Millville Holiday Market a place to get things done


Local shopping and one-of-a-kind gifts will return to Millville at the town’s 3rd Annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 5. The holiday shop runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Millville Town Hall and across the street, at the Millville United Methodist Church.

“It brings everybody together — not only Millville residents, but our surrounding community residents,” said Town Manager Debbie Botchie. “They’ll be gabbing in the different buildings, and they come in and eat. And the kids always have a good time.”

Food will be for sale, including hot chocolate, cookies and barbecue from Hocker’s BBQ trailer.

The event has maxed out at 28 vendors, selling a range of items including handcrafted jewelry, scarves, hats, Christmas wreaths, ornaments, painted glassware, honey products, gourmet candy, pet treats and more.

“The day has turned out to be a very good shoppers’ delight, I would say. All the vendors have done very well the previous two years,” and they aren’t charged a display fee, Botchie said.

Kids can hang out at the activity area at the church. They’ll make ornaments (or they can take the project home) and get a snowman donut or Grinch-y fruit snack.

Kids can also visit the Shopkins trading post from 11 a.m. to noon. The collectable toys come in sealed surprise packs, so kids often have doubles and will trade with each other for ones they don’t already have. So, the more attendees, the more choices.

“It’s another craze amongst the children these days, these Shopkins, so we’re going to have a little trading post,” Botchie said. “This is going to give them the opportunity to bring the ones they may want to trade.”

Kids can also enter a free drawing to win one of three Shopkins play sets. (They need not be present to win.)

Donations will also be accepted for the Get Well Gabby Foundation (www.getwellgabby.org), which raises money for childhood brain cancer research to help find a cure, as well as assisting the children and families battling childhood cancer.

“They need all the help they can get, so we wanted to do something for them,” said Matt Amerling, executive assistant for the Town.

Millville Town Hall is located at 36404 Club House Road, Millville. For more details, contact Town Hall at (302) 539-0449 or go online at http://millville.delaware.gov.