The holidays are here and the Enhancement committee wants to encourage local shopping and will reward those who do shop local. For customers who make a minimum $25.00 purchase at a locally owned business. These are some of the participating businesses: Traveler's Treasures (540-331-0110), The Virginia Farmhouse (540-459-9006), Three Thirty 3 Designs (814-331-8744), Artisan Avenue (540-459-9111). You can enter to win a gift basket filled with items and gift cards valued at over $700.00. Each item in the basket is chosen by the participating business owners/ managers. 540-459-2444.
Don’t miss Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s annual light show at Clearbrook Park. A lighted walking holiday tour through Clearbook Park. Highlights include hundreds of thousands of lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus in the log cabin, and a wonderful computer controlled display coordinated with music. For more events winchesterva.gov/parks/specialevents or 540-665-5678.
A new light show at Jim Barnett Park, called “Holiday Lane”, will be offered free for our community to experience from the safety of their vehicle from 5-8:30 pm. The lights and holiday scenes will be installed around the road that meanders through Jim Barnett Park from the amphitheater area. The show will feature beautiful light designs, characters, holiday decorations and Santa is planning to stop by on weekends. 540-667-1815 or 540-542-1326.
The Augusta Art Center is pleased to announce the return of “Art for Gifts”. There are two ways to shop: In-person at R.R. Smith Center, 20 S. New Street. Masks and social distancing are required when entering; Concierge, 30-minute private shopping. Reservations available call 540-885-2028 or purchase online and pick up curbside at the Smith Center. The Art Center strives to support participating artists by marketing and presenting the event in an engaging and thoughtful manner.
December 1-Jan. 1–Staunton.
16th Annual Celebration of Holiday Lights will be providing an interactive drive through Gypsy Hill Park that will incorporate staged lights and live performances from 5-11pm. Call 540-332-3867 or https://celebrationoflights.org/.
December 1-Jan. 1–Natural Bridge.
Head to the Visitor Center at Natural Bridge State Park for their 5th Annual Festival of Trees from 9am-5pm. Get into the holiday spirit by placing donated items under your favorite trees decorated by local area businesses and organizations. This year’s donations will benefit the Rockbridge County Public Schools. We hope to see you this winter. Donation items for school children are needed: socks, gloves, hats, scarves, undergarments, winter essentials. 540-291-1330 or NaturalBridge@dcr.virginia.gov.
December 1-Jan. 2–Roanoke.
Winter Walk of Lights fundraiser will be held at Explore Park, Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, featuring over 500,000 lights. While you’re here, shop for artisan crafts, roast marshmallows around the campfire, and enjoy additional family activities on select nights. Admission fee. All proceeds from Illuminights go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park. Due to COVID-19 precautions, walk-up tickets will not be available at the event this year. email@example.com or 540-387-6078 ext. 0.
The Holiday festivities will be different this year to assure the safety of everyone involved. Our Christmas Parade will begin at 6pm. We will not be having the tree lighting or children’s party, but Santa says we still need to make sure that his gifts get out to all the deserving kids. Or I should say that Santa’s helpers will be handing out gifts as they follow along behind Santa’s Sleigh in the Parade. The Helpers will be pulling special decorated wagons loaded with gifts to be handed out to all the children watching the parade. So come join the festivites. 540-984-8521.
Join us for our annual tree lighting and Christmas Parade Tree Lighting begins at 6pm at the Vinton Municipal Building with entertainment. Parade steps off at 7pm ending the evening with pictures with Santa at the Vinton Farmer’s Market. 540-983-0601.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Performing Arts, 1 East Main Street, from 7-8pm. 540-743-3915.
The City’s Annual Holiday Parade will be a “Reverse Parade.” Christmas floats will line Main Street in the downtown, while spectators drive by and admire the creative/ festive floats. 540-261-8004.
The Annual Christmas Parade starting at 6:30pm with floats, Santa and performers, will be placed in designated locations throughout the Civic Center. This will be a unique drive through which you can enjoy without ever leaving your car. Visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable canned food for the Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry.
December 4–Clifton Forge.
Join us for something new this year–a “REVERSE” Christmas parade. Participants will be placed along Ridgeway Street while groups will be placed in prominent locations along the way. Spectators will then drive along the parade route to view the parade and see Santa. Our theme is Love, Joy and Unity. 540-865-0373.
December 4-5, 11-12–Waynesboro.
Visit our Christmas Wonderland at Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane. Join us for a walk through a light display in our 50’s themed town, a music light show, visit Santa at his workshop, cookies and hot chocolate, let the kids decorate gingerbread cookies with Mrs Claus in our giant Gingerbread House, make Christmas ornaments and see animals at the barn, enjoy a wagon ride, and more. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $10.00 per person, kids 2 and under are free. We have many plans in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. 540-471-1659 or www.creativeworksfarm.org/events/.
The Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 South Kent Street, will extend our season to be open on weekends from 10am-4pm for those wanting to learn more about Patsylife before the famed singer’s early road to stardom. Enjoy a tour of the house where Patsy lived with her mother and siblings, There are currently no restroom facilities at the house. Tours are 45 minutes. Admission fee and active military with identification are free. 540-662-5555 or celebratingpatsycline.org/.
Join us at the North Mountain Outfitter’s Ranch for an all-inclusive weekend of fun, relaxation, excitement, food and a chance to put your boots on. Settle in Friday night at the Bunkhouse and get ready for horseback riding, movie night, a campfire and a morning breakfast ride. Let our way of life touch your heart in a positive way. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Cost per couple is $695.00. Limited availability for this weekend. Full payment due upon registration. To register call 540-886-7768 or northmtnoutfitter.com/.
Come and journey to Bethlehem at the New Hope Pentecostal Church, 5074 Farmview Road. A Live Nativity where you can explore the marketplace, receive free hot chocolate to keep you warm on your journey. Most importantly visit the manger for the birth of the Savior of the world. There is no admission charge, donations are accepted but not required. Joy to the World the Lord has come. 540-778-3454.
December 4, 11, 18–Roanoke.
The Dickens of a Christmas, has been a year full of challenges and adjustments due to COVID-19. This year’s events will look different from years past. We are currently evaluating our options and looking at new innovative ways to continue this annual holiday tradition. 540-342-2028 or downtownroanoke.org/events/signature-events.
2nd Annual Christmas & Carriage Rides hosted by Valley Olive Oil & Balsamics on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm. Celebrate the season with holiday cheer including FREE horse drawn carriage rides around our holiday displays, visit and take photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, shop holiday treat & gift vendors, and enter our prize drawing for our stuffed gift basket! See our Events page for details at www.facebook.com/ValleyOliveOilandBalsamics.
5th Annual Christmas Celebration. There will be a Christmas Parade down Main Street at 6pm. Pre-made or plain luminary bags available for purchase at the Town Office, $5.00 each. They will be displayed after the parade. After the parade a special showing of Elf at Ed Good Memorial Park 6:45pm. Rain date the 11th at 6:30pm. CDC guidelines social distancing and masks recommended. 540-778-3454.
December 5–New Market.
Join us for our Annual Tis the Season Holiday Celebration downtown. Enjoy our open houses, the market with craft vendors, hot chocolate, cookies, music, a tree lighting ceremony at the Town Hall, holiday parade at 5pm, library book sale and a visit from Santa. 540-740-3432.
‘Tis the Season Celebration’ in the Square with a Mistletoe Market, sample different cocoas for free until it’s gone. Bring an ornament to decorate the pavilion tree and take part in arts and crafts. Following those events, the Parade on King Street will begin at 4:30pm. Once Santa and Mrs. Claus reach the Square, we will celebrate our Tree Lighting Ceremony and an ‘Open Late ‘til 8’ business campaign. Kiddos can also visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at our Strasburg Fire Department, following the parade. 540-465-9197 x128.
December 5–New Market.
Relay For Life of Shenandoah County will be hosting the 3rd Annual Santa Sleigh’s Cancer 5K Run and Walk at Shenvalee Golf Resort, 9660 Fairway Drive. Join us for a fun morning of fighting back against cancer and keeping off the holiday weight. Be sure to wear your tackiest Christmas outfit. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed. Registration fee. Pets aren’t allowed on the course, so please leave your pets and reindeer at home. We’ll also be offering hot chocolate and cookies to go. We do ask that everyone maintain six feet distance, as much as possible and wear masks when appropriate. For tickets: call 540-820-8805 or bit.ly/Santa5K2020.
Join us for the Candlelight Tour of Abram’s Delight Museum, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road, that will be decorated with holiday floral arrangements and there will be living history in the 1780s log cabin from 11am-8pm. 540-465-9197.
Slow your pace and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this special time. A typical Wintertide includes a visit from Santa, winter vendor market with children’s activities at the Highland Center, 61 Highland Center Drive, Highland Community Chorus performances, dazzling light contests and tree lighting ceremony on the Monterey Courthouse Lawn. Stay tuned for more details. 540-468-2550.
Gallery Open House at P. Bukley Moss Gallery, 329 West Main Street. Join America's most celebrated living artist in her Waynesboro gallery to have your artwork signed and personalized. The Waynesboro Gallery will open at 10:00 am on Saturday, and at 11:00 am on Sunday. For complete information, please call the Waynesboro Gallery at 540-949-6473.
Gun Show at Augusta Expoland. This show is full of new, used, modern and antique firearms, tactical gear, gun accessories, holsters, tactical and hunting gear. General Admission is $9.00 (2nd day free with a handstamp) kids under 12 are free with supervising adult. Cash or credit card at the door. 540-337-2552.
December 5, 12–Waynesboro.
Who’s your favorite National Lampoon’s character, Clark? Aunt Bethany? Maybe even that crazy Eddie? Dress as your favorite National Lampoons character and come out to Stable Craft Brewing, 375 Madrid Road, for a rip-roaring time on the 5th; Old-Fashioned Farm Christmas with horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa Claus and more on the 12th. 540-490-2609.
This year, you get to enjoy “Caroling in the Caverns” at Grand Caverns from the comfort of your own home. We are going Virtual as we present to you the 10th Annual Caroling in the Caverns. We are excited to welcome back Kathy Boyer of the Shenandoah Valley Pipe Band and Valley Brass. We are also excited to debut Queen City String Band and William Hayes as new performers this year. If you've never heard a bagpipe, brass group, string and vocal group and an accordion inside a cavern, you certainly don't want to miss out on this year's event. Our normal cost of admission to this fundraising event has been waived. Donations are still greatly appreciated and 100% of the donations collected from this event go right back into our community, specifically benefiting the South River Boys, Girls Club and the Grottoes Ruritan Scholarship Funds, which are awarded to local graduating high school seniors. To register: www.grandcaverns.com/caroling.html or 540-249-5705.
Cristmas Parade will begin at 4:30 pm at 9th Street and Birch Avenue and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade. More information to come as we continue to work out details for this event. 540-249-5896.
Dinner With The Doc fundraiser at the Best Western Plus Waynesboro Inn and Suites Conference Center, 109 Apple Tree Lane. Enjoy dinner by Fishin’ Pig. All proceeds will go to the Waynesboro High School Athletic Dept. program. Tickets $25.00 for individual, $45.00 per couple. Register by calling 434-218-2620 or visit: gojubileefamily.com/dinner-with-the-doc.
Christmas Parade and Community Reception on Main Street from 6-8pm. 540-743-3915.
Christmas tree lighting, at 6pm. Caroling, visits with Santa, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting all for free at Big Gem Park, 736 Fourth Street. 540-652-6027.
Annual Holly Jolly Celebration in Old Town on the Loudoun Street Mall from 10am-5pm. Free horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa and enjoy warm treats while you shop. Bring the kids to Santa’s Headquarters, at the Godfrey Miller House, 28 S. Loudoun Street. 540-773-3847.
Holiday market craft and vendor show at the Civic Center. Come join a great shopping adventure from 9am til 4pm. Find the perfect gift for anyone. We will have just what you need with unique crafters, artists, and direct sales vendors. This is a free event but please bring a non-perishable food item for the Salem/Roanoke County Food Bank. 540-375-3004.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will host the 51st Annual Doll Auction at 2pm. Snacks and beverages will be provided along with an opportunity to take home one or more unique hand-crafted treasures. Best of all, every dollar spent supports our Evans Home children. 1-888-556-5799.
Toy Challenge Run. Let’s give away some toys. The more miles you run, the more toys to kids in need. Let’s make the holidays a special time for everyone with a collective, community effort to donate as many toys as possible. Think we can donate 1,000 toys? For more details firstname.lastname@example.org or vamomentum.com/forward-events.html.
December 25–MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Generations Crossing is proud to present this year’s New Year’s Eve Glow Run 5K. Three years going strong. Enjoy a new out-and-back 5K course that starts/finishes downtown and runs through JMU’s campus. Even better, 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. Warm up and stretches led by Breathe Pilates at 4: 45 pm. Post-race celebration at Pale Fire Brewing immediately following the 5K. 540-434-4901 or email@example.com.