Christmas in Milton will be Saturday, December 4, and organizers are busy as elves making jolly plans for the day. Scheduled to officially begin at 11, following the Yanceyville Christmas Parade, the day will conclude following the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern at 5 PM.

The Milton Shoppes, dressed in holiday style, will be leading the way that morning. Carolina Vintage Co. has transformed into a Christmas vintage wonderland, offering creatively-made gift and decor items. Proprietors Hosanna Blanchard, one of the original Christmas in Milton organizers, and Burton Edwards have re-imagined a Victorian scene for visitors to snap their own selfie photos in the middle of their shop. New for them this year will be a Cookie Baking Contest in which two bakers will win a $50 Carolina Vintage gift certificate. The contest is open to all ages. Entries will be judged by two well-respected bakers from the Milton Community.

Categories are "Best Tasting" and "Best Decorated". Only one entry per category, per person, and you must be present at the time of judging to win. Bring your cookies in a covered plastic container or covered plate beginning at 11 AM; judging will begin at 1 PM.

Milton Studio Art Gallery boasts a variety of works by more than 60 artists. Gallery owner Shirley Cadmus plans to offer homemade brownies and hot apple cider, as supplies last, during the event. Visitors may register for free door prizes donated by various Milton businesses. The winner will be selected between 3:30-4 PM. Additionally, a shopper will receive a free gift upon a purchase, with a limit of one free gift per family. A few artists will be on hand exhibiting their artistry, while Cadmus herself will be demonstrating 3D pen crafting. Be sure to catch Miltonian Katherine McGee, who is slated to play Christmas tunes on the piano. Milton Studio Art Gallery requests anyone who has not been vaccinated to wear a mask

Both The Milton General Store and Aunt Millie’s Antiques will be open for treasure hunters searching for a unique find.

If pizza, a sub sandwich or ice cream concoctions are more to your taste, Aunt Millie’s can help you there too. The restaurant will also offer pre-made gift baskets for sale. 

Milltown Eatery and Saloon may be open for dinner; Christmas parties are being booked and those reservations will affect their public hours this season. Check them out on Facebook for their latest updates.

Two historic churches will be open to visitors. Milton Baptist Church, 44 Bridge Street, will open 1-4 PM, and the Milton Presbyterian Church, located at 66 Broad Street, will feature a Chrismon tree for viewing from 1-5 PM. Admission is free to both, but donations would be welcome and appreciated.

Milton Renaissance Foundation will host “A Milton Christmas House Tour” from 1-4 PM and will feature six houses. Cost is $25 per person to benefit the Museum of Milton, which will open that day at 11 AM for patron tickets and for museum viewing. For additional inquiries, email miltonrenaissance@gmail.com or call/text 336-583-8203. Patrons may also reserve tickets at Eventbrite by searching “A Milton Christmas House Tour.” 

After a lengthy closure due to covid concerns, The Thomas Day House/Union Tavern will be open to visitors from 1-5 PM. Admission is free that day, but donations are welcomed and appreciated. Please note masks will also be required. At 4:30, luminaries will be lit on the sidewalk along the building, and their outdoor Christmas Tree will light up at 5 PM. Both should make for a special scene. 

Last but not least, check out the Remembrance Tree, sponsored by Jeff and Tracy Williams. The tree will be decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving, and all are invited to hang a memento, such as a ribbon, personal message or ornament, on the tree in memory of a lost loved one. Sponsors urge participants to practice social distancing guidelines if gathered around the site. The Remembrance Tree is located near Pearls of Heaven Hair and Beauty salon, generally across from Aunt Millie’s Pizza.

Restrooms will be available at the Museum of Milton and at the outdoor facility located next to Thomas Day House/Union Tavern.

When attending Christmas in Milton, be on the lookout for any other last minute additions or changes that will be posted around the town.