by Terry Rogers
In past holiday seasons, Downtown Milford, Inc. has held a Holiday Stroll on the first Friday in December, offering entertainment and encouraging people to visit the downtown area to see what is available for the Christmas season. This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DMI will be holding an outdoor Christmas Market on Dec. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Riverwalk Farmer’s Market location.
“Participating business will also be having a sidewalk sale that evening,” Cat Perfetti, Interim Director of DMI, said. “We are not sure yet which merchants will be participating. In addition to changes to the Holiday Stroll in the midst of the pandemic, we are also making some changes to other traditions in downtown Milford.”
The Christmas Market is in need of volunteers to ensure COVID courtesies and a safe event. Click here to view the available volunteer opportunities.
Children will still be able to meet Santa this year, but instead of sitting on his lap, children will be able to talk to him at the City of Milford Customer Service Drive Thru window. Santa will be there Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Nov. 28 and ending Dec. 20.
“The Santa House will be decorated for families to check out and take photos by,” Perfetti said. “There will also be a ‘Flat Santa’ making his way through the downtown area that families can stop and take photos with. Clues to Santa’s location will be shared on the Santa House Facebook page starting Nov. 28.”
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DMI is looking for volunteers for these events, as well as their stuffing of the hay baskets with winter greens on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Coffee and morning munchies are provided. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up here and meet at the Santa House at 9 a.m. with gardening gloves. Face coverings are required during the event.
In addition to DMI events, the City of Milford has begun putting up Christmas lights and decorations in the downtown area. Mark Whitfield, City Manager, stated that the decorations, which were purchased recently, will be the same as last year.
“We have not discussed whether there will be a tree lighting celebration this year as there have been in year’s past,” Whitfield said. “If we do, it will be simply that, a tree lighting. We will not have chorus groups or other group settings. If the public is invited, we will require face coverings and social distancing. It will be a simple, short event of ‘throwing a switch’ and not the more elaborate event we have held in the past.”