For more than 30 years, the Town of Millsboro has held its annual Christmas parade, and on Dec. 3, beginning at 10 a.m., that tradition will continue.
“We have local bands, local pageant winners, business and church groups,” explained Amy Simmons, coordinator for the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, of the parade’s participants. “There are 4-H groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, some of the local fire companies and local car clubs.”
Simmons said that there is no way to estimate the number of attendees but noted that the streets of Millsboro are always lined with people.
“I know that they were lined up from Mitchell Street near where Rose’s Department store is, all the way up, car to car, through town. The streets are just lined with people.”
For the past few years, the Chamber has also been holding Santa’s Shop at the Millsboro Civic Center following the parade, until 1 p.m., where attendees can meet Santa and get a head start on buying presents for the holiday.
“That’s where Santa comes directly after the parade. You can have pictures taken with him,” said Simmons. “This year, Mediacom is sponsoring hot chocolate with Santa after the parade. We’ll also have a number of vendors coming with handmade goods, Christmas items and gift ideas.”
The Millsboro Art League will also be offering a free Christmas craft for kids who attend the events at Santa’s Shop.
“At the Santa’s Shop last year, just that one day, we had over 100 kids come through,” she added.
Simmons noted that before and after the parade, the Chamber will be selling breakfast sandwiches and lunch at the Civic Center.
“I hope to see as great a turnout as we had last year,” she said. “Last year, I had a pretty good vantage point as I was going through the parade, and I was amazed by how many people were there,” she said. “It was a nice day last year, so I’m hoping for another good day this year. I hope people come and enjoy something to eat, warm up and maybe get started on some Christmas shopping.”
The parade will run from the M&T Bank parking lot on Mitchell Street and proceed up Mitchell Street, turning right onto Wilson Highway. It will turn left on Railroad Avenue, followed by a right turn on Main Street, traveling through the downtown area and turning right on State Street, and will finish at Millsboro Middle School. A rain date for the parade is set for Dec. 10, at 10 a.m., however Santa’s Shop will be held on Dec. 3, rain or shine.
For more information, call the Greater Millsboro Chamber at (302) 934-6777.