SLIDESHOW: Holiday Stroll a ‘special night’ for thousands

MILFORD — More than 3,000 wanderers seen Friday night in the middle of the heart of Milford on Walnut Street were far from lost.

In fact, they were right at home.

The 11th Annual Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll kicked off at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 with the Christmas lights lit and merchants eager to see new and repeating customers alike.

Downtown Milford, Inc. Executive Director Steve Twilley said, “The Holiday Stroll is one of the longest running DMI promotional events and it’s a wonderful opportunity to share our beautiful downtown with visitors and remind residents how special Downtown Milford is, especially at this festive time of year.”

The annual train display at Tax Chicks was running complete with samples of good eats to taste.

Characters from The Nutcracker could be found greeting those walking up and down the street and locals Ann Southard, Julie Greenly and Donna Sapp decided they would dress up ‘appropriately’ for the evening in their long dresses and overcoats.

The Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch was filled with wondering eyes, ears and hands ready to play an instrument for the first time or create a music-related craft. Others, performed downstairs for a variety of audiences throughout the night.

Scrolls going out to military members were available to sign at the Milford Public Library upstairs while a book sale and other activities happened below.

All the while, children and families lined the street, anticipating their very own visit with Santa Claus.

Coffee, tea and hot cocoa warmed the frigid fingertips of many thanks to Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop and other vendors, although the weather was ‘perfect seasonal weather,’ according to Mr. Twilley.

Sales boomed. Thespians performed ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Riverfront Theatre.

Passerby’s could be heard throughout the night commenting of the joy they felt seeing downtown alive under the lights.

“It’s always been a special night for me and my family to enjoy,” Mr. Twilley said.

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