Events at Virginia Horse Center: Virginia Horse Trials on the 1st; Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association Finals on the 6th-8th; Old Time Music Jam on the 10th; Virginia Horse Shows Association Championships on the 12th-15th; Winter Tournament on the 21st. 540-464-2950. November 1-Dec. 11–Harrisonburg.
Woman, Behold Your Son: Images from the Life and Death of Jesus Christ at James Madison University’s, Lisanby Museum, 1301 Carrier Drive, from 10am-4pm. The life of the divine Christ, from the nativity to the crucifixion, exemplifies the doctrine of Christianity. This exhibit explores Christian iconography of the 16th through the 19th centuries as it seeks to express the complex nature of Jesus Christ. 540-568-2661.November 6-27–Natural Bridge.
Join us for free kid’s movie the whole family can enjoy in the back of the Rockbridge Center, 15 Appledore Lane, every Friday. Bring your chairs, pillows, and blankets for a night of family fun. Concessions available for purchase at Archway Deli, located inside of Rockbridge Center. Movies: The Great Mouse Detective on the 6th; Toy Story on the 13th; Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving on the 20th; The Aristocats on the 27th. Movies start 4:30pm. 540-291-2121 or 1-800-533-1410. November 7-21–Fishersville.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor Market/Yard Sale, American Estate Auction, Hospice of the Shenandoah and Quilts of Comfort Auction on the 7th; Gene Watson Country Music Concert on the 8th; Expo Fall & Christmas Art & Craft Show on the 14-15th; Ole Time Christmas Antique Show Preview Party on the 20th and the Ole Time Christmas Antique Show on the 21st. 540-943-3976. November 7, 21–Stephens City.
Paws for Reading at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, from 1-2:15pm. Read a favorite book to a reading tutor. These canine listeners are patient and love to hear kids read books. 540-869-9000 x215. November 8-Dec.10–Berryville.
Each year many businesses come together to promote the Annual $1,500.00 Giveway to 11 lucky winners right before Christmas. One person will be the grand prize winner and will receive $250.00 in cash and $250.00 in Berryville Bucks. Ten other people will receive $50.00 in cash and $50.00 in Berryville Bucks. The drawing will be held on Dec. 11. No purchase required, must be 18 years of age or older. For more information call 540-955-4001.November 14-Dec. 31–Staunton.
Art for Gifts, ideal for those seeking a unique holiday gift. Art for Gifts occurs in the gallery at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street. Hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, home décor, glass, sculpture, paintings, clothing, and more are available for purchase at this time. 540-885-2028. November 19–Winchester.
Time to bring your “little turkey” to the Jim Barnett Park’s Social Hall for some fun activities and treats to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. For ages 2 and over. Admission fee is $5.00 and you must register by the 16th. 540-667-1815 ext. 1670. November 20-21–Front Royal.
The Blue Ridge Arts Council will host the 13th Annual Deck the Halls event. Proceeds raised from the sale of predecorated trees and wreaths will support programs and outreach services on the 20th and on the 21st will be the Holly Jolly Saturday. Featuring visits with Santa, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Remaining trees and wreaths will be for sale. Both events are at the Gazebo on Village Commons, 400 block East Main Street. 540-635-9909. November 21–Woodstock.
Join us for the Sixth Annual Woodstock Turkey Trot. This 5K/10K race starts and finishes at the Massanutten Military Academy track and runs through the town of Woodstock. The sponsor for this race is Regulus Group, LLC and all proceeds from the event will benefit ChildSafe Center. A program designed to aid in the investigation process of children affected by violence and abuse. Race Day Registration is $35.00. 540-459-2142. November 21–Harrisonburg.
The First Night Harrisonburg Board present Glick and Phillips, in a special fundraising event at Court Square Theater from 6:30-8:30pm. They have been entertaining audiences in the Shenandoah Valley for over 30 years, with their mixture of divine duet harmonies and sarcastic song lyrics. Opening act will be John-Robert Rimel. This event will benefit First Night Harrisonburg, a non-profit who hosts family/friendly performances in an alcohol-free environment on New Years Eve. 540-432-8935.November 22–Shenandoah Natl Park.
Join Greg Redfern, an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy since 1984 and a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, for engaging presentations about outer space at Skyland Resort, miles 41.7 and 42.5. If the sky is clear after the presentation, guests will move outdoors to see the night sky in all its glory while listening to sky lore and fascinating sky facts. Free to all park visitors. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. 877-847-1919. November 25-29–Wintergreen.
The holiday season has arrived at Wintergreen Resort. Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and family fun. If Mother Nature is smiling, we hope to have the Plunge and Ridgely’s Fun Park open. Annual Ski Swap to benefit the Wintergreen Ski Patrol. Great deals on used equipment. www.wintergreenresort.com/Thanksgiving/
or call 434-325-2200. November 26–Lexington.
Continue the Thanksgiving tradition at the 4th Annual Lexington Gobble Wobble 5k and Fun Run starting in the Upper Maury River Middle School parking lot, 198 Wallace Street. Scenic 3.1 mile loop course through historic downtown Lexington, starting and finishing at Brewbaker Field. Water available along the course, food and drinks available at the finish line. Bring the whole family out and enjoy the festivities, but don’t worry, we’ll still get you home in time to put the turkey in the oven. Open to runners/walkers of all abilities. Pre-registered 5k participants will receive long sleeve race t-shirt while supplies last. Pets and strollers welcome. For more information or to register: runsignup.com/Race/VA/Lexington/LexingtonGobbleWobble
or call 540-460-8220. November 26-29–Winchester.
Blue Ridge Dog Training Club event at the Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Court. The Arena will be occupied all weekend with exciting Dog Agility Trials. Come and watch dogs of all sizes and breeds compete in an AKC agility trial. Dogs will be running different obstacle cources including jumps, A-frame, teeter, tunnels and dog walks. Admission free. 540-662-1664. November 26-Jan. 1, 2016–Staunton.
For the 11th year in a row beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights from 5-11pm daily. You can honor a loved one, or honor someone “just because” by placing a lighted deer in the Field of Deer for the Celebration of Holiday Lights. For Field of Deer information celebrationoflights.org/display-a-deer/
or 540-885-4266. November 27–Lexington.
20th Annual Candlelight Processional and Community Tree Lighting. Join us at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery for a community sing-along as we process down Main Street caroling along the way. At Hopkins Green, the community Christmas tree is officially lit for the season. 540-319-4181. November 27–Natural Bridge.
Coats for Kids event at Virginia Safari Park, 229 Safari Lane, will open its gates from 9am-5pm and donate their entire day’s proceeds to purchase new winter coats for children in need in the area. Come pet a llama and feed a giraffe to support a great local cause. Admission fee, kids 2 and under free. 540-291-3205. November 27–Raphine.
The mountain music tradition lives on at Clark’s Ole Time Music Center, 1288 Ridge Rd. Featuring mountain music, bluegrass music and dancing in a family atmosphere. Admission fee. 540-377-2490. November 27–Winchester.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland is a spectacular walking tour of Clearbrook Park.You’ll be delighted by this light show that lets you see fantastic displays and music along the paved path at Clearbrook Park. Take your time enjoying the sights and sounds of the season along the magical stroll through a winter wonderland. Warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies, or in the cabin where Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome kids of all ages. Ages 12 and over $5.00, ages 2-11 $3.00 and ages 0-1 are free. Opening Night is Chain of Checks Night and free digital photos with Santa. Half of the gate proceeds will go to WINC Chain of Checks. For more information www.winc.fm/chain-of-checks-history/
or 540-665-5678. November 27-29–Salem.
36th Annual Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Show at the Civic Center. Admission fee. 540-375-3004. November 28–Harrisonburg.
Christmas extravaganza officially opens for the holiday season at Back Home on the Farm, 2915 Willow Run Road. We will host special activities for children. Come visit the Christmas wonderland of trees, Santa’s Workshop and there will be fresh greenery and wreaths for sale. Visit the Sweet Shop for gifts and goodies. 540-442-6493. November 28–Basye.
Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show starting 10am-3pm at the Restaurant at Bryce Resort. You are invited to take part in this fun arts and crafts show. A total of 34 vendor with hand-made, hand crafted holiday-themed items. Includes needlework, ornament, photography, jewelry, quilts, gingerbread cookies, furniture, clothing, and more. There is no admission charge, just come on in and find the perfect gift. 540-856-2121 ext. 220. November 28–Buchanan.
We are kicking off the Holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm. Join hundreds of visitors who fill Main Street to take part in an old fashioned Tree Lighting Ceremony next to the Town Hall, 19753 Main Street. Activities begin as the families and friends gather at the Town Tree to join in a medley of familiar carols. Activities culminate with a count down to the official lighting. Following the program, you and your family are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments served by Merchants in their stores along Main Street. Thousands of tiny clear lights, greens and red velvet bows highlight the window displays of shops up and down Main Street. 540-254-1212. November 28-29–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Route 11 South, will host the C&E Gun Show. The most professional, safest and ethical gun show in the country. We strive to provide our patrons with the best available selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise. 540-953-0016. November 30–Winchester.
Celebrate the fun and excitement of the holiday season in Old Town. There will be bands, floats, and specialty units along with Santa. Immediately following the parade will be the tree lighting ceremony. The Parade begins at 7pm and lasts until about 8pm. The parade route is Cameron Street to Piccadilly then left on Braddock Street and left on Cork Street, to finish at Loudoun Street. Santa will walk down Rouss Avenue to the official tree lighting stand to light the tree. Inclement Weather: The parade will be canceled if there is severe inclement weather. Weather announcements will be made on local radio and cable stations. There is not a cancellation date. 540-535-3661.December 1–Front Royal.
The Celebration of Lights at the Warren Memorial Hospital provides the community with an opportunity to honor or memorialize someone while helping the volunteers raise money. When someone makes a donation of $10.00 or more, a symbolic light will be placed on the Celebration of Lights tree or those making a single donation of $50.00 or more will be recognized with a Star Giver light. The tree lighting ceremony held at 7pm includes music and refreshments. 540-636-0398.December December 2015 December 1–Buena Vista.
Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall, 2039 Sycamore Avenue, from 7-9-pm. Join us for the annual tree lighting celebration as we kick off the season with music and refreshments. 540-261-8616. December 2–Winchester.
Come and enjoy holiday crafts and decorating cookies before visiting with Santa. For ages 2+. Jim Barnett Park Social Hall. Fee: $5.00. Registration required, call 540-667-1815, ext. 1670 to register. December 2–Dayton.
Giving Tree Kick-off at Braithwaite Studios and Coffee Shop, on Mason Street, starting 8am or any day during the holiday season, to pick up your Giving Tree tag to support local Dayton families in need. While you’re at the studio, browse the glass art selection and enjoy a hot drink, soup, or sandwich. 540-879-2110. December 3–Dayton.
Come visit with old friends and meet new ones at an old-fashioned holiday being celebrated at Silver Lake Mill From 4-7pm. Children can mix reindeer food, color Christmas pictures, and meet Saint Nicholas. There will also be hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies available as you shop the Mill’s delightful new gift sets and enjoy music from The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels. 540-879-3582. December 3–Buena Vista.
Area events: Horses Christmas at Kling Elementary School, 3400 Lombary Avenue, from 1-2:30pm. Come see the horses frolic in holiday attire with a special visit from a friend from the North Pole; Drive through a winter wonderland of lights at Glen Maury Park. The lights are open nightly throughout the holiday season; Christmas parade downtown. Bundle the children and bring them out for a wonderful display of over 100 entries spreading the holiday cheer, including a special guest from the North Pole. 540-261-7321. December 3–Vinton.
Christmas Parade, at 7pm, afterwards join us at the Vinton War Memorial for visits with Santa, entertainment and refreshments. 540-343-1364. December 3–Edinburg.
Get into the Christmas spirit at our festive Christmas parade starting at 6 pm, complete with Santa. 540-984-8521. December 4–Lexington.
The Stonewall Jackson House will offer special admissions for Christmas tours all day from 9am-5pm. Admission will be canned food or reusable fabric bags for the Rockbridge Area Relief Association Food Pantry. The last tour will begin at 4:30pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the house, which will be decorated for Christmas, and learn about 19th-century Christmas traditions. The museum shop will be offering special discounts during the event. 540-464-7704. December 4–Harrisonburg.
The Annual Winter Wonderland parade with festive floats and Santa begins at 7:30pm at the corner of Grattan and Main Street and ends at the Rockingham County Office Building on Gay Street. After 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. December 4–Woodstock.
“Light up Woodstock” includes the Children’s Choir on the Courthouse Stairs at 6pm, a parade at 6:30pm, tree Lighting with Mayor McCleary and special guest at 6:45. Also hot chocolate, music, visits with Santa, wagon rides and more. 540-459-3621. December 4–Lexington.
Bring the whole family out for our Night of Lights Christmas parade with floats, fire trucks, marching bands, singers and dancers. Santa rides on his float at the end of the parade. If there is inclement weather on this day we would cancel the parade. 540-319-4181. December 4–Harrisonburg.
Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center will be hosting a wonderful Christmas Dinner and Sounds of the Season featuring the musical talents of Bill Vance and Joyce Grove at the piano. All are welcome. Please call 1-888-627-7774 for reservations. December 4–Elkton.
F&M Bank Kid's Day. Visit Elkton Branch for a day full of customer appreciation. Enjoy refreshments, games and giveaways. Pictures with Santa will be available from 3-5pm. Please bring your camera for photos. 127 West Rockingham Street. 540-298-1251. December 4-5–Winchester.
This holiday season plan to visit Abram’s Delight Museum, George Washington’s Office and Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters during the Candlelight Tour. Experience Christmas past. 540-662-6550. December 4-5–Salem.
Area events: On the the 4th, Lighting of the Christmas Tree 6pm at the Farmers Market, Christmas Parade on Main Street at 6:30pm. On the 5th, Ye Olde Christmas 11am-4pm, at the Farmers Market. 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. 540-387-0267. December 4-6–Waynesboro.
The artist P. Buckley Moss will be at her gallery, 329 W. Main Street to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the gallery during these three days can be personalized. 540-949-6473. December 4-6–Monterey.
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, and a parade at 5pm. Check out our schedule of events at: www.highlandcounty.org/events/wintertide/ or call 540-468-2551. We’re always adding new things, so be sure to check in frequently. December 4, 11, 18–Roanoke.
Be a part of the memories for the 33rd Dickens of a Christmas. Featuring our Christmas Tree Lighting on the 4th, Haley Toyota’s Christmas Parade 6:30pm on the 11th, the RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest and Coca Cola Snow Zone on the 18th. A free, family-friendly event is held downtown. Favorites like roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers, and more. 540-342-2028. December 5–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 and visit the military encampment, 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 Virginia Museum of the Civil War you can make ornaments to decorate our tree and yours, write letters to our men and women in the military who are far from home, and do some Christmas shopping in the General’s Store. Admission fee. 540-740-3101 or 1-866-515-1864. December 5–Grottoes.
The Ruritan Club presents Caroling in the Caverns at Grand Caverns Park from 5-8pm. Tours will enter the cave every 15 minutes. This event proceeds will benefit the South River Boys/Girls Club and Ruritan Scholarships. Admission for adults $5.00, kids 12 and under are free with a donation of new art/crafts supplies, games, markers. 540-249-5729. December 5–Front Royal.
The Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Christmas Parade at 5pm. The parade will start on Luray Avenue, then travel down Luray Avenue to Stonewall Drive to Royal Avenue, over to Main Street, left onto Chester Street and a final right onto 3rd Street. 540-635-3185. December 5–Bayse.
The 17th Annual Santa Tournament at Bryce Resort Golf Course. Four Player Captain’s Choice, Shotgun starts at 11am. Form your own team or sign up as a single and we will pair you up. Entry fee includes golf, cart, prizes, 2 drink tickets, a donation to Toys For Tots and hot roast beef and gravy dinner with fixin’s following play. Team prizes for: 1st, 2nd, low gross, and low net. Admission fee. 540-856-2121. December 5–Waynesboro.
Come celebrate the start of the holiday season with us at our Frozen Fantasy Parade at 6pm. Featuring Santa, decorated floats, cloggers and more. The makeup date will be the 8th at 6pm. 540-942-6735. December 5-6–Lexington.
Over 300 nativities from all over the world will be exhibited at the nondenominational Community Nativity Exhibit & Christmas Concert, 1340 Thornhill Road. The nativities are being generously loaned by community members and collectors from other parts of the country. A festive community concert featuring area choirs and musicians with guest tenor Eric Hanson will conclude the festivities at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. The exhibit and concert are a gift to the community, free to the public, and no donations will be accepted. Bring the entire family. Are you a nativity collector? Join the exhibit:Community.Nativities@gmail.com
, or Michele, 540-463-4077. December 5, 11–Elkton.
Area events: Get decked out in your most cheerful Christmas garb to help Elkton Cares Relay For Life at 9am. For a $5.00 donation, receive a set of bells, hot chocolate and cookie, and chances to win prizes. Have your picture taken with Santa Claus, while you browse a variety of vendors. Both events at the Community Center on the 5th. On the 11th our Christmas Parade of Lights will start at 6pm. 540-298-1951. December 5–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. December 5–New Market.
Christmas Parade on Congress Street at 5pm. Following the Parade will be the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Town Office and light refreshments at the Town Hall. Also at the Library wll 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. December 5–Winchester.
46th Annual Doll Auction to benefit the Evans Home for Children will be held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from 2-4pm. Please plan to join us. For so many years special members of our community have donated their time, effort and creativity to dress up these gorgeous porcelain dolls that we then auction off to raise money to support our children. 540-662-8520. December 5–Staunton.
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. December 5–Stanley.
Come and enjoy the holiday season at our Christmas Parade downtown at 6pm. 540-778-3454. December 5–Bridgewater.
4th Annual Weihnachtsmarkt, hosted by the Winery at Bluestone Vineyard, 4828 Spring Creek Road from 11am-5pm. Featuring local vendors, artisans, food/wine. We will also be doing a local food drive, so please bring canned goods and/or nonperishable items. This event is outside. 540-828-0099. December 5–Dayton.
‘Tis the season to be jolly at the Heritage Museum with free admission into the galleries, special discounts and promotions in the bookstore and gift shop. Also refreshments, and more from 11am-3pm. It will be a perfect time to pick up that special gift for Christmas. 540-879-2616. December 5–Dayton.
Grab your neighbor and head down to Main Street to watch the Christmas parade at 5pm, followed by the Christmas tree lighting, singing of Silent Night, and hot chocolate at College Street Pavilion. The TA FFA will also be selling greenery wreaths at the pavilion. traditional, while enjoying delicious refreshments and great door prizes. 540-879-2241. December 5-6–Harrisonburg.
Holidayfest is a family fun event at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue. The JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale which features a variety of holiday classics and masterworks by JMU’s small and large music ensembles. A holiday reading by a local celebrity. Prior to the matinee on the 6th at 12:30pm, children can enjoy crafts, cookies and cider in the Grand Lobby. Admission fee. 540-568-7000. December 5-6–Edinburg.
Holiday Open House at Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road. We wish everyone a Happy Season with family and friends. Join us for warm mulled wine along with cookies and goodies to welcome in the Holidays. 540-984-8699. December 5-6–Winchester.
Fellowship Bible Church will be presenting Follow the Star, a guided walking tour of the Living Nativity both evenings from 6-9pm at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Parking is at Creekside Shopping Center and a hayride will take you to the event. The tour is concluded with holiday music, all you can eat Christmas cookies/hot chocolate and cookies for people with allergies. Free admission. Only service animals allowed. 540-662-7743.