Chocolate Escape

Sample chocolate desserts at participating downtown restaurants, enjoy special discounts and treats at participating shops, listen to live music, and pamper yourself during the annual Chocolate Escape!

Diners and shoppers will have the chance to make Valentine’s Day reservations and purchase gifts for loved ones or just browse. Old Town Winchester offers fine dining, artisan shops and specialty boutiques, florists, jewelry stores as well as a day spa and a salon. Escape to Old Town Winchester for Valentine shopping specials and indulgent chocolate morsels.

Check out the Old Town Instagram on the day of the event to catch snapshots of the day’s offerings and specials from various businesses.

More information on participating venues, specials, and activities will be available soon.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

Following the path of least resistance is often an easier, simpler choice. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. showed us what it means to choose the more difficult path and to stand up for justice – even when it seems impossible.

Join Shenandoah University as we explore examples of resistance and activism throughout history and how resilience has made change possible.

Campus and community members are invited to participate through our annual Service of Remembrance, Creative Arts Showcase, virtual diversity workshops, Winchester walking tour and more!

More information and Schedule of Events

Follow the Star – Living Nativity Drive Through


December 5 and 6, 5-9pm

Follow the Star is a dramatic and immersive live nativity experience celebrating its 11th year in Winchester, Virginia.

This year Follow the Star will be a drive through Nativity, in the Parking Lot of Fellowship Bible Church. You will be greeted by traffic attendants who will show you where to drive and you will experience Follow the Star from the warmth and safety of your vehicle. Expect delays when you arrive, but we will have Christmas music for your listening enjoyment. The audio portion will be through a Spotify link given to you when you arrive- or a CD, if that’s your preference. There will be live drama- including animals- for your enjoyment as you drive through the event.

Open to the public. All are welcome!

Free admission!

Inclement Weather Dates • December 12 & 13

Kris Kringle Outdoor Market

Please join us for Belle Grove’s first Kris Kringle Outdoor Market! Come experience the old world charm of an outdoor Christmas Market with safe, social distancing. We will have local artisans and producers on the grounds and upper level of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center. Plus complimentary hot spiced tea and storytime with Santa!

The Museum Shop will be open and is stocked with unique items, books, and toys. Belle Grove Manor House will be decorated for the holidays and open for guided tours.

Saturday, 10am-4pm

Sunday, 1-5pm

Christmas Movies at the Drive-In Theatre

The Family Drive-In Theatre is the only drive-in theatre operating in the Washington DC metro area.

They are a two screen, 64 year old classic, 484 car drive-in theatre with movie sound via the traditional speakers or via stereo sound (through your car radio).

A concession stand offers theatre snacks or full meals. Playground, pet friendly.

Make “magical” memories that last a lifetime!

Details on safety precautions during covid can be found here

This is the last weekend of the season! Enjoy a triple feature of holiday movies!

ELF (PG) – 9:30 PM

Holiday Lane: Lights in the Park

A new light show in Jim Barnett Park, called Holiday Lane, will be offered for our community to experience from the safety of their vehicle. The lights and holiday scenes will be installed around the road that meanders through Jim Barnett Park from the amphitheater area (Oak Drive), past the dog park and ending near the Rec Center (War Memorial Drive).

Holiday Lane will be available to drive through from 5:00-8:30 pm, seven days a week, November 30-December 20, 2020. The show is free to enter and will feature beautiful light designs, characters, and holiday decorations the entire family will love. Also, Santa is planning to stop by on weekends.

Melanie Pearl Music at Briedé Vineyards

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean that we’re headed inside just yet!
Come enjoy live music on the patio.
We’ve got the patio heaters all warmed up and ready for Saturday.
We’ll be here enjoying live music by Melanie Pearl Music, will you?!

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 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.

Hours of Operation:
Tue.-Sat., 10 AM – 5 PM
2:00-2:30 PM closed for midday cleaning
Sun. Noon – 5 PM

Admission: FREE

Shopping is also available online and by pre-order.

Items for sale: Local artisan crafts, baked goods, and fresh greenery are available for holiday gift-giving and decorating. Books and artwork featuring historic subjects may be available on a year to year basis. Learn more about the Shop and its wares or follow our Bough and Dough Shop Instagram.

In-person shopping is limited to six guests at a time; please plan to spend a maximum of half an hour inside. Appointments are required. We strongly encourage booking in advance on Facebook at

Masks and social distancing will be required for in-person shopping, and no free samples or public restrooms will be available this year. Thank you for helping us keep everyone as safe as possible during the event!

Book Signing: Sharon Krasny, IceMan Awakens

The Book Gallery welcomes Sharon Krasny for a book signing! From questions surrounding the mystery of Ötzi’s mummy preserved from the Neolithic Era, this debut novel explores how he got some of his sixty-one tattoos, found his life’s purpose in his copper axe, and how he lived. Iceman Awakens speaks of the timeless voices of love, destiny, and betrayal.

Free First Friday

The Discovery Museum loves to give back to the community! Admission is free from 5:00-7:00 PM on the first Friday of every month. Explore all four floors of exhibits and we might even have a special program planned. Bring the whole family and for something new every month!

Masks will be required for all guests ages 5 and older throughout your visit. To visit and play at the Museum, you MUST wear a mask, no exceptions.

Tickets must be reserved in advance: