Small Business Saturday kicks off the holiday season in downtown Milford

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Santa and his favorite elf gaze at the lights in front of City Hall

Although Black Friday is historically known as the day holiday shopping begins in earnest, Small Business Saturday is a day set aside for those looking for that special gift to shop in small businesses instead of big box stores. Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) has many events planned that for Small Business Saturday to encourage everyone to shop at our unique stores, enjoy the delicious cuisine offered by our downtown restaurants and get into the holiday spirit.

“The day will begin with our Elf Parade at 10 AM,” Janne Collins, Executive Director of DMI, said. “Dress in your best elf costume and meet at Bridging the Gap Thrift Store, 21 Southeast Front Street in Milford. We will walk along the Riverwalk by the Riverfront Theatre to welcome Santa Claus who will arrive around 11 AM. We will be giving prizes for the best costumes, so be sure to register!” Registration for the elf parade can be completed by clicking here.

The fun continues with the Milford Community Band who will be playing holiday music starting at 10:30 AM before Santa’s arrival on the Carlisle Fire Company antique fire truck. Santa will be available to learn what children want for Christmas in his house located at 1 North Walnut Street that day from 11 AM until 2 PM. For the rest of the holiday season, Santa will be in his house from 5 to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday as well as on Sunday from 11 AM to 2 PM. He will depart Milford on December 23 to begin preparing for his midnight ride the next day.

“We will continue to offer music that day provided by “The Leftovers, a music duo,” Collins said. “All of our downtown businesses and restaurants will offer specials that day to encourage everyone to shop small.”

This year, DMI will be offering the “Golden Ticket Passport” starting on November 25 and running through December 2. Simply get your passport stamped at the businesses named on the map, bring your stamped passport to the DMI table at the Holiday Stroll on December 2 to receive a free ornament while supplies last and to be entered into a drawing.

“This is a great way to see all that our downtown businesses have to offer and have fun while you are doing it,” Collins said.

DMI will also be raffling themed baskets at the Holiday Stroll this year, with many on display on Small Business Saturday. Some of the themes for the baskets include New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Delaware and more. Simply stop at the DMI table to purchase tickets and place them in the container in front of the basket you hope to win! Baskets will be given away at the end of the stroll.

DMI is still accepting donations for the baskets from local businesses. If interested, please contact the DMI office via email the Basket coordinator by clicking here, or call 302-839-1180 or drop off your donation at the office located at 10 South Walnut Street. Any donations are accepted, including gift cards or merchandise and all businesses will be recognized for their donation.

The day ends with the Annual City of Milford Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall.

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