FOR FRIDAy ENTERTAINMENT A weekend of holiday spirit

Multiple communities across the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be celebrating the holidays this weekend with events and parades for the whole family.


The town of Shenandoah illuminates its Christmas tree at Big Gem Park, 736 4th Street, Shenandoah on Saturday at 6 p.m. There will be Christmas carols by the  Shenandoah Elementary School Choir, hot chocolate by the Shenandoah Indians, Cookies by Christ & Field UMC, marshmallow roasting by the Lions Club, and the Christmas tree lighting  by Mayor Clinton Lucas Jr.

The 6th Annual Macrock Art Market inside Larkin Arts, 61 Court Square, is scheduled for Saturday. Shop for locally made arts/crafts directly from the artist. This event is free and open to the public and part of the downtown-wide Harrisonburg Holiday Festival. 236-4223.

Santa’s coming to Mount Jackson on Saturday for the annual Christmas parade. Beginning at 1 p.m., residents are encouraged to come to the Town Hall, site of a miniature graham cracker house building station. The parade begins at 3 p.m. After the parade, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Town Hall and enjoy refreshments, then a tree lighting at dusk.

Come spend some time in Old Town Winchester on Saturday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. during the Holly Jolly Celebration. Enjoy caroling and holiday activities including free holiday wagon rides from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Specials at shops and restaurants all day. Meet with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa’s headquarters, 28 S. Loudoun St. Caroling groups, including Heritage Baptist Church, Our Savior Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Calvary Church of the Brethren, will be strolling through downtown spreading holiday cheer. Hunt Country Wealth Management at 46 S.  will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in our community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 46 S. Loudoun St.

Royal Cinemas in Front Royal presents the second weekend in their annual Christmas Classic feature film series. Enjoy Miracle on 34th Street on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Tickets are first come first serve. Show time is at 10 a.m.

The Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester Street in Front Royal, is hosting its Holiday House Tour at 7 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy food and drink, holiday cheer, and the company of friends, all while touring Ivy Lodge, Belle Boyd Cottage and the Balthis House.

The 48th Annual Doll Auction fundraiser for the Evans Home for Children at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester returns Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the community have donated their time, effort and creativity to dress up these gorgeous porcelain dolls. Categories include historical/patriotic, character, nationality, plain and sensible, fancy and frilly, knit and crochet, baby dolls and art/creative.