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. When someone makes a donation of $10.00 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 held at 7pm includes music and refreshments. 540-636-0398.
December 1–Buena Vista.
Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall, 2039 Sycamore Avenue, from 7-9-pm. Join us for the annual tree lighting celebration as we kick off the season with music and refreshments. 540-261-8616.
Come and enjoy holiday crafts and decorating cookies before visiting with Santa. For ages 2+. Jim Barnett Park Social Hall. Fee: $5.00. Registration required, call 540-667-1815, ext. 1670 to register.
Giving Tree Kick-off at Braithwaite Studios and Coffee Shop, on Mason Street, starting 8am or any day during the holiday season, to pick up your Giving Tree tag to support local Dayton families in need. While you’re at the studio, browse the glass art selection and enjoy a hot drink, soup, or sandwich. 540-879-2110.
Come visit with old friends and meet new ones at an old-fashioned holiday being celebrated at Silver Lake Mill From 4-7pm. Children can mix reindeer food, color Christmas pictures, and meet Saint Nicholas. There will also be hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies available as you shop the Mill’s delightful new gift sets and enjoy music from The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels. 540-879-3582.
December 3–Buena Vista.
Area events: Horses Christmas at Kling Elementary School, 3400 Lombary Avenue, from 1-2:30pm. Come see the horses frolic in holiday attire with a special visit from a friend from the North Pole; Drive through a winter wonderland of lights at Glen Maury Park. The lights are open nightly throughout the holiday season; Christmas parade downtown. Bundle the children and bring them out for a wonderful display of over 100 entries spreading the holiday cheer, including a special guest from the North Pole. 540-261-7321.
Christmas Parade, at 7pm, afterwards join us at the Vinton War Memorial for visits with Santa, entertainment and refreshments. 540-343-1364.
Get into the Christmas spirit at our festive Christmas parade starting at 6 pm, complete with Santa. 540-984-8521.
The Stonewall Jackson House will offer special admissions for Christmas tours all day from 9am-5pm. Admission will be canned food or reusable fabric bags for the Rockbridge Area Relief Association Food Pantry. The last tour will begin at 4:30pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the house, which will be decorated for Christmas, and learn about 19th-century Christmas traditions. The museum shop will be offering special discounts during the event. 540-464-7704.
The Annual Winter Wonderland parade with festive floats and Santa begins at 7:30pm at the corner of Grattan and Main Street and ends at the Rockingham County Office Building on Gay Street. After the parade Mayor Christopher B. Jones will host a tree lighting ceremony in Court Square, followed by a holiday concert performed by the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. 540-433-9168.
“Light up Woodstock” includes the Children’s Choir on the Courthouse Stairs at 6pm, a parade at 6:30pm, tree Lighting with Mayor McCleary and special guest at 6:45. Also hot chocolate, music, visits with Santa, wagon rides and more. 540-459-3621.
Bring the whole family out for our Night of Lights Christmas parade with floats, fire trucks, marching bands, singers and dancers. Santa rides on his float at the end of the parade. If there is inclement weather on this day we would cancel the parade. 540-319-4181.
Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center will be hosting a wonderful Christmas Dinner and Sounds of the Season featuring the musical talents of Bill Vance and Joyce Grove at the piano. All are welcome. Please call 1-888-627-7774 for reservations.
F&M Bank Kid's Day. Visit Elkton Branch for a day full of customer appreciation. Enjoy refreshments, games and giveaways. Pictures with Santa will be available from 3-5pm. Please bring your camera for photos. 127 West Rockingham Street.540-298-1251.
This holiday season plan to visit Abram’s Delight Museum, George Washington’s Office and Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters during the Candlelight Tour. Experience Christmas past. 540-662-6550.
Area events: On the the 4th, Lighting of the Christmas Tree 6pm at the Farmers Market, Christmas Parade on Main Street at 6:30pm. On the 5th, Ye Olde Christmas 11am-4pm, at the Farmers Market. There will be a variety of vendors, carriage rides around downtown, and the Gingerbread Festival will be held at the Library. There will be pictures with Santa, children’s activities, several vendors and hot cider. 540-387-0267.
The artist P. Buckley Moss will be at her gallery, 329 W. Main Street to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the gallery during these three days can be personalized. 540-949-6473.
Join us this holiday season and celebrate Wintertide, an old fashioned Christmas. It’s like a scene right out of your favorite Hallmark movie with Santa Claus, Christmas lights, and a parade at 5pm. Check out our schedule of events at: www.highlandcounty.org/events/wintertide/ or call 540-468-2551. We’re always adding new things, so be sure to check in frequently.
December 4, 11, 18–Roanoke.
Be a part of the memories for the 33rd Dickens of a Christmas. Featuring our Christmas Tree Lighting on the 4th, Haley Toyota’s Christmas Parade 6:30pm on the 11th, the RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest and Coca Cola Snow Zone on the 18th. A free, family-friendly event is held downtown. Favorites like roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers, and more. 540-342-2028.
December 5–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 and visit the military encampment, lend a hand with chores. There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing, and a visit from a special Christmas visitor. In the Virginia Museum of the Civil War you can make ornaments to decorate our tree and yours, write letters to our men and women in the military who are far from home, and do some Christmas shopping in the General’s Store. Admission fee. 540-740-3101 or 1-866-515-1864.
The Ruritan Club presents Caroling in the Caverns at Grand Caverns Park from 5-8pm. Tours will enter the cave every 15 minutes. This event proceeds will benefit the South River Boys/Girls Club and Ruritan Scholarships. Admission for adults $5.00, kids 12 and under are free with a donation of new art/crafts supplies, games, markers. 540-249-5729.
The 8th Annual Downtown Holiday Tour is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, from 11am to 4pm. Join us as we take a look inside Old Town homes, renovated downtown business and downtown loft living spaces, displayed and beautifully decorated for the holidays. The tour begins at the new City Hall building, where guests can pick up their wristbands and maps while appreciating the main entrance, beautiful atrium, and the holiday tree with ornaments made by local artists before strolling to Old Town. For more information, visit www.downtownharrisonburg.org/DowntownTour or call 540-432-8922.
December 5–Front Royal.
The Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Christmas Parade at 5pm. The parade will start on Luray Avenue, then travel down Luray Avenue to Stonewall Drive to Royal Avenue, over to Main Street, left onto Chester Street and a final right onto 3rd Street. 540-635-3185.
The 17th Annual Santa Tournament at Bryce Resort Golf Course. Four Player Captain’s Choice, Shotgun starts at 11am. Form your own team or sign up as a single and we will pair you up. Entry fee includes golf, cart, prizes, 2 drink tickets, a donation to Toys For Tots and hot roast beef and gravy dinner with fixin’s following play. Team prizes for: 1st, 2nd, low gross, and low net. Admission fee. 540-856-2121.
Waynesboro Christmas Parade: Bundle up and bring the whole family to come celebrate the start of the Christmas season! Sure to put you in the holiday spirit with decorated floats, marching bands, cloggers, and of course, Santa. This year’s theme is ‘Frozen Fantasy’. The parade begins at 6pm; http://www.waynesboro.va.us/258/Christmas-Parade; Waynesboro Parks and Recreation 540-942-6735.
Over 300 nativities from all over the world will be exhibited at the nondenominational Community Nativity Exhibit & Christmas Concert, 1340 Thornhill Road. The nativities are being generously loaned by community members and collectors from other parts of the country. A festive community concert featuring area choirs and musicians with guest tenor Eric Hanson will conclude the festivities at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. The exhibit and concert are a gift to the community, free to the public, and no donations will be accepted. Bring the entire family. Are you a nativity collector? Join the exhibit:Community.Nativities@gmail.com, or Michele, 540-463-4077.
December 5, 11–Elkton.
Area events: Get decked out in your most cheerful Christmas garb to help Elkton Cares Relay For Life at 9am. For a $5.00 donation, receive a set of bells, hot chocolate and cookie, and chances to win prizes. Have your picture taken with Santa Claus, while you browse a variety of vendors. Both events at the Community Center on the 5th. On the 11th our Christmas Parade of Lights will start at 6pm. 540-298-1951.
December 5–Stephens City.
Jingle Bell Rock party at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road. Join us for a holiday celebration for all of your family at 11am. Enjoy a variety of activities, a snack of Christmas cookies and jingle bell juice. 540-869-9000.
December 5–New Market.
Christmas Parade on Congress Street at 5pm. Following the Parade will be the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Town Office and light refreshments at the Town Hall. Also at the Library wll be Santa, story reading, giveaways, a book fair and music. All Town activities are free. No animals allowed at any indoor events. 540-740-3432.
46th Annual Doll Auction to benefit the Evans Home for Children will be held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from 2-4pm. Please plan to join us. For so many years special members of our community have donated their time, effort and creativity to dress up these gorgeous porcelain dolls that we then auction off to raise money to support our children. 540-662-8520.
Join Harmony Moon, 13 S. New Street, for a Kitty Petting Zoo, featuring the adorable and adoptable cats and kittens from H.O.P.E. (Humanitarians of Pet Education), a local cat rescue group from 1-4pm. The kittens will be “free range” today so you can have fun playing and cuddling with them. Fun for the whole family and 10% of all purchases in the shop will be donated to H.O.P.E.
Come and enjoy the holiday season at our Christmas Parade downtown at 6pm. 540-778-3454.
4th Annual Weihnachtsmarkt, hosted by the Winery at Bluestone Vineyard, 4828 Spring Creek Road from 11am-5pm. Featuring local vendors, artisans, food/wine. We will also be doing a local food drive, so please bring canned goods and/or nonperishable items. This event is outside. 540-828-0099.
‘Tis the season to be jolly at the Heritage Museum with free admission into the galleries, special discounts and promotions in the bookstore and gift shop. Also refreshments, and more from 11am-3pm. It will be a perfect time to pick up that special gift for Christmas. 540-879-2616.
Grab your neighbor and head down to Main Street to watch the Christmas parade at 5pm, followed by the Christmas tree lighting, singing of Silent Night, and hot chocolate at College Street Pavilion. The TA FFA will also be selling greenery wreaths at the pavilion. traditional, while enjoying delicious refreshments and great door prizes. 540-879-2241.
Holidayfest is a family fun event at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Avenue. The JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale which features a variety of holiday classics and masterworks by JMU’s small and large music ensembles. A holiday reading by a local celebrity. Prior to the matinee on the 6th at 12:30pm, children can enjoy crafts, cookies and cider in the Grand Lobby. Admission fee. 540-568-7000.
Holiday Open House at Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road. We wish everyone a Happy Season with family and friends. Join us for warm mulled wine along with cookies and goodies to welcome in the Holidays. 540-984-8699.
Fellowship Bible Church will be presenting Follow the Star, a guided walking tour of the Living Nativity both evenings from 6-9pm at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Parking is at Creekside Shopping Center and a hayride will take you to the event. The tour is concluded with holiday music, all you can eat Christmas cookies/hot chocolate and cookies for people with allergies. Free admission. Only service animals allowed. 540-662-7743.December 6--Middletown.
Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season as horses, floats, bands and more take a tour down Main Street at 2pm. Also a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 540-869-2226.
December 7-8, 10–Lexington.
Washington and Lee University events: Holiday Pops Concert, 7pm. Tickets are free, but required on the 7th-8th. On the 10th the University Singers perform Lessons and Carols, a annual tradition for over 80 years. The Candlelight Service featuring the University Singers weaves together the sacred narration of the Christmas story through music, prayers, lessons, and hymns. The telling of the Incarnation in this manner binds countries and cultures, dating back hundreds of years 540-458-8400.
We’ll see you at United Methodist Church starting 6:30pm for the Town Christmas Party. Join us for an evening of fellowship, Christmas spirit, refreshments, music, raffles, and children’s activities. Everyone’s favorite bearded man in a big red suit will of course be making an appearance. 540-879-2241.
Fresh from being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, legendary singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash will perform songs from her Grammy Award-winning album, “The River and the Thread,” along with other favorites, at 7:30 pm on Friday. Presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. Tickets are $30-65 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 years old and under. 540-231-5300.
F&M Bank Timberville will be holding an all-day customer appreciation event. Refreshments, games and giveaways will be featured in the branch all day long. Santa Claus will be stopping by from 3-5pm for pictures. 540-896-1741.
Santa Claus will be taking a break to visit with children at the Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street. Children can also create a keepsake. Bring your camera. Free admission. 540-535-3661.
Nothin’ Fancy returns to Court Square Theater with a holiday show by area bluegrass favorites. Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, and energetic stage presence, along with their friendly down-to-earth charm keeps people coming back for more. Visit valleyarts.org or call 540.433.9189 for more information and to purchase tickets. Doors open at 7:30pm, concert at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Join us at Triangle Emporium on Main Street for refreshments and special holiday discounts on select antique dishes, glassware and china from 10am-4pm. 540-879-2196.
Join us as we light the Town Christmas tree at Big Gem Park. Enjoy free refreshments, Christmas caroling, marshmallow roasting at the bon fire. Listen to the story of the Christmas tree, while waiting for Santa to arrive on the fire truck. Each child will receive a candy cane. Everyone is invited. This event is weather permitting. 540-652-8164.
Come spend some time in Old Town this holiday season during our Holly Jolly Celebration. Enjoy caroling and holiday activities including free holiday wagon rides. 540-535-3661.
1st Annual Winter Craft and Tack Sale, 11am-6pm at Penmerryl Farm Bed and Breakfast, 273 Penmerryl Drive. Are you looking for unique gift ideas for this holiday season? Come join us for a day of horses, shopping, good food and fun. Local artisans and vendors – wreathes, jewelry, pottery, local wines and cheeses and much much more. Sale will be followed by wine tasting provided by Hunts Vineyard. $10 per person tapas (small plates) included. Contact Emily for more information GCEquestrian@outlook.com or 804-426-1830.
Christmas Parade at 6 pm on Main Street and Community Reception. 540-743-5511.December 12–Buchanan. The Christmas parade will begin its way down Main Street at 4pm and children may visit with Santa at the Theatre following the parade. 540-254-1212.
Christmas Tea, Saturday 12 and Christmas Open House, Sunday 13 at he Miller-Kite House Museum (Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters), located at 310 E. Rockingham Street. Saturday’s Tea has settings at noon and 3pm. Prepaid reservations, at $18.00 each, can be made by calling 540-820-6060 or 540-578-3046. Seating is limited. Sunday’s open house lasts from noon to 4pm and includes live Christmas music, refreshments, tours, living history and gift ideas. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Elkton Historical Society. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will join us on the grounds of the Hebron Baptist Church as “Bethlehem Village” invites visitors to become a part of the true Christmas story as they literally walk through 1st Century Bethlehem. The Village is much more than just a “living nativity,” the Village is a real village and comprised of many village buildings including a working olive press, carpentry, music, scribe and weapons shops, live camels, over 50 costumed characters, a nativity, inn and singing angels. Spanish narrative tour on ther 20th at 7pm. Free and open nightly from 6-9pm, early open at 5pm on the 20th weather permitting. 540-456-6863.
Cookies with Claus at the Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Avenue. Celebrate the holidays by enjoying cookies, a story, and crafts with Santa Claus. Registration required beginning the 1st. 540-942-6746.
Join us at the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand for this great seasonal event and help support the Valley Mission. Listen to the carols of Christmas 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. Check out the Mission’s Facebook page; website: valleymission.net. for a list of needed items or call 540-886-4673.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to view some really cool night sky objects at Shenandoah River State Park’s Culler’s Overlook, 350 Daughter of Stars Drive. The Shenandoah Astronomical Society will set up their huge telescopes and find interesting things for you to observe. Flashlights and bug spray are recommended. Programs begin at sunset and last at least two hours. Cancelled in the event of rain or cloudy skies. 540-622-6840.
Elves Workshop for ages 5-12 at the Rosenwald Community Center, 413 Port Republic Road. Kids will delight in counting down the time for Santa with lots of holiday oriented activities. In addition this workshop will provide parents with an opportunity to do some holiday errands, or simply enjoy some ‘down time’. Registration deadline, December 17th. 540-942-6735.
Join in on the fun at the Jingle Bell 5K run and 1/2 Mile Frosty’s Fun Run for kids. The 5K will begin and end in front of the Old Courthouse in Old Town. To register call 540-535-3661.
Decorated for the holidays in the style of the Victorian-era, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will honor our 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, on his birthday featuring live music, children’s activities, refreshments and tours of the birthplace hosted by staff in period costumes. Free event from 11am-3pm. 540-885-0897.
Make plans now to ring in the New Year with us. There will be music, magic/puppet shows, dancing, childrens activites and so much more at various venues. Fireworks at midnight from the Munical parking lot. Buttons $8.00, children 5 and under are free. 540-533-5561.
Ring in the New Year at First Night in historic Old Town. A family-friendly, non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration. The event offers entertainment for every age: musicians, dancers, arts and crafts, magicians, comedy, and more. Events start at 10am, culminates at midnight with the apple drop and a spectacular fireworks display. Buttons are $10.00 each, children 10 yrs and under are free. 540-535-3661.
December 31–Mt. Crawford.
CrossKeys Vineyards, 6011 E. Timber Ridge Road, is proud to host the 6th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have a Disco themed evening in the works, complete with glitter and glam, so reserve your tickets today. 540-234-0505.
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel presents the Frontier Culture Museum’s New Years Eve Gala. Enjoy a buffet dinner, dance to the original Rhondels, and ring in 2016 with a complimentary champagne toast and open bar. Reservations required. 540-885-4848.