The 34th Christmas in St. Michaels will turn into a virtual celebration beginning this fall, with numerous online activities and holiday-themed packages and kits to help embrace the Christmas spirit while raising funds for Bay Hundred non-profit organizations. The reformatting is in response to the social distancing measures brought on by the COVID pandemic, which limit the large gatherings that traditionally come with Christmas in St. Michaels events.
A Christmas in St. Michaels Online Raffle kicks off in October with details on Christmas in St. Michaels’s website and a drawing to take place on Nov. 15. An Online Silent Auction will take place beginning Nov. 27 and continuing through Dec. 8, with a preview of the auction items scheduled for Nov. 20 – 26.
Gift certificates for a three-course champagne toast dinner at the Inn at Perry Cabin will be available for purchase beginning in October and valid Dec. 1 – Dec. 30 to serve as a virtual Yuletide Celebration Dinner. An Online Marketplace will help supporters find the perfect gifts while helping to raise the critical funds needed by local service organizations.
Children’s favorites like Breakfast with Santa and Santa’s Favorite Cookies will now be available to purchase as kits online for either pick-up or by shipment. Adults can indulge in online shopping with a cause by purchasing “Cheers to a New Year!” wine and hors d’oeuvres packages, and “Spirits with Saint Nick” whiskey and dessert packages, both available by local pick-up.
Free and open to the public will be a “Light up the Night” drive-by house and harbor tour, with a boat parade will take place December 12 at 6:00 p.m. The routes for spectators will be posted on the Christmas in St. Michaels website. Union United Methodist Church is also participating in Christmas in St. Michaels fundraising, with carryout holiday dinners available for purchase.
This year’s Christmas in St. Michaels Collector’s Ornament features an osprey, adapted from an original drawing by local artist and graphic designer Scott Sullivan. The Limited-Edition Ornaments are packaged in a keepsake box and are now available for purchase at select area stores and on the Christmas in St. Michaels website.
For a complete schedule of events, please check the website: https://christmasinstmichaels.org/