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Historic Downtown Milford Delaware Holiday Stroll

Updated on December 16, 2015

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

2014 Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll and Holiday Events Signs are all over town.
2014 Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll and Holiday Events Signs are all over town. | Source

Historic Milford Riverwalk

Milford's Riverwalk decked out with decorative holiday flags and as always, has beautiful old fashioned streetlights that in this case add to the holiday ambience.
Milford's Riverwalk decked out with decorative holiday flags and as always, has beautiful old fashioned streetlights that in this case add to the holiday ambience. | Source

Milford Library Trees

Milford Library holiday fundraiser trees.
Milford Library holiday fundraiser trees. | Source

An Old Fashioned Yuletide Stroll

The charming posters for Historic Milford Delaware's Ninth Annual Holiday Stroll are all around town at places like the library, city hall, riverwalk and most of the local shops and the posters contain one of the most beautiful four letter words in the English language- free. Everyone, whether they live in Milford or not, is invited to an old-fashioned celebration of the yuletide season to enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed strolling carolers and the Milford Community Band playing Christmas music. Visitors can stroll the three-block downtown district and enter the decorated shops, restaurants, bakery and art galleries. Some shops will have complimentary seasonal treats including hot cider and chocolates, giveaways and raffles. All will have hard to find gifts or gift cards that can be purchased for that special someone or even for your special pet. Entertainment will be going on inside the shops and on the sidewalks including bell ringers, barbershop quartets, bands and faculty/student performances at the Music School of Delaware. Even if you can't come in person you can take this pictorial tour of previous strolls and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of this most wonderful time of year.


Dolce's Display Case

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Christmas Cheesecake on a Stick.
Christmas Cheesecake on a Stick. | Source

The Dolce' Bakery

One of the sweetest stops in town is the Dolce' Bakery, Coffee, Pastries and Ice Cream Shop. Dolce' will be giving away free samples from their Christmas Dessert Menu. All of their pastries are made from scratch by owner/baker George Carroll. Just looking at the display case made my mouth water. If it's cold order some hot coffee, tea or chocolate and sit down and rest for awhile and don't forget to take some goodies home or place an order for your own upcoming holiday celebration.

Fur-Baby Boutique has Treats for Pets

Fur-Baby sells gift baskets for pets and many other specialty treats and items.
Fur-Baby sells gift baskets for pets and many other specialty treats and items. | Source

Fur-Baby Window Display

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The Fur-Baby Boutique

The Fur-Baby Boutique invites pet owners to bring their pets in to say hi to their dog mascot who will be dressed as Alfie the Elf- providing of course, that Alfie is co-operative and good natured about wearing his costume the night of the stroll. Free wheat treats will be given to visiting pets and of course more treats can be purchased to bring home. The Fur-Baby Boutique sells many novelty gifts for pets and their yummy holiday treats come in snowman, snowflake and other holiday styles that look so good they make even a human's salivary glands kick into overdrive.

Milford Museum

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Teddy Bear Tree

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Christmas Exhibit at Milford Museum

The Milford Museum will be open during the holiday stroll and the display changes every year. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come in and learn more about Milford's history. The town was built around the Mispillion River which was home to two centuries of shipbuilding that made Milford a center of the maritime industry. Model ships celebrating that history can be seen in the museum.

Those unable to visit in person can take an online tour of historic Milford post cards at: http://www.milforddemuseum.org/Postcards/ .

Dickens Costumed Christmas Carolers

Milford Riverfront Theatre

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Milford Riverfront Theatre

The Milford Riverfront Theatre invites strollers to stop in for hot drinks and tours of the theatre during the holiday stroll.

Each year, the theatre presents a different holiday performance that features classic shows. Contact the Milford Riverfront Theatre directly for information about this year's schedule.


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Milford City Hall

Milford City Hall will host a holiday open house that includes free refreshments. The Milford Band usually gives a free holiday performance during the stroll.

The horse drawn carriage rides can be taken from the circular drive in front of city hall.

Lou's Bootery

The bootery will be open for business and will also be serving light refreshments.
The bootery will be open for business and will also be serving light refreshments. | Source

Mispillion Art League

Come see the beautiful window displays and browse through the gallery in search of unique art work to give as gifts.
Come see the beautiful window displays and browse through the gallery in search of unique art work to give as gifts. | Source

Visit the Santa House

Visit Santa in his house on the Mispillion Riverwalk.
Visit Santa in his house on the Mispillion Riverwalk. | Source

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I hope you have enjoyed a few of the delights that can be experienced during the Milford Downtown Holiday Stroll. Many more businesses will be participating in order to make this event a success. To view a short video about Downtown Milford click on the link below.

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The photos in this hub were of the 2011 & 2012 Milford Holiday Strolls.

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    Sunnie Day 5 years ago

    Dear Gail,

    A wonderful hub about a town that enbraces the Christmas spirit for sure. Thank you for sharing..Milford appears to be a wonderful place to live year round.

    Take care,

    Sunnie

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    You are SO lucky to live in a town that celebrates Christmas like this. Just looking at your Hub put me in the Christmas mood. I'd love to take my Baby into the shop for doggie treats. I could move right into Santa's house, it's So cute. You did another fine Hub. Thanks. I voted it UP, etc. Happy Holidays...

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Sunnie,

    There's something about old-fashioned caroling, horse drawn carriage rides and a community celebrating together that brings out a true Christmas spirit. Yes this is a wonderful place to live year round. Am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for stopping by in your Santa hat! You are already spreading the holiday spirit here on Hub Pages.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Aw Mary, your kind comment really made my day. Glad the hub helped put you in the Christmas mood but I believe you started the true Christmas spirit during your Thanksgiving dinner and you carry it throughout the year in your loving actions to others. I am so glad you are such an active member of the Hub Pages community.

    Sending Hub Hugs,

    Gail

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    Angela Joseph 5 years ago from Florida

    What a lovely hub! Christmas is my favorite time of year and seeing all these wonderful pictures and videos make me happy that Christmas is near.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome Quildon,

    So glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you have a very merry Christmas. Sounds like you're already in the holiday spirit.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    Your town really is lovely, out of a postcard. Thank you for the virtual tour as I will not be there in person. I would love to see it though.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Hyphenbird,

    I live in a small development that's only 10 years old but I love going to the historic section. Glad you enjoyed the virtual tour and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

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    Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

    This was a lovely stroll! The pictures and video is just awesome... Now I wish I was in the position to tour the world.

    Gail, I have no choice but to vote this hub up and absolutely fantastic!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Martie,

    So glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for the vote up.

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    writeronline 5 years ago

    HBN, hi, this is great. As is your whole current series. Informative, engaging, entertaining, all. I predict a long and profitable life for this set. Who wouldn't want to visit after seeing around where you live?

    The carolers would expire from the heat in a minute down here in Queensland, OZ. Certainly no White Xmas, maybe that's why it seems so beguiling (my wife, who's Canadian, says be careful what you wish for..).

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Writeronline,

    Thanks so much for your encouragement which is greatly appreciated.

    No chance of the carolers expiring from the heat tonight. It was about 50 degrees outside. It is possible to get snow in Delaware this time of year especially at night, but pretty rare before Christmas. And if we do get snow it tends to be 1 to 4 inches and will melt within a few days. Of course there are exceptions and we can get clobbered sometimes!

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Dear Gail,

    Aunt Baby and I will meet you at the Fur Baby Boutique! This is so utterly charming and well presented... puts me very much in the holiday spirit by featuring this fabulous town over the holidays!

    Voted UP & UABI-- great job! Hugs, Maria

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Gail,

    You live in a picture perfect town! Thanks for showing us this charming spot and what they do to celebrate the Christmas season. Up, interesting and beautiful votes!

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    Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

    Me thinks I could hang out at the Dolce Bakery and the Fur Boutique quite nicely - I may be in the car and on my way by morning - oh I can only dream! What a lovely place to be and would wish this upon anyone trying to decide on what to buy for the holidays.

    We make it so tedious and so stressful but really it should be what it is intended to be - just joy at being alive and having people in our lives to share the holidays with. Wish I was there~

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    BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

    I love when areas decorate for the holidays, so pretty and nostalgic looking when done well. Thanks for sharing this great walk around a truly fabulous place.

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    Oh Gail all your hubs are so well presented and thought out.

    I love all the information and beautiful photos.

    Thank you so much for sharing all this beauty.

    Take care my friend and I wish you a wonderful day.

    Eddy.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Mar,

    You would both have a ball at the Fur-Baby Boutique. It's small but jam packed with goodies that are beautifully displayed.

    So glad you enjoyed the virtual holiday stroll and I thank you for the vote up and your fun and enthusiastic comment.

    Hub Hugs and Love,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Peggy,

    So glad you enjoyed the virtual stroll and thanks for the vote up. I always look out for free events like this for the holidays. It's a chance to support small businesses in the community while also having a great time.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Audrey,

    I so agree with you my friend and love how you put it: "We make it (the holiday season) so tedious and so stressful but really it should be what it is intended to be - just joy at being alive and having people in our lives to share the holidays with."

    Wishing you a joyful season and sending hub hugs & love,

    Gail

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Bobbi,

    You're so right about the decorations. It's always amazing what can be achieved through artistic creativity. Sometimes the simpler more crafty items are far more lovely than the mass produced commercialized ones.

    So good to see you here and I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual tour.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Eddy,

    Thanks for your lovely and kind words. You have put a smile on my face today. So glad you enjoyed the virtual tour.

    Sending Hub Hugs and Love Across the Atlantic,

    Gail

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    Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

    HBN, I love the pics:) Voted up and all across but funny. I enjoyed the stroll very much. It is great knowing that the community is all together on this one. I love all the decorations and the spirit of Christmas. I hope all is well with you and your family Gail. I hope the holiday season treats you right. Until next time, best wishes and take care my dear friend. A great article and reason for certain

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    Bill Tollefson 5 years ago from Southwest Florida

    Voted it up. Enjoy all the pictures about a town that really has the Christmas spirit. Really liked it.

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    Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    It must be wonderful to live in a town that goes all out to celebrate Christmas. Puts everyone in the mood and so good to see the community pulling together.

    Thank you for sharing Gail

    A cheery cheery hub and has my vote

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Lyricwriter,

    Am so glad you enjoyed your virtual stroll. It is wonderful to live in a place where the holiday season is being celebrated in such a simple, yet lovely way. Downtown Milford, Incorporated is an organization that has been revitalizing the historic area and they host other events throughout the year, help beautify the area and promote local businesses.

    My family is doing well and I hope you also have a great holiday season.

    Thanks so much for your kind words and all your support.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Dr. Bill,

    Am thrilled that you enjoyed it and thank you for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment. It's a pleasure to be able to share my community through hubs like this. When I was a kid my family moved quite frequently and I never felt connected to a particular "hometown" which is why I think that I appreciate the spirit of Milford which is a town that is growing and revitalizing itself. The historic section is lovely but we also have a new hospice center, veteran's home and Boy's and Girl's Club that have all been built since we moved here a decade ago so I feel very blessed to live here.

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Rosemay,

    So glad you enjoyed the virtual stroll. As I said to Dr. Bill, it is wonderful to live in a community like this and since my family moved around a lot when I was a child I really appreciate having a hometown that I've been proud of for the past decade!

    Thanks for your ongoing support and lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

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    WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I'm small town kid, so I really enjoyed this!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Will,

    So glad you enjoyed it. I love small towns. Big cities are fun and I love visiting them, but prefer living in a small town.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    I love those boots in Lou's bootery! and the window display in the hair salon is so Chrismassy.

    Your town is just lovely, thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

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    WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    "Big cities are fun and I love visiting them, but prefer living in a small town."

    So do I. In small towns, we get to know just about everyone, so the secret to getting along is to be friendly to everyone, but mind your own business and stay far away from the gossip.

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    Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    What a neat area, what a neat time of year! I loved the sign that said, "snow or shine!" That is too cute. It seems like the Riverfront Theater would be great, and I love the Christmas trees lined up at the library. So festive. Thanks for sharing, and I voted up and more. :)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Movie Master,

    Thanks for the lovely comment. Those boots do look stylish, comfy and warm. So glad you enjoyed your virtual stroll through the historic section of my town.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Will,

    Those are most definitely the 3 most important things and I follow all of them. No wonder I love it here so much. (smile)

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Oceansnsunsets,

    We're more likely to get shine this time of year, but snow has been known to fall down early on rare occasions.

    The Riverfront theatre is wonderful and we've caught a number of plays there and never been disappointed. There's nothing like live theatre especially in a cute little playhouse.

    Thanks for taking time to leave such a lovely comment.

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    Tammy 5 years ago from USA

    Ooooh, how much fun to take a stroll around town. I would love to take my pet to Fur Babies. She is such a spoiled brat that I bet she would enjoy it. I loved the photos and video. Thanks for sharing them and this wonderful hub.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Tlpoague,

    I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. Fur Babies seems to be a favorite and it really is a nice pet shop that also offers pet grooming and spa services.

    Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.

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    RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

    That's it - I'm moving! You make such wonderful photo-hubs I want to go everywhere!

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    Leaderofmany 5 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

    I lived in Millsboro for several years and I miss the seasons fun, thanks for bringing back some memories.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi RedElf,

    Oh you are so funny. Thanks for giving me a good chuckle. Am glad you enjoyed the hub.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Welcome Leaderofmany,

    Glad I brought back some good memories for you. I've read your profile and will be going back to read some of your hubs.

    Thanks for reading my hub and leaving a comment.

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    b. Malin 5 years ago

    What a Wonderful Upbeat Hub for the Holidays. Milford sounds so Charming and the Photos are terrific as usual Gail. It looks and sounds like a Postcard. I laughed at the "Fur Baby Boutique" Voted UP as well as Beautiful and so Interesting!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi b. Malin,

    Thanks so much for your feedback. Am so glad you enjoyed it. Yeah, The Fur Baby Boutique is quite the shop for fashionable pet gifts and treatments.

    I appreciate the vote up. Am glad you're down in Sunny Florida but still writing hubs and leaving comments.

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    Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

    Gail,

    Your photos of Milford make me long for my home state of CT. There is something truly magical about Christmas on the Northeastern Coast of the U.S. Your pictures capture that ideal charm.

    You may not realize it, but your article also offers to some really good holiday tips like holiday fundraiser trees and decorating slices of cheesecake like Christmas trees.

    ~voting up and beautiful~

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    Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

    What a great backdrop for creating some wonderful holiday memories. Your pictures were lovely and your prose divine recounting the way Christmas is in your locale. Have a Merry Christmas!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Ktrapp,

    You are right about the Holiday tips. I think readers can see the cheesecake photo and then buy or make a homemade cheesecake, cut it into individual slices and using the photo as guide decorate each slice as a Christmas tree. Also other communities could get ideas for Christmas tree fundraisers so thank you for pointing that out.

    I used to live near West Point in New York State and have relatives who live in CT. Yes, the Northeast is beautiful at Christmas especially when covered by fresh snow.

    Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the extra tips and the vote up.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Homesteadbound,

    Am thrilled that you enjoyed the prose and photos and hope you, too, have a wonderful holiday season.

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    I just love this HBN, really puts me in the spirit. You already know I really appreciate your "tour hubs." This one was great. And I want cheesecake on a stick now!

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Sharyn,

    Am thrilled that you enjoyed it and thank you so much for your ongoing support.

    I want one of those cheesecakes on a stick, too! Can't believe I didn't buy a piece.

    Glad you're in the holiday spirit.

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