29 July, 2021
Seasonal lights and sounds from the Shenandoah Valley

Seasonal lights and sounds from the Shenandoah Valley

2020 has changed the way we celebrate a lot, but there are still plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit around the valley. Here is a roundup of stunning Christmas lights and festive sounds to brighten up your holiday season!

Rockbridge County:

Luminary Nights & Carriage Rides

Natural Bridge State Park will light up the night this holiday season with Luminary Nights & Carriage Rides. Plan a walk (or horse-drawn carriage ride) along the lighted Cedar Creek Trail and look out over the breathtaking 215 foot high limestone bridge. Pedestrians are reserved on Fridays. On other nights, pedestrians and carriages share the path. December 11th to 13th and December 18th to 20th from 5pm to 8pm

Christmas in the park light display

Stay warm and safe in your car at the Park Light Display in Glen Maury Park on December 12th at 5:00 PM during the second annual Christmas celebrations. You stand in line to slowly drive past the lights while accessing your Christmas music playlists. Santa will wait at the end to give the kids a reward! The event only lasts one night, but the lights will stay in the park until the end of December.

Holiday Pops concert

If you missed the Holiday Pops concert on December 7th and 8th at Washington and Lee University, you can keep streaming these encores. The programs feature student conductors and vacation favorites of individuals and ensembles.

A Christmas song

Join in and stream a performance of the classic Dickens story as the Rotary Club of Lexington Lunch presents a virtual production of A Christmas Carol on December 11th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The performance is free, but donations are accepted in support of the Walker Entrepreneurship Project.


Celebration of the Christmas lights

Gypsy Hill Park will shine in Christmas lights and festive decorations until the end of December. If you are lucky you can see a live performance! Entry to the park is free and the lights can be seen from 5pm to 11pm every evening

Santa’s workshop

Santa’s Workshop comes to life at 110 West Beverley Street with Living Window displays featuring actors portraying the jolly old Saint Nicholas and his hardworking elves. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa Claus, who can be kept in a special mailbox during the event. The living windows will be exhibited on December 5th, 12th and 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Waynesboro decoration path

Want to find the best light displays in Waynesboro? Until December 20th, you can stack them all in the car and enjoy the “That Holiday Feeling” decoration trail, which shows the participating houses and shops. of decorated houses and shops. The light shines every evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wayne Theater Vacation Programming

Head to the Wayne Theater on Friday, December 11th at 7:30 PM for a festive evening with local artists singing your favorite songs. The Isaacs, a bluegrass Southern Gospel music group, will perform on December 19 at 2pm and 7pm. And you will definitely find your seasonal spirit with a unique 1940s live radio broadcast of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Friday, December 18 at 7.30 p.m. or Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m.

Rockingham County:

Light show in Heritage Park on Broadway

In the evening, visit Broadway Heritage Park to see the Christmas lights. The city of Broadway has encouraged its residents and businesses to decorate and compete for the best Christmas show. After you exit the park you should see some nice lights in the city.

Elkton Old Town Christmas

Celebrate the holiday by looking at the decorated shop windows and taking advantage of the extended opening hours in downtown Elkton during the Christmas season in Old Town Elkton. You can also snuggle up with your family on a tractor-pulled hay wagon ride. Listen to Christmas carols and performers, and try to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. December 11, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Check out the virtual tree lights for a taste of the Harrisonburg vacation spirit.

Page County:

Luray Christmas Parade

The Luray Christmas Parade will be a drive through event this year. Visitors will line up from 7pm to 8pm on December 12th to head east on Main Street to see stationary parade floats! You can tune into YouTube to see the Luray illuminate the city’s Christmas tree. On Friday, December 11th, shops will stay open until 8 p.m. for festive shopping downtown. Be sure to check out all the decorated shop windows!

City of Stanley

The annual parade doesn’t take place this year, but the people of Stanley ring in the holidays each year with a Christmas decorations contest that awards prizes for both homes and businesses. Make sure you drive around town and pick a winner! While you’re at it, hand in your letter to Santa in the specially marked mailbox in front of the city office.

Shenandoah County:

Christmas in the Valley on the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds

Woodstock’s Christmas in the Valley is a way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with presentations, treats, activities and music for everyone. Follow the 1 ½ mile Christmas Lights Trail to see the happy scenes from the comfort of your car. You can also visit the Christmas Crafts Village for gifts and refreshments, as well as Carnival for games, treats and children’s rides. Christmas in the valley is open until January 2nd.

Frederick County:

Hiking in a winter wonderland

Take off your walking shoes and pre-register for entry to Winchester’s annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland Light Display. You stroll on a paved path through beautiful Clearbrook Park and enjoy fantastic decorations, plays of light and music. Closed now – January 3rd, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Entry is $ 5 for those ages 3 and up.

Holiday lane lights in the park

The whole family will love seeing the Holiday Lane Lights in the park in Winchester’s Jim Barnett Park this year. The scenes and characters are set along the road and can be safely viewed from your car. Now until December 20, 2020 from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Admission is free.

Follow the Star Drive-Thru Manger

The Fellowship Bible Church’s Follow the Star Drive-Thru crib is a wonderful Winchester vacation experience. You will experience the story of the birth of Jesus through dramatic presentations, landscapes, animals, a soundtrack, and much more. December 12th and 13th, 5pm – 9pm Admission is free.

Nothing warms the heart and keeps the good mood and the spirit of the holiday season alive more than a good holiday tradition or two. Hopefully, you can find something on this list to enjoy with loved ones.

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