Christmas in St. Michaels festivities kick off December 2nd with the Gingerbread House Preview Cocktail Party from 5-7 PM at the Women’s Club of St. Michaels located on St. Mary’s Square. The Gingerbread House competition is open to anyone. Tickets for the Cocktail Party and complete contest rules are available online at christmasinstmichaels.org. Awards will be announced at the Preview Cocktail Party.
The following Friday, Dec. 8th, 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 Joe Martone strikes up the music starting at 8 PM. Tickets are required.
On Saturday, Dec. 9th, gather the whole family for the Christmas Parade which steps off on Talbot Street at 10:30 a.m. For parents with younger kids, there is a pre-parade Breakfast with Santa, held at Harrison’s Eastern Shore, 1216 Talbot Street. Tickets are $10.00 and reservations are required. 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 and – for baseball lovers – a maybe even a visit with major league baseball star and St. Michael’s native Harold Baines.
For lovers of historic homes, the signature event of the weekend is the popular Christmas in St. Michaels Tour of Homes. Eight historic and significant homes, all decked out for the holidays, will be open to the public from Dec. 9th 11 a.m. – 5 pm. and Dec. 10th 11a.m. – 4 PM. On the tour for the first time this year is the elegant brick colonial style Cannonball house which earned its nickname after being hit with a cannonball during the War of 1813. Evidence is still visible in the stairwell. All of the homes located in town are within walking distance of each other and transportation is provided to outlying locations. Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $25.00 until Dec. 8th. After that, tickets are $30.00. Tickets can be purchased on line or in local stores.
And finally, you can finish up (or get started on!) your Christmas shopping at the Marketplace and Sweet Shop, located at the Granite Lodge on St. Mary’s Square. Filled with an array of artful gifts including hand-etched wine glasses, hummingbird feeders, fine jewelry, cuddly scarves and gloves plus homemade jams, jellies, and other gourmet goodies, Marketplace has something for everyone on your list.
To purchase tickets, make reservations, and find out more about these and other events, please visit: christmasinstmichaels.org. All proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels events go to fund local non-profit organizations that provide important services for local residents.