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Tours, shopping, lights help kick off holiday season

A family walks through a canopy of lights along a bridge at Clearbrook Park last year. The light show, which opens this weekend, will continue through Jan. 6. Daily file

By Josette Keelor

The official start of the holiday season is over, but the celebrations have just begun. A wave of Christmas themed events begin this weekend with light shows, home tours and shopping opportunities to delight all ages.

If Black Friday was too much to handle, then head to Front Royal Saturday for Stress Free Shopping Day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., stores downtown will celebrate Small Business Saturday again this year by offering an opportunity for shoppers to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with lower prices and refreshments.

For more information, call 631-0099, email info@downtown-frontroyal.org or visit Downtown Front Royal on Facebook.

In Clear Brook, the Parks and Recreation's annual holiday light show, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, began Friday and will run through Jan. 6. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every night except on Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Bundle up for the cold and enjoy the lights and music with a cup of hot cocoa and a visit to see Santa Claus.

The cost is $4 for ages 12 and older, and $3 for children age 2 to 11. Younger children get in free. Half of the gate proceeds will go to the WINC Chain of Checks.

For more information, visit www.co.frederick.va.us/parks/communityevents.aspx

A guided Civil War Walking Tour of Old Town Winchester will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall. Learn about the citizens and the events that took place in Winchester.

For reservations, call 542-1362. The tour is $5 and will begin at 2 N. Cameron St.

At Sky Meadows State Park, the Holiday House Historic Tours will begin with a Kick-off Celebration this weekend.

Each of the houses in the park's Historic Area will be decorated for the holidays as they would have been when people still called Sky Meadows home. Stop at the Log Cabin to see the Colonial Christmas of John Edmonds; tour Historic Mount Bleak House and experience the pre- and post-Civil War Christmas of Abner Settle, the 1920s Christmas of George Slater and the 1940s Christmas of Sir Robert Hadow; and drop in to the Wash House to learn how the holidays were celebrated by slaves.

In addition to the decorations, there will be music, children's crafts, with food and beverage treats for sale. The kick off will run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and the house tours will continue every weekend through Christmas. On Sunday, the house tours will take place from noon to 4 p.m.

Sky Meadows is located at 11012 Edmonds Lone, Delaplane.

For more information, call 592-3556.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com


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