The Stocked Market at the Civic Center is a holiday shopping gala where over 100 merchants from across the country bring their unique items from jewelry and gifts to sporting goods and gourmet foods. This is the primary annual fundraiser for the Junior League of the Roanoke Valley (JLRV). This nonprofit organization is committed to ensuring that children and their families have the opportunities and services they need. For more information, call 540-343-3663.
November 8-Dec. 1–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds Events: Virginia Hereford Show and Sale on the 8th-9th; Paranzino Bros. Building Materials Auction on the 9th; Legacy at Pine Hill Angus Sale on the 15th; C&E Gun Show on the 30th-Dec. 1st. 540-347-6663.
November 9–Shenandoah Caverns.
In its fifth year, Shenandoah Uncorked is a family friendly event at the Yellow Barn, rain or shine. Festivities include low-key and family appropriate entertainment, children’s activities, specialty local food vendors and high quality crafters. This year’s tasting selection includes Shenandoah Vineyards, North Mountain Vineyard and others. On stage at the Yellow Barn will be John-Robert Rimel, Brian Buchanan, The “Lampman” Rob Grandfield and Doug Author and Rhonda Sager. Kids activities include Face Painting, professional Magician Dean Burkett, fun barrel train rides and pedal tractor races. Apple Butter in the making. Admission fee. 540-477-2432.
November 9–Lexington/Buena Vista.
Come participate in the oldest road race in Virginia “The Annual Domino’s Lexington/Buena Vista 10K Road Race”. The race begins at 8:30 am at the Rockbridge Regional Library, 138 S Main Street, and finishes in Buena Vista at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Admission fee. To register or other information call 540-463-9525.
Bakery Festival at Marker-Miller Orchards, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, from 9 am-4 pm. Come grab a plate and help us celebrate while enjoying a free sampling of delicious baked goods. 540-662-1980.
November 9-11–National Parks.
The National Park Service has declared fee-free days in observance of Veterans Day. So get out and enjoy any National Park in the country without paying an entrance fee. 1-888-896-3833.
November 9, 11–Staunton.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will participate in the Veterans Day parade, which will include the President’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine on Saturday the 9th. Also in honor of President Wilson’s admiration of our soldiers and sailors, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will be pleased to allow all veterans, active military, and their family members, free admission to the Presidential Library on Veteran’s Day, Monday the 11th. Admission includes a guided tour of President Wilson’s birthplace and self-guided tours of the museum which includes the President’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine. 540-885-0897.
November 9, 23–Stephens City.
Come to Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, and read your favorite book to a specially trained dog who loves to listen to stories. 540-869-9000.
Annual Veterans Day Parade is held to honor our nation’s heroes. Flags line Main Street as local Veteran groups ride by on patriotic floats accompanied by the Harrisonburg High School Marching Band and JROTC, Boy Scout Troops, civic organizations and a convoy of military vehicles. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Rockingham County Administration Building located at 20 East Gay Street and travels South on Main Street to the City Municipal Building. Following the parade, at 4:00pm, the Harrisonburg High School Symphonic Band and Honors Choir will perform at Memorial Hall, 395 South High Street. 540-432-8922.
“Books R Fun” sale at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, 759 South Main Street, front lobby, door #5, from 7 am-4 pm. 540-743-4561.
November 15-Dec. 31–Staunton.
Art for Gifts at the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street. A unique, affordable holiday shopping experience featuring the art and fine crafts of artists and artisans. 540-885-2028.
The Annual Gala concert is the Music department’s opening celebration of the winter holiday seasons at Eastern Mennonite University. This is their major fundraising concert. We welcome the community to this annual event that showcases the breadth of musical talent of EMU’s Music Department. Suggested donations are $10.00 per person and will benefit the music scholarship fund. 540-432-4225.
Little Turkey Treats for ages 2+ at the War Memorial Building, Jim Barnett Park. Bring your “Little Turkey” for some fun activities, crafts and treats. Registration is $8.00 (none accepted on the 21st). 540-662-4946.
Page Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will have a Christmas Bazaar in the Day Room of the hospital. This would be a great place to start shopping for unique holiday items. Proceeds to benefit Page Memorial Hospital. 540-843-4581.
November 22-23–Front Royal.
The Blue Ridge Arts Council will host the “Deck the Halls” event at 305 East Main Street. The proceeds raised from this event will support the arts council’s numerous programs and outreach services. 540-635-9909.
Christmas Bazaar at the Community Center from 9 am-3 pm. Local crafters, bake table, and more. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit at noon. 540-636-3588.
November 23–Front Royal.
“Holly Jolly Saturday” at the Gazebo on Village Commons, from 11 am-2 pm. Featuring visits with Santa, fun holiday entertainment, activities for the whole family, and there will be some trees and wreaths available for sale. 540-635-5788.
4th Annual Turkey Trot.This 5K/10K race starts and finishes at the Massanutten Military Academy track, 614 S. Main Street, and runs through the town of Woodstock. All proceeds from the event will benefit Response, Inc. We will be collecting non-perishable food items on race day, which will be donated to the Blue Ridge Food Bank. Long-sleeved T-shirt is guaranteed for all race participants who register by November 9. Refreshments will be provided. 540-459-2142.
Get ready to Race With a Cause and Run for a Cause at the Turkey Trot. We have races for all ages and abilities. Events include a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk, an untimed 5K walk and a 1K run for kids 8 and under. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Page One Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. The registration area which will be set up in the Farmer’s Market area on the Greenway. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. 540-742-255.
The Grandin Village Holiday Children’s Parade starts 11 am, at the Christ Lutheran Church, and proceeds through Grandin Village. Santa’s arrival on a fire-truck adds to the grand finale. Immediately after the parade, you can sit on Santa’s lap in the grassy area between the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op and VA Heights Baptist Church, while listening to the bands playing in the Church’s amphitheatre. 540-777-1790.
“Gallery Showcase”of fine art and exquisite crafts will be held from 11 am-4 pm at Valley Green Gallery. Meet the local artists, artisans and authors. There will be demonstrations and refreshments. 434-361-9316.
November 25-Jan. 5, 2014–Staunton.
For the ninth year in a row beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights from 5-11 pm daily. You can honor a loved one, a Veteran, a friend or honor someone “just because” by placing a lighted deer in the Field of Deer for the Celebration of Holiday Lights. 540-885-4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksgiving Weekend at Wintergreen Resort. Traditional feasts, family fun on the 27th-30th, the grand illumination of the courtyard on the 29th, and holiday workshops on the 29th-30th. If Mother Nature is smiling, we hope to have The Plunge and Discovery Ridge Adventure Center open for the weekend. Also the Annual Turkey Day 5K on the 28th. Then the annual Ski Swap to support the Wintergreen Ski Patrol, buy or sell used skis, boots, and more on the 29th. 434-325-2200 or go to wintergreenresort.com/November-2013/.
November 29–Natural Bridge.
Coats for Kids event at Virginia Safari Park. Gates open at 9 am and close at 5 pm. Would you pet a llama for charity, feed a giraffe to support area children in need? All admission fees on this day are donated to purchase coats for needy children in the area. Admission is $15.00 for adults, $14.00 seniors, $10.00 children ages 3-12 yrs and free for 2 yrs and under. 540-291-3205.
Candlelight Processional and Lighting of the Christmas Tree. The processional forms at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, parades down Main Street and ends at Hopkins Green for the Christmas Tree Lighting. A fun time is sure to be had by all. Processional starts at 5:30 pm. 540-463-5375.
November 29-Dec. 12–Winchester.
Leave a letter for Santa in one of his special mailboxes, with a return address and Santa will write back. Mailbox locations are the War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, City Hall, and the Visitors Center. For more information on this events call 540-662-4946.
November 29-Dec. 22–Roanoke.
“Fantasyland” is a collection of holiday scenes and mechanized figures that decorated department stores in and around the area from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, at the History Museum of Western Virginia , One Market Square. Santa will be here to tell stories, sing songs and will share his ornaments off his tree for the children to take home. Admission fee. For more information, call 540-342-5770.
December 1–Front Royal.
The Celebration of Lights at the Warren Memorial Hospital provides an opportunity to honor or memorialize someone special while helping the volunteers raise money for hospital projects. When someone makes a tax-deductible donation of $5.00 or more, a light will be placed on the “Celebration of Lights” tree located near the hospital’s main entrance. Those making a single donation of $50.00 or more will be recognized in a special way with a Star Giver light, which will be placed at the top of the tree. The tree lighting ceremony includes music and refreshments. 540-636-0398.
44th Annual Doll Auction at the Courtyard Marriott, 300 Marriott Drive. This year, one-of-a-kind dolls will be available to bid on when the auction begins at 2 pm. All proceeds from the annual event go back to the Evans Home, which provides an alternative environment for children who cannot live with their families and who would not thrive in a foster or adoptive family. 540-662-8520 or http://evanshome.org.
December 1–Natural Bridge.
The Monacan Indian Village will demonstrate how to cook up a fall harvest feast. Interpreters in period appropriate dress cook turkey, trout, corn on the cob, corn bread and mixed berries on raised grates over an open fire, in clay and metal pots on hot stones to demonstrate how Monacans did it in the 18th century. While watching learn about hunting, fishing, agriculture, and how thanks was expressed in Monacan culture. The special activity intersects Thanksgiving and American Indian Heritage Month. 540-291-2121.
Gypsy Hill Park will again be aglow with holiday lights from 5-11 pm daily. 540-885-4266.
The Salvation Army Toy Collections at participating downtown stores. Bookworks, Blue Mountain Coffees, City National Bank, Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery, Coffee on the Corner, Redbeard Brewing Company, Pufferbellies, and ZABB’s Beach Day Café, will be donation acceptance locations. 540-332-3865 or 1-800-342-7982.
“Fantasyland” is a collection of holiday scenes and mechanized figures that decorated department stores in and around the area from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, at the History Museum of Western Virginia, One Market Square. Santa will be here to tell stories, sing songs and will share his ornaments off his tree for the children to take home. Admission fee. 540-342-5770.
Leave a letter for Santa (with a return address and Santa will write back) in one of his special mailbox locations: War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, City Hall at 15 N. Cameron Street, Visitor Center at 1400 S. Valley Road on the 1st-12th. On the 1st-29th the Annual Light Show at Clearbrook Park from 5:30-9:30 pm. Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through this winter wonderland. Warm up in the cabin, where you might run into Santa, or with some hot chocolate and cookies. 540-542-1326 or 1-877-871-1326.
Join us for the Annual Hometown Holiday Parade from 7 pm-9 pm. The route begins where North Augusta Street meets Frederick. Our public leash laws remain in effect during the event. There will be no food vendors, but many of the downtown restaurants along the parade route remain open late this night. 540-332-3865 or 1-800-342-7982.
Come celebrate the fun and excitement of our holiday parade in Old Town at 7 pm. There will be bands, floats, and specialty units along with Santa. The parade route is Cameron Street to Piccadilly to left on Braddock St. to left on Cork St. and finish at Loudoun St. Don’t forget the tree lighting ceremony, immediately following the parade. Santa will walk down Rouss Avenue to the official tree lighting stand to light the tree. 540-542-1326 or 1-877-871-1326.
December 2, 5–Buena Vista.
Get into the holiday spirit at beautiful Glen Maury Park as it is transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights on the 2nd, then on the 5th bring the whole family and celebrate the holidays at our Christmas Parade. 540-261-7321.
Come get into the Christmas spirit at our festive Christmas Parade starting 6 pm, complete with Santa. Immediately following the parade, join us at the Mill where you can enjoy Christmas music provided by the Central High School Band. Santa will be here with goodies for the children along with hot chocolate, hot dogs, cookies. Take a hay wagon ride while singing your favorite Christmas songs. 540-984-8318.
Waynesboro High School’s Louis Spilman Auditorium presents “Little Women”. 540-256-1787.
December 5, 31–Vinton.
Annual Christmas Parade, step-off is at 7 pm, with pre and post-parade festivities at the Vinton War Memorial on the 5th. On the 31st “New Years Eve Gala” at the Vinton War Memorial, 814 Washington Avenue 8 pm-1 am. This event is for 21 years and older. BYOB. Admission fee $100.00 per couple. 540-343-1364.
Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony spreads festive cheer throughout downtown. The parade begins at 7:30 pm at the corner of Grattan and Main Street and ends at the Rockingham County office building on Gay Street. Following the parade the Mayor will light the tree in Court Square, and there will be a holiday concert performed by the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. Classic Carriage will offer carriage rides throughout downtown for $5.00 adults, $3.00 for ages 4-7 and children 3 and under are free. 540-433-9168.
“Light up Woodstock” includes a Parade, hot chocolate, music, visits with Santa, wagon rides and more. Tree Lighting with Mayor McCleary and special guest. 540-459-3621.
The Parade will be at 6:30 pm starting on Chapel Road and Santa Clause will be at the Ed Good Park directly after the parade to pass out candy to children. 540-778-3454.
Annual Christmas Parade at 6:30 pm downtown. There will be photos with Santa and the Grinch at Hopkins Green. 540-463-5375.
December 6-7–Front Royal.
10th Annual Christkindlmarkt at Village Commons. Opening Procession and Ceremony: Town Crier announces the official opening of “Christkindlmarkt”, next the National Anthem, then the Mayor turns on the lights downtown. Featuring the Silent “Monks” of the Shenandoah, a lightshow, challenge of the choirs, puppet show, Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, moustache/beard competition, pet photos w/Santa, kids activities, food, special senior’s show, an afternoon with Elvis and more for all ages. 540-622-2060.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Farmers Market, just before the start of the 57th Annual Christmas Parade on the 6th. Alternate date is the 9th. On the 7th Longwood Park will have a gingerbread house competition, entertainment, food, craft activities for kids and more. At the Library, kids can get their picture taken with Santa, listen to a story from Mrs. Claus, enjoy children’s activities, mail a wish list to Santa and outside enjoy hot cider/roasted chestnuts. 540-387-0267.
The artist P. Buckley Moss will be at the Museum Barn to meet the public. Located just off Exit 94, I-64, on Rt. 340 South. 540-949-5473 or 1-800-343-8643.
Area events: On the 6th-8th join us at the Highland Center, Spruce Street from 10 am-5 pm for the Holiday Treasures Market and Open House. An artisan’s market highlighting local creations from wool to wood, jams to cakes, and everything in between. On the 7th our Annual Tree lighting service at 6 pm on the Courthouse lawn. Includes a seasonal musical program, angel tree, a traditional Christmas story and refreshments to follow. 540-468-2550.
December 6-8, 13-15–Buena Vista.
Experience a live, interactive, walk-through presentation of the nativity, behind the Food Lion, 2150 E. Midland Trail. Follow Mary and Joseph as they journey to Bethlehem and experience the sights and sounds of “The Night of Miracles”. You can see the shepherds tending their flocks, visit the well, grain maker, carpenter’s shed, marketplace, census booth, the inn, and the animal pen. Finally, follow the kings’ entourage to the stable where the Christ-child is born. Along the journey you can interact with the villagers and animals. 540-261-6596.
December 6, 13, 20–Roanoke.
31st Annual SunTrust’s “Dickens of a Christmas” featuring the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the 6th, from 5:30-10 pm; Haley Toyota’s Christmas Parade on the13th, from 6-10 pm; RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest on the 20th from 6-10 pm. This free, family-friendly event includes favorites like roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers, and more. 540-342-2028.
December 7–New Market.
“Christmas on the Farm” at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. Visitors will be able to make tree ornaments for the Park’s tree/for themselves and play period games. Guests may also participate in “Holiday Mail for Heroes”, which will send your letter’s to U.S. servicemen overseas. Historical interpreters will be preparing meals, soldiers’ care packages, and inside the farmhouse there will be music and storytelling. Reenactors will be encamped on the Park grounds, depicting the hardships and deprivations that soldiers experienced during Christmases far from home. At 2 pm, the Museum Theater will show “Ole Time Christmas” from the Shenandoah Valley. 866-515-1864.
Come celebrate the start of the holiday season with us at our “Christmas in Toyland” Parade. Sure to put you in the holiday mood with decorated floats, marching bands, cloggers and of course Santa. 540-942-6644.
December 7–Front Royal.
“Home for the Holidays” is the theme for this year’s Christmas Parade. Local bands, businesses, organizations and Santa come to downtown. Sponsored by Downtown Front Royal. Shop locally for those extra special holiday gifts. 540-635-4111.