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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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