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2018 Christmas Parades & Holiday Events in the Shenandoah Valley

25 November 2018 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Community News

Winchester/Frederick County

For more information: http://oldtownwinchesterva.com/2018/11/save-the-date-old-town-holiday-parade-2/

Make the Patsy Cline Historic House a part of your holiday festivity this year! Join them for a FREE community holiday open house event. Take a break from the holiday frenzy to relax and enjoy the season with a bit of history and family tradition.

Patsy Cline’s home will be decorated as it was when she lived there in the mid 1950’s with her mother and siblings. Browse the house and do some Christmas shopping in the Gift Shop. Register for an opportunity to win a gift basket worth $200. The house is open for these special tours on Friday, November 30, 2018 and Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 1pm – 8pm; and on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 1pm – 5pm.

Last tour will begin at 30 minutes before closing, no tickets necessary. House occupancy is limited to 18 persons at a time. Visitors may experience a short wait before admittance. Take advantage of this unique opportunity, as the house is currently closed for the regular season and will reopen for daily tours on April 1, 2019.

The complimentary holiday house tours are offered by Celebrating Patsy Cline, Inc., owner and operator of the Patsy Cline Historic House. CPC is a non-profit organization based in Winchester, VA whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate the legacy of Patsy Cline and her music.

Tickets available online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-candlelight-christmas-tickets-50126403422 or at the door. For more information: https://www.artschoralewinchester.org/candlelight-christmas/

Belle Grove Holiday Tours

Enjoy the holiday season with a trip to Belle Grove November 30, 2018 through December 30, 2018 when the Manor House is decorated for the holidays! This year’s theme is “Belle Grove Through the Ages” and will highlight the families that lived there from the 1790s through the 1960s. When your tour concludes, you’re invited to enjoy warm spiced tea and cookies in the cozy historic kitchen.

Guided tours are conducted Monday-Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sundays, 1pm – 5pm. Tours begin 15 minutes after each hour, Mondays-Saturdays the first tour begins at 10:15am and the last tour begins at 3:15pm.  On Sundays, the first tour begins at 1:15pm and the last tour begins at 4:15pm. Guided tours last 45 minutes to one hour. Tickets for tours do not require advanced reservations and are available at the Admissions Desk (enter under the Front Porch).

There will be Christmas by Candlelight self-guided tours featuring live music on Friday and Saturdays 4pm  8pm. For a complete schedule visit: http://bellegrove.org/calendar/belle_grove_holiday_tours. Click here for pricing. Note that admission is free for Belle Grove members.

The Holiday House Tour

Preservation of Historic Winchester’s Holiday House Tour is held the first full weekend of December, and consists of the Bough and Dough Shop and the afternoon Daylight Tour. You can download the program here: HHTBooklet 2018

The Daylight Tour is the main attraction of the Holiday House Tour weekend, taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Date: December 1 and 2, 2018
Hours: 1pm – 5pm (last tour guides leave at 4pm)
203 N. Washington St.
323 Fairmont Ave.
411 N. Loudoun St.
419 N. Loudoun St. (Saturday only)

Look for tour guides near the Bank of Clarke County at 202 N. Loudoun, Centre Meeting House at 203 N. Washington, and near the Peyton Street intersections for guided tours linking the sites. The last tour guides are expected to set out at 4 p.m. from these locations. Light refreshments will be available at 203 N. Washington, 323 Fairmont, and 411 N. Loudoun on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: $20 at an advance sale location, $25 at the door. Tickets are valid for either day or may be split across both days. Holiday House Tour Tickets are available at The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Bough & Dough Shop at the Hexagon House.

The Bough and Dough Shop

A sampling of pottery and greenery arrangements for sale at the Bough and Dough Shop

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday (Dec. 2 and 9) noon – 5pm
Location: The Hexagon House, 530 Amherst Street, Winchester
Admission: FREE
Items for sale: Fresh cut greenery, wreaths, baked goods, and local artisan crafts are available for holiday gift-giving and decorating. Books and artwork featuring historic subjects may be available on a year to year basis. Tickets for the Holiday House Tour and memberships to PHW are also available. The Shop offers complimentary hot drinks to its visitors. Get a sneak peek at the Shop layout and artisans.


Follow the Star – Living Nativity


Follow the Star is a dramatic and immersive live nativity experience celebrating its 9th year in Winchester, Virginia at the historic Kernstown Battlefield. This free event runs December 8 & 9, 2018 from 6pm – 9pm and is open to the public. All are welcome!

Join your tour guide who will take you on a walking journey through the scenes with live actors and animals depicting the night that Jesus was born. With dramatic lighting, sounds, special effects, and action all around you, it will feel as if you are an active participant in the Christmas story. At the tour conclusion, enjoy an all-you-can-enjoy fresh-baked cookies, hot drinks, caroling, photo station, and more. This memorable evening is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season. Free parking and admission! For more information: facebook.com/winchesterfollowthestar

Candlelight Tours and Open House

Abram’s Delight, the oldest house in Winchester, built in 1754, is decorated with holiday floral arrangements by local garden clubs. There will living history in the 1780s log cabin on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6pm – 8pm and Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 3pm – 7pm. Admission is Free!


Come out and celebrate the magic of the holiday season with friends & family in historic Middletown, VA on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

The Christmas Parade begins at 2pm with horses, floats, bands and more leading the way for Santa and Mrs. Claus to travel down Main Street. Immediately following the parade, have cookies with Santa at Middletown Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Whether you have a little one with a Christmas list or just want to take a selfie with the jolly elf – this FREE event is open to all. Bring your cameras and your sweet tooth. There will be coloring pages to keep the kids entertained and a photo booth for both young and old to enjoy.

If you are interested in participating in the parade – you can register online (http://bit.ly/2z7xyUG) or download a registration form at the following link (http://bit.ly/2ynxEYF).

If you need additional information – feel free to contact Town Office or the Parade Committee at middletownva.christmas@gmail.com

Holly Jolly Celebration

Spend some time in Old Town this holiday season during the Holly Jolly Celebration on December 8, 2018. Enjoy caroling and holiday activities including free holiday wagon rides from 1pm – 3pm.

New this year, from 11am – 3pm, shop at the Holly Jolly Market for locally made decorative greenery, gourmet chocolates, natural health and beauty products, raw honey, and homemade baked goods. Sip on hot cocoa and enjoy warm frosted nuts while you shop!

Children can create a holiday craft while waiting to meet Santa Claus at Santa’s Headquarters from 10am – 2pm at the Godfrey Miller House (28 S. Loudoun Street).

Enjoy holiday carols throughout Old Town Winchester provided by local choral groups.

Free horse drawn wagon rides will be offered from 1pm  3pm. Meet in front of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (20 N. Loudoun Street) to pick up a timed ticket beginning at 1pm. Tickets go fast! No need to stand in line! Enjoy holiday shopping and dining in Old Town and return to the wagon area prior to your ticket time.

Families can visit Handley Library from 1pm – 3pm for classic holiday movies with popcorn as well as interactive stations and make-and-take crafts.

For an updated list of Holly Jolly activities and promotions, visit http://oldtownwinchesterva.com/events/major-events/holly-jolly-celebration/

Front Royal/Warren County

**Parade Rescheduled to Sunday, December 2, 2018**

Join the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Christmas celebration in Downtown Front Royal! This year’s theme is “A Whoville Christmas.” The extravaganza kicks off with a FREE Christmas movie at Royal Cinemas in the morning with a special greeting to attendees from Santa himself. The day will include specials, deals, and activities at downtown merchant locations and vendors, entertainment, and crafting activities in the gazebo area. The parade kicks off at 4pm immediately followed by the Grand Illumination of the downtown holiday lights by Santa and the Mayor. If you’d like to participate in the parade or as a vendor contact the Chamber at 540-635-3185 or info@frontroyalchamber.com.

Christmas Classics with Royal Cinemas

In the spirit of giving this holiday season Royal Cinemas is continuing their annual holiday tradition of bringing some of your favorite classic Christmas films to the big screen, free of charge.

In that same spirit, this year Royal Cinemas will be partnering with Front Royal Rotary’s “Coats for Kids” program and the Salvation Army to collect donations for their respective causes as well as collect nonperishable goods to be donated to Doc Smith Gift Baskets which provides holiday meals to local needy families.

December 1st & 2nd – Rudolph, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

December 8th & 9th – Miracle on 34th Street.

December 15th & 16th – The Polar Express.

December 22nd & 23rd – White Christmas.

Location: Royal Cinemas,117 East Main Street, Front Royal
Cost: FREE
For more information, visit their website: https://warrenheritagesociety.org/



Unlimited Hot Chocolate Bar!
Unlimited Cookies to decorate!
Games and Crafts!
Life Sized Candyland!
Letters to Santa workshop with our Elves!
Unlimited Photo Opportunities with your own device!All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 112 at the Front Royal Moose Lodge!🎅THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC🎅
🎅🎅🎅Event Pricing🎅🎅🎅
Prepay: $9.00 per person
At the door: $11.00 per person
The Super Popular Family Pack discount is back!!! THIS IS PREPAY ONLY
$35.00 for any size immediate family and minor children. Immediate families only please. Examples: Mom and dad +kids, or Grandparents+ Grandkids, or Aunt and Uncles+kids
You can pay online using PayPal at paypal.me/cubscoutpack112 or in person at the Moose starting in November on Wednesday nights from 7pm – 8pm. Space is limited. Time slots of 11am – 1pm and 1pm – 3pm. Please specify time slot and number of tickets when purchasing through PayPal.
The Front Royal Oratorio Society presents “Celestial Celebration”, a free Christmas concert on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4pm at Front Royal Presbyterian Church.
Celebrate the message of Christmas with glorious choral music under the baton of George Amos. This concert is a tradition in the community and all are welcome. The program features beautiful and timeless sacred and classical Christmas music, celebrating the joy and message of the yuletide season The whole family is welcome, including the kids and tots. The concert is free with a freewill offering taken.

Shenandoah County

First come, first served! This event will be limited!

The Strasburg Community is invited to cozy up before the holiday parade and sample hot cocoa concoctions made by local community members! In the new Strasburg Square, you can sign in and get your sample cup for FREE! Make your way to the different booths and be sure to vote for your favorite ‘Hot Cocoa Concoction’! The Town of Strasburg will be sponsoring a toppings table to complete your holiday cheer!

Strasburg Mugs will be on sale for $5! With your mug purchase, you can get one full cup of cocoa!

Interested in sponsoring a kids’ craft table or putting your hot cocoa recipe into the event? Please contact Olivia Hilton, Marketing & Events Coordinator for the Town of Strasburg, at (540) 465-9197 or ohilton@strasburgva.com.

**Please note parade date change**

All indoor activities will remain on December 1, 2018.

Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas with the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce‘s “Annual Home for the Holidays” Celebration and Christmas Parade! Kick off the morning at 7am with the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department‘s Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, and end the day with a Christmas Parade, tree lighting, pictures with Santa and hayrides!!

There will be activities throughout the day, including a Business Open House, Library Book Sale, Strasburg High School Strings Concert, Pictures with Santa at First Bank 1-3 pm, Caroling and more!! The downtown streets will be alive with music.

Parade Applications along with Rules and Regulations can be found on the chamber’s website at strasburgvachamber.com. and at the Chamber Office in the information box outside their door. NO PARADE ENTRY FEE! All parade participants must submit a completed application, subject to approval by the Parade Committee. Parade line-up is no earlier than 4pm and the parade will move at 4:30pm. For more information please contact: 540-335-6263 or email strasburgcoc@gmail.com.

Light Up Woodstock
Friday, November 30, 2018
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Entertainment Schedule

  • Children’s Choral Groups (District Courthouse):
    5:30-5:45 CHS Choir
    5:45-6:00 WWR Choir
    6:00-6:15 VBCS Choir
    6:15-6:30 PMMS Choir
    6:30-6:40 PMMS Select Choir
  • 6:00 pm – Caroling wagon rides around Town &
    hot cocoa and cookies
  • 6:30 pm – Parade Begins
  • 6:45 pm – Tree Lighting with Mayor McCleary and
    special guest
     to be announced soon!
  • 7:15 pm –  Visits with Santa


  • Hot chocolate
  • Music
  • Parade
  • Tree lighting
  • Visits with Santa
  • Wagon Rides
Interested in participating in the parade? Complete the application and submit it to the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce.
Kick off the holiday season just right with a visit to three Artisan Pottery Studios in Shenandoah County. Each will have plenty of local pottery for sale in a wide price range to suit your gift-giving needs. Chances are, you’ll want to gift yourself something nice as well! The Artisans will offer tours of their working space plus homemade cookies, mulled cider and other refreshments.
Laughing Orange Studio in Toms Brook, Kary Haun Studio in Woodstock, and Chickadees Studio in New Market.
Check out the Holiday Open Studio Tour Facebook page for daily updates about our preparation for the show or visit the website for details and addresses.
(Chickadees Studio in New Market will only be open on Sunday)

Luray/Page County

A celebration of the holidays and a chance for the Chamber & Visitor Center staff to give back to the Page County community, join them for Santa, photos by donation (pet or canned food), hot cocoa, cookies, festive crafts, music, and so much more!

This event is free and open to the public and is followed immediately by the Town of Luray and Luray Downtown Initiative‘s Christmas tree lighting on PAL Plaza.











🎅 Coming Soon to a (Community) Theater Near You… 🎶

When it seems like the whole town is dying and there’s nothing worth hoping for, Christmas is turning out to be pretty gloomy for the town of Holly.

But what happens when a stranger by the name of Leo Tannenbaum suddenly arrives on a train that shouldn’t exist?

Find out if Leo can raise the spirits of the town and maybe even those of the railroad’s curmudgeonly station manager when the Christmas Express comes to Trackside Theater.

~November 30, 2018 & December 1, 2018 at 7pm & 7:30pm~
~December 2, 2018 at 9pm & 3pm~

Trackside Theater: 32-B East Main Street, Luray

Purchase tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=trkt

Download the parade application here: Dec 1 Stanley Christmas Parade

Stanley Christmas parade has been rescheduled to: Friday, December 7, 2018

Download the Luray Christmas Parade application here: Dec 8 Luray Parade Application

Berryville/Clarke County

Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, November 30, 2018 – 6pm
Berryville Christmas Tree Lighting in Rose Hill Park (35 E. Main St., Berryville) features live music, including a small Clarke County Community Band ensemble, and the announcement of parking meter contest winners. Contact Berryville Main Street at 23 E. Main St., 540-955-4001, or info@berryvillemainstreet.org for details.

Charlie Brown Christmas: Film and Concert w/ The Eric Byrd Trio

Friday, November 30, 2018 – 7pm – 10pm

A holiday celebration for the whole family!

Join the Barns of Rose Hill after the Chrismas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Berryville, for hot cocoa, cookies, a film and a live concert featuring the music of A Charlie Brown Chistmas as played by The Eric Byrd Trio.

This is a free event! This event is a partnership with the Clarke County branch of the Handley Regional Library.

For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they shine as a Trio and as collaborators with an expanded 8-piece ensemble they call The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band, in tribute to The Genius of Soul icon Ray Charles. On each recording, they take a rigorous, modern approach to standards as well as original compositions, playing with great acuity within the broad and rich jazz tradition.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Noon

Annual Clarke County Christmas Parade travels along Main Street from First Street near the railroad tracks west to Lincoln Avenue. After the parade, Santa will meet children at the John H. Enders Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company at 9 S. Buckmarsh St. (Parade rain date is Sunday, Dec. 2.) Contact parade organizer Donna Peake at 540-514-5730 or dpeake@clarkecounty.gov.

The Clarke County Farmers’ Market will be hosting its first ever Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1st from 10 am until 2 pm at the John Rixey Moore Municipal Parking lot on Church Street in downtown Berryville. Many of your favorite Farmers’ Market vendors will be there along with Flavour Food truck and seasonal music by Sally Mae Foster!

This is the same day as the Christmas Parade in Berryville which will be at noon and Santa will be just down the street at Enders Firehouse. Stop by the market, pick up lunch or grab some hot cider and do some shopping.

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