Downtown Milford prepares to celebrate holidays with multiple events

Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and the City of Milford are pleased to announce the events scheduled for the 2020 Holiday Season.  In an effort to prevent overcrowding, events have been modified, reduced and in some cases cancelled.  COVID courtesies – masks (the merrier, the better), social distancing, etc. – will be in effect for all events.

Shop Small Saturday is Nov. 28.  Help your community by shopping local – money spent at small businesses stays in your community!

Downtown Milford in Bloom is selling Christmas wreaths similar to the ones offered for the past two years to raise funds for the spring blooms that adorn the lampposts and baskets along the streets and bridges of downtown.  All orders will be placed online and shipped directly to your home. Deadline for orders is Friday, Nov. 13.  Visit www.downtownmilford.org/events/2020-fall-wreath-sale/ for the order form.

In lieu of the traditional Holiday Stroll on the first Friday of December, DMI will host an outdoor Christmas Market from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday, Dec. 4.  Artisan vendors selling holiday gifts, decorations and goodies will be setup in the Farmers Market area. Artisan vendors can file an online application at bit.ly/DMIXmasMarket for $35.  Due to COVID limitations for this type of event, artisan applications will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Downtown businesses will also be open late for holiday shopping.  Sadly, the wagon rides and s’mores at the fire pit are cancelled.

One of a kind Santa visits will take place from the comfort and safety of vehicles via the drive thru window at the Milford Customer Service Center at 119 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford.  Two separate lines will form: one will enter on SE 2nd St. & Pearl Alley behind the Milford Museum; the other will enter on SE Front Street and Pearl Alley behind the First Presbyterian Church.  Watch for traffic elves for help and directions.  Santa visits are free – donations are always appreciated – and will occur from Nov. 28 until Dec. 20 on Fridays from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm.  Santa’s schedule and hints for additional dates and spontaneous events can be found on Facebook at “Santa’s House, Downtown Milford, De.”  Watch the DMI Facebook page for volunteer opportunities to be a Santa Elf or at the Christmas Market.

Santa will not be able to make his usual grand entrance on Walnut Street, but will schedule multiple roadside appearances throughout the holiday season.  He may be joined by Mrs. Claus and some elves too.  Check Santa’s Facebook page for these announcements.

A life-sized image of Santa will randomly pop up in local businesses where families can visit and take pictures.  Mrs. Claus will post “Flat Santa” clues on Facebook.

Santa & Jingle will also host a pre-recorded reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas on Facebook in December.

Santa’s House in Downtown Milford will be decorated for kids of all ages to peek in and see the magic of the season from Thanksgiving until Christmas!

These events would not be possible without generous donors and DMI is appreciative of the support.  All current and future sponsors of the Christmas season events will be advertised throughout the Santa House season.

Contact Cat at DMI for any questions or to donate at 302-839-1180 or director@downtownmilford.org

Downtown Milford, Inc. is a dynamic, multifaceted economic development organization that serves as a positive force in the community at large. We work with business and property owners to beautify, revitalize, protect, preserve, and promote our historic riverside district. DMI operates as a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is accredited through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Downtown Delaware Program.

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