Get into the Christmas spirit at our festive Christmas parade starting at 6 pm, complete with Santa. 540-984-8521.
December 1–Front Royal.
The Celebration of Lights at the Warren Memorial Hospital provides the com-munity with an opportunity to honor or memorialize someone while helping the volunteers raise money for hospital projects. When someone makes a donation of $10.00 or more a symbolic light will be placed on the Celebration of Lights tree. The tree lighting ceremony is held at 7pm and includes music and refreshments. 540-636-0398.
December 1–Buena Vista.
Area events: Horses Christmas at Kling Elementary School, 3400 Lombardy Avenue. Come see the horses frolic in holiday attire with a special visit from a friend from the North Pole 1:15-2:30pm; Holiday Lights at Glen Maury Park 6pm; Christmas Parade downtown. Bundle the children and bring them out for a wonderful display of floats, bands and more, including Santa Clause from 7pm. 540-261-7321.
Our Annual Christmas Parade with over 100 entries will start at 6pm and ends at the Vinton War Memorial where you can have pictures taken with Santa while enjoying refreshments and entertainment. Also there will be a tree lighting ceremony at the Vinton Municipal Building. 540-343-1364.
December 1-4–Port Republic.
Special Holiday Art Show in the Town Hall, 8597 Water Street. This event will include everything from fresh wreaths/, garlands, seasonal knitwear to holiday decorations and so much more. Enjoy some hot cider, fresh baked cookies while listening to music by local musicians and getting to know the artists. 540-908-1948.
The First Bank is participating in the Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted at their branch at 1 W. Frederick Street. Thank you for your support of our local families in need. 540-332-3100.
Area events: Annual Christmas Tree lighting at the Municipal Building. Festivities include caroling, holiday reflections, cookies, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa on the 1st; Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Community Center. We have a variety of crafters, vendors, food and Santa will make a special visit on the 3rd; Christmas Parade of Lights starts at 6pm along West Spotswood Trail near C&S Diner on the 9th; Walk along the streets, take a horse drawn carriage ride, enjoy music, refreshments and see the business storefronts competing in this year’s window dressing contest on the 15th. 540-298-9860.
The Lights on Parade begins at 7pm at the Rockingham County Office Building on Gay Street and ends at the corner of Grattan and Main Streets. Following the parade Mayor Christopher B. Jones will host a tree lighting ceremony in Court Square, followed by a holiday concert performed by the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. 540-433-9168.
“Light up Woodstock” includes the children’s choirs on the Courthouse stairs at 6pm, a Parade at 6:30pm, Tree Lighting with Mayor McCleary. Also hot chocolate, music, visits with Santa, wagon rides and more. 540-459-3621.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree 6pm on the 2nd at the Farmers Market, Christmas Parade on Main Street at 6:30pm. On the 3rd, Ye Olde Christmas 11am-4pm, at the Farmers Market where there will be a variety of vendors, carriage rides around downtown, and the Gingerbread Festival will be held at the Library, there will be pictures with Santa, children’s activities, several vendors and hot cider. 540-375-4098.
Bring the whole family out for our “Trees on Parade”. Floats, fire trucks, marching bands, singers and dancers. Santa rides on his float at the end of the parade on the 2nd; On the 3rd, Run a 5k or walk a 1.5 mile route starting at 10am on the Nelson Street Bridge. Open to runners and walkers of all abilities. Jogging strollers and well-behaved leashed dogs welcome. To register call 540-319-4181.
December 2-3, 10–Winchester.
Experience Christmas past through our Candlelight Museum Tours of three historic museums, George Washington’s Office, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, and Abram’s Delight on the 2nd-3rd, 540-662-6550; Holiday Trolley Ride starting at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate before boarding, then enjoy the sounds of holiday music, historic story-telling and see twinkling light displays from the comfort of your seat. 540-542-1326.
December 2, 9, 16–Roanoke.
Family-friendly events held downtown and includes favorites like roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers, and more. 34th Dickens of a Christmas featuring our Christmas Tree Lighting on the 2nd; Christmas Parade 6pm on the 9th; RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest and Coca Cola Snow Zone on the 16th. 540-342-2028.
P. Buckley Moss will be appearing at the following galleries (Waynesboro on the 2nd-4th 540-949-6473 and Blacksburg on the17th-18th 540-552-6446) to meet with her collectors and sign purchases of her work. These galleries will have an expanded inventory of prints/originals and will work hard at making each event enjoyable. Please contact the individual galleries for details prior to the event.
December 3–New Market.
Christmas on the Farm at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. Join us at the historic Bushong Farm where you can visit a military encampment and lend a hand with chores. There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing, and a visit from a special Christmas visitor. In the Museum building you can make ornaments to decorate our tree and yours, and do some Christmas shopping in the General’s Store. Admission fee and free for ages 5 and under. 1-866-515-1864.
Toys for Tots Santa Tournament, 11am shotgun will be held at Bryce Resort. To register or more information call 540-856-2121 or 540-856-2124.
11th Annual Christmas Parade starting at 4:30pm on Eastview Street, then right onto Thompson Street, then left onto Main Street and then left onto College Street with the parade ending at the College Street Pavilion. Immediately following the parade, we will have the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Pavilion with hot chocolate and Christmas Wreaths on sale. 540-879-2241.
5th Annual Weihnachtsmarkt (German Market), hosted by Bluestone Vineyard. 4828 Spring Creek Road, from 11am-5pm. Featuring food, wine, and crafts will be avaiable for purchase. In the traditional German way, this event is outside and it’s a lot of fun to get bundled up. Event held rain or shine and no admission fee. 540-828-0099.
December 3–Stephens City.
Jingle Bell Rock Party at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road. Join us for a holiday celebration for all of your family at 11am. Enjoy a variety of activities, a snack of Christmas cookies and jingle bell juice. 540-869-9000.
Come celebrate the start of the holiday season with us at our Spirit of Giving Parade at 6pm. Featuring Santa, decorated floats, cloggers and more. In case of inclement weather the makeup date will be the 6th at 6pm 540-942-6735.
Join Harmony Moon, 13 S. New Street, for a Kitty Petting Zoo featuring the adorable and adoptable cats and kittens from H.O.P.E. (Humanitarians of Pet Education), a local cat rescue group from 1-4pm. The kittens will be “free range” today so you can have fun playing and cuddling with them. Fun for the whole family and 10% of all purchases in the shop will be donated to H.O.P.E. 540-885-1368.
December 3–Front Royal.
The Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Christmas Parade at 5pm. There will be local musicians, organizations, businesses and Santa at the Gazebo in the Village Commons, 414 E. Main Street. 540-635-3185.
December 3–New Market.
Annual Tis the Season Holiday Celebration downtown. Christmas Parade at 5pm. Following the Parade will be the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Town Office with light refreshments at the Town Hall. Also at the Library will be Santa, story reading, giveaways, a book fair and music. All Town activities are free. No animals allowed at any indoor events. 540-740-3432.
Join us this holiday season and celebrate Wintertide, an old fashioned Christmas. It’s like a scene right out of your favorite Hallmark movie with Santa Claus, Christmas lights, parade at 5pm. 540-468-2551.
With the theme Spirit of Giving in mind for our Christmas Parade, we are partnering with Toys for Tots to brighten the Christmas season for some less fortunate families in the area. We are asking each entry to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots at signup. The parade starts at 6pm on Main Street. 540-942-6735.
Home for the Holidays features breakfast at the Fire Department, a book sale at the library, Santa Clause at First Bank, a children’s shopping extravaganza at Lydia’s Clothes Basket, a fun and festive Christmas Parade, a tree lighting ceremony, caroling, and pictures in the Gazebo. 540-465-3187.
Christmas Parade at 6pm downtown. 540-778-3454.
When traveling the Valley shopping for your holiday gifts you won’t want to miss Shenandoah Vineyards, Holiday Open House at 3659 South Ox Road. Join us in celebrating the Christmas season, shop for wine related gifts and sip some mulled wine to welcome in the holidays. 540-984-8699.
Fellowship Bible Church will be presenting Follow the Star, a tour of the Living Nativity both evenings from 6-9pm at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. You will be taken to seven scenes and then finish the evening with a time of Christmas caroling and refreshments. Free event, just like the gift of Jesus. Snow dates are the 10th and 11th. 540-662-7743.
December 3-4, 9-10–Grottoes.
Holiday events: on the 3rd Caroling in the Caverns at Grand Caverns from 6-8pm proceeds will benefit the South River Boys/Girls Club as well as the Ruritan Scholarship Fund. Adults $5.00, kids 12 and under free with a donation of new art/crafts supplies, markers, construction paper or games. Also kids who bring a homemade ornament will receive free general admission; On the 4th our Christmas Parade will begin at 4:30pm, starts at 6th Street and Dogwood Avenue and conclude at the Fire Station where kids can visit with Santa, munch on cookies and sip hot chocolate. On the 9th-10th tickets are still available for the Southern Grace Country Christmas Dinner show that will be held at the Fire Department. 540-249-5896.
Our 3rd Annual Christmas Parade starting at 2pm. Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season as horses, floats, bands and more take a stroll down Historic Main Street. Parade lineup will be at the Lord Fairfax Community College. 540-869-2226.
The Stonewall Jackson House at 8 East Washington Street, presents Christmas at the Jacksons. Step back in time to a candlelit Christmas and experience the excitement of preparing for guests by helping us with the final details. Listen to seasonal music while enjoying complimentary refreshments. Admission is non-perishable food for humans and/or pets to benefit the Rockbridge Area Relief Association food pantry. The museum shop will be open during the event. 540-464-7704.
The Volunteer Fire Company is having a Tenderloin Dinner starting 5pm at 304 Lee Highway. The menu is pork tenderloin, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, baked apples, rolls, dessert and drink. Admission fee adults $10.00, children ages 6-12 $5.00, children 5 and under free. 540-487-9549.
Christmas Parade at 6 pm in downtown. For more information call 540-743-5511.
Holly Jolly Celebration in Old Town. Enjoy caroling, holiday activities. 540-535-3661.
Christmas tree lighting at Big Gem Park at 6pm. There will be caroling, visits with Santa, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting all for free. 540-352-8164.
Christmas at CrossRoads is held at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way, from 3-7pm.In addition to the traditional candlelight tour, there will be hands-on family crafts, live music, singing and wonderful holiday refreshments. The admission fee helps to support our ongoing work of the VBMHC. Adults $7.00, students $5.00, children 5 and under are free 540-438-1275.
47th Annual Doll Auction fundraiser for the Evans Home for Children at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Members of our community have donated their time, effort and creativity to dress up these gorgeous porcelain dolls. The money will help support their children. 540-662-8520.
December 13–Front Royal.
The American Legion Community Band of Front Royal, Va. will present a free Christmas Concert on Tuesday at 7:30 pm in Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus in Front Royal. Admission is free and there will be a love offering collected for the local C-CAP. Visit our website at www.alcband.org
or call 540-635-6828 for more information.
We hope you will join us on the grounds of the Hebron Baptist Church as “Bethlehem Village” invites visitors to become a part of the true Christmas story as they literally walk through 1st Century Bethlehem. Free and open nightly from 6-9pm, early open at 5pm on the 18th weather permitting. Spanish narrative tour on the 18th at 7pm. 540-456-6863.
Join the Shenandoah Chapter, Master Naturalists for an afternoon of Free bird-centered activities and crafts. Learn to identify common birds, help with our count, make a bird feeder, and more. Recommended for those 5-14 years, with an adult, but all are welcome. We will spend time outside so dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. Register online anytime or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224, M-F from 1-5 pm.
December 26-31–Stuarts Draft.
Annual Inventory Clearance Sale at the Cheese Shop, 2366 Tinkling Spring Road. Where you can save 10% as they clear out their shelves. www.thecheeseshopva.com/
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will honor our 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, on his 160th birthday, from 11am-3pm. Tour Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace decorated for the holidays in the style of the Victorian-era, discover the life and legacy of our 28th President at his Museum, visit with members of the Pierce-Arrow Committee as they provide unique information about President Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine, delight in the sounds of the Stonewall Flutes of the Shenandoah and guitarist Bill Harouff, enjoy special activities for the children, and visit the President’s Shop for light refreshments and unique gifts. This special event is free and open to the public. 540-885-0897.
Make plans now to ring in the New Year with us. There will be music, magic/puppet shows, dancing, childrens activites and so much more at various venues. Fireworks at midnight. 540-432-8922.
First Night in historic Old Town. This is the largest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shenandoah Valley. We offer entertainment for every age. There will be bubbles, reptiles, magicians, comedy, and more. 540-535-3661.
December 31–Mt. Crawford.
CrossKeys Vineyards, 6011 E. Timber Ridge Road, is proud to host our 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have a Moonlight themed evening in the works, so reserve your tickets today. 540-234-0505.