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Christmas in St. Michaels 2018
December 7 - December 9
Christmas in St. Michaels lights up town on December 7 through 9 with a party, 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 7
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, scarves and gloves plus homemade jams, jellies, and other gourmet goodies. Stock up on holiday treats, then walk next door to the Women’s Club to view the intricate handmade gingerbread houses on display. Don’t forget to vote on a favorite gingerbread house. Admission is free at both places.
Enjoy the fun at the Yuletide Party starting at 6:30 p.m. 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. Hit the dance floor when the music strikes up at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required.
Saturday, December 8
The Christmas Parade takes place along Talbot Street at 10:30 a.m. This charming hometown parade features Santa and Mrs. Claus, marching bands, a pack of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, a surfing Snowman and much, much more. Before the parade, children, parents and grandparents are all invited to Breakfast with Santa at the Lighthouse Bar and Oyster Grill located at 125 Mulberry Street. Tickets cost $10 and are available online or by mail. Advanced reservations are required due to limited seating. After the parade, children ages three to 11 can head over to Santa’s Wonderland, located at the St. Michaels School, located at 200 Seymour Avenue, for face painting, games, snacks and the ever-important talk with Santa.
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 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 until December 7. After that, tickets cost $30. Tickets may be purchased online or in local stores.
For a complete list of events, tickets and more information, visit christmasinstmichaels.org. All proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels go to fund local non-profit organizations that provide important services for local residents.