A very merry small town Christmas season kicks off this weekend

It’s that time of year again. Time to welcome holiday parades, tree lighting ceremonies, caroling,  twinkle lights and peppermint flavored everything.

There’s nothing quite like living in a small town to usher in the holiday season properly. For many small towns throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the holiday spirit will be in full swing during area celebrations beginning this weekend.

Join the staff of Warren Memorial Hospital, 1000 N. Shenandoah Ave. in Front Royal for their Celebration of Lights tree lighting ceremony, Friday at 7 p.m. The celebration provides the community with an opportunity to honor or memorialize someone they love, while helping volunteers raise money for hospital projects.

Mingle at James Charles Winery and Vineyard, 4063 Middle Road, Winchester for their 3rd annual lighting of the Christmas tree Friday at 7 p.m. Each adult will receive a complimentary glass of mulled wine/a cookie and there will be live holiday music in the tasting room beginning at 5 p.m.

Celebrate a small town Christmas with “Light up Woodstock” Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. with children’s choral groups at the District Courthouse, 215 Mill Road. Followed by caroling wagon rides around town and hot cocoa with cookies. The parade beings at 6:30 p.m., tree lighting with Mayor McCleary and special guest, Riley Mason at 6:45 p.m. Don’t forget to visit with Santa!

Visit the Strasburg Town Park, Park Road to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a yuletide celebration. Enjoy strolling carolers, a yule fire, apple cider and a lighted path to the Woods Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Christkindlmarkt at the Front Royal Main Street Gazebo has something for all ages. On Saturday there will be a live nativity, horse/carriage rides, German food, crafts, music, children’s activities and so much more. Also children/pet photos will be taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County.

Front Royal’s annual Christmas Parade featuring more than 100 entries begins Saturday at 4 p.m. on Main Street. Enjoy creative floats, performances, music, and of course, the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus.

Strasburg’s Home for the Holidays Christmas Celebration and Business Open House in the downtown area on Saturday. A Christmas parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. along with caroling, tree lighting and photos with Santa.

New Market’s annual Tis the Season Holiday Celebration, Saturday downtown from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Parade at 5 p.m.  Vendors will have tables set up at the SunTrust Bank parking lot, 9397 S. Congress St. with food, baked goods, arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, handmade items, and more.

Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley, under the direction of artistic director Scott Zane Smith presents “Here We Come A-Caroling” Saturday and Sunday; at 3 p.m. Start your holiday season with classic choral cheer. Saturday’s concert will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 127 E. High St. in Woodstock; Sunday’s concert will be held at Reformation Lutheran Church, 9283 N. Congress St. in New Market. Tickets: $12/adults; $6/youth (ages 12-18); children under 12, free. Tickets may be purchased on the chorus website: www.masterworkschorus.net, or at the door.

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season in Middletown as horses, floats, bands and more take a tour down historic Main Street Middletown on Sunday. Parade begins at 2 p.m. with a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.