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Christmas Parades & Holiday Events in the Shenandoah Valley

25 November 2017 Community News

Tis the season!

Holiday Events in Winchester

Celebrate the fun and excitement of the holiday season in Old Town Winchester. Bands, floats, and specialty units along with Santa will be coming to see you. Don’t forget the tree lighting ceremony, immediately following the parade.

The Old Town Christmas Parade will be held on Monday, November 27 beginning at 7pm and lasts until about 8pm. The parade route is Cameron Street to Piccadilly to left on Braddock St. to left on Cork St. and finish at Loudoun St.

Tree Lighting: Santa will walk down Rouss Avenue to the official Tree Lighting stand to light the tree.

Parking: There is a $5 flat rate fee upon entering any of the parking garages for the Christmas parade

Or spend some time in Old Town this holiday season during Holly Jolly Celebration on December 9th! Enjoy caroling and holiday activities including free holiday wagon rides from 1pm – 3pm and specials at shops and restaurants all day.

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). Thank you to City of Winchester Parks & Recreation for assisting with Santa’s Headquarters!

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 time ticket. 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.

Caroling groups including Heritage Baptist Church, Our Savior Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Calvary Church of the Brethren will be strolling downtown spreading holiday cheer!

Preservation of Historic Winchester’s 41st Annual Holiday House Tour and Bough and Dough Shop will be held December 2 and 3, 2017. Tickets on sale at: The Final Yard, Kimberly’s, Wilkins’ Shoe Center, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, and the Bough & Dough Shop (December 2 and 3 only)

Click here to view or download a high-quality PDF of the 2017 program booklet.

Event Schedule: Saturday, December 2 from 9am – 5pm – Bough & Dough Shop at Winchester Little Theatre, 315 West Boscawen Street.
Candlelight House Tours 6pm – 9pm
Preview Party at 102 South Stewart Street (open only on Saturday evening)
21 South Washington Street
522 South Loudoun Street
125 East Clifford Street
420 North Loudoun Street

Event Schedule: Sunday, December 3 from 11am – 5pm – Bough & Dough Shop at Winchester Little Theatre, 315 West Boscawen Street. Guided walking tours of Washington and Stewart Streets, 1pm – 4pm. Meet a guide every half hour at the Winchester Little Theatre
Daylight House Tours 1pm – 5pm
21 South Washington Street
522 South Loudoun Street
125 East Clifford Street
420 North Loudoun Street

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Holiday Events in Middletown

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season with Friends & Family in Historic Middletown, VA on Sunday, December 3, 2017.

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, join Santa with Cookies at Middletown Volunteer Fire & Rescue (NOTE NEW LOCATION)

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. Also this year: coloring pages to keep the kids entertained and a photo booth for both young and old to enjoy. Come early to get a great spot for watching the parade and while you are in town explore the local shops and restaurants.

Follow the event on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1902700669756934/ for any new announcements. If you are interested in participating in the parade – an application form can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/2lnVEH8 If you need additional information – feel free to contact the town office or the Parade Committee at middletownva.christmas@gmail.com

Belle Grove will be decorated for the holidays from December 1 through December 30 to the theme “Holiday Memories: A Celebration of Antique Toys.”

There will be tours daily with tea and cookies served in the cozy Winter Kitchen. There will be candlelight and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday afternoons. Make sure to stop into the Museum Shop, which carries a variety of unique and locally made gifts. During December, guided tours of the Manor House will be conducted Monday through Saturday 10am – 4pm (first tour at 10:15am and last tour 3:15pm) On Friday and Saturdays from 4pm until 8pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm, the Manor House will be open for self guided tours with live music. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Price Information – Belle Grove Member: Free. Adults: $12. NPS Member: $11. Senior Citizens (60 and over): $11. AAA Member: $11 with card. Military: $11 with ID. Students (6-16 years): $6. NTHP Member $6 with card. Children 5 and younger: Free

Holiday Events in Berryville

Kick off the holidays with a festive Christmas Tree Lighting in historic downtown Berryville on Friday, December 1 at 6pm in Rose Hill Park. Come sing your favorite Christmas Carols by candlelight while the Community Band plays and enjoy the music stylings of the Clarke County High School Carolers before Berryville officially kicks off the holiday season by lighting the Town Christmas Tree. Be sure to take some time before the tree lighting to walk around town and enjoy the decorated parking meters. The winners will be announced at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony by Mayor Dickinson. There will be a special dance presentation by Social Graces you don’t want to miss!! Free Parking on Main Street where the meters are decorated or in the lot adjoining Rose Hill Park accessed from S. Church Street.

Christmas Parade – December 2, 2017 at 12:00pm

Holiday Homes Tour: Sunday, December 10 from 1pm – 4pm – Get into the holiday spirit by visiting Historic Berryville and enjoy a self-guided tour of three private homes, Historic Rosemont Manor and the Historic Berryville Baptist Church all beautifully decorated for the holidays. Berryville Baptist Church will have a special presentation of Nativity’s presented by their parishioners in their fellowship hall.

Homes include: 1 Wheeler Lane: a Colonial Revival style home with functioning shutters and a former widow’s walk on the roof; 203 S. Buckmarsh: a Greek Revival home with beautiful white columns built in 1910; Rosemont Manor: built in 1811, home to Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. in 1929 and the site of the Battle of Berryville during the Civil War; Waypoint House on S. Church Street built in 1884 for Miss Nannie McGuire who never married but was a pillar of Berryville; and Berryville Baptist Church was built in 1884 after the first church built on the property was destroyed during the great War Between the States. It is local legend that the church was used as a stable for the horses of soldiers.

Most homes are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. No food or drink will be allowed in the homes. Refreshments available at The Fire House Gallery, 23 E. Main Street. Free Parking. Price Information: Advance Tickets: $15/person; Day Of Tickets: $20/person; Children 12 and Under Free with Adult.

Holiday Events in Front Royal

Join Front Royal – Warren County Chamber of Commerce downtown on Saturday, December 2nd for a hometown holiday celebration. Open houses, specials, and surprises at various downtown merchants. Christkindlmarkt Front Royal opens at 10am with vendors and entertainment leading up to the parade kick-off. Official Tree & Street Lighting at 4pm immediately followed by the annual Christmas Parade featuring marching bands, floats, community businesses and much more! Grab the family and come downtown for fun and festivities! Download an application to participate in the parade here: Christmas-Parade-Application-2017


Holiday Events in Shenandoah County

Light Up Woodstock: Join in the fun on Friday, December 1  from 5:30pm – 8pm along Route 11 in historic, downtown Woodstock for the annual holiday parade. Other activities include children’s choirs, wagon rides, hot beverages, snacks and visits with Santa.

Town of Strasburg Yuletide Celebration on Friday, December 1 from 6:30pm8:00pm at Strasburg Town Park. Come to the Town Park to celebrate the Season with a Yule Fire, Carolers, Apple Cider, Ginger Snaps and a Lighted Path to the Woods.

The Shenandoah County Artisan Trail 2017 Holiday Open Studio Tour will be December 2-3  from 10-5 each day. Four locations boast tours of the Artist’s working space and sales of their collections of work plus refreshments from local wineries, farmers markets and restaurants. Meet the artists, see where the magic happens and start your Holiday shopping with handcrafted and local! This year’s participants are:

  • Susie Wilburn of Laughing Orange Studio in Toms Brook where you will find fun and functional pottery items with lots of color and whimsy. Susie’s address is 3397 Hillcrest Drive in Toms Brook.
  • Kary Haun Studio  Kary works in porcelain and you will find wine cups, coffee brewers, mugs, bowls and wonderful platters. The address is: 101 E North Street in Woodstock. The studio is a little log cabin behind the house.
  • Libet Henze of Far Ridge Ceramics creates beautiful handmade tiles and household items. Libet has made custom tile pieces to suit the homeowner. Her address is: 2218 Headquarters Rd. Edinburg VA.
  • George and Chris Jetter of Chickadees in New Market make lots of traditional pottery items but also have a gallery where you can find other gift items in addition to the wonderful pottery that is made on site. (*Sunday Only*) 9299 N Congress St, New Market, VA 22844

Check out the Holiday Open Studio Tour FACEBOOK PAGE for daily updates on the work that is being prepared for this tour.

Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas with the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce‘s Annual “Home for the Holidays” Celebration and Christmas Parade! Kickoff starts the morning of Saturday, December 2nd at 7am with the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. The day ends with the Christmas Parade at 4pm, tree lighting with the Mayor & family, chorus performance and pictures with Santa! There will be activities throughout the day, including Open Houses, Strasburg High School Strings Concert, Caroling and more!! For more information please contact the chamber office: 540-465-3187 or Angie 540-335-6463 or email at strasburgcoc@gmail.com. Parade Applications as well as rules are available on the Chambers website as well online via this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0j40ntgskpoix6t/AAAzRc-3MN53HvDujRKosFwFa?dl=0

Holiday Events in Page County

The 3rd Annual Chamber Holiday Open House will be held at the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center on Friday December 1 from 4pm – 7pm. Join Santa for Christmas cookies, s’mores, carolers, holiday punch, barrel train rides, portraits, and more! This is the 3rd annual event and is going to be bigger and better than last year! At 7pm, join Santa for a walk to the PAL Plaza for the lighting of the Town of Luray’s 21’ Christmas tree. Luray’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Enjoy holiday readings by Carrie Campbell, live music by the Eva Weber group and more! The music starts at 6:30 pm.





Stanley Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 2 at 6pm. Terry Pettit, Stanley’s Town Manager was on The Valley Today last week with all the details. Listen to that show here: https://theriver953.com/podcast/tourism-tuesday-stanley-christmas-parade/






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