Plays, concerts pack lineup for the weekend

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through the valley, not a person was bored, not even Aunt Sally.

Events and activities bring in Yuletide cheer, to make the most wonderful time of the year.

The 1954 Bing Crosby classic, “White Christmas,” plays at Royal Cinemas at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Theater owner Rick Novak said movie-goers can also check out the cinema’s new seats that were installed last month.

The two Christmas Classic movie screenings are free to attend.

“It’s a thank you to the community for their support of the theater,” Novak said, “and to show we enjoy spending the holidays with them.”

The theater is located at 117 E. Main St. in Front Royal.

This weekend, several local churches host Christmas concerts to celebrate the birth of Christ.

St. John’s Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas carol singalong at 6 p.m. Saturday at 3623 Back Mountain Road in Winchester.

The Ambassadors of Joy present their Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Round Hill Church of the Brethren, located at 28138 Old Valley Pike in Toms Brook.

The Mount Vernon Baptist Church holds its Christmas program at 5 p.m. Sunday at 240 Church St. in Front Royal.

Edinburg’s Theatre Shenandoah brings the story of George Bailey, Clarence the angel, mean old Mr. Potter and the town of Bedford Falls to life in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”

The play wraps up its final weekend with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

The theater is located at 107 Center St. in Edinburg.

For more info, visit or call 540-984-3972.

Other events include:

Harrisonburg Harmonizers — The barbershop chorus performs at the Schultz Theatre. // 9357 N. Congress St., New Market; 3 p.m. Sunday; $12-$15

Teen Festive Party — Middle and high schoolers are invited to compete in an ugly sweater contest and play games, Christmas carol karaoke and watch “A Christmas Story.” // Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City; 5 p.m. Friday; Free

Breakfast with Santa — All-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage and biscuits and gravy will be served at this breakfast benefiting the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department. Kids can meet the firefighters, learn about their equipment and take pictures with Santa. // 221 N. Commerce Ave., Front Royal; 7-11 a.m. Saturday; $3-$7

Christmas Open House — Continuing with its theme of “Christmas on the WWII Home Front,” the Long Branch Plantation hosts tours of its historical decorations and a nutcracker tea in its dining room. // 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $5

A Charlie Brown Christmas — The Fort Valley Church of God presents the classic Christmas play. // 8540 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley; 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Sunday; Free

Jackson Caesar — The talented tenor sings seasonal favorites such as “My Favorite Things,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Deck the Halls.” // Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester; 1-2 p.m. Sunday; $10

Daytrip ideas:

Bethlehem Village in Afton — Reenactors portraying villagers, singing angels and Roman guards combine to form a modern-day recreation of the biblical town. // Hebron Baptist Church, Afton; 6-9 p.m. Friday to Sunday; Free // Distance from Woodstock: 83 miles

Christmas in Shepherdstown — The small West Virginia town brings in the yuletide cheer with carriage rides, roasted chestnuts and a reading of “A Christmas Carol.” // Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Saturday; // Distance from Woodstock: 68 miles

Lantern Tours in Staunton — Museum interpreters lead visitors on a tour of how Christmas was celebrated in England, Ireland, Germany and 1800s America. // Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton; 6-8 p.m. Friday to Sunday; $8-$15; 540-332-7850 // Distance from Woodstock: 64 miles

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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