Come celebrate the fun and excitement of our holiday parade in Old Town at 7 pm. There will be bands, floats, specialty units and also Santa. The parade starts at Cameron Street and finish at Loudoun St. The tree lighting ceremony is immediately following the parade. Santa will walk down Rouss Avenue to the tree lighting stand to light the tree. 540-542-1326.
December 1–Front Royal.
The Celebration of Lights held at 7pm at the Warren Memorial Hospital provides the community with an opportunity to honor or memorialize someone while helping the volunteers raise money. When someone makes a donation of $5.00 or more, a symbolic light will be placed on the Celebration of Lights tree or those making a single donation of $50.00 or more will be recognized with a Star Giver light. The tree lighting ceremony includes music and refreshments. 540-636-0398.
Join us for our annual parade, this year’s theme is “It’s a Wonderful Life” from 7pm-9pm. The route begins where N. Augusta meets Frederick Street. Our public leash laws remain in effect during the event. There will no food vendors. 540-332-3867.
December 1, 8, 15–Millwood.
Love knitting and supporting a great cause? Join Long Branch Plantation, 830 Long Branch Lane in supporting the National World War II Museum’s “Knit your Bit Program”. The program sends scarves to veterans around the country. You can knit with us from 3:30-6:30pm. Patterns and guidance available. If knitting somewhere else check out the patterns to use at: (www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/) or call 540-837-1856. Please donate completed scarves to Long Branch by Dec. 20-21.
December 1-Jan. 1–Staunton.
Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights for the tenth year in a row from 5-11pm. 540-885-4266.
December 1-Jan. 4–Winchester.
Leave a letter for Santa (with a return address and Santa will write back) in one of his special mailbox locations: War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, City Hall at 15 N. Cameron Street, Visitor Center at 1400 S. Valley Road on the 1st-10th. Also on the 1st-Jan. 4th you can stroll through the 4th Annual Light Show, at Clearbrook Park from 5:30-9:30pm. 540-542-1326 or 1-877-871-1326.
December 2, 4–Buena Vista.
Area events: Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall on the 2nd; On the 4th: Horses Christmas at Kling Elementary School, Holiday Lights at Glen Maury Park; Christmas Parade starting at Magnolia Avenue. 540-261-7321.
“Fantasyland” at the History Museum of Western Virginia, One Market Square is a collection of holiday characters harkening back to a simpler time. There are penguins/polar bears in Artic snow, characters from many countries in a chorus poised to sing songs from around the world, and the reindeer in their stalls waiting patiently for Santa to hook them to his sleigh. Also Santa welcomes visitors and there are other exciting surprises awaiting. Admission fee. 540-342-5770.
Get into the Christmas spirit at our festive Christmas parade starting at 6pm, complete with Santa. Immediately following the parade, the Tree Lighting Ceremony with music by Central High School Band, followed by Santa. Also there will be a special children’s event at the Volunteer Fire Company. 540-984-8521.