For the fourth year in a row, Merry Millheim will bring the Christmas spirit to the small borough and the surrounding area.
The music, crafts and other seasonal favorites will return to the community along with new opportunities to feel some holiday cheer.
The Handmade Holiday Market, scheduled for both days at the Bremen Town Ballroom, is coming back, said event organizer Martha Hoffman, owner of the Inglebean Coffee House. The market features collections from local crafts people offering jewelry and other handmade trinkets.
“That’s always extremely popular,” she said. “There are some amazing gift options there.”
There also will be activities focused on children and families, she said, like craft- and ornament-making at the Green Drake Gallery and Santa’s Workshop at Hosterman and Stover Hardware.
Cookies and punch are offered all day at the ForeFathers Book Shop and Main Street Yarn Shop in Rebersburg along with story time and gifts for kids Saturday afternoon.
Merry Millheim revenue supports a different local organization each year, Hoffman said. The recipient of this year’s fundraising efforts will be the Millheim Pool at Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Park.
“We’re hoping to lend them some financial support and give some energy back to them,” she said.
The main fundraising event this year, she said, will be the Merry Millheim Mile — a fun run/walk through the back alleys of town Saturday at the pool. Suggested donations to register for the run are $10, or $5 for seniors and Penns Valley students.
Hoffman said the hope is to get people dressed in ugly Christmas sweaters and funny hats, and to sing Christmas carols along the way.
“It’s definitely more about being festive and happy than being competitive,” she said.
A raffle for a leaf blower and donations from downtown businesses are also going toward the pool, she said.
Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to support local nonprofits through the Festival of the Trees event at the Millheim Theater.
The 12 Trees of Christmas will be hosted at the theater, Hoffman said, featuring a dozen trees decorated by different nonprofits and displayed on the theater stage. The trees then will be auctioned off with their decorations.
“The idea is to allow people to see (the theater) as an open house,” she said, “but also to support the local nonprofits and have fun with the decorations.”
Merry Millheim will combine its efforts with the Lions Club’s yearly Christmas in Millheim event, she said, bringing Santa Claus to the Bryant and Cantorna law firm office the evening of Dec. 5.
With the combination of Merry Millheim and Christmas in Millheim, Hoffman said she anticipates seeing more people out for the event this year.
“We’re expecting to get a broader range of the community, which would be wonderful to see,” she said.