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!



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

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.



Polar Express Family Event

Come dressed in your pajamas for family adventure!
Tickets are $5 and each young guest receives activity sheets and a souvenir train ticket.
Our train conductor leads the fun and gets everyone in the holiday spirit.

Great for school and youth groups for a low-cost holiday outing.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

We believe….do you?

More Information and Tickets


Hometown Christmas

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).