The Best Christmas Parades Around!

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The Best Christmas Parades Around!
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Christmas parades and tree lightings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving, but now it’s time to move on to Christmas! The weather is getting colder, the sun is setting earlier, but this time of year is full of events and festivities that will keep you warm and having fun!

Kicking off the Christmas season means parades, tree lighting ceremonies, and of course, Santa!

Shepherdstown, West Virginia will be one of the earliest celebrations to attend – on Christmas in ShepherdstownNovember 25th, there is a schedule of events beginning at 4 pm that you don’t want to miss. To get started, there will be a bonfire and a chili and cornbread supper.  Then, the lighting of the town tree and a visit from Santa Claus! Throughout the rest of the weekend, you can enjoy carriage rides, a live Nativity, and a Christmas sing-along at the Methodist Church. After that, there will be events every weekend (and even on some weekdays) leading up to Christmas. Most events are free, and everyone is invited! For more information on the other events, click here.

On November 28th, Old Town Winchester will be hosting their Christmas parade! It starts at 7:00 pm and lasts until about 8:00 pm.  And make plans to stay for the tree lighting ceremony, which will follow immediately after the parade. Santa will walk down Rouss Avenue to the official tree lighting stand to light the tree – the kids will love it!

Christmas in Winchester

Christmas in Old Town Winchester

If you’re in the Elkton, Virginia area, you can catch their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the front lawn of the Town of Elkton Municipal Building at 6:30 pm on December 1st.  There will be music, refreshments, and you guessed it… Santa!

In Martinsburg, West Virginia, there will be a Christmas tree lighting on December 2nd at 6:00 pm.  Then, on December 3rd, starting at 5:45 pm is the Old Town Christmas Parade, right in downtown Martinsburg!

Located near Harrisonburg? Or are you traveling there for the holidays? They are having a Christmas parade, too! This year’s parade starts at 7:00 pm on December 2nd, and the theme is “Lights on Parade.” Following the parade, Mayor Christopher B. Jones will host the tree lighting ceremony in Court Square, and then the JMU Marching Royal Dukes will play a holiday concert!

On Saturday, December 3rd, at 11:00 am is the annual Christmas parade in Shepherdstown, WV! Come line the streets and revel in the Christmas spirit!

Elkton, VA is also hosting Old Town Christmas on December 15th, which includes horse-drawn carriage rides, music, and the town’s window dressing contest!

Christmas in Harpers Ferry

Photo by Michael Besant

An incredible mix of history and celebration is the 46th Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas, which begins on December 2nd. On the agenda is live entertainment, activities for the kids, and extended shopping hours (yes!). Not only will the town be beautifully decorated with traditional Christmas decorations, but there will also be visits with Santa. This event will continue on December 3rd & 4th, and then on the following weekend on December 10th and 11th.

There is plenty to do lasting from the end of November throughout all of December! Come out and enjoy all of the fun Christmas spirit.  For a list of even more events, check out our website here.