ST. MICHAELS — Christmas in St. Michaels is re-focusing its 34th year of fundraising festivities into a virtual celebration, 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.
The goal for this year’s virtual Christmas in St. Michaels events is to raise enough funds to be able to distribute grants to the same beneficiaries they have supported in the past. More than 25 family services, education and child development, and community enhancement organizations depend on Christmas in St. Michaels funds to support their programs and activities.
A Christmas in St. Michaels Online Raffle kicks off on Oct. 15, 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 to 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 for 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 in the planning stages. The dates and best routes for spectators will be posted on the Christmas in St. Michaels website. Union United Methodist Church also is 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.
Christmas in St. Michaels began in 1987 when a group of energetic volunteers recognized the need for daycare services in the community. Funds were raised through community support, and a daycare center was established, now known as Critchlow Adkins Children Centers. Sponsors and patrons of Christmas in St. Michaels since that time have helped raise more than $1.4 million to support numerous local non-profit organizations.
Proceeds from Christmas in St. Michaels help the people served by local non-profit organizations. Event updates, online purchases, and more about Christmas in St. Michaels are at christmasinstmichaels.org.