You and your family won’t have to travel to the North Pole to experience the magic of the holidays this year since Easton is jam-packed with everything you need for the happiest season of the year!
It all starts on November 26th when Shop Small Saturday kicks off the holidays. Whether you’re looking for a salon glow-up, a great find at one of the local boutiques, or a special gift for that special someone, downtown Easton’s got you covered. Enjoy live music while you support your local merchants.
The 26th will also be the start of the Talbot Women’s Club (18 Talbot Ln.) Second Annual Outdoor Candy Land Adventure. The classic board game Candy Land will be brought to life, offering all ages a chance to navigate a life-sized, fun-filled journey. Play games in magical areas such as the lollipop woods, peppermint forest, and gumdrop mountain. Meet Queen Frostine and gather winning tickets to turn in for special prizes. The fun continues inside the Women’s Club with holiday crafts for kids, raffles, historic holiday tours, and more.
Make room on your calendar for the Festival of Trees and Carols By Candlelight, which also begins that day. A magnificent display of decorated Christmas trees with the theme “A Winter Wonderland” will be displayed in historic downtown Easton’s Tidewater Inn (101 East Dover St.). These are available for sale over Thanksgiving Weekend from November 26th-30th and benefit Talbot Hospice. The Carols By Candlelight celebration kicks off with a visit from Santa and a festival “Holiday Marketplace” with local vendors and food trucks from 4-5 p.m. in front of the Waterfowl Building.
Chesapeake Music will present a free Family Concert on Friday, December 2nd, at the Ebenezer Theater (17 S. Washington St.) at 6:00 p.m. The concert, directed towards elementary school children and their parents, will feature New York City’s Kaleidoscope String Quartet. In an interactive format, the program will explore how composers reconcile multiple cultures, identities, and experiences within themselves and communicate that through their music.
Celebrate the Holidays at the Moonlight Madness Shopping Event in Downtown Easton on December 2nd! Our downtown shops and restaurants will be open until 10 p.m. with refreshments, snacks, and great holiday gifts to purchase. Enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the town. Earn raffle tickets to win one of our raffle baskets by shopping with our participating retailers from November 4th to December 2nd. Look for Moonlight Madness posters in the windows of participating stores. The more you shop with our merchants, the more raffle tickets you can earn. You must be present for the drawing on December 2nd at 10 p.m. to claim your prize!
Easton’s Holiday Parade will take place on December 3rd and kick off with a Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. at Thompson Park, followed by the parade at 6:30 p.m. With myriad vehicles, novelties, and floats, this parade will surely showcase the very best of Easton during the Holiday season.
Easton Choral Arts Society (ECAS) will present “Christmas Around the World” on Thursday, December 8th, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11th, at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church Easton (111 S. Harrison St.). This Christmas concert will capture the magic of Christmas and includes classic and traditional carols from around the world.
Join the fun at the Hummingbird Inn (14 N Aurora St.) for Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s (TIS) 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays Winter Festival. This year, TIS has an expansive collection of attractions, including a dazzling holiday light display, Santa visits, a Holiday craft corner, a fun photo booth experience, live local music, and more. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 9th, December 10th, December 16th, and December 17th.
The Avalon will present a world of pure imagination this December for their production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on December 8th to the 18th. As always, the holiday plays are a perfect time to bring children of all ages to experience the magic of live theater.
The holiday season ends with First Night Talbot on December 31st from 6 p.m. to midnight and will be a family-friendly event highlighting the arts. The New Year’s Eve Celebration continues to be the only First Night celebration in the State of Maryland. The event will return to in-person programming this year and end with the iconic Crab Drop at midnight (or 9 p.m. for the early birds).
Holly DeKarske, Executive Director of the Easton Economic Development Corp, says, “We are proud of our downtown merchants and the nonprofits hosting these amazing events. This year we also have the return of Moonlight Madness and Shop Small Saturday. Please help keep our downtown vibrant and growing through your participation. Shop small, dine, and support local this holiday season!”
For more information on all these great downtown Easton holiday events, please visit our website www.EastonEDC.com and click on the Easton Downtown tab.
Easton Economic Development Corporation was launched in 2013 to drive economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business creation in the historic Town of Easton, Maryland, to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The EEDC works to catalyze Greater Easton’s continued prosperity as a diverse and healthy “smart town,” leading innovation where the land and water meet.