How You Should Celebrate Christmas in Harrisonburg

christmasAs the holidays draw near and the air gets chilly, the thought of Christmas brings whimsical events and warm memories. Christmas in Harrisonburg offers just that! Picture snow gently falling as you sit by the fireplace with a warm cup of hot chocolate. Doesn’t that sound ideal? Take some time to celebrate the season in Harrisonburg, VA, this winter.

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Make Memories When You Celebrate Christmas in Harrisonburg

The first weekend in December is full of great Christmas events for the whole family. The delightful Harrisonburg Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony will be hosted by the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department. Be sure to wear lots of layers and bundle up, because it will be cold during this winter event. The Christmas parade makes its way from  the Rockingham County Office Building on Gay Street and marches down to the corner of Grattan and Main Street. The theme for this year’s Christmas parade is Lights on Parade, so be prepared for exciting floats full of holiday lights. The excitement doesn’t end at the end of the parade, though. Once the parade has finished, the mayor will host a holiday tree lighting ceremony in Court Square. It’s a fun way to ring in the holiday season and kick off Christmas. After the tree lighting, be sure to stick around for a holiday concert performed by the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes. You’ll be humming the tunes all the way back to your room!


It Wouldn’t Be the Holiday Season Without Holiday Craft Shows

Get your holiday craft fix at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Show at the Rockingham County Fair. Offered on the same weekend of the Christmas parade, you can check out the Christmas Arts and Crafts Show beginning at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Located at Exhibit Hall, you can peruse the cornucopia of holiday crafts, gift items, ornaments, wreaths, and more! Be sure to check out the jewelry and candles, too. Help these vendors celebrate the holiday season by purchasing their handmade crafts. You will find one-of-a-kind items that are sure to make your Christmas traditions more special. Admission is free for this event, so spend the morning of parade day shopping!


Stay in a Whimsical Cottage as the Snow Falls

Why not make this Christmas as magical as possible? When you stay at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages in Harrisonburg, VA, you’ll do just that.  Our luxurious cottages and rooms make for the perfect family holiday getaway. Our delicious breakfast will make you think you woke up at home on Christmas morning! So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to book your new favorite holiday tradition! If you need more ideas for things to do during your stay, then download our free Vacation Guide!