Light Up Woodstock will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today. The parade will begin around 6:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 6:45 p.m.

Other activities include performances from choir groups at the district courthouse starting at 5:30 p.m., caroling wagon rides around town at 6 p.m., and visits with Santa Claus at 7:15 p.m. Information: http://www.townofwoodstockva.com/index.aspx?NID=390.

The Humane Society of Shenandoah County will hold a special holiday edition of Painting for Paws from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Woodstock Brewhouse. The cost is $30 per person. Proceeds benefit the society’s lifesaving programs including “Homeward Bound” and “Operation Catnip.” Registration, information: www.eventbrite.com/e/hssc-holiday-painting-for-paws-tickets-52556015457.

Front Royal

Front Royal’s annual Christmas Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. It was scheduled for Saturday but has been moved due to the weather. The event will feature movies, activities for kids, and live entertainment. The parade begins at 4 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Christmas lights at 5:45 p.m.

This year’s theme is “A Whoville Christmas” and will include showings of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from 10 a.m. to noon. Other activities will include a community snowball fight starting at 1 p.m. and a kids crafting event at Strokes of Creativity from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Live musical entertainment starts at 2 p.m. at the town gazebo. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/685778921794353.

The Warren Heritage Society will hold a holiday house tour and social at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at 101 Chester St., Front Royal. Information: 540-636-1446.


The town of Strasburg will hold part of its “Home for the Holidays” celebration this weekend due to the weather.

On Saturday, all indoor activities will be held including the Strasburg Fire Department’s annual pancake and sausage breakfast at 7 a.m., a concert at Strasburg Christian Church starting at 10 a.m., business open houses from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and pictures with Santa Claus from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Bank.

On Dec. 9, the celebration continues with outdoor events beginning at noon. The annual parade starts at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Christmas tree lighting.

New Market

The New Market Chamber of Commerce will host its annual ’Tis the Season Celebration event from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.

The event will feature open houses starting at 9 a.m., Christmas on the Farm — hosted by the Virginia Museum of the Civil War — from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an open market — hosted by the New Market Chamber of Commerce — will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An ugly sweater contest begins at 2 p.m.

The Christmas parade will begin at 5 p.m. immediately followed by the Christmas tree lighting. Live musical entertainment will feature the Sound Solutions.

The Rouss Center for the Arts presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)” from 7 to 9 p.m. today, and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and free for children under 3. Tickets: 540-705-0313. Online: www.rousscenter.org.

The Virginia Museum of the Civil War will present “Christmas on the Farm” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bushong Farm, 8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market. Visit with historians to discover how a family carries on in the face of national crisis.

There will be games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing, and a visit from a special Christmas visitor. Admission is $10 for ages 13-64, $9 for seniors 65 and older, $6 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. Receive $1 off admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item to benefit Manor Memorial United Methodist Church’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Information: 866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war.


Middletown will hold its annual Christmas parade starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade will feature bands and Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Following the parade, kids can get a chance to have cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department. Information: 540-869-2226.


The Millbrook High School Band Booster Association will host a holiday bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 251 First Woods Drive, Winchester. Over 50 vendors. Santa will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for photos. Raffles. Concessions

United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley will host pictures with Santa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. Professional digital pictures are offered for free. Up to 140 photo time slots, with tickets for times being given out starting at 8:30 a.m.

Handley Regional Library will host a gingerbread jamboree from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Face painting, craft stations with the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office, puppet show, games. The first 75 children at the event will receive goodie bags filled with gingerbread cookies and other free prizes. Information: 540-662-9041 or visit www.handleyregional.org.

Santa will be at Jim Barnett Park’s social hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will also be craft making. Registration required by Monday. Information: 540-662-4946.

The Patsy Cline Historic House will hold a free community holiday open house from 1 to 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 608 S. Kent St., Winchester. Cline’s home will be decorated as it was when she lived there in the mid-1950s. Register to win a gift basket worth $200. The last tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. Information: 540-662-5555 or visit www.PatsyClineHIstoricHouse.com.

The Virginia Youth Ballet and The Vostrikov Academy of Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the John Handley High School auditorium.

Reserved seating tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling 540-665-0343 or online at www.virginiayouthballet.org.

Abram’s Delight Museum will hold free candlelight tours and an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester.

Preservation of Historic Winchester will hold its annual holiday house tours from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 203 N. Washington St., 323 Fairmont Ave., 411 N. Loudoun St. and 419 N. Loudoun St. (Saturday only). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Information, tickets: www.phwi.org


Performing Arts Luray will host the Town of Luray and Luray Downtown Initiative’s annual tree lighting festivities at 7 p.m. today.


Sky Meadows State Park will host holiday house tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday and Dec. 8 at 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Information: 540-592-3556 or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov.

This Weekend


Ryan Jewel and his full band, along with Rich Follett, will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. today at Skyline High School in Front Royal. Tickets, which will only be sold at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Positive Behavioral Intervention Program.

Magic Lantern Theater

Magic Lantern Theater will host a screening of the film “The Death of Stalin” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. A future screening will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville. Admission is $8 or $5 for Theater, Museum and Barns members. Information: 540-678-0963.

Barns of Rose Hill

The Barns of Rose Hill will host a poetry reading by John and Brenda Berry, Sarah Robinson and Michael Czarnecki from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door and free for children 12 and younger. Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.com.