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CALENDAR OF EVENTS: December, 2021
Some events may be postponed or canceled.
December 1–Winchester.
Winchester Parks & Recreation presents “Cookies with Santa” at Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall, 6:30pm for ages 1+, $5 fee. Have fun at your own pace making a variety of different crafts. Pictures with Santa will be available, however children will not be permitted to sit on Santa’s lap. Preregistration is required. No day of registrations will be taken. 540-662-4946.

December 1-30–Roanoke.
Explore Park’s Winter Walk of Lights at Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway (70.80 mi). Explore your holiday spirit through a unique experience featuring over 600,000 lights, dazzling features and memorable moments from 5-10pm. Travel down our half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season. While you’re here, shop for artisan crafts, roast marshmallows around the campfire, and enjoy additional family activities on select nights. For more information 540-427-1800 or visit www.roanokecountyparks.com/545/Illuminights.

December 2–Vinton.
Join us for the Christmas Parade, starting at 7pm in downtown Vinton. For more information call 540-343-1364 or visit www.vintonchamber.com/events.

December 2, 4–Elkton.
Join us for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Thursday the 2nd, 6pm-7pm at 173 W. Spotswood Ave. Then on Saturday the 4th, 5-6pm the Christmas Parade. Contact Kim Shifflett: 540-298-9441 or email elktonpd@townofelkton.com.

December 2, 9, 16–Broadway.
Join us for an exciting outdoor story time at Heritage Park, 108 Turner Avenue, 10:30am. Children of all ages and their caregivers will enjoy books, songs, and crafts. Bring lawn chairs or blankets during the program. 540-434-4475 ext 700.

December 3–Woodstock.
“Light Up Woodstock” from 5:30-8:30pm. Children’s Choral Groups (District Courthouse) at 6pm. Caroling wagon rides around Town and hot cocoa and cookies. The parade begins at 6:30pm. Wagon rides available before and after the parade. The Tree Lighting with Mayor McCleary and special guest at 6:45pm. https://townofwoodstockva.com/390/Light-up-Woodstock. 540-459-3621.

December 3–Lexington.
The streets of downtown will be closed beginning at 5pm in preparation of the Christmas Parade from 6-8pm. Santa will ride on his float at the end of the parade.  540-319-4181 or 540-432-7701. www.lexingtonvirginia.com/events/annual-lexington-christmas-parade.

December 3-4–Stanley.
Movie Night at Hawksbill Park Hall, “ELF” at 7pm on the 3rd and the Christmas Parade and Christmas In Stanley starting at 6pm on the 4th. 540-778-3454.

December 3-5, 17-19–Timberville.
Timberville Christmas at Showalters Orchard, 17768 Honeyville Road. Deck the halls, trim the tree, and prepare yourselves for this years Timberville Christmas Village. Locally-made goods by Artisans, food and drink vendors, and Christmas spirit. www.timbervillechristmas.com. 540-896-7582.

December 3, 10, 17–Roanoke.
The Roanoke Valley’s largest holiday celebration, The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas, returns to it’s original format this year, taking place on the first three Friday nights in December. We’re celebrating the 39th year of this community favorite event with loads of free activities. For complete schedule visit online at www.downtownroanoke.org/.

December 3, 11–Waynesboro.
Visit our Christmas Wonderland at Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane, on Fri., 3rd, at 5pm to Sat. 11th, at 8pm. Join us for a walk through light display in Adaville (our 50’s themed town), music light shows, visit Santa in his workshop, check out the Grinch’s Funhouse, enjoy 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. $10 per person, kids 2 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance, are valid only on the date purchased for, and tickets are limited. 540-471-1659 or online at www.creativeworksfarm.org/.

December 4–New Market.
Christmas on the Farm at Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway from 10am-3pm. In 1859, a nation on the brink of war, a slave uprising narrowly avoided, a son far from home…Is a Merry Christmas possible? Join us at the historic Bushong Farm. Visit with our living historians and discover how a family carries on in the face of a national crisis. There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing and a visit from a special Christmas visitor. 1-866-515-1864.

December 4–Harrisonburg.
Plan to join us at the 46th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Show from 9am-4pm, located at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. We’ll have all natural fresh Christmas decorations available for purchase that are guaranteed to stay beautiful throughout the entire holiday season. For more information 540-820-4626 or visit www.visitharrisonburgva.com/event/christmas-arts-crafts-fair-booth/.
December 4–New Market.
‘Tis the Season Holiday Celebration (All Day Fun). Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way to downtown to join in the festivities. There will be open houses, sales, artisan vendors at the Open Market, music and more starting at 10:00 a.m. 540-421-3196.

December 4–Waynesboro.
Come out and enjoy the Christmas Parade starting at 6pm in downtown. “Santa” will be positioned at the parade end. Everyone has been couped up for awhile now, and will enjoy a chance to get out and experience a little festivity. Call 540-942-6735 or visit online: www.waynesboro.va.us/1107/christmas-parade.

December 4–Monterey.
Join us this holiday season and celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Highland County. It’s like a scene from your favorite Hallmark movie – a small town celebrating Christmas, Santa Claus, Christmas lights, good will, and a community coming together to celebrate the season. Even if you’re a visitor to our community, we’ll make you feel right at home. 540-468-2550. www.highlandcounty.org.

December 4–Salem.
Join us, for our annual Gingerbread Festival – a Salem Holiday Tradition, 10am-2pm. This family-friendly event features a Gingerbread House Competition, holiday vendors, S’mores treats, gingerbread cookie decorating, and entertainment. And don’t forget, visits with Santa. Over 1,500 community members attended in 2020. For only the second year, visit the Gingerbread houses at the Salem History Museum. The festival will be held in Longwood Park. https://s-rcchamber.org/events/chamb--er-signature-events/gingerbread-festival/. 540-387-0267.

December 4–Lexington.
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a 5k run/walk and a 1.5-mile fun run/walk through beautiful Downtown. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. Festive attire and costumes for people and for pets are encouraged. 540-319-4181.

December 4-5–Winchester.    
“Follow the Star” – a Seven-Station Living Nativity program presented by the Fellowship Bible Church of Winchester. Due to Covid restrictions the event will will not be held at the Battlefield but at the church, 3217 Middle Road. Visit www.kernstownbattle.org/calendarofevents.html. 540-450-7835.

December 4-5–Fishersville.
Augusta Expo will host the Showmasters Gun Show, providing the public with venues to buy, trade and sell guns, ammo, knives, optics, scopes, holsters, swords, handguns, rifles, coins, gun cases, tactical gear. For information online at www.showmastersgunshows.com/fishersville-gun-show-.html or call 540-951-1344  or  540-951-2344.

December 5–Winchester.
The Holiday House Tour continues this year from noon-4pm, with three additional homes, 25 West Piccadilly Street, 321 South Stewart Street, and 814 South Washington Street. None of the buildings have been opened to the Holiday House Tour before. There will be costumed carolers during the tour and free hot drinks will be served on Sunday at the Bough & Dough Shop at the Hexagon House. We ask that visitors come prepared with face masks. Tickets $20.00 per adult in advance and $25.00 at the door. 540-667-3577.

December 11–Winchester.
Holiday Open House at Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, 9-11pm. Enjoy fun filled holiday themed activities for all ages. From crafts and activities, to kids’ Reindeer Games and adult fitness classes set to holiday music, we have something for everyone. There’s even a scavenger hunt and prize drawing. This event is free. A treat and coffee/hot chocolate will be available while supplies last. A special visitor from the North Pole will stop by before he heads down to Old Town Winchester at 11am for even more holiday festivities. 540-662-4946.

December 11–Harrisonburg.
Tis the Season to be Downtown, Court Square, 2 N. Main Street. The most magical day in Downtown Harrisonburg is back and bigger than ever. Join The Friendly City Merchants and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance  from 11am-8pm,  for Winter Wonderfest. Enjoy carriage rides, photos with Santa, carolers, holiday shopping, performances, a holiday movie, and many more activities. Plus, make sure to check out the holiday lights as part of the Downtown Light Tour. www.facebook.com/events/446066013835115/.

December 11–McGaheysville.
3rd Annual Christmas & Carriage Rides Event, 42-E Island Ford Road. Free Carriage Rides, available from 1:30pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available from 1pm to 4pm for photos and Christmas wishes. Holiday Sales, treats, and  gifts. Brought to you by Valley Olive Oil & Balsamics, and Circle M Carriages of Keezletown. The Cookie Pallet will be on site with delicious treats, Something Simple has made sure that the Grinch & Cindy Lou Hoo will be there too. Join us for a wonderful family friendly event. www.valleyoliveoil.net/events-festivals-calendar. 540-209-6499. 

December 11–New Market.
Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt, in the New Market Community Park, from 6-8pm.Join us for the hunt of candy canes and other goodies that are hidden in the park. Children ages 1 to 14 are invited to participate. There will be designated areas per age group, and special prizes to be found. Come bundled up to brave the cold, and come prepared with a flashlight to see in the dark. There will be music, and other fun activities to participate in as well. Registration is required and limited spots available. www.newmarketvirginia.com/residents/festivals-events/. 540-421-3196.

December 11–Harrisonburg.
Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way, presents the annual Christmas event. Every December, hundreds of area residents make Heritage Christmas a part of their Christmas traditions. In addition to the traditional candlelight tour, our celebration usually includes hands-on family crafts, live music and singing, and wonderful holiday refreshments. Join us this year from 4pm-7pm. Admission fees (adults; $10, students; $5, children 5 and under free) support the ongoing work of the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center. 540-438-1275.

December 11–Buchanan.
Buchanan’s Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for 4pm. Main Street will close at 3pm for the parade line up. This year’s theme is “For the kids…” Explore  the Buchanan Community Christmas Market which opens at 9am. Following the Parade, enjoy dining at a Buchanan Restaurant, then, take in a movie at the Buchanan Theatre, or, enjoy Festival of Lights at the Town Park. 540-254-1212.

December 11–Salem.
The Salem Civic Center, 1001 Roanoke Blvd., will host the 3rd Annual Salem Holiday Market. Homemade crafts and local delicacies always make great gifts and shoppers searching for these perennial favorites can find wares from more than 70 regional sellers at this year’s Salem Holiday Market. Admission to the holiday market is free. www.salemva.gov/Calendar. 540-375-3004.

December 11–Harrisonburg.
X2 Comedy Night with special guests Mr & Mrs Claus hosted by Friendly City Dance Room. 2 North Main Street. 7pm. Join Mr & Mrs Claus to enjoy a comedy show featuring stand up comedians JMU Professor Chris Womack and Dawn Davis Womack from Harrisonburg and Paul Synder from Charlotte, North Carolina. This show also features JMU’s New Improv’d troupe doing holiday themed short improv games with suggestions from the audience! Afterwards you can opt to join Mr. & Mrs. Claus for a dance party with the Dance Room’s very own instructors. Single Pass $15. Duo Pass $25. Buy your passes today at www.friendlycitydanceroom.com/comkiz For questions and more info contact Dawn 540-560-3356; bookx2comedy@gmail.com or visit www.x2comedy.com.

December 12–Winchester.
52nd Annual Doll Auction at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, 2-4pm. Snacks and beverages will be provided along with an opportunity to take home one or more hand-crafted treasures. Every dollar spent supports our Evans Home for children. We hope you will join us at this time-honored event benefiting the children of the Evans Home. www.evanshome.org/. 540-662-8520.

December 12, 19–Front Royal.
Our friends at Shear Elegance Pet Boutique, 918 John Marshall Highway are hosting a pets and Santa photo shoot for anyone who would like to stop by, no appointment necessary. Professional, printed photos with Santa and your friendly pets in a cute frame are $10 each. Humane Society of Warren County. 540-635-4734x226 https://humanesocietywarrencounty.com/attend-an-event/.

December 31–Winchester.
First Night Winchester is the largest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic, budget-friendly, non-profit New Year’s Eve celebration in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. We offer entertainment for nearly every age and taste: musicians, dancers, magicians, comedy, and so much more. All venues require you to wear a mask indoors. Info at www.firstnightwinchester.com/.

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