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It's the most wonderful time of the year! December in the Old Dominion is truly magical and filled with events the whole family can enjoy. From unique entertainment to beautiful seasonal decorations, Virginia has a lot to offer the winter traveler. So read on to learn more about the fun to be had across our great state.

It's a Time to Be Merry

Be sure to check out the Annual Vinton Christmas Parade this holiday season. Before and after this event there will be entertainment and refreshments provided at the Vinton War Memorial. In Afton Mountain, celebrated pianist Jim Brickman will be featured this month at a holiday concert called "On A Winter's Night". So stop by for great music and refreshments. While in town, check out holiday events at Le Bleu Ridge B&B for great music, wine, and fellowship. River Terra Retreat in Colonial Beach will also be hosting live music events this month, so come and enjoy delicious food, spirits, and fun games in a rustic setting. If you’re looking for a fun, competitive holiday event, make sure to check out The Great Gingerbread Challenge in Accomack. You also won't want to miss "Festive Fridays", a wonderful seasonal event held every Friday this month in beautiful Cape Charles. There will be carriage rides, caroling, restaurant specials, and even an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! This is only the beginning of the fun to be had in Cape Charles this December, as there will also be a production of "A Christmas Carol", a Grand Illumination event, Live Nativity, Santa's House exhibit, B&B Cookie Trail, and Chowder Cook Off. If you are in Southwestern Virginia looking for Jolly Old St Nick, enjoy the Tea With Santa event being held at the Collins House Inn. At the Virginia Living Museum Planetarium in Newport News, follow the journey of the magi with the "Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star" holiday show. Stick around at the museum that evening for a family-friendly musical light show, "Laser Holidays!". December is also a great time to find special holiday packages in Blacksburg at Beliveau Estate or vacation deals at CornerStone Farm.

Share the Beauty of the Season With Your Whole Family

The holiday season is not only filled with beautiful sights, but with chances to create beauty yourself through arts and crafts. Come and learn how to make a Christmas wreath at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg. Cut greens will be available for you to purchase so that you can make your own festive holiday decorations. Bring your kids aged 6-12 to make Christmas crafts or design cupcakes at Gallery 22 in Martinsville. And visit Sunspots Studios in Staunton to make your own glass ornament for the tree. For artistic inspiration, stroll through Colonial Beach and take part in a celebration of local artisans that transforms the town into an open art gallery and refreshment market. Light displays are also a classic element of the beauty of this season, so go and witness the spectacular Grand Illumination of the Cape Henry Lighthouse in Fort Story. There will also be a special Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in historic downtown Bristol featuring cider, hot chocolate, and live Christmas music. For a truly unique and historical tour of holiday lights, visit James Madison's Montpelier Estate by candlelight and don't miss out on the Historic Inns Holiday Open House in Orange while you're there. The holiday is not complete until you've taken a tour of Christmas decorations. A free carriage ride from the Train Depot through Old Town Manasses will allow you to see how beautifully the town is decked out for the season. The sights of the holidays are truly a wonder to behold, so don't miss out on a chance to experience the beauty on display all across Virginia.

Make This a New Year's Eve to Remember

Looking for a special way to ring in the New Year? Stop by the Inaugural Dropping of the Crab Pot in Cape Charles. This town will be dropping a fully-lit crab pot from a crane to commemorate the beginning of 2015. It's a unique and fun event that symbolizes the importance of crab fishing to the people of Cape Charles. Other special events for New Year's Eve in Virginia are the many "First Night" celebrations held all across the state, including  Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Vienna, Warrenton, and Winchester. They are family-focused, non-alcoholic performing arts celebrations featuring musicians, storytellers, magicians, jugglers, puppeteers, clowns, and more. These events will culminate in New Year's countdowns and midnight fireworks displays. For those who miss the days of disco, Potomac Point Winery in Stafford is throwing a Studio 54-themed event with live entertainment, wine, and great food. Don't forget to wear festive cocktail attire! You may also want to check out the giant Silver Star Drop at Market Square in South Hill. It's an exciting, family-friendly event with sparkling grape juice, great music, and lots of excitement. A great New Year's Eve for adults is the celebration in Stuartat Fairy Stone State Park. There will be dance music courtesy of DJ Sherine Wilson, refreshments, and party favors. With so many great options, when you make Virginia your travel destination you can rest assured that a Happy New Year is right around the corner.




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