Christmas Cheer at Valerie Hill

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, warm mulled wine, fire pits, and the seasonal sounds of holiday music… That’s how we spread Christmas cheer at Valerie Hill!

Join us for a special holiday evening of great wines and holiday fellowship. And just like the classic Christmas song, we really will be roasting chestnuts outdoors over an open fire for all to enjoy. (And they’re complimentary!)

The Manor House will be decked out in all her Christmas Glory with multiple Christmas trees, garlands, and thousands of ornaments! Make plans to join us on for this very special holiday event.

Holly Jolly Old Town Celebration

Come spend some time in Old Town this holiday season during our Holly Jolly Celebration on December 14th!

Enjoy caroling and holiday activities including free holiday wagon rides from 1-4 p.m. Specials at shops and restaurants all day.

Returning for a second year, shop at the Old Town Farmers Market – Holiday Market from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Here you will find local in-season farm goods including varieties of garlic, squash, heritage breed pork, jams and jellies, fresh small batch roasted coffee beans, spice rubs and seasonings, artisan chocolates and cake pops, natural health and beauty products, festive iced cookies and gingerbread kits, botanical ornaments and home decor items, homemade novelty soaps, and handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories. Sip on hot cocoa and enjoy warm frosted nuts and fresh kettle corn while you shop!

Children can create a holiday craft while waiting to meet Santa Claus at Santa’s Headquarters from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Godfrey Miller House (28 S. Loudoun Street).

Enjoy holiday carols throughout Old Town Winchester provided by local choral groups.

Free horse drawn wagon rides will be offered from 1-4 p.m. Meet in front of the Old Courthouse (20 N. Loudoun Street) to pick up a timed ticket beginning at 1pm. Tickets go fast! 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.

Families can visit Handley Library from 1-3 p.m. for classic holiday movies as well as interactive stations and make-and-take crafts.

More information and schedule of events

 

Santa’s Headquarters

Santa Claus will be taking a break from his busy schedule to visit with children in Old Town Winchester at the Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center this holiday season. Santa will be taking visitors on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Make a Christmas craft while you wait to visit the jolly old man himself!

Admission is free!

 

 

Holiday Tea: Shenandoah Valley Traditions

Enjoy tea, savory delights, and desserts as MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers presents an illustrated program about the ways people in the Shenandoah Valley historically celebrated the holidays, including “Belsnickeling” and more.

MSV members: $35; all others: $45 (includes admission). Registration required by December 8; register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Sponsored by Six Star Events.

Bough and Dough Shop

The Bough & Dough Shop, located on the first floor of the Hexagon House, is a boutique-style holiday gift shop featuring talented local artisans. You will find unique handmade items, freshly baked goods, as well as a selection of freshly-cut greenery, wreaths, and premade bows for your holiday decorating.

The shop will feature free food samples for taste testing products, pottery, art glass, handwoven baskets, unique handcrafted gifts, ornaments, artwork, and books on local history.

Purchases will help support Preservation of Historic Winchester’s mission to preserve the best of the area’s past.

See Preservation of Historic Winchester’s website for details on the participating artisans.

Hours of Operation:
November 22 – December 15, 2019
Tue.-Sat., 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun. (December 1, 8, and 15 only) Noon – 5 PM
Extended Evening Hours (open until 6 PM):
Grand Opening weekend, November 22 & 23
Holiday House Tour weekend, December 6-8
Closed for Thanksgiving

Merrimint in Middletown

Come one, come All! Tour Historic Middletown, Virginia at this FREE Holiday event! Activities will take place at several venues in Middletown.

Hoffman House (7827 Main Street)
Tour the Hoffman House, , decorated in 1800’s holiday style. There will be hot cocoa and cookies. Kids can make and take free sparkly Santa Slime!

Wayside Inn (7783 Main Street)
Visit Father Christmas at The Wayside Inn. There will be caroling and storytelling by a cozy fire, face painting, and free tea and scones.

Aunt Caroline’s Cabin (corner of 1st and Church Streets)
Visit Middletown’s historic district. Tour and hear the story of Aunt Caroline’s log cabin on the corner of 1st and Church.  They will be providing hot cider and donuts.

St. Thomas Chapel (7854 Church Street)
At Historic St. Thomas Chapel the dulcimer group “Heartstrings” will perform at 2pm.

Mount Olive Baptist Church (1893 Senseney Road)
“A JESUS Merrimint” – from 1-2:30pm
• “A Christ Mas “Praise & Praise” singing.
• “A Youthful Blessing”; in one or more of the following: (Wearing Costumes of That Season of Long Ago, Dance, Dramatic Reading and Song).
• “Our Nativity Barn” with the “The Star of Shining Wonder” atop it, … and Straw Bales (for sitting inside “Our Nativity Barn” to take pictures for your Christmas Cards this year, with your own camera / phone.
• “A Tasty Fellowship” ; (A Cup of Soup and a Cup of Cider or a Cup of Cocoa).

Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road)
Nearby Belle Grove Plantation‘s historic Manor House presents “All Creatures Great and Small.” Enjoy the tour. The winter kitchen & gift shop are open to everyone. (A small fee to tour upstairs.)

Please come enjoy all the free activities. For more information call Tess Klimm 540-247-2211

Handcrafted Holiday at Willow Shade

Come join us for the 4th annual handcrafted event at our historic home (Willow Shade, the childhood home of Willa Cather) in Gore, VA this holiday season. We will be hosting an evening filled with good company and Christmas shopping. This year we are planning our event on a very special day… Willa Cather’s birthday!

 

We welcome you to invite friends and family to join us on December 7 from 1-5pm for an open house. There will be handcrafted vendors including precious metal jewelry, goat milk soap, soy wax candles, handcrafted woodwork, bath & body products, and small batch jams. Even if you don’t need to stock up on gifts come hang out for the holidays!

Food and drinks will be provided!

Holiday Tours

For the 2019 holiday season, Belle Grove Plantation will feature decorations in each room of the historic Manor House. In addition to the centerpiece 12-foot tree in the Parlor, area Garden Clubs will adorn each room with natural decorations celebrating the theme of “All Creatures Great and Small.”

Belle Grove will be open for touring December 6 – December 30, 2019 with the following schedule:

Guided Tours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last tour 3:15 p.m.) and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. (last tour 4:15 p.m.)
Christmas by Candlelight (self-guided tours and live music): Friday and Saturdays 4-8 p.m.
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

When your tour concludes, we invite you to enjoy warm spiced tea and cookies in the cozy historic kitchen. Don’t forget a visit to the Museum Shop for unique and locally made gifts!

2019 Live Music Schedule

Friday, December 6, 6-8 p.m, Allen Dec, Happy Harper
Saturday, December 7, 6-8 p.m., Soprano Deborah Balcom
Friday, December 13, 6-8 p.m., Sweet Grass, Traditional Carols
Saturday, December 14, 6-8 p.m., Sweet Grass, Traditional Carols
Friday, December 20, 6-8 p.m., Winchester Celtic Circle
Saturday, December 21, 6-8 p.m., Flutist Elizabeth Dalton & Guitarist Jason Perry
Friday, December 27, 6-8 p.m., John Tole, Evergreen Shade, Period Music
Saturday, December 28, 6-8 p.m., Winchester Celtic Circle

Pricing:
Belle Grove Member FREE with card
Adults $12.00
National Park Service Pass $11.00
Senior Citizens (60 and over) $11.00
AAA Member $11.00 with card
Military $11.00 with ID
Students (6-16 years) $6.00
NTHP Member $6.00 with card
Children 5 and younger Free

Call (540) 869-2028 for more information.

www.bellegrove.org

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

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 begins 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.

Street Closures: Cameron St. between Cork and Piccadilly will be closed at 6:00 pm for the line-up. Streets surrounding the pedestrian mall will close at 6:30 pm for the parade

Admission:
Free

Inclement Weather: The parade will be held on the day scheduled unless there is severe inclement weather. Weather announcements will be made on local radio and cable stations. There is not a cancellation date.

 

Middletown Christmas Parade

Come out and Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season with Friends & Family in Historic Middletown, VA on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

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 we will host Santa with Cookies at Middletown Volunteer Fire & Rescue. 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. We will once again have 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.