Celebrate the magic of Christmas with friends from Jefferson as the Jefferson Arts Committee will once again coordinate the 14th annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the historically-designated Village of Milton (vicinity of Milton and Dover-Milton Roads) in the Milton/Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township.  Admission is free unless otherwise noted, and parking is free at all venues.

The Jefferson Arts Committe table at the Village Marketplace was the place to get information and purchase a 50/50 ticket. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Starting the day off, The Milton First Aid Squad will host its annual hearty Pancake and More Breakfast at their building located at 45 Milton Road. No reservations necessary, admission fees will apply.

The Jefferson Township Historical Society will offer tours with costumed docents at the holiday-decorated Jefferson Township Museum located at 315 Dover-Milton Road.  Each room of the Chamberlain home circa 1870 will be decorated around the holiday theme Christmas Carols. Admission is free, and Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe will be open and selling antiques and unique gifts.

Mrs. Claus, aka lifetime museum member Donna West, greats visitors to the museum. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)
Jefferson Township Museum is dressed for the holidays! (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church located at 153 Milton Road will be the setting for live entertainment throughout the day, featuring the White Rock School Chorus, the Arthur Stanlick School Chorus, the No Strings Acappella Group, and the Jefferson Township High School Madrigal Chorus. Admission is free.  The Jefferson Township Community Chorus under the direction of James Wynne will perform its annual holiday concert as well and would appreciate a free will offering. The Church kitchen will be selling soup, sandwiches, and refreshments, and merchandise and craft vendors will be selling their merchandise.  This is where you will find the JTHS Band Parents selling their live decorated Christmas wreaths.

Inside the second marketplace in St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)
Roxanne and Connie of the Jefferson Township High School Band Parents Association hand making wreaths to benefit the Band Parent Association. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Milton United Methodist Church at 316 Dover-Milton Road will host live entertainment in the church sanctuary located at the corner of Dover Milton and Schoolhouse Roads. Live entertainment will feature the Methodist Church’s very own Handbell Choir, the White Rock School Band, the Arthur Stanlick School Band, Jefferson Township High School Ensembles, and the Jefferson Township Middle School Band. Admission is free. The Jefferson Township Community Band under the direction of Peter Tummillo, Jr. will perform its annual holiday concert and would appreciate a free will offering.

The Arts Committee’s annual Gingerbread House Contest will be sited here, and the church will be selling cookies and cocoa in Headley Hall.

Gingerbread House contest winners on display at the Milton United Methodist Church. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)
Gingerbread House contest winners on display at the Milton United Methodist Church. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road will be transformed into The Village Marketplace with 18 high quality arts, crafts, and merchandise vendors. Admission is free. Oak Ridge Martial Arts will present a demonstration, and other entertainment will be scheduled. Members of the Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary will be selling chili, hot dogs, chicken fingers, donuts, and refreshments.

The Village Marketplace at Jefferson Township Fire Co. No. 1 was full of gifts, treats and shoppers. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

American Legion Post #423 will sell live Christmas trees in the parking lot of the post home located at 28 Legion Road, just a short walk or drive down the street.

The Jefferson Community Players will perform a radio play (TBA) in a free performance directed by Susie Wright in the Jefferson Township Senior Center, 54 Schoolhouse Road.

Travel outside the Village proper to Camp Jefferson at 81 Weldon Road for the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s Visit with Santa event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Even the Moose got dressed for Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

Village festivities will continue into Sunday, December 8 with a free encore matinee performance by the Jefferson Community Players of their radio play at the Senior Center.   The Jefferson Township Museum and Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe will re-open on Sunday afternoon with tours of the historical home.

Watch for performance schedules, updates and announcements on www.jeffersonarts.org, or www.thejeffersonchronicle.com.

As details unfold, a detailed entertainment time schedule (which is subject to change) will be made available at www.jeffersonarts.org in the Press Releases Section.  Printed schedules will also be available as the event draws near in the display racks at the Jefferson Township Municipal Building, Jefferson Township Public Library, and the Recreation Office at Camp Jefferson. For other information and or inquiries, email artscommittee@jeffersonarts.org, or call 973-697-3828.

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