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ST THOMAS — In its 29th year, Miracle on Main Street returned to the historic downtown district of Charlotte Amalie! The St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce hosts this flagship event every December, combining vendors, music, and the holiday spirit into a great celebration of St. Thomas’s unique culture. Originally chartered in 1927, the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce retains its longstanding history of supporting the community with several events throughout the year. Miracle on Main Street continues to thrive thanks to the generosity of sponsors in the community.

On Friday, December 15th, the streets of Charlotte Amalie were lit up with a flurry of activity: caroling, street corner Santas, craft tables and kids’ bouncy houses, steel pan battles, and lighted storefronts that beckoned shoppers with unbelievable deals that made holiday shopping a breeze. From Market Square to Emancipation Garden, almost every inch of pavement and sidewalk was occupied. Restaurants were packed with locals, residents, and visitors enjoying delicious meals and refreshments over the course of the evening. Emancipation Garden was filled with vendors offering local food and drinks, and live music from local musicians and entertainers filled the air throughout downtown with the holiday spirit from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. Several non-profits and community organizations set up tables for fundraising and promotions, making it easy for attendees to give support to these entities before the year closes.

As promised, the annual St. Thomas Lighted Boat Parade “Decked the Hulls” for a festive celebration on the water. Over 15 boats departed Crown Bay Marina at 6:30pm and arrived on the waterfront around 7:00pm. Each vessel did an amazing job transforming the tranquil waters into a vibrant spectacle of festive cheer.

A time was had by all at the premier holiday event in the downtown district of Charlotte Amalie! You can be part of the magic next year with a visit to St. Thomas during the holiday season. Miracle on Main Street and the St. Thomas Lighted Boat Parade usually takes place on the third Friday in December. See you next year!

Written by Anquanette Gaspard