The holidays cannot be contained to just one month here in the Fredericksburg region! We have so much cheer we start in November. While decorating a tree and singing carols before Thanksgiving may seem a bit strange, it’s done with a light heart and makes for a much more relaxed schedule. So break out the peppermint mochas and Google Calendar, and get ready for some serious merriment!
Holiday Events 2018
Concert in Lights Kick-off Festival - Nov 10- FREE Festivities on the Green, at The Villages at Towne Centre! Enjoy the Iceless Ice Skating Rink, Kettle Korn, Hot Chocolate, Face Painting, and Balloon Animals. Tasty snacks provided by Bravo, Park Lane Tavern, Splitsville, Malawi’s Pizza, Joe Muggs Café, and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. The Alan Scott Band will preform live, 4pm – 8pm, Powered by Malawi’s Pizza,Central Rappahannock Regional Library (Mall Branch), Thunder 104.5 and 95.9 WGRQ
Santa Arrival and a Movie at Paragon Village 12 - Nov 10- Have you ever wanted to watch a movie with Santa? Well here’s your chance! Movie: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (26 minutes) Registration: October 27 - Thursday November 8, Customer Service Center next to Bath & Body Works. $5 per ticket, proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army Shoe Fund. November 10, Movie will start at 10am. Concessions will be open.
Downtown’s Holiday Open House Weekend -Nov 10 - Holiday Open House Weekend is the official start of Holiday Shopping in Downtown! Windows are decorated, holiday music is playing, and our streets are filled with good cheer. It's the opening day of the Window Wonderland Riddle contest along with the Holiday Downtown Gift Card promotion - For every $50 purchased in Downtown Gift cards, receive a free $10 Promotional card that expires by April 30, 2019. Gift cards are available on line and at the Visitor Center.
Gingerbread House Construction Workshop - Nov 17- Learn the secrets of building a real gingerbread house! Build and decorate a small gingerbread house step-by-step. All materials are provided. Reservation and payment in advance required.
The Children’s Christmas Tree Lighting - Nov 24th - A Fredericksburg tradition! Meet Santa and fun holiday characters, make holiday crafts, listen to holiday music. Santa will read The Night before Christmas! Hurkamp Park, free event
Mistletoe Market - Dec 1 - Order your holiday goodies, select locally made gifts for your friends, and pick up beautiful holiday home decor.
FAM Faire KrisKringlmarkt -Dec 8th - Come celebrate the launch of the inaugural Holiday Market, FAM Faire, in the historic Market Square. This event will be a spectacular outdoor shopping experience in one of the most beautiful parts of our notable town. FAM Faire will take place. These traditional German-style markets are based on the holiday tradition that began in Nuremberg, Germany, dating from the 16th century. Our holiday market will include vendors selling traditional crafts and foods. It is the perfect environment to invoke the holiday spirit while friends, families and neighbors stroll along tents filled with gifts and treats. Spices from mulled wine, roasted almonds waft through the air, and live music and carolers wander about while shoppers fill their mugs with hot chocolate and German beer. We are imagining an almost picture-perfect holiday event that everyone can appreciate.
Massad YMCA 18th annual Holiday Craft Fair 2018 - Dec 15- FREE Admission. Browse a wide selection of handmade art, jewelry, wood crafts, and more. Plus, take advantage of one hour of complimentary child watch while you shop. Proceeds from this event benefit our youth programs.
Christmas In Stafford - Dec 15 - Have fun at the Christmas Villiage before the Stafford Christmas Parade! Activities incude:
- Pictures with Santa
- Toboggan Rides
- Candy Land
- Santa Workshop
- Food Truck
- Christmas Vendor Village
- Carnival Games
- Mini Golf
- Picture Stations
- Frosty 5K
- Reindeer Run
- Christmas Tree Lighting
Santa Train Ticket Sales Day - Nov 19, 9am - Another Fredericksburg tradition. Sometimes getting the Santa Train tickets are half the adventure. They usually sell out within minutes! You can order online ( we suggest refreshing your screen often ) or in person. If you go in person dress warmly and bring a hot coffee. Be warned, the line tends to break out in festive Christmas Carols!
Santa Train - Dec 9, multiple departure times- Every year just before Christmas, kids and their parents are given the opportunity to ride a VRE train to meet Santa and friends, who are on board to promote rail safety and Operation Lifesaver’s “Look, Listen and Live” campaign. There will be plenty of Santa’s helpers handing out candy canes and coloring books, along with other festivity-makers. We use this event as an opportunity to remind people of the importance of rail safety. So remember, that this event is not just for fun, but it also has an important message: "Look, listen and live!" Visit Operation Lifesaver for more on rail safety.
Spotsylvania Christmas Parade - Dec 1- Join us for the 41st Annual Spotsylvania Christmas Parade presenting CHRISTMAS IS SWEET! on Saturday, December 1st at 1:00pm in the Spotsylvania Courthouse District. This is a FREE event for participants and spectators!
Fredericksburg Christmas Parade - Dec 1- This year’s theme is “The Songs of Christmas” and features a variety of traditional parade floats, marching bands and of course Santa with his sleigh! Parade Day: There's no charge to attend the parade. Bring your own chairs, wear walking shoes and dress for cold weather! It's a great time to enjoy a parade in downtown Fredericksburg.The parade viewing area is along Caroline and Princess Anne Streets from Wolfe Street to Amelia Street.
Stafford County Christmas Parade - Dec 15 - The Parade will start at Embrey Mill Park - 1600 Mine Road, Stafford VA 22554. End Route 1 mile down Mine Road. Opposite direction from last year. Easy set up in the parking lot at Embrey Mill Park
Written by, Brenda Sapanghila