The Fredericksburg Region’s Holiday Events Calendar 2015

by | Dec 16, 2015 | Events

By Susan Larson. Photo: 1601 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Va., during Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.’s 44th annual Candlelight Tour on December 14, 2014. Photo by Robert A. Martin/Copyright.

Happy Holidays! We’re updating our list as we discover more events for you to enjoy. (Last update 9:45 a.m. November 30, 2015.) Check back often!

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Week of December 1 – 6
University of Mary Washington (UMW) Holiday Market
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3 – 7 p.m.
University Center Chandler Ballroom
A unique shopping experience featuring local businesses, artisans and UMW clubs.

UMW Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert
Thursday Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.
UMW’s Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg.
Tickets are $10 per person, and admission is free to children under 8 years old.

First Friday Fredericksburg December
Friday, Dec. 4, times vary by location from 5 – 11 p.m.
Downtown Fredericksburg studios and galleries are featuring holiday-priced works and gifts during opening receptions for December’s artists and shows. Click the hyperlink for the complete list.

Madison County Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 4, 5 – 8 p.m.
On Main Street Madison

Middleburg Tree Lighting Ceremony and Carols
Friday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m.
Behind the Pink Box, 12 North Madison St., Middleburg

Louisa Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, Dec. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.
At the Louisa County Courthouse, 100 W. Main St., Louisa

Warrenton Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Fireworks
Friday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.
Historic Main Street Warrenton

Rising Sun Tavern Holiday Open House
Friday, Dec. 4, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rising Sun Tavern, 1304 Caroline St, Fredericksburg
A free evening tour with refreshments and entertainment.

Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show
Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Expanded this year from two to three days, featuring some 250 artisans and crafters with quality handmade and unique goods.
$5 Friday Senior (60+) Ticket Special, available to seniors only at the door on Friday, No coupon needed.
Adults: At Door $8 , Online $7; Seniors At Door (60+) $7, Online $6, Kids 12 & Under: Free. Tickets are good for all days.

Christmas in Middleburg
Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Events include Middleburg Hunt & Hounds Review, hayrides, the Christmas Parade and the Hunt Country Christmas Ball.

Williamsburg’s 50th Annual Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 5, , 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Merchants Square, Downtown Williamsburg

Dominion Christmas Parade in Richmond
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.
The parade will depart from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street. If you can’t experience the parade in person, you can watch it LIVE on WTVR-CBS6.

2nd Annual Christmas Holiday House Tour in Powhatan
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Snow date Dec. 12)
Tickets ($25), lunch and crafts in the welcome center at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2480 Batterson Rd., Powhatan, Va
Proceeds to benefit a new food pantry.

Louisa Christmas Festival and Parade
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Downtown Louisa

Christmas Open House with Mr. Madison
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last mansion tour is at 4 p.m.)
James Madison’s Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Hwy., Montpelier Station
Family-friendly activities including visits with James Madison and Santa Claus, holiday music, decorating stations, cookies, and hot cider. Free open house mansion tours will be available throughout the day. Beer, wine, and the full menu at the Exchange Cafe will be available for purchase.

Santa Arrives by Boat in Occoquan
Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 p.m.
Mamie Davis Park in Occoquan

38th Annual Spotsylvania Christmas Parade “Gingerbread Jamboree!”
Saturday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m.
Spotsylvania Courthouse Area

Fredericksburg Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Community Chorus Performs Handel’s “Messiah”
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg

Gingerbread House Contest & Exhibit
December 6 – 30 (Closed December 24 and 25), Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m;. Sundays 12 – 4 p.m.
George Washington’s Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy., Fredericksburg
General admission to Ferry Farm and the exhibit: $8 adults, $4 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $4 adults, $2 students, under 6 free.

A Wee Christmas – Dollhouses and Miniatures Show
December 6 – 30 (Closed December 24 and 25), Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sundays 12 – 4 p.m.
Kenmore Plantation, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg
Admission to Kenmore and exhibit: $10 adults, $5 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $5 adults, $2.50 students, under 6 free.

Beth Sholom’s Annual Public Chanukiah Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
In the Atlantic Builders parking lot,1975 Jefferson Davis Hwy Service Rd., Fredericksburg

Mary Washington House Candlelight Tour and Holiday Open House
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St., Fredericksburg

Orange Holiday Parade & Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m.
Downtown Orange

Spotsylvania Courthouse Christmas Luminary
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:45 p.m.
On the lawn of the Old Courthouse

Gordonsville Memorial Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Gordonsville

Week of December 7 – 13
Advent Lessons and Carols
Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg
Free and open to all.

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation 45th Annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes
Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visit five historic homes decorated for the holidays, with holiday entertainment and refreshments.
Tickets range from $15 – $30

Holiday Decorations Workshop for Children
Saturday, Dec. 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
George Washington’s Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy., Fredericksburg
For children ages 8-12. $15 per child. Limited to 10 children.
Call 540-370-0732 x 24 or email [email protected] to register in advance.

Chamber Chorale Christmas Concert and Carol Sing
Saturday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Shiloh Old Site Baptist Church, 801 Sophia St., Fredericksburg
Featuring a musicological journey through the 12 days of Christmas and traditional and contemporary carols.
$10 for adults, $5 for students

1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide
Saturday, Dec. 12, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd., Montross
$12 for adults, $7 for children, free for Friends of Stratford members.

A Christmas Dinner Buffet at Stratford Hall
Saturday, Dec. 12, 4 – 7 p.m.
Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd., Montross
Cost is $75 for adults, $40 for children 6 – 12 (children 5 and under free); includes a tour ticket, tax and gratuity.

The Bowling Green Christmas Parade of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m.
Main Street Bowling Green

Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek Sponsored by Reedville Fishermen’s Museum
Saturday, Dec. 12,, 5:30 p.m.
The Grand Illumination Community Christmas Tree Lighting is part of the weekend of activities.

Evening Candlelight Home Tour & Cocktail Party
Saturday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Inn at the Olde Silk Mill, 1707 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg
Tickets $60 each or 2/$100

10th Annual Toys For Tots Party
Saturday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
Fredericksburg Fairgrounds events building, 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg
Jan and David Snow’s annual party benefits Toys for Tots. Food, dancing. live music and cash bar.
Bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl.

Stafford Regional Choral Society’s Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1201 Courthouse Rd., Stafford
The free concert features traditional and contemporary carols and Handel’s “Messiah.”

Week of December 14 – 20
Fredericksburg Community Concert Band Christmas Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
Spotsylvania Towne Centre, 137 Spotsylvania Mall, Fredericksburg

Merry Carols in Market Square
Friday, Dec. 18, 7 – 8 p.m.
Historic Market Square, 907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg
A free community holiday sing along sponsored by Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street Inc. with music by the Fredericksburg Blues Society and refreshments by Agora Downtown Coffee Shop.

A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor
Saturday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove
Open house, refreshments, crafts, music.

Civil War Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge
See the park’s very own jolly Civil War era Santa in his handmade, festive suit. Enjoy period music, costumed interpreters and light refreshments. Make decorations as folks during the Civil War did. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. It’s $2 per person or $6 per family.

1st Annual Stafford Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m.
Courthouse Road, Stafford

Rappahannock POPS Holiday Spectacular
Saturday, Dec. 19, doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Riverbend High School Auditorium, 12301 Spotswood Furnace Rd., Fredericksburg
Tickets $20; students and those 65+ $15; children under 18 free.

Christmas at Chatham
Sunday, Dec. 20, 12 – 4 p.m.
Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg
Join park staff and living historians for Christmas at Chatham. Visit with historic Knickerbocker Santa, learn about how soldiers and civilians experienced Christmas during the Civil War, and participate in 19th Century Christmas traditions.

Week of December 21 – 27

Week of December 28 – 31
New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2 – 5 p.m.
Enjoy fun family activities all afternoon.
Regular admission. Those who attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion GardenFest of Lights from 5 -10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Inn at Stratford Hall
Thursday, Dec. 31, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The Inn at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd., Stratford
Call for details and reservations, 804-493-1966.

New Year’s Eve at The Inn at Kelly’s Ford
Thursday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
The Inn at Kelly’s Ford, 116589 Edwards Shop Rd., Remington
Five-course dinner by award winning chef Jean Paul Pessaint. Live entertainment to dance the night away by The Ronnie Johnson Band along with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
$78 per person

First Night Organ Concert
Thursday, Dec. 31, 7 – 8 p.m.
St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg

Hope House Diamonds and Pearls Gala
Thursday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Wingate By Wyndham, Main Ballroom, 20 Sanford Dr., Fredericksburg
$65 – $800

Want to take the family to see holiday lights? See our list of Christmas Light Shows 2015

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