There are so many fantastic ways to have the “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” epiphany in the Shenandoah Valley. From beautiful light displays to the classic theater performances many have grown to love, you can fill every weekend of December with a magical experience.
Christmas on the Farm | Virginia Museum of the Civil War | New Market
The historic Bushong Farm is the setting for the 1864 Christmas on the Farm experience. Walk through a recreated Civil War encampment as well as a home for a glimpse into a Christmas during crisis. Visit with families who welcome a holiday without a father or son. Witness soldiers supporting one another to lift spirits. Perhaps you will choose to help with chores on the home front or offer a kind word to the soldiers.
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Christmas Capital | Bedford
For more than 60 years Bedford has been known as the Christmas Capital of Virginia. Why? Destination Bedford has a handy list of all the things you won’t want to miss, starting with the Festival of Trees at the Bedford Area Welcome Center and ending with the Flames of Memory at the National D-Day Memorial where 4,413 luminaries set the night aglow.
Candlelight Tours at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest December 1, 3, 6-8, and 13-14
Gilded Christmas at Historic Avenel, December 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Holiday Concert with The JoyBells, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
Bedford Community Orchestra Holiday Concert, December 15, 7:30 p.m.
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Downtown Front Royal
The community tree and gazebo in Front Royal are front and center for all things Christmasy! Well decorated and festive, you will want to snap some family photos. Don’t miss the Merry Market at Jingle Junction December 3 from noon until 7 p.m. It’s a great place to pick up a gift from local artisan vendors. Stick around for the “Christmas on Main” Christmas Parade at 5 p.m.
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A Christmas Carol | Blackfriars Playhouse | Staunton
Bah humbug! Even Scrooge gets out of his funk once the many faces of Christmas pay him a visit. Don’t be like Scrooge. Let the spirits move you into a festive disposition this month when you take in an intimate portrayal of “A Christmas Carol” at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse.
Santa Express | Staunton
All aboard the Santa Express with the Virginia Scenic Railway! Hop on the train in your Christmas best for a 40-minute train ride in the Shenandoah Valley, complete with cookies and hot cocoa … and The Big Guy! Don’t delay and don’t forget your camera!
Candlelight Tours | Historic Jordan Springs | Stephenson
The nearly 30,000 square foot mansion is decorated in luxe fashion for the season. More than 40 trees don lights and ornaments throughout the home. Enjoy either a guided or self-guided Candlelight Christmas Tour select dates this month. All proceeds benefit the historic preservation of the property. A full bar and hors d’oeuvres are available for purchase as well.
Enjoy a festive season exploring all the towns and cities of the Shenandoah Valley!
Header image: A Christmas Carol. American Shakespeare Center. Nic Sanchez. Photo by Amy Wolf.