Berlin’s Victorian Christmas celebration begins this week
BERLIN—The tree is lit and the streets are decked. Victorian Christmas has arrived and will be marshalled in Thursday evening, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. with 85 floats, bands and marchers down Berlin’s Main Street to herald the start of the holiday season.
Annual Christmas parade organizer Sharon Timmons said the parade will include 12 fire departments, three marching bands, school floats, dance teams, antique cars, awesome motorcycles, and critters from the Delmarva Zoo. She gave no clue whether one of those critters might be a partridge in a pear tree.
Joann Unger who was also coordinating the parade hinted that there would be a big surprise for the little ones at the end of the parade.
To bring on the true spirit of Victorian Christmas charm, the Taylor House Museum will host tours literally day and night. Candlelight tours of the museum’s first floor will be hosted on Friday evenings, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, from 5-7:30 p.m. Daylight tours will be held on Saturdays, starting with a Wassail and Gingerbread Day on Dec. 7, and continuing with regular day tours on Dec. 14 and 21, from 1-4 p.m. For information call 410-641-1019.
Also on Saturday, Dec. 7, Buckingham Presbyterian Church will host two separate Breakfast with Santa events at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. For reservations call 410-641-0234. The cost for adults is $7 and for children 3-10 years-old is $4. The event is free for children 2 years old and younger. Proceeds will benefit the Deacon Fund for Emergency Community Mission.
The Berlin Fire Company will host a smorgasbord of all your breakfast favorites on the following Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7:30-11:30 a.m., in the Berlin Fire Hall at 214 North Main St. From the menu it’s clear you won’t leave hungry. It will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, and more, and costs $9 for adults and $7 for children 5-12 years-old.
The Sixth Annual Reindeer Run 5K will kick off from the Atlantic Hotel, on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m.—the 1 mile event will begin at 10 a.m. The event is being sponsored by Live Long Fitness to benefit Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. More information is available at www.active.com or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since it is better to give than to receive—so they say—downtown shops will offer holiday shopping opportunities aplenty, along with a little something for the shopper in the form of maps featuring participating stores, with a chance to win a big prize at the end of the day.
A special Ladies Night Out will begin with registrations at the Treasure Chest, on Friday, Dec. 6, with a list of participating stores. There will be a drawing later in the day for a free gift basket filled with goodies from the participating merchants for one lucky Ms./Mrs. Claus.
Then on Friday, Dec. 20, holiday frazzled gents will get some seasonal shopping support with Men’s Night Out, from 5-8 p.m. They can register to win a rebate of the costs of their purchases, up to $250, at Victorian Charm, and then kick back at Sister’s where the prize will be awarded at 8 pm. If they come home empty-handed after all that they do so at their peril.
Speaking of shopping, shopping and more shopping, don’t forget Second Friday Art Stroll on Friday, Dec, 13, from 5-8 p.m., when Main Street shops will be at their festive best. Shops will be bulging with a plethora of unique and artful gifts.
Throughout the month of December the historic Atlantic Hotel will host several Victorian Christmas-themed tours and events, including visits from Santa, horse and carriage rides, afternoon refreshments, and special hotel stay and dining packages. The façade of the 118 year-old landmark is also featured on Berlin’s official second annual Christmas keepsake ornament, which will be sold by several stores throughout the town.
The month will end with the Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop celebration from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.