Christmas Market Returning this year along with parade

Posted: September 19 2022

After a popular first year in 2021, Millsboro officials are bringing back the Christmas Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at Town Hall.

It was unanimously approved by the council.

"There was a push to do it again this year, but as busy as we’ve been of late, we weren’t sure. Then we had somebody step up to coordinate the Christmas Market,” Town Manager Jamie Burk said.

"She will coordinate intake of applications. Town Hall will have business licenses, and the coordinator will set up where everybody will be placed, the number of spots, and make sure like vendors aren’t next to each other. We’re really excited to get that going,” he said.

The coordinator will be paid $500.

Last year, vendors sold items including freshly cut greenery, Christmas amaryllis, paperwhites, poinsettias, repurposed-granite cheese boards, botanical products, seaglass jewelry, insulated tumblers, Italian sauces, fudge, tie-dyed shirts, driftwood trees, soaps, candles and honey.

Vendors paid $25 per table, but the price will be $50 this year. Burk said there shouldn’t be any complaints about the higher fee because the Town had more applications than tables last year and the fee was lower than other markets in the area.

Christmas parade set for Dec. 3

Millsboro’s annual Christmas Parade will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, with the tree-lighting at town hall to follow, as well as a visit from Santa Claus, caroling and bonfire.

"The parade has morphed through COVID. We had a standing parade one year. We had no parade. Now we are trying to bring it back,” Burk said.

"I think it was a great event last year. Keep it going,” Councilman Ron O’Neal said.