Festivals welcome holidays
Towns herald the approach of the winter holidays with a full slate of celebrations, parades and tree lighting ceremonies.
Middletown’s tree lighting ceremony ushers in the holiday season with Christmas carols, a bonfire and plenty of hot cider.
Where: Reliance Road, near the “Welcome to Middletown” sign
A parade at 6 p.m., followed by a tree lighting ceremony, fills the town of Edinburg with Christmas spirit. The Edinburg Fire Department Fellowship Hall will offer refreshments, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.
Where: Downtown Edinburg
When: 6 p.m.
Hot cocoa, wagon rides and music from the children’s choir are just a few of the events planned for this year’s Light Up Woodstock event. A parade will travel down Main Street from the county government center beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Main St., Woodstock
When: 6-8 p.m.
The Town of New Market goes all out this Christmas season with an open house of local businesses starting at 9 a.m., a wine tasting at Jackson’s Corner Cafe ($10 for admission) and a parade and tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. The daylong ‘Tis the Season celebration wraps up with a free performance of the “Holiday of Stars” variety show at the Schultz Theatre beginning at 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown New Market
When: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Front Royal hosts its Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade.
Where: Downtown Front Royal
When: 4-5 p.m.
Strasburg hosts its annual Christmas Parade.
Where: Downtown Strasburg
When: 4:30 p.m.
Horses, floats and bands take center stage in Middletown’s Christmas parade.
Where: Main Street, Middletown
When: 2 p.m.
Mount Jackson celebrates Christmas with its annual parade of cheers at 3 p.m., as well as cookies, hot cocoa, music and a tree lighting ceremony. Santa Claus will meet with kids at the Mount Jackson Town Hall.
Where: Downtown Mount Jackson
When: 3 p.m.
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