The Shenandoah Valley is the perfect place to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. Ready? Let’s go!
You can enjoy a parade, tour Victorian era homes, watch tree lightings, and cut your own Christmas tree. A lot of local nurseries even have pre-cut trees.
Support local businesses — this helps ensure they continue to be available to us.
Here are a few ways to get in the holiday spirit in 2011!
Buy a Shenandoah Christmas Tree grown here in the valley.
Attend a Holiday or Christmas Parade. (We attended the Woodstock Christmas Parade last year and had a great time.) Many include a tree lighting and a chance for the little ones to get a glimpse of Santa Claus!
- Winchester, Virginia – Monday, November 28, 2011 (includes tree lighting)
- Harrisonburg, Virginia – Friday, December 2, 2011 (includes tree lighting)
- Woodstock, Virginia – Friday, December 2, 2011 (includes tree lighting)
- Edinburg, Virginia – Saturday, December 3, 2011 (includes tree lighting)
- Front Royal, Virginia – Saturday, December 3, 2011
- New Market, Virginia – Saturday, December 3, 2011 (includes tree lighting)
- Strasburg, Virginia – Saturday, December 3, 2011 (includes tree lighting)
- Shenandoah, Virginia – Saturday, December 10, 2011 (includes tree lighting)
Tour Historic Homes – it’s a great chance to see beautiful homes decorated for the holidays!
- Winchester Homes at the Holiday House Tour – December 3, 2011 6:00pm – 9:00pm; December 4, 2011 noon – 5:00pm. (See the tour brochure in pdf format.)
- “A Victorian Christmas in Edinburg” on the 7th Annual Candlelight Parlor Tour – December 9 & 10, 2011 – 5:00 – 8:00. (We went last year. Read my writeup!)
- Tour Historic Belle Grove Plantation on its Christmas Tour – December 9 & 10, 17 – 23, & 28-30, 2011)
- Strasburg Holiday Heritage Homes Tour – December 10, 2011. (Check the Chamber of Commerce for Tickets.)
Support Local Artists & Crafters
- Rockingham County Fair 36th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Show – December 2 & 3, 2011
- Holiday Bazaar, Signal Knob Middle School – December 3, 2011
- Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market, Warren County Middle School – December 3, 2011
- Holiday Craft Fair – Bryce Resort, Virginia – December 10, 2011
Enjoy a Live Nativity
- Live Nativity at Wakeman’s Grove Church of the Brethren in Edinburg – December 1 – 4, 2011
- Live Nativity in Front Royal – December 2
Shop Local! Some town shops have extended holiday hours.
- Woodstock is open late Thursdays in December.
- Front Royal Christkindlmarkt – December 2, 2011
We’re always looking for new things to do — What are your Shenandoah Valley Christmas traditions?*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**