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.
Join Skyline Literacy at You Made It Pottery, 163 Main Street, 4-7 pm Tuesday. Paint your masterpiece, have it fired; ready for gift giving. Say that you are with Skyline Literacy, and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Skyline for adult literacy programs! Can't stay and play? Purchase your project during our Fun-Raiser, come back when it is convenient. Call Terri, Skyline Literacy, 540-433-0505.
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.
"Little Women" presented by The Waynesboro Players, December 5-7, 7:30 pm and December 8th, 2 pm at Kate Collins Middle School Auditorium, 1625 Ivy St. Under the guidance of their beloved mother, four young sisters struggle to keep their family going while their Father's away in the Civil War. In this beautiful dramatized adaptation of the classic novel, even as privation, illness and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self. Adults $12, students (grades 12 and under) $6. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.waynesboroplayers.org.
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.
2nd Annual Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market) at Bluestone Vineyard, 4828 Spring Creek Road. Enjoy a festive market atmosphere featuring local vendors, artisans, food and wine. Bring your Christmas list or get inspired by the selection. 540-828-0099.
December 7–Mt. Jackson.
Outdoor Holiday Market at Cave Ridge Vineyard, 1476 Conicville Road. Sip hot mulled wine while your browse the wares of local artists and vendors at our outdoor holiday market. Caroling by the Central High School Choir. 540-477-2585.
December 7–Stephens City.
6th Annual Christmas on the Commons at the Newtown Commons on Main Street. This is a social celebration for 5th grade and below, their families and friends. Events include ornament decorating for kids, the ever popular Critter Tree, fresh baked goodies and seasonal beverages for all. Music by the Aylor Middle School band, the Sherando Band and Chorus. Also the Tree Lighting Ceremony and more. 540-869-3087.
When traveling the Valley shopping for your holiday gifts, you won’t want to miss Shenandoah Vineyards “Open House”. The vineyards will have snacks made from food gift items to accompany tastings of their wine. They are open every day ‘til Christmas Day. 540-984-8699.
The Valley’s most beloved family holiday tradition for 45 Years. “Holidayfest” at James Madison University’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue. Featuring the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, JMU Symphony Orchestra, Madison Singers and Chorale, with a special guest. 540-568-7000.
Celebrate the holidays at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, from 10 am-5 pm on the 7th and 1-5 pm on the 8th. Train rides, take your own pictures with Santa, decorate an ornament for your tree, family friendly activities and more. 540-342-5670.
37th Annual Holiday House Tour is broken into three distinct aspects: The Bough and Dough Shop at the Winchester Little Theatre, 315 West Boscawen Street, from 10 am-5 pm; Preview Party and Candlelight Tour of seven homes on South Stewart and South Washington Streets from 6-9 pm. Start your evening at the Preview Party. 540-667-3577.
Virginia Horse Center events: Hedrick Rodeo and Cowboy Christmas Shoot-out on the 7-8th; On the 11th-14th Charity Christmas Basket Program. We need volunteers. We want to ensure every family in the Rockbridge area has a brighter holiday and a happier new year. 540-464-2950.
Area events: 4th Annual Christmas Parade starting at 11 am on the 7th; On the 15th Christmas Open House at the Miller-Kite House Museum, 310 E. Rockingham Street. Live music, living history demonstrations, house tours, refreshments and more. Free event. 540-578-3046.
December 7, 14, 21–Staunton.
“ELFis the ELF”. Our gift card mascot will visit downtown stores, give out candy canes and treats to the kids and distribute some $10.00 gift cards. Star 94.3 will partner with SDDA on the “Find ELFis and Win,” promotion in which they broadcast ELFis’ location to listeners. Those listeners that find ELFis receive a $10.00 Gift Card. 540-332-3865 or 1-800-342-7982.
Augusta Health Auxiliary’s Annual Lights of Love. This is an event where residents of the community can sponsor a light on the Christmas trees in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend. At 4:30 pm the Hospital will light the outside/Atrium trees and have special music. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Gifted Care Program at the Shenandoah House on Augusta Health Campus. 540-332-4858.
December 12-15, 19-23–Staunton.
Lantern Tours at the Frontier Culture Museum. Tours every 30 minutes beginning at 6 pm and the last tour begins at 8 pm. By reservation only. Special admission rates apply. 540-332-7850.
Enjoy a candlelight tour of the Stonewall Jackson House, 8 East Washington Street, with costumed interpreters from 5:30-7 pm. Decorate a tree, ‘dress’ for dinner and try your hand at churning butter. Admission will be canned food to benefit the RARA Food Pantry. 540-464-7704.
The Grottoes Ruritan Club presents caroling inside Grand Caverns from 6-8pm. Experience a special holiday memory with the rare opportunity to listen to musical performances and receive a Candle Light tour. Tours will leave the entrance building every 15 minutes and last approximately 45 minutes each. Proceeds of this event will benefit the South River Boys and Girls Club and Grottoes Ruritan Club scholarship fund. Adults $5.00, children 12 and under are free with a donation of new arts/crafts supplies or new/gently used books, games, or puzzles. Children 12 and under also bring a handmade ornament to decorate our tree for a free pass to visit the caverns another day. For more information call 540-249-5705 or 1-888-430-2283.
Holly Jolly Old Town Celebration at the Loudoun Street Mall. Caroling, holiday activities and wagon rides. Part of the festivities is a dance. Enjoy and be merry at this family-friendly Victorian event at the First Presbyterian Church, 116 S Loudoun St. This will be a teaching ball, so no dance experience is needed. Members of the Victorian Dance Ensemble will demonstrate and teach many Victorian dances. Music by the Susquehanna Travellers. Period, casual or formal attire. 540-662-4946.
Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas and New Year’s Celebration at Wintergreen Resort. Celebrate the most magical time of the year with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus. There’s a party for everyone, including the kids. Don’t forget skiing, riding and tubing. 434-325-8180.
Make plans now to ring in the New Year with thousands of your friends and neighbors downtown. The activities and performances will begin at 6 pm and continue until Midnight. All of the venues are alcohol-free, and are within easy walking distance. Then at the stroke of midnight, we celebrate the dawning of a new year with a spectacular fireworks display that can be seen from the Turner Pavilion in downtown. 540-533-5561.
“First Night” is a family-friendly, non-alcoholic, New Year’s Eve celebration. One price gets you a button that allows you into all our First Night events for the entire evening. There will be kids events and all kinds of entertainment up and down the Old Town Mall area. Then the count down to the “Apple Drop” and midnight fireworks display. 540-533-5561.