stroll information at www.downtownmilford.org or visit DMI on Facebook.
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