CALENDAR OF EVENTS: December, 2017
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December 1–Harrisonburg.
The Ringing In the Holidays Parade begins 7pm at the Rockingham County office building on Gay Street and ends at city hall. Following the parade there will be a tree lighting ceremony in Court Square then a holiday concert performed by the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. 540-433-9168.

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 for hospital projects. Interested in honoring or memorializing a loved one call 540-636-0398.

December 1–Winchester.
Join the James Charles Winery and Vineyard, 4063 Middle Road, for their 3rd Annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at 7pm. Each adult will receive a complimentary glass of mulled wine/a cookie and there will be live holiday music in the tasting room from 5-8pm. 540-931-4386.

December 1–Woodstock.
Light up Woodstock includes the Children’s Choirs on the courthouse stairs at 5:30pm, a parade at 6:30pm, tree lighting with the mayor and special guest. Also hot chocolate, music, visits with Santa, wagon rides and lots more. 540-459-3621.

December 1–Lexington.
Christmas Parade starting at 6pm on Main Street in the downtown area. There will be floats, marching bands, dance troupes, animals, antique cars, fire trucks and much more. 540-319-4181.

December 1-2–Winchester.
Experience Christmas past through our Candlelight Tour/Open Houses at these historic museums: George Washington’s Office, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, and Abram’s Delight. 540-662-6550.

December 1-2–Front Royal.
Christkindlmarkt at the Village Commons has something for all ages. There will be a live nativity, horse/carriage rides, German food, crafts, music, children’s activities and so much more. Also children/pet photos  will be taken with Santa and Mrs. Clause to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County. 540-622-2060.

December 1-2, 9–Salem.
Area events: On the 1st, Lighting of the Christmas Tree 6pm at the Farmers Market and Christmas Parade on Main Street at 6:30pm. On the 2nd the Gingerbread Festival will be held at the library. There will be pictures with Santa, children’s activities, several vendors and hot cider from 11am-4pm.  On the 9th, Ye Olde Christmas 11am-4pm at the Farmers Market. There will be a variety of vendors, carriage rides around downtown. 540-387-0267.

December 1-3, 8-10–Buena Vista.
Behind the Food Lion, 2150 E. Midland Trail, visitors can join Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem. You will see three kings on the hillside, witness the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, village vendors selling their wares, chat with the carpenter busy at his trade, salute the Roman soldiers riding in a chariot and on horseback and lots more. The pageantry culminates as visitors follow the procession of the Magi entourage to the manger. As you exit the village you are offered free hot chocolate. 540-261-6596.

December 1, 8, 15–Roanoke.
Dickens of a Christmas featuring our Christmas tree lighting on the 1st; Christmas parade 6pm on the 9th; RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest and Coca Cola Snow Zone on the 15th. This free, family-friendly event in the downtown area includes roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers, and lots more. 540-342-2028.

December 1-3, 16-17–Waynesboro/Blackburg.
P. Buckley Moss will be appearing at the following galleries (Waynesboro on the 1st-3rd 540-949-6473 and Blacksburg on the16th-17th 540-552-6446) to meet with her collectors and sign purchases of her work. Please contact the individual galleries for details prior to the event.

December 2–Grottoes.
The Grottoes Ruritan Club presents a fun night of fellowship and caroling inside Grand Caverns. Make this holiday season special with the rare opportunity to experience musical performances and a candlelight tour of Grand Caverns led by trained guides. Proceeds of this event will benefit the South River Boys and Girls Club and the scholarship fund of the Grottoes Ruritan Club. Admission is adults $5.00, children 12 and under are free with a donation of new arts/crafts supplies, markers, construction paper or games. Children may also bring a handmade ornament to decorate our tree for a free pass to visit the caverns another day. Also the Grand Caverns gift shop in Stone Lodge will be available for holiday shopping. 540-249-5729 or 540-249-5988.

December 2–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, a visit from a special Christmas visitor and so much more. 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 years and under. 1-866-515-1864.

December 2–Front Royal.
Annual Christmas Parade featuring over 100 entries at 4pm. Enjoy the creative floats, performances, and of course, the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. Parade route: Luray Avenue, right on Stonewall Drive, left on S. Royal Avenue, right on Main Street, left on Chester Street, right on 3rd Street, disband at Warren County Government Center. 540-635-3185.

December 2–Waynesboro. 
Annual Christmas Parade downtown at 6pm. Spectators will be able to take in the sights and sounds of the Christmas season and enjoy hot chocolate. Spectators can get in on the spirit of giving by bringing a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. They will have a float in the front of the parade and will be collecting toys all along the route. Just look for collection volunteers. 540-942-6738.

December 2–Strasburg.
Home for the Holidays Christmas Celebration and Business Open House in the downtown area. There will be a parade at 4:30pm, caroling, tree lighting, photos  with Santa, and more. 540-465-3187.

December 2–New Market.
Annual Tis the Season Holiday Celebration downtown from 9am-3pm. Christmas Parade at 5pm.  Vendors will have tables set up at the SunTrust Bank parking lot, 9397 S. Congress Street, with food, baked goods, arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, handmade items, and more. 540-740-3432.

December 2–Stanley.
2nd Annual Christmas Celebration. This event is for all to enjoy starting with the Christmas parade featuring Santa Claus. After the parade, join us at the Ed Good Memorial Park where people of all ages can sit around fire pits and listen to Christmas carolers. Santa and his Elves will also be there for a photo opportunity. There will be food and drinks available for purchase. 540-778-3454.

December 2–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, parade at 10am and lots more. 540-468-2551.

December 2-3–Winchester.
8th Annual “Follow the Star” Live Nativity Program at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, from 6-9pm both nights. The event is a walking dramatic tour bringing to life the night Jesus was born. Free admission and refreshments. Weather conditions can cause for slick or muddy areas along the path, which can make the walkway challenging to navigate for those using walkers and wheelchairs. Snow dates are the 9th and 10th. 540-662-7743.

December 2-3–Woodstock/New Market.
Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley, under direction of Scott Zane Smith, Artistic Director, presents "Here We Come A-Caroling" Saturday and Sunday, at 3 pm. Start your holiday season with classic choral cheer! Saturday's concert will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock; Sunday's concert will be held at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market. Tickets: $12/adults; $6/youth (ages 12-18); children under 12, free. Tickets may be purchased on the chorus website: www.masterworkschorus.net, or at the door. 540-856-8014.

December 2-3, 9-10–Roanoke.
Take a trip on the Candy Cane Express at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, 303 Norfolk Avenue. It’s the best way to celebrate the holiday spirit. There will be Santa, music and family fun. Admission fee. 540-342-5670.

December 2, 7, 15–Elkton.
Join our community as we begin our celebration of the most joyous season. Christmas Bazaar at the Community Center with a unique variety of gifts on the 2nd; Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6:30-7:30pm at the old municipal building, featuring music, refreshments and a visit from Santa on the 7th; “Sights/Sounds of the Season” Christmas Parade will line up on W. Spotswood Trail at 5pm, parade begins at 6pm on the15th. 540-298-1951.

December 3–Grottoes.
Town Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Town Hall 4:30pm and Town Christmas Parade starting at the Town Hall to Aspen Avenue 5:30pm. 540-249-5896.

December 8–Verona.
Verona Volunteer Fire Company is having a Tenderloin Dinner, 5:00 pm at Verona Volunteer Fire Company, 304 Lee Highway. Pork tenderloin, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, baked apples, rolls, dessert and drink – Adults $10; children ages 6 to 12 is $5; Children 5 and under free. Verona will also have a drawing for two (2) $150 gift cards that night, tickets are a donation of $2.00 each. 540 248-2480.

December 8-9–Edinburg.
Holiday Homes Tour will include nine homes and historic buildings and will be festively decorated for the event and open for visits. The tour will originate at the Edinburg Mill and Museum both days where ticket-holders will receive a map, entrance tickets, a program booklet with history and photos of the homes, and refreshments including a hot beverage and cookies. A tour of the Museum will be free for this event. The tour sites are as a rule not handicapped-accessible. The event is sponsored by the Edinburg Heritage Foundation and Response with all proceeds going to the two organizations. The tickets are good for both days. 540-984-8400.

December 8-9–Grottoes.
Local Country Gospel Band “Southern Grace” will present their 3rd Annual Southern Grace Country Christmas Dinner Show at the Grottoes Fire Department Building. It will once again be a night of great fun, food and music during the Christmas season. There will also be several special guests that will perform. The $20.00 ticket includes the dinner and the show. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 540-249-5896.

December 9–Shenandoah.
Christmas tree lighting at Big Gem Park at 6pm. There will be caroling, visits with Santa, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting all for free. 540-652-8164.

December 9–Harrisonburg.
Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way, presents Christmas at CrossRoads. Join us for a traditional candlelight tour which allows visitors a respite from the hubbub of commercialized Christmas chaos. In addition to the traditional candlelight tour, this year’s celebration includes hands-on family crafts, live music and singing and wonderful holiday refreshments. 540-438-1275.

December 9–Winchester.
Join us for our 6th Annual Macrock Art Market inside Larkin Arts, 61 Court Square where you can buy locally made arts/crafts directly from the artist. This event is free and open to the public and part of our downtown-wide Holiday Festival. 540-236-4223.

December 9–Harrisonburg.
The holidays are magical in downtown Harrisonburg. Celebrate at Winter Wonderfest Noon to 6pm. This free, community festival includes seasonal activities: Noon- 6pm Art Market at Larkin Arts; 1-3pm Photos with Santam Agora at Downtown Market; 4:30pm ELF at Court Square Theater. Shop downtown at any retailer and save your receipt to get into the show for free. 5-6pm Caroling throughout downtown from the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir. You'll also run into the Grinch and Santa's elves throughout downtown. Stop by the host location, which is the store next to Ten Thousand Villages Harrisonburg on the corner of Main and Bruce Street. This is the check-in location for the Cookie Tour, but there will also be crafts, holiday refreshments, and games for everyone to enjoy. For more information visit http://downtownharrisonburg.org/winter-wonderfest/

December 10–Winchester.
48th 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 10–Berryville.
Holiday Homes Tour, 1-4pm, Tours begin at The Firehouse Gallery, 23 E. Main Street. Get into the holiday spirit by visiting Historic Berryville and enjoy a self-guided tour of three private homes, Historic Rosemont Manor and the Historic Berryville Baptist Church all beautifully decorated for the holidays. Berryville Baptist Church will have a special presentation of Nativity’s presented by their parishioners in their fellowship hall. Advanced tickets are $15 per person (children 12 and under are free with adult), Tickets will be on sale the day of the tour for $20 per person at The Fire House Gallery, 23 E. Main Street. For More Information and to purchase tickets please visit BerryvilleMainStreet.org or call 540-955-4001.

December 12–Lexington.
The Stonewall Jackson House, 8 E. Washington Street, presents Christmas at the Jacksons’ from 5-7pm. Step back in time to 1859 where you can enjoy a candlelit Christmas. There will be seasonal music and complimentary refreshments. Admission will be canned food to support the Rockbridge Area Relief Association. 540-464-7704.

December 12–Staunton.
Holiday Program  “Christmas with Santa” at the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue from 6:30-7:30pm. Families will enjoy a special holiday play followed by tree trimming and a jolly red-suited visitor. 540-332-3902.

December 15-19–Afton.
We hope you will join the Hebron Baptist Church, 66 Tanbark Drive this year for a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem. The tour will be complete with reenactment of Christ’s birth, singing angels, Roman guards, an olive press, working looms/forge/bakery, carpenters, blacksmiths, weapons/scribe shops, live camels, wise men and more. Free and open nightly from 6-9pm, Hispanic tour on the 17th at 7pm 540-456-6863.

December 16–Staunton.
Listen to the Carols of Christmas at Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand that bring us the joy and spirit of the season. Brave the winter elements while enjoying local choirs spreading Christmas cheer. Performances by the Harrisonburg Harmonizers and other local choirs, along with a cozy bonfire. Bring the children for free hot chocolate, cookies, and a photo with Santa. Please bring donated items for the Valley Mission. For a list of needed items check out their website at: www.valleymission.net or call 540-886-4673.

December 16-25, 31–Wintergreen.
Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas at Wintergreen Resort. Celebrate the most magical time of year with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Don’t forget to work in skiing, riding and tubing. 434-325-8180.

December 17–Boyce.
Come to the Foundation of the State Arboretum, 400 Blandy Farm Lane for an afternoon of bird-centered family actvites and crafts. Recommended age range 5-14 years with an adult but all are welcome. Part of the tme will be spent outdoors, so dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Free but reservations recommended, call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.

December 19–Front Royal.
The American Legion Community Band of Front Royal, Va. will present a free Christmas Concert on Tuesday, at 7:30pm in Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus. 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.

December 31–Harrisonburg.
Make plans now to ring in the New Year with us. There will be music, magic/puppet shows, dancing, childrens activites, food and so much more at various venues. View the ball drop in front of the court house at midnight. 540-432-8922.

December 31–Winchester.
First Night in historic Old Town is a family-friendly, non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration. We offer entertainment for every age, musicians, dancers, bubbles, reptiles, magicians, comedy and more. 540-535-3661.

December 31–Harrisonburg.
Generations Crossing’s Annual Glow Run 5K fundraiser is the hottest way to ring in 2017 with friends and family. All participants receive more glow paraphernalia than you’ll know what to do with and the course is lined with flashy lights and DJ’s. Wheelchair racers, strollers and leashed pets are welcome. To register call 540-434-4901.

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