CALENDAR OF EVENTS:                               

December 1–Vinton.
Kick off the Holiday Season with the Christmas Parade, starting at 7pm, downtown. Tree Lighting at the Vinton Municipal Building and live entertainment at 6pm. www.vintonchamber.com/events. 540-343-1364.

December 1, 3–Elkton.
Join our community as we begin our celebration of the most joyous season: Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa at 173 W Spotswood Avenue, from 6-7pm on the 1st and on the 3rd our Christmas parade downtown from 5-6pm. www.elktonva.gov/ or 540-713-8837.

December 1-January 1–Staunton.
For the 17th year in a row, beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights, from 5-11pm each evening. This event is free and open to the public. Information call 540-886-3040 or celebrationoflights.org/.

December 1-January 1–Clearbrook.
“Walking in a Winter Wonderland”  Presented by Navy Federal Credit Union and Small Solutions Heating and Air Conditioning. A lighted walking holiday tour through Clearbook Park. Highlights include hundreds of thousands of lights, nightly appearances by Santa and his elves, and a wonderful computer controlled display coordinated with music. Call 540-665-5600 or visit fcva.us/departments/parks-recreation/special-events.

December 2–Woodstock.
Annual "Light Up Woodstock" in the downtown area from 5:30-8pm. Highlights are a variety of music, hot chocolate, parade at 6:30pm, tree lighting at 6:45 and wagon rides. 540-459-3621 or www.townofwoodstockva.gov/390/Light-up-Woodstock.

December 2–Harrisonburg.
Santa's Arrival. Join us for a magical evening with Mrs. Claus and her elves, 6-7pm. Valley Mall invites children and their families to ring in the holiday season with a tree lighting and enlightening conversation with Mrs. Claus. As part of the fun, children will receive a memorable holiday keepsake and small treat while supplies last. www.thevalleymall.com/Events/Details/571519.

December 2–Luray.
Help us get in the Holiday Spirit with our 7th Annual Chamber Holiday Festival, 4-9pm, hosted by Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce. Families can come and enjoy pictures with Santa, live Holiday music, cookies, hot coca, kid’s crafts, barrel train and wagon rides, local craft and food vendors, and much more. This is a free event, but we do ask for a $5 cash donation, or canned food donations in exchange for pictures with Santa. 540-743-3915.

December 2-Lexington.
Our Annual Christmas Parade starts at 6pm starting on Main Street. Free and family-friendly with over 60 float entries. 540-319-4181 or lexingtonvirginia.com/events/downtown-lexington-christmas-parade.

December 2-3–Salem.
Ring in the Christmas season with the lighting of the Christmas Tree at 6pm in the Farmers Market and the Christmas parade at 6:30pm on Main Street on the 2nd and on the 3rd the Gingerbread Festival takes place at the Salem Museum from 10am-2pm and the "Crafty Christmas" will be held at the farmers market starting 10am. For more details call 540-375-4098 or www.salemva.gov/Departments/Parks-and-Recreation/Special-Events.

December 2-3, 9-10–Waynesboro.
Join the Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane, for our "Christmas Wonderland".  Take 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! $15.00 per person, kids 2 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT!  Tickets must be pre-purchased you can call 540-471-1659 or through our website: www.creativeworksfarm.org.

December 2-4–Waynesboro.
Barn Show & Gallery Open House. Join America's most celebrated living artist P. Buckley Moss in her Waynesboro Gallery, 329 West Main Street, to have your artwork signed and personalized. In addition, you may also bring up to two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings for personalization. For complete information, please call the Waynesboro Gallery at 540-949-6473.

December 2, 9, 16–Roanoke.
40th Dickens of a Christmas featuring our Christmas Tree lighting on Salem Avenue in the Plaza behind the Market Building at 5:30pm on the 2nd; Christmas Parade starts on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue,  starts 6:30pm on the 9th; the RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest takes place on Salem Avenue at the Plaza behind the Market Building on the 16th. A free, family-friendly event is held downtown and includes favorites like carriage rides, street performers and lots more. 540-342-2028 or www.downtownroanoke.org/events/signature-events/dickens-of-a-christmas.

December 3–New Market.
Join us at the historic Bushong Farm for our "Christmas on the Farm" event,10am-3pm. 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. Lend a hand with chores or join in the holiday celebration. vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events/.

December 3–Harrisonburg.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presents "Winter Wonderfest", Saturday, from 12-6pm. The most magical day in Downtown Harrisonburg is back and bigger than ever. Enjoy carriage rides, photos with Santa, carolers, holiday shopping, performances, a holiday movie, and more. downtownharrisonburg.org/winter-wonderfest/.

December 3–Stanley.
Christmas in Stanley with a Parade at 6pm on Main Street and lighting of the town Christmas Tree at Ed Good Memorial Park, 322 East Main Street. Help light the trail to Santa with Luminary Bags available at the town office for $5 each. Bring your camera for photos with Santa and sing along with Christmas music. 540-778-3454.

December 3–Monterey.
Join Highland County during the holiday season each year on the first Saturday in December. Slow your pace, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of this special time. Get full details at members.highlandcounty.org/event-calendar/details/2022-wintertide-661606. 540-468-2550.

December 3–Strasburg.
Our Christmas Parade is a family-friendly event for all ages that is held downtown on King Street, from 4:30-5:30pm. 540-459-1822 or www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/event-4994786.

December 3–Front Royal.
The Christmas Parade on East Main Street, will be held from 5-6:30pm. Call for information 540-635-5788 or www.discoverfrontroyal.com/front-royal-events-calendar.html.

December 3–Waynesboro.
The Christmas parade will be starting at 6pm in downtown. WHSV will be collecting toys for the Toy Convoy at the parade. They will be near the beginning of the parade and welcome toy donations for area children. In case of extreme bad weather, the parade may be postponed to Tuesday, December 6, at 6pm. www.waynesboro.va.us/1107/Christmas-Parade or 540-942-6669.

December 3–Harrisonburg.
The 47th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts show at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Enjoy this wonderful Christmas tradition from 9am to 4pm. Admission is free. We have over 100 vendors so bring your friends and your Christmas List to find gifts for everyone. Make sure to bring your appetite, the Briery Branch community center will be selling sandwiches, baked goods, and pies. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Rt. 11 South. 540-434-0005. www.visitharrisonburgva.com/event/47th-annual-christmas-arts-craft-show/.

December 3-4–Winchester.
Follow the Star Nativity Tour, 5-8pm. When you arrive at Fellowship Bible Church, 3217 Middle Road, you’ll begin at the Marketplace, which sets the stage for our Bible times evening - over 2000 years ago. You’ll get to interact hands on with the tradespeople by rolling dough, weaving, beading and more. From there, you’ll experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the very first Christmas….as you walk through the story, scene by scene. There will be live drama, animals and vivid scenery for you to enjoy. fbcva.org/followthestar. 540-662-7743.

December 3-4–Fishersville.
Augusta Expo presents the Showmasters Gun Shows providing the public with venues to buy, trade and sell guns, ammo, knives, optics, scopes, holsters, swords, handguns, rifles, coins, gun cases, and tactical gear. Details at www.showmastersgunshows.com/fishersville-gun-show-.html. 540-951-1344 or 540.951.2344.

December 3, 10–New Market.
‘Tis the Season Holiday Celebration, Saturday, December 3rd, (All Day Fun). Join us on the 10th from 6-8pm for the hunt of candy canes and other goodies that are hidden in the park. Children ages 1 to 14 are invited to participate in a Flashlight Candy Cane hunt in the New Market Community Park. 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. Details at www.newmarketvirginia.com/home/pages/festival-events.

December 4–Winchester.
Join the Henry and William Evans Home for Children at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday at 2pm for our 53rd Annual Doll Auction. 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 children. www.evanshome.org/events. 540.662.8520.

December 4, 10–Dayton.
Celebrate Christmas at Fort Harrison in the Daniel Harrison House, 335 Main Street, from 4-6pm both days. On the 4th Santa will be telling a story “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and on the 10th a live Nativity ncene and a Biblical Storyteller will tell the story “Joy to the World”, Also on both days there will be caroling, antique dolls/toy exhibits, kids crafts for them to take home and light refershments. For tickets: fortharrisonva@gmail.com or 540-879-2280.
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December 8–Harrisonburg.
Children’s Christmas Extravaganza! Concert + Party at Ballroom A - JMU Festival & Conference Center at 6 pm. For information and tickets go to www.eventbrite.com/e/449377168207.

December 9–Dayton.
Join us for our Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Parade route begins at the Municipal Building, left onto Eastview Street, right onto Thompson Street, left onto Main Street, left onto College Street and ends at Dove Park. The parade will be immediately followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Dove Park, where Santa will be waiting at his workshop to say hi and take pictures. 540-879-2241 or https://www.daytonva.us/.

December 10–McGaheysville.
Christmas with Santa and Mrs. Claus 12pm to 3pm at Valley Olive Oil & Balsamics just off Rt. 33 in McGaheysville. Come and share your Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take photos, and shop The Cookie Pallet's holiday cookie booth at Valley Olive Oil. See details at www.valleyoliveoil.net/event-details/christmas-with-santa-mrs-claus. 540-209-6499.

December 10–Harrisonburg.
X2 Comedy Series will be performing their next show at Court Square Theater. Don't miss this highly popular series event with special guests Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Doors Open at 7pm show at 7:30pm. Beer/wine are available at concessions. X2 Comedy provides high quality clean comedy, PG-13 shows. These shows feature the most sought after hilarious local, regional and national touring comedians. Tickets are $20.00. Buy tickets at www.valleyarts.org/cst. Questions about X2 Comedy call Dawn 540-560-3356  or visit: www.x2comedy.com.

December 10–Buchanan.
Town events on Main Street: Christmas Market from 10am-3pm, then enjoy our Christmas parade, from 4-5pm. www.visitroanokeva.com/events/buchanan-christmas-parade/33951/ or 540-254-1212.

December 10–Strasburg.
Patsy Cline Birthday Tribute at Box Office Brewery, 177 East King Street , from 7-10pm. Check out www.boxofficebrewery.com/event-calendar for more events. 540-465-2609.

December 10-11-Timberville.
Join us for our Winter Festival at the American Legion Park, 325 American Legion Drive. We'll have vendors, food trucks, music and more. 540-896-7058 or www.townoftimberville.com.

December 15–Luray.
The Town of Luray's annual Christmas Parade. from 6-7pm on East Main Street. Call 540-743-3915 or www.visitluraypage.com/events/detail/luray-christmas-parade-2022.

December 16–Waynesboro.
Wayne Theatre presents Pam Tillis in concert. “Belles and Bows: Country Hits and Christmas Favorites” with Country Music superstar, Pam Tillis. Tickets available at waynetheatre.org.

December 17-18–Harrisonburg.
The Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way, presents “A Heritage Christmas”. This year will feature a dramatized tour titled "Watchman Tell Us of the Night". Visitors will progress through four different buildings on our campus, each with a scene that brings to life what Christmas Eve in 1864 might have been like for Brethren and Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley. Tours will take place from 4-7pm each evening. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, $5 per student, and children 5 and under free. All proceeds will support the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center. For details brethrenmennoniteheritage.org/heritage-christmas-1.

December 18–Harrisonburg.
Hail the Messiah. Classical Christmas Concert at Court Square Theater at 7pm. Celebrate Christmas in concert with a song selection that represents what the season is truly all about —the birth of the Messiah. Enjoy a beautiful, awe-striking repertoire of sacred music, spirituals, and nativity classics. Visit courtsquaretheater.org/event/hail-the-messiah-classical-christmas-concert/.

December 31–Luray.
New Year's Eve Celebration at The Mimslyn Inn, 401 West  Main Street. Dinner in Circa `31. Firework display and champagne toast at midnight on the front porch, weather permitting. Coffee bar and snacks after the fireworks. Cabaret style seating, tables of 8 or 10 dinner only tickets $175 per person plus tax and gratuities. Room packages starting at $550 per couple plus tax, includes overnight accomodation and black tie dinner for two. "Jump Alley Band" performing big band favorites and more. Information at mimslyninn.com/events-at-mimslyn-inn/new-years-eve-celebration/ or call 540-743-5105.

December 31–Roanoke.
Join us for the 10th annual Big Lick Downtown Countdown, at the Center in the Square, 1 Market Square. 540-342-5700 or centerinthesquare.org/events.

December 31–Harrisonburg.
The New Year’s Eve Glow Run 5K presented by Generations Crossing, is the hottest way to ring in 2023 with friends and family. Enjoy a new 5K course at Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 680 Garbers Church Rd, along the beautiful cart paths as the sun sets on 2022. Even better, all participants receive glow paraphernalia to help light up the course (participants are also asked to bring your own headlamps and flashlights. Wheelchair racers, strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Details at vamomentum.com/new-years-eve-glow-run/.

December 31–Winchester.
New Year’s Eve 2022 is something that will surely excite you, it is one gala celebration bidding adieu to the old year and welcoming the new. Do whatever excites you;fun activities, parties, fireworks, masquerades balls and a lot more. Be a part of the extravagant celebration. https://allevents.in/winchester-va/new-year#.
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