Stephens City is hosting its first Hometown Christmas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday along Main Street.
The event will feature food, music, a craft show and sale, house tours, wagon rides and an appearance from Santa Claus.
Shoppers can take advantage of a business scavenger hunt with prizes! Scavenger hunt cards are available at any of the participating businesses. Once the cards have been filled out, they can be deposited in a box at Lantz’s Pharmacy, 5015 Main St. One lucky winner’s card will be drawn for a $25 gift card.
Businesses taking part in the scavenger hunt include Sophia’s, Treasures on Main, The Flower Center, The Cloth Peddler, Stephen City Outlet, Ed’s Heads, Clem’s Garage, Newtown Music Center, High Point Restaurant, Lantz’s Pharmacy and Classics on Main.
Other events include:
A house tour at 3 p.m., which starts at The Flower Center at 5405 Main St. Town Council member Butch Fravel will lead the tours. Those interested must check in with Fravel at The Flower Center by 2:30 p.m.
A gingerbread house contest, with categories for children 11 and under and one for ages 12 and up. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The houses must be made of edible ingredients and brought to Clem’s Garage, 5170 Main St. An application can be picked up at the Stephens City town office. Judging will take place Wednesday night, and the houses will remain on display through Hometown Christmas.
A holiday meal offered at Stephens City United Methodist Church for $10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring oven fried chicken with all the fixings. Entertainment is scheduled by local talent. The church also will host a sing-along in the sanctuary at 1 p.m. Wendy Oesterling will direct, and David Renner will play. At 2 p.m., participants will go downstairs to sing for people enjoying the meal. The church is asking people to bring a pair of mittens to donate to C-CAP, a Winchester-based nonprofit group that helps those in need. Cards and paper will be provided to send to people in the military.
Free wagon rides. Stops will be located along Main Street between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
A performance by the Sherando High School jazz band at Newtown Commons, 5165 Main St., at 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., Santa will arrive on a fire truck to light the tree. Camp of Life Church will sing Christmas carols and provide hot chocolate.
A craft show at Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of Main and Fairfax streets. There will be signs to direct shoppers.
Santa portraits at Treasures on Main from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a Secret Santa shopping area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where children can purchase gifts for friends and family for $1 to $5 (the gifts will be wrapped and tagged).