Daleks and Jedi and Wizards, Oh My! Favorite fandoms come to life with costumed characters, hands-on science-based activities, and plenty of pop culture
magic for everyone. Dress to represent your favorite fandom or superhero and join in the family-friendly fun!

$10 Admission | Free for Premier/Legacy members

Pop Up Planetarium

Explore the Sky in a Pop-up Planetarium

Jennifer Coleman, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
View a projection of the night sky in a pop-up planetarium, including planets, constellations, and more. Learn about planetary motion, and hear stories and myths about constellations. Recommended for those six and above with an adult, but all are welcome.

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First Night Winchester

First Night Winchester is the largest, safest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic, budget-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shenandoah Valley. One price gets you a button that allows you into all First Night events for the entire evening.

On December 31 this community event brings the night to life as businesses, churches, and other venues open their doors to multiple stages featuring performances throughout the evening. Entertainment includes, but is not limited to, folk, jazz, bluegrass, oldies, acoustical guitar, puppet shows, kids events and more throughout Old Town Winchester.

And then, just before the year ends, everyone comes together at the intersection of Cameron and Boscawen Streets to count down time with our official “Apple Drop” and midnight fireworks display!

Purchase buttons online at Advance buttons may also be purchased at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road. Open daily, 9am-5pm, call (540) 542-1326 for details.

On New Year’s Eve, buttons will be available from 5-9pm at the First Night Winchester headquarters located at: 33 E. Boscawen Street.


Pajama Day

Join us for a cozy day of play and fun (and wear your pajamas) at the Discovery Museum!

10:30 am — Storytime with Belle
11:00 am — How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12:00 pm — The Night Before Christmas
1:00 pm — Polar Express and cookie decorating
2:00 pm — Reindeer Games (interactive gross motor games with Dr. Megan McIntyre of Milestone Pediatric Therapy)
3:00 pm and 3:30 pm — Pajama Time with Mary Bruce (stories and crafts)

A Christmas Homecoming with Springfield Exit

Join West Oaks Farm Market for a wonderful evening of Christmas spirit with special music from Springfield Exit!

The show will be held upstairs in the event venue, tickets only available at the door.

There will be BBQ dinners for sale and a cash bar!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Mele-ki-liki-maka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you.

Bad luck seems to follow Clark Griswold and his family no matter where they go or what they do. The perpetual optimist, Clark (the young and great Chevy Chase) tries to make the holidays a special family event by chopping down the biggest tree in the forest, hanging a million Christmas lights, and dealing with his obnoxious visiting family members. He does this all while banking on his holiday bonus – but will it come?



Tickets to this screening benefit 92.5 WINC FM’s CHAIN OF CHECKS!

Annie the Musical

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

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Christmas Radio Show

BUDDY AND SOOK, presented by Winchester Little Theater

A Holiday Radio Special
Based on two short stories by Truman Capote, adapted and directed by Bill Heavner
Handley Library Auditorium

It is the early years of the Great Depression. Due to difficult circumstances in his immediate family, a young boy is sent to live with a pair of elderly distant cousins. One becomes his first and best friend. Many decades later the mature man Buddy has become, unpacks some of his most precious memories for us. In them we spend time with ten year old Buddy, his best friend, Sook, a bully, or two, and a few other residents of small town 1930’s Alabama. If this were a recipe the generous portion of laughter balanced with a tear or two then layered with injustice and retribution and sprinkled with plenty of smiles would make a wonderful Christmas treat.

All tickets $19.99* (includes dessert reception)
*Discount for K-12 Students

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Apple Valley Ringers

Handley Regional Library System will host a free holiday concert at Bowman Library by the popular Apple Valley Ringers Hand Bell Choir. The group is comprised of hand bell choir members from five different local churches and will perform holiday music. The concert is free and open the public and is perfect for all ages.

Apple Valley Ringers – Hand Bell Choir
Date: Sunday, December 9th
Start time: 3PM

For more information or questions about this event please contact Barbara Dickinson at (540) 662-9041 ext. 31