Christmas in St. Michaels lights up town Dec. 7 – 9th with a party, a parade, shopping, great food and exuberant hospitality that spills from one end of Talbot Street to the other. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening and when.
Friday December 7th
Get a jump on the crowds when the Marketplace and Sweet Shoppe opens to the public at noon. Located in the Grange Hall on historic St. Mary’s Square, Marketplace is filled with an array of artful gifts including wine glasses, hummingbird feeders, fine jewelry, cuddly scarves and gloves plus homemade jams, jellies, and other gourmet goodies. Once you’re done stocking up on holiday treats, walk next door to the Woman’s Club where you’ll delight at the intricate handmade gingerbread houses on display. (Don’t forget to vote on your favorite Gingerbread house! ) Admission is free at both places.
When nighttime rolls around, it will time to put on your dancing shoes and join the fun at the Yuletide Party, starting at 6:30 PM at the Miles River Yacht Club. All of the ingredients are in place for a spectacular event: there will be an open bar, passed hot hors d’oeuvres, a carving station of pork and beef tenderloin and desserts. In addition, there will be a raw bar with a selection of seasonal specialties gathered from the Bay. Guests will also enjoy complimentary valet parking. And you won’t be able to stay off the dance floor when the music strikes up at 7:30 PM. Tickets are required.
Saturday, December 8th
The Christmas Parade steps off on Talbot Street at 10:30 AM This charming hometown parade features Santa and Mrs. Claus, marching bands, a pack of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers – the Eastern Shore hunting dog – a surfing Snowman and much, much more. Before the parade, kids, parents and grandparents are all invited to Breakfast with Santa at the Lighthouse Bar and Oyster Grill 125 Mulberry Street. Tickets are $10.00 and are available online or by mail. Advanced reservations are required due to limited seating. And there’s more …after the parade, kids ages 3-11 can head over to Santa’s Wonderland, located at the St. Michael’s School, 200 Seymour Ave for face painting, games, snacks and the ever-important talk with Santa.
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9th
For lovers of historic homes, the signature event of the weekend is the popular Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes. Seven historic and significant homes, all decked out for the holidays, will be open to the public from Dec. 8th 11 AM – 5 PM and Dec. 9th 11AM – 4 PM. On the tour is a mix of 18th and 19th century seafaring homes that have been updated for modern living. In-town homes are within walking distance; all others can be reach via a shuttle service. Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $25.00 until Dec. 7th. After that, tickets are $30.00. Tickets can be purchased on line or in local stores.
For a complete list of events, tickets and more, please visit: christmasinstmichaels.org. All proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels go to fund local non-profit organizations that provide important services for local residents.