Discover Easton announces 2019 Christmas in Easton events

The Best Float award winner in the 2018 Easton Christmas parade was Bearded Angels with Cover Your Chin For Charity. This year’s parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

EASTON — Discover Easton invites you to enjoy the holiday season by bringing the entire family to town and celebrating the holidays during Christmas in Easton. Discover Easton is proud to announce the return of their Signature Holiday Events and is partnering with other organizations to bolster the Town’s holiday schedule this year.

“The holiday season is one of our favorite times of year here in Easton,” Discover Easton Executive Director Ross Benincasa said. “It’s a time when locals and visitors can come together to celebrate the season in our beautiful historic town.”

The unofficial start to the holiday shopping season in Easton begins with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30. Discover Easton encourages everyone to shop small and support independently-owned businesses. Drop by Thompson Park starting at 10 a.m. for Shop Small swag, promotional information, and all the things needed to enjoy the post-Thanksgiving shopping event.

Easton merchants reward early bird shoppers once again this year with raffle tickets for the 4th annual Moonlight Madness Shopping Event, held on Friday, Dec. 6. Starting Nov. 1, shoppers earned raffle tickets by shopping with participating Easton retailers. The more you spend, the more chances you’ll have to win gifts and prizes worth over $10,000.

During Moonlight Madness, stores and restaurants stay open late to celebrate the holiday shopping season. There will be music in the streets, pictures with Santa, in-store events, and giveaways all evening long. It all culminates with the 10 p.m. raffle drawing. You must be present to claim your prize if your winning ticket is drawn.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the annual Easton Holiday Parade will loop around the downtown district of Easton. The parade starts with the Town Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. in Thompson Park. The parade begins at about 6:30 p.m. and features over 60 unique floats, classic cars, bands, and Santa riding an Easton Volunteer Fire Department ladder truck.

Other holiday favorites come to town during Christmas in Easton. Rudolph returns and will be taking phone calls November 29 — December 24 at the Talbot Town Shopping Center. Let Rudolph know what gifts you’d like so he can bring the message back to the North Pole in time for Christmas.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Department’s Holiday Train Garden will be on display Nov. 29 to Dec. 25 at the Easton Fire Station, 315 Leonard Rieck Drive. The holiday train will fire up its engine to the delight of Easton-area families. This festive tradition brings holiday treats, entertainment, and characters, including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa’s elves.

Friends of Hospice present the Festival of Trees Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. The annual event is steeped in a rich history of helping Talbot Hospice help those navigating the end of life. Enjoy a spectacular display of holiday trees in the Tidewater Inn’s Gold Room.

A new addition to The Festival of Trees, Carols by Candlelight, will take place outdoors on 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in front of the Tidewater Inn. Families will enjoy a free performance by choral groups, choirs, bell ringers and a symphony.

The Christmas in Easton Art & Craft Marketplace will return to the Waterfowl Building Dec. 6 to Dec. 8 with a special visit by Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7. Santa is also the guest of honor at The Tidewater Inn’s Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 8. Enjoy a breakfast buffet with kid-friendly items and “reindeer food” for the little ones to take home. Call 410-822-1300 for reservations and more info.

The Tidewater Inn and Discover Easton team up again to bring Free Holiday Carriage Rides to downtown Easton. A fun way to explore downtown Easton in classic fashion during the most wonderful time of the year. Carriage rides will start during Moonlight Madness and be held on Saturdays in December and on New Year’s Eve. Times will be posted online.

For more information on Christmas in Easton events, please visit www.christmasineaston.com. Follow Discover Easton on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @discovereaston.

About Discover Easton: Discover Easton is a marketing, promotion and events non-profit organization operating as a member of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The mission of Discover Easton is to enhance, promote, and preserve the vitality of Easton’s independent merchants which benefit business owners, residents and visitors; and to bring awareness to the Town’s historical roots and lifestyles.

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