Community Events: Holiday Roundup

Community Event Holiday Roundup 2018
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We’ve decided to dust off last year’s Holiday Roundup and update it for 2018 – we hope you find it helpful! There are lots of things to do in the Harrisonburg area, and it can often feel overwhelming trying to sort through all of the parades, concerts, and open houses. We’ve compiled a list of some area highlights to help you with your holiday planning! We hope you enjoy our Holiday Roundup – for more information, just click on the links!

Parades //

Harrisonburg – our Holiday Parade is December 7th starting at 7pm. Don’t forget to stop in at our Holiday Open House before to warm up!

Dayton – visit the adorable down of Dayton for their parade and tree lighting December 8th at 4:30pm.

Waynesboro – enjoy the festive parade in Waynesboro on Saturday December 1st at 6pm.

Bridgewater – join the Bridgewater Foods supermarket Saturday December 1st at 10am for their 6th annual Christmas parade.

Elkton – the Christmas parade will take place December 8th at 6pm in downtown Elkton.

Grottoes – the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday December 2nd at 5:30pm.

Concerts //

Caroling in the Caverns – join the Valley Brass Quintet and several other local musical groups as they lead carols in Grand Caverns on Saturday December 1st at 6pm!

OCP Christmas Concert – enjoy a concert with lots of local favorite and Our Community Place Tuesday December 4th at 6pm.

Christmas Coffeehouse with Cantore and Shekinah – join these two amazing singing ensembles for their 13th annual coffeehouse on Friday and Saturday December 7th and 8th at 7pm.

Home for the Holidays –  Join V.O.I.C.E. for their benefit concert Saturday December 8th at 7pm and Sunday December 9th at 3pm.

Good Company & Willow Run Band Christmas Concert – join one of the Valley’s top a cappella groups and friends for their annual Christmas concert Sunday December 16th at 7pm.

The Nutcracker – join the Rockingham Ballet for a Christmas classic – with special guest stars Audra Johnson and Phillip Skaggs Saturday December 15th at 7:30pm and Sunday December 16th at 3pm.

The Heart of Christmas – enjoy the story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” featuring the ballet classes of InMotion School of Dance December 1st at 4pm and December 2nd at 3pm.

Christmas in Brass – join the Valley’s own brass band and youth brass band for a festive Holiday concert on December 9th at 4pm.

Arts & Crafts //

Wreath Workshop – join Amanda from Sparrow’s flowers for a wreath making workshop on Wednesday December 5th at 12pm.

Painting with Santa – bring your kids for an afternoon at the You Made It! studio with Santa Sunday December 2nd at 1pm to create your very own hand print plate, ornament, and photo with Santa!

Handmade Harrisonburg – enjoy a beer at Pale Fire while looking at some amazing artisan gifts by local vendors on December 1st and 2nd from 1-6pm.

Holiday Art Market – looking for locally made arts and crafts? Look no further than Larkin Arts’ Holiday Arts Market on Court Square Saturday December 1st starting at noon.

Pet Portrait Ornament Workshop – join Larkin Arts on Sunday December 16th at 2pm to create a unique gift and paint your pet on an ornament!

Open Houses & Shopping //

Elkton Holiday Bazaar – get some Holiday shopping done at the Elkton Area Community Center on Saturday December 1st starting at 9am.

Seventh Annual Weihnachtsmarkt at Bluestone Vineyard – fashioned after a traditional German market – it highlights local artisans and vendors, plus some delicious food! Stop by Saturday December 1st starting at 11am.

Christmas at The Barn – come enjoy The Barn’s Christmas show – dress warming and enjoy all the amazing vendors Saturday and Sunday December 8th and 9th.

BrydgeWorks Glass Christmas Open House – a different deal everyday! A great stop for artisan gifts. Stop in between December 11th and 15th for some special deals!

Silver Lake Christmas Open House – enjoy live music, kids activities, and Silver Lake Mill’s new holiday inventory Thursday December 6th at 4pm.

Green Valley Book Fair Holiday Open House – lots of events including pictures with Santa and a free book for each kid! Bring the whole family on Saturday December 8th at 10am.

Christmas at Crossroads – join the Valley Brethren Mennonite Heritage Center for their annual Christmas event – with loads to do – including crafts and plenty of food – and live music, too! Join them Saturday December 8th at 2pm.

Winter Wonderfest – enjoy the activities throughout downtown Harrisonburg on Saturday December 1st starting at noon – don’t forget to look for Santa!

Holiday Market at Gray Jay – join the folks at Gray Jay Provisions Sunday December 16th from 11am-5pm for their first annual Holiday Market.

Christmas Market – on December 9th from 12-5pm visit Brix and Columns Vineyards for their Christmas Market.

Christmas Trees – need some ideas of where to purchase your Christmas tree? Check out our previous post!

CrossKeys Annual Illumination – join in the 10th annual Illumination on December 6th at 5:30 for live music, cookies, and mulled wine.

Of course, these are only some of the Holiday Happenings in the Shenandoah Valley. Please share your favorites in the comments!

About Claire Wayman

Claire manages details of real estate contracts, coordinates social media and the Wilson Downtown Gallery, and keeps the team organized on a day-to-day basis. In her free time, she enjoys playing flute in various area groups and participating in local community theater.

One thought on “Community Events: Holiday Roundup

  1. Josie Showalter

    Hey Claire, Great list – thanks! It would be wonderful if in future years you could add the The Harrisonburg Farmers Market’s Holiday Market. Below is the blurb from this year, obviously the dates change. Next year it will only be 3 weeks, the 7th, 14th and 21st.

    “The Harrisonburg Farmers Market will be offering their Holiday Markets the first four Saturdays in December, from 9 am to 1 pm. You can expect to find all of the winter produce staples and a wide variety of Holiday gift and prepared food options as well. Market merchandise and gift certificates are also available and make great gifts! You are invited to The Market for a fresh, festive, relaxed, and local Holiday shopping experience!”

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