Virginia November 28, 2016
8 Winter Festivals In Virginia That Are Simply Unforgettable
Winter is often a time of reflection, peacefulness, and…let’s face it…staying indoors. Those chilly temperatures can seem especially foreboding when we’re cozied up inside by a fireplace or heater. But as most Virginians know, to stay inside all winter long is to miss out on the magic of the season. Just about every town in this state puts on some sort of production or festival to welcome winter. Here are 8 unforgettable winter festivals for you to enjoy this season:
1. Merry Old Town Annual Greater Manassas Parade
The Merry Old Town Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade is an old fashioned festival in the best sense of the term. Santa is scheduled to arrive on the Polar Express train just after 6:00, accompanied by music and other festivities. Details: December 2nd on the Manassas Museum Lawn.
2. Winter Lights Festival (Blacksburg)
Blacksburg's Winter Lights Festival is jam-packed with Christmas events. From a Santa and Mrs. Claus performance at the historic Lyric Theatre to the tree lighting ceremony followed by orchestra holiday music, this event is fun for the whole family. Details: December 2nd in downtown Blacksburg.
3. Oysters & Oldies (Heathsville)
Is there any combination better than "oldies" Christmas music and authentic Chesapeake Oysters? Absolutely not, according to the planners behind this Heathsville winter festival. Bundle up and enjoy fresh oysters, chili, local beer, and other tasty items. Details: December 3rd at 6108 Northumberland Highway
Heathsville, VA 22473.
4. Chocolate Festival at Smith Mountain Lake
For the first time ever, Smith Mountain Lake will be the scene of a decadent chocolate festival. The West Lake storefronts will be decked out in holiday cheer, complete with chocolate vendors and other local artisans. Details: December 10th - 11th at the West Lake Center.
5. Christmas In Middleburg
The first weekend in December marks a time of true celebration in Middleburg. The community gathers to experience a tree lighting ceremony, Santa's parade, local shopping, caroling, and more. Details: December 2nd - 4th in downtown Middleburg.
6. A Franklin County Christmas (Rocky Mount)
The historic downtown of Rocky Mount, VA becomes all the more enchanting when decked out with white lights and decorated lamp posts. Streets close for the beloved "Biggest Little Christmas Parade" and merriment ensues. Details: December 2nd in downtown Rocky Mount.
7. Festival of Lights and Carols (Fairfax)
Old Town Square undergoes a magical transformation during the winter and especially during the festival of lights. Festival goers will experience a tree lighting, lunch with Santa, hot cider, and much more. Details: December 3rd at the Old Town Square.
8. Leesburg Festival and Parade
The beautiful and historic downtown Leesburg is planning a series of unforgettable holiday festivities. In addition to the parade with Santa, visitors will enjoy Christmas music, a holiday craft show, and plenty of seasonal cheer. Details: December 3rd -4th in downtown Leesburg.
With so many wonderful towns and communities in Virginia, there are of course some festivals that didn’t make the list. Which local events do you enjoy the most this season? We’d love to hear from you!