Holiday events in Milford, Harrington to ring in season of love

The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

With red bows and cheery lights adorning street lamps, signs flapping holiday greetings in the wind and sales in the windows of local merchants, one thing is clear — the winter holiday season has arrived in central Delaware.

The joyful tone is teamed with holiday events for all ages, drumming up excitement near and far.

Harrington’s Annual Christmas Parade

Harrington starts ringing in the season with a Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling event at Freedom Park next to the Harrington Police Department Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.

Choruses from around the Lake Forest School District are scheduled to perform during this event. How chocolate and cookies will be served, as well.

The celebrations in Harrington continue with the Annual Christmas Parade later in the week, Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Businesses, local organizations and community members will find their way through town from Lake Forest South Elementary School and back again as they wish everyone along the route a Happy Holiday.

The annual parade, hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department, ends with the arrival of Santa Claus, an endearing moment for parade enthusiasts who will surely have the streets packed as they watch their favorite floats and participants parade down the streets of town.

The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Holiday Stroll in downtown Milford

Downtown Milford will also be alive and animated in a holiday frenzy Friday, Dec. 7 as the community gathers for the 13th Annual Holiday Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m.

Carolers and barbershop quartets will enliven the town, along with free horse drawn carriage rides provided by Indian Branch Drafts and a visit with horses and alpacas from Barefoot Alpaca Farm on the lawn next to the Santa House.

More musical performances throughout the night will include pieces from faculty and students at the Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch and Hannah Dale at Gallery 37: A Destination for Artful Living. Dancers from Friday State Dance Academy will also show off their skills at 7 p.m. in front of Riverfront Theatre.

Complimentary snacks, children’s activities and sales will be found throughout the downtown area as local business owners share in the holiday joy.

To top off the family-friendly event, Santa Claus will be home to visit with children up to 12 years of age. Children receive a free photograph with Santa and a stocking filled with candy when they come to see the jolly man.

Brochures with more information can be found at the Downtown Milford, Inc. office or at various stores downtown.

“It’s the 13th annual holiday stroll. It’s had a great impact over the years. It’s my second one since I’ve been here. There’s over 30 businesses and organizations that participate in this. It’s just amazing,” Murrie Zlotziver, executive director of Downtown Milford, Inc., said.

“We’re going to have the horse and carriage rides back again, too. Indian Branch Drafts are going to come in and do the carriage rides for us this year and that’s fantastic. I don’t know how many fathers told me how disappointed they were because they did that every year with their daughters. So that’s back. It’s an amazing night for the community, and I think that’s one of the most important things that we’ve been trying to develop more and more is community events. Events for the entire family. I think that’s really important to develop that sense of community for Milford. And an event like that does it.”

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Santa arrives in Milford on Small Business Saturday. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

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