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The holidays are here! Are you filled with cheer? Let’s face it, with 60 degree afternoons and extra stress, sometimes it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit. Before this season passes like a sleigh in the night, we suggest a proactive approach to finding Christmas cheer… and yes one way suggests singing loud for all to hear.



12 Ways To Get Into The Holiday Spirit In The Fredericksburg Region.


Downtown Fredericksburg



1) Jingle Bell Carriage Ride | Dec- Jan 14th, various times

“Listen to the jingle bells as the wagonettes travel through Fredericksburg’s 40 blocks of historic neighborhoods, where you’ll see the quaint streets and picturesque architecture. These late afternoon and evening tours are a great way to view the holiday themed store windows and Fredericksburg's unique holiday charm.”

Take a daytime tour and view the bustle of downtown and all the decked out shop-windows. An evening ride, on the other hand, gives you a Christmas light experience! Each ride plays Christmas trivia, sings carols, listens to holiday music, and receives a holiday treat to take home. The carriage ride goes down Caroline Street, past Kenmore Plantation, down Washington Avenue and then winds its way past Fredericksburg's official Christmas Tree.


2) Merry Carols | Dec 15th, 7:00pm- 8:00pm -

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” - Buddy The Elf

Come out and get in the Holiday spirit, Friday, Dec 15th. Join downtown carolers at Market Square to sing along with the Spotylvania’s Chorus. There might even be special visit with the man in the red suit. Free hot cider will be available to keep you warm.


3) Holiday Candlelight Tour | Dec 9th- 10th, 11:00am

“Stroll the picturesque streets of Fredericksburg and enjoy docent-led tours of houses on historic Washington Avenue. Homes include 1200, 1206, 1302, 1309, and 1500 Washington Avenue. Professional decorators, designers, and artists beautifully decorate each home for the holidays—a delight for the eye and an inspiration for the upcoming holidays.”

Tickets to the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation’s Candlelight Tour include one-time admission to each house on either Saturday or Sunday, from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Visit at your own pace. Please note: Evening tours of the homes are available with the purchase of a different ticket (also includes admission to Saturday evening Cocktail Party). Tickets and info available via the link:



4) A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show | December 4-30

This Kenmore Plantation event is perfect for families, or for those with a child-like spirit! Enjoy, “an exhibit of highly detailed, replica dollhouses - including the mansion - and miniatures in the Crowninshield Museum Building. Put your mind and eye to the test with the, “I Spy Miniatures” challenge – fun for young and old alike!” Closed December 24 and 25.






5) 31st Annual Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit | December 3- 30th. Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed December 24 and 25.)

This is a very special, long-standing holiday tradition at Ferry Farm! Enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm! This year's theme is "Historic Sites in Virginia." Just imagine how heavenly it must smell with all that gingerbread! Great for all ages.


6) Frosty 5K & Reindeer Run | Dec. 16th

The Jeff Rouse Swim & Sport Center and Embrey Mill will have the inaugural Frosty 5K & Reindeer Run (1 Miler), sponsored by Stafford Fire & Rescue, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department, and Stafford Tourism. The course is paved road; steady hills with larger hill mid-course; course runs through the Embrey Mill Community. Cash prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female runners within the following age groups; 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over. Prizes will also be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place boys’ and girls’ runners (Reindeer Run)of each age group. Age groups: 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12. Strollers are permitted in the races but must start in the back. This year, a portion of the race proceeds will benefit the Fairy Godmother Project.


7) Stafford Christmas Parade | Dec 16th

Need a big jolt of Christmas cheer? It doesn’t get bigger than a parade! Enjoy live music, vendors, and food trucks before the parade starts. There will be lots for the kids to do, too. Think: Pictures with santa, christmas train rides, Thomas the Tank Engine train rides, hot cocoa, log jammer inflatables, and crafts. Please be aware that the Stafford Christmas Parade has a new route this year.



8) 6 Bears & A Goat Holiday Party feat. Ugly Sweaters, Cookies & Santa | Dec 16th, 5-11pm

Who doesn’t love an ugly sweater party?? Enjoy amazing craft beer, Christmas cookies, live music from Karen Jonas Music (8-11pm), and a visit from Santa! Best ugly sweater will win some 6B&G swag. Winner must be present to receive the prize. From 5 - 8pm get a free Christmas cookie with the purchase of a meal (first come first serve)!





9) Skate in the Iceless Rink at Spotsylvania Towne Centre | Dates and times vary

How can you possibly ice-skate without ice? You have to come see for yourself! This fun filled family activity is FREE and skates are provided. Sponsored by 93.3 WFLS and The Village at Towne Centre


10) Legend of Rudolph play | Dec 9th, 12:30pm

All are invited to attend the Courthouse School of Ballet's Annual Holiday production of The Legend of Rudolph! Enjoy Santa and Mrs. Claus, dancing elves, townspeople, tap dancing reindeer and of course, Rudolph as they tell the story through dance! Great show for the entire Family! Admission is Free and Open to the Public with a suggested donation to the Museum of $5 per person. General seating. No tickets required.


11) A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor | Dec. 16th and 17th, ( Santa will be at Ellwood on Saturday only, from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M.)

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield presents their 9th annual, "A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor." On Saturday, children of all ages may visit with Santa and have fun making period arts and crafts. After Santa departs at NOON, the house will remain open until 2:00 P.M.

The house will be open again on Sunday, with live period music provided by Evergreen Shade. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield volunteers will be available to talk with visitors about the history of the house, and volunteer opportunities with the organization. Santa will not be there on Sunday. Event is free both days and donations are welcome. Decorations provided by the Fawn Lake Garden Club.



12) Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow: Holiday Tour | Dec 16, 12:00pm-5pm | 21 and up

No better way to get into the holiday spirit than with spirits! The Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow: Holiday Tour is a celebration of local spirits, local artisans and Spotsylvania County! Come to A. Smith Bowman Distillery and enjoy a variety of different spirits from 10 Virginia distilleries, delicious cocktails, food, music from the Bruce Middle Trio, and inspiration for holiday entertaining and gifting (hint: you can buy bottles of your favorite Virginia Spirits at the event!)... all nestled in the heart of Spotsylvania County!
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Written by Brenda Sapanghila