Virginia November 18, 2016
Here Are The 10 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns In Virginia
Have you ever noticed that there are some places that seem tailor made for particular seasons? Well now that winter is just weeks away, it’s time to look ahead to the most wonderful time of the year. While all of Virginia is simply magical during the holidays, there are certain towns that were destined to be Christmas towns. Last year, you may recall we featured
14 Magical Christmas Towns in Virginia, and this year we have plenty more to add to the list. Whether it’s the weather, the decorated Main Streets, or just the feel in the air, the following towns are especially enchanting during the holidays:
Few towns have the sparkle of Lexington when it comes to winter decor. The historic Main Street shines with wreath-decorated lamps and twinkle lights as far as the eye can see. And the annual Christmas Parade, led by Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage, is certainly not to be missed.
Just when you thought Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall couldn’t get any more charming. Seeing these friendly shops and restaurants covered in a blanket of snow will make you want to spend your holiday in the land of Thomas Jefferson. There are plenty of family-friendly holiday events that go on here, including wreath workshops, restaurant events, parades and more.
Luray is often put on the map for its impressive cavern systems. But aboveground is where you’ll find all the holiday spirit. From Christmas tree farms, holiday parades, decorated storefronts, dazzling lights and plenty of candy, this friendly town is nothing short of a winter wonderland.
Abingdon during the holiday season is a truly unique experience. Whether you’re just dropping in to catch a holiday show at the famous Barter Theatre, or have time to meander the illuminated downtown stretch, you’re sure to remember your time in this southwestern Virginia Christmas town.
This southern Virginia town ushers in the holiday with a series of festive events. December begins with a holiday gift market, followed by an appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the historic Lyric Theatre, a tree lighting ceremony, and a holiday parade. You’ll love seeing these familiar streets decorated with lights and plenty of cheer.
Many small towns feature twinkling lights during the holidays, but what truly sets Fincastle apart is its vintage, retro-looking lights. This enchanting detail casts the whole town in an enchanting light. When you stop by, be sure not to miss the Holiday Home Tour. This free event showcases some of the best gifts and homemade crafts from the area’s talented artists.
Middleburg is the heart of Virginia’s hunt country and come December, it’s also the heart of holiday celebration. It’s not unusual for folks to travel from out of state to witness this winter transformation. The town’s festive parade includes horses, carriages, and all sorts of animals.
If you are lucky enough to visit Staunton in the next few weeks, you’ll want to play close attention to the storefronts. Each year, these local businesses compete for the best-decorated exteriors, and the results are simply stunning. Even seen from afar, the town of Staunton appears like something from a storybook.
You might be surprised to learn that such a coastal town would emphasize the holidays, but Chincoteague’s Christmas By The Sea does just that. This beloved tree lighting ceremony is one for the books. This time of year, you might also spy snow geese flying through the sky near the pristine shores of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
If you haven't heard about Gum Drop Square, it's time to plan a Christmas trip to Warrenton. This magical tradition happens following the town's parade and features elves, decorations, and plenty of holiday treats.
Now we’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite Christmas towns in Virginia?