Christmas in St. Michaels is an annual Chesapeake tradition

Fran Severn-Levy

The annual gingerbread house display is a much anticipated part of Christmas in St. Michaels.

It’s as much a part of Christmas as candy canes and carols. This year, Christmas in St. Michaels is Dec. 11–13, a weekend of holiday fun on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that is also a quintessential small town celebration.

The annual gingerbread house display is a much anticipated part of Christmas in St. Michaels.
The annual gingerbread house display is a much anticipated part of Christmas in St. Michaels.

Saturday starts with a breakfast with Santa at the Town Dock. The annual Christmas parade follows with bands, antique cars, horses and llamas, and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Throughout the weekend, the Marketplace and Santa’s Wonderland are open for shopping and entertainment. Union United Methodist Church serves its Eastern Shore Christmas Dinner with turkey, ham, oysters, sweet potatoes, and all the other traditional goodies.

The gingerbread display and contest this year adds model trains, which roll through the villages created by the fanciful houses. Touring the decorated houses in the historic district and outlying estates is another of the annual favorites that takes place on both Saturday and Sunday. The featured homes in town are all within walking distance of each other and those outside of town are reached by a shuttle service included in the cost of the tour ticket.

The Mid-Shore Community Band and Jackson Jubilee Singers keep seasonal music in the air on Saturday.

The weekend finishes with the Celebration of Choirs on Sunday evening at St. Michaels Mission Church.

 

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