Virginia November 19, 2019
Experience The Magic Of The Holidays In Bedford, An Enchanting Virginia Christmas Town
It’s the most wonderful time of the year here in Virginia. As we enjoy the crisp fall weather, we can’t help but look ahead to the upcoming season of celebrating the holidays with family, friends, and loved ones. Whether you’re looking to take part in a classic Christmas celebration or experience something totally new, you’ll want to plan a visit to Bedford. You’ll find that this picturesque mountain town is infused with the spirit of the holidays. From the glow of Christmas lights downtown to the dusting of snow up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bedford seems to be tailor-made for a holiday vacation.
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1. Stop by the Bedford Area Welcome Center for the Festival of Trees.
Welcome to Bedford! To celebrate the holidays, the Welcome Center will host its 11th annual Festival of Trees from November 26th to January 3rd. The theme this year is Celebrate Love in honor of the 50th anniversary of the "Virginia Is For Lovers" tourism slogan.
2. Explore the Artisan Markets and take part in Small Business Saturday.
On November 30th, meet some of Bedford's most talented artisans and local vendors at the Mistletoe Maker's Market. It's the perfect place to browse for gifts or one-of-a-kind items for your home. Small Business Saturday is also a great way to give back to the local community, and let's face it, there are few things more fun than shopping local! You'll love admiring the fine art, jewelry, soaps and body products, woodworking, and many more items. For more information,
3. Participate in the Christmas Classic 5K
The festivities continue on the morning of December 7th with the annual Peaks of Otter Classic Christmas 5K. The race begins at Beale's and is welcome to runners and walkers alike. Enjoy the crisp morning air as you also admire the landmarks of Downtown Bedford. For more information,
4. Stick around for the annual Christmas Parade.
Starting at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 7th, the holiday parade will make its way through downtown Bedford. Old Saint Nick himself will be joining in on the fun, so don't miss your chance to wave and snap a photo! On Saturday, December 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., experience Christmas in Centertown and the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree. The event will include live music, dancers, and other festivities you won't want to miss.
5. Tackle some of your holiday shopping list.
Downtown Bedford is a treasure trove of unique shops and stores where you can find countless gifts for everyone on your list. Whether you're looking for homemade crafts, clothing, jewelry, or something else altogether, you're bound to find it in one of the friendly downtown shops. Who knew that holiday shopping could be such an enjoyable experience? This year, Something Else Boutique & BVA Mercantile have partnered together to create an unforgettable shopping event known as Sleigh All Day, which features unique items for sale as well as events for visitors.
6. Spend some time in the mountains.
No visit to Bedford would be complete without at least a little time spent in the mountains. Whether you're looking for a refreshing stroll or a hike through the mountains, you'll find plenty of opportunities to get your nature fix while you visit.
7. Stop by for a seasonal drink at Beale's.
Beale's Brewery is a relatively new addition to Bedford's food and drink scene, and it's become a beloved staple of the community. Whether you're looking for a seasonal craft brew to enjoy or something to snack on, you'll love the community feel of this small-town brewpub.
8. Experience the Flames of Memory at the National D-Day Memorial.
Bedford, Virginia is home to the National D-Day Memorial, a tribute to the sacrifice and bravery exhibited by those involved in our country's WWII efforts. Beautiful any time of year, the monument is especially moving during the holidays. The Flames of Memory honors the 4,414 men killed on D-Day with thousands of luminarias. The event will take place on December 13th, 14th, and 15th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. This special event corresponds with Christmas in Wartime, which takes place on December 14th. Those who attend on this day will experience WWII camp displays, Christmas crafts, and pictures with a G.I. Santa. During all three nights, Nomad Coffee will be on-site to provide warm beverages. If you are interested in learning more about the event, you can
9. Drive through the Elks Home Annual Light Display.
This year will mark over 65 years that the Elks Home has set up a mesmerizing light display for visitors and residents to enjoy. Drive through and you'll be delighted by the cheerful displays and animations that light up the night.
10. Stay the night at a cozy inn or bed & breakfast.
So much exploring warrants a good night's sleep, so why not stay at one of the local bed & breakfasts? Bedford Landings is one of many nearby accommodations that will make you feel like you've found a second home. This timber-framed inn is located near Smith Mountain Lake and promises to be the perfect landing spot for your trip.
Have you visited Bedford, Virginia during the holiday season before? If so, we’d love to hear about your favorite experiences there. For more information and additional trip recommendations, be sure to
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