Santa Claus is Coming Downtown


With sirens in the air, Santa will arrive in downtown Milford riding on a fire truck and escorted by the police on Saturday, November 25 at 11am. Santa will receive each child and listen to their holiday dreams and wishes every Friday evening 5 to 7:30pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm until December 23.

The annual Santa Claus House has been a Milford tradition in downtown with photographic records dating back to the 1940s. Five 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. All of the materials and hours that were put into building the Santa House were donated by local construction businesses and volunteers.

DMI supporters Tracy Dissinger and Nina Pletcher are taking over the reigns this year for Bev French, who organized the Santa House program for the last 10 years. “Filling Bev French’s shoes is no easy task , but hopefully we will make her proud,” said Dissinger. “Nina and I have been working since the summer , along with more than 30 volunteers to make sure the Santa is in top shape and ready to go.”

For several ‘elves’ have been busy working behind the scenes to be ready for the upcoming season. Some volunteers have been preparing Santa’s house, some have been cutting out over 2,000 little stockings and others have been sewing them before they are turned over to more elves that will fill them with candy.

Dissinger states that volunteering to continue the tradition of the Santa House in downtown Milford has warmed her heart. “Christmas has never been my favorite holiday; until last year when I volunteered for the very first time at the Santa House. Now I get it,” she said. “We are so fortunate to have Santa in downtown Milford and if you’ve been to visit , then you know how very lucky we are.”

Every child will receive a picture with Santa and a handmade stockings filled with candy. In addition to providing smiles and joy to local families, the Santa House is also an economic driver as it brings families downtown and encourages them to shop, eat and play local. Within walking distance is several cafes and restaurants, unique specialty shops, art galleries and the Riverfront Theater.

“Santa House has always been a big draw for Downtown Milford,” said Pletcher. “We hope Santa’s visits will help visitors appreciate all that Milford has to offer.” If individuals would like to be a part of this worthwhile project and support DMI’s efforts, they are encouraged to call DMI Director Murrie Zlotziver at 302-8391180 or email him at

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