Winchester’s Holiday Parade kicked off the season in Old Town

It’s parade season in the area and Winchester’s annual Holiday Parade steps off tonight in Old Town!

The parade begins at 7 pm and typically lasts an hour.

Following the parade at roughly 8 pm, a tree lighting ceremony with Santa will be held at the courthouse lawn area on the Loudoun Street Mall.

Road closures will begin at 5:30 pm surrounding the walking mall.

The parade route will follow Cameron Street to Piccadilly, left on Braddock St., left on Cork St. and finish at Loudoun St.

Roads will reopen at 8:30 pm.

For a full list of road closures for the Winchester Holiday Parade, click here.

To view the schedule for the other upcoming holiday parades in the area, click here.

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Old Town hosts Holiday Open House

Old Town Winchester is celebrating the most wonderful time of the year today with a Holiday Open House from noon to 5 pm.

In addition to all your favorite Walking Mall stores, a Winter Market with unique gifts from local vendors will open in the Feltner lot on Loudon Street.

Old Town Spirit will be in effect for the duration of the event, so grab your favorite beverage as you shop and stroll.

The Children’s Wonderland will have visits from Santa and the Grinch as well as free, family friendly activities.

If you hate wrapping presents like I do, they’ve got you and your presents covered with a free wrapping station.

Froggy’s Closet and The Evans Home is also hosting a Donation Drive for toys, cloths, blankets, or a monetary gift to help our local children in need.

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Holiday Parade returns to Old Town

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Monday marks the return of the Holiday Parade to Old Town Winchester. The parade will feature floats, bands, local organizations and Santa himself!

The parade will start down Piccadilly Street before turning on to Braddock Street and then E Cork Street.

Those roads along with a few others in the immediate area will close at 5:45 pm on Monday.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place immediately after the parade on the walking mall.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland returns to Clearbrook Park

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Frederick County Parks and Recreations annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland opened last night and will remain open nightly through January 1.

The dazzling display spans the 0.5 mile path at Clearbrook Park with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, displays, and a display synchronized with music.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for nightly appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets are available for purchase online or with a credit card at the gate with a portion of the sales going to the Chain of Checks campaign.

Advance ticket sales are encouraged as walk-up entry is not guaranteed.

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Christmas in July in the Shenandoah Valley

It’s Christmas in July around the Shenandoah Valley!

The Merchants on Main are hosting the festivities in Front Royal with deals in many of the businesses downtown, live music, and a surprise you will have to be there to see.

There will also be a visit from Santa Clause at the Gazebo starting at 11 am.

Frederick County Parks and Recreation are getting in the holiday spirit as well with a showing of The Grinch at Clearbrook Pool.

The movie will begin at 7 pm and only credit cards will be taken at the gate. 

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Mingle with Kringle at the YDC

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The Youth Development Center in Winchester invites you to “Mingle with Kringle” today from 10 am to noon.

This event will feature arts and crafts, a cookie decorating station, refreshments, and pictures with Santa.

The pictures will be taken outside to help with spacing.

Photographs will be emailed to the participants after the event.

Registration through their website is encouraged for this free event to help the YDC have an estimate on how many visitors to prepare for.

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Where in the Valley is Santa Clause?

Santa will be in Luray on December 13,15, & 16. He will be on the road by 5p.m. escorted by The Luray Fire Department.

For the full list of Santa’s stops visit the Luray Fire Department Facebook page.

Between December 17-19 Santa will be in Strasburg he will leaving the Fire Department at 6 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m.

on Saturday and Sunday . They will also have a tracking system available for you to follow Santa . For more information

visit the Strasburg Fire Department page on Facebook.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday December 18th Santa will be in Middletown escorted by the Middletown Volunteer Fire &

Rescue Department. They have an updated map in detail on their Facebook page as well.

Santa will be in Warren County on December 24th, His journey will start at dusk and he will be escorted by Warren County Fire & Rescue.

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Middletown tree lighting ceremony

The Town of Middletown began their holiday celebrations yesterday with a tree lighting ceremony.

The town welcomed a special guest, the 1982 NFL MVP Mark Moseley, for the evening.

Local businesses donated food that was given away and members of the Christmas Parade Committee gave presents to children who came.

A bonfire was also held and of course a visit from the big red man himself, Santa Clause.

The event was deemed a success after having to downsize last year’s festivities. 

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Belle Grove’s Kris Kringle Market

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The Belle Grove Plantation is hosting the Kris Kringle Outdoor Market from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

After the success from last year, they made it bigger and better.

This weekend will feature a visit from Santa Clause, a petting zoo, a wreath making class, live music, and a free ballet performance.

Food, warm beverages, and crafts from local artisans will be for sale.

Admission is free to the market but the regular fee still applies for a tour of the home.

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