Shenandoah Valley Holiday Happenings

Happy Holidays! Looking for Shenandoah Valley holiday happenings? We’ve put together a great list of ideas. As always, take your mask, practice social distancing, and check social media for the latest updates before you visit.

Shenandoah Valley Holiday Happenings

Christmas parades and town tree lightings are uncertain at best right now. But you still want to get into the holiday spirit. Try one of these light shows shining this season in the Shenandoah Valley.

Winter Wonderland Shenandoah Valley Holiday HappeningsWalking Through a Winter Wonderland. Clearbrook Park. Now – January 3. This annual lighted walking tour includes hundreds of thousands of lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus in the log cabin, and a wonderful display coordinated with music. Tickets required for ages 3+ ($5). Pre-registration is required.

Holiday Lane Lights in the Park. Jim Barnett Park. Nov. 30 – Dec. 20. Although there’s no Winchester holiday parade or tree lighting, folks can still get into the spirit of the season. Take a free drive through the park for a holiday light show the whole family will enjoy. 

Christmas in the Valley. Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Now – January 2. You’ll find this new holiday attraction just off I-81 in Woodstock. There’s a drive-thru light display, as well as a Christmas crafts village and carnival. The Christmas Lights Trail is $25 for up to 9 passengers. Get discount coupons at these locations.

Virtual Holiday Happenings

If you make western Loudoun County your home, head over to Town of Purcellville website for a Facebook Live Tree Lighting December 4 or a virtual ornament workshop as well as a Lego train display on December 12. You can download a holiday lights tour map or be a part of the Reverse Parade on December 5 on Hirst Road.

Holiday Happenings with a Side of Giving

What better way to get your family into the holiday spirit than the gift of giving. Take a ride to Natural Bridge outside of Lexington and enjoy the 5th Annual Festival of Trees. Place a gift of some donated items for Project Horizon, a non-profit focused on domestic abuse. Check the park’s website for a donation list.

Night Skies Make a Winter Wonderland

Those chilly, clear nights make for some spectacular sky watching. Astronomy lovers should head over to Sky Meadows State Park on December 12 for “Astronomy for Everyone”. Bring your telescope or binoculars. Children are welcome and the evening begins with a junior astronomer program. 

More Shenandoah Valley Holiday Happenings

Who knows what Old Man Winter and Mother Nature will bring over the holidays. But here are four more family-friendly ideas to enjoy. They’re a little out of the ordinary when it comes to holiday happenings. But why not start a new tradition!

Holiday Happenings Sock SkatingHave you ever tried sock skating? The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum has turned its rooftop into a sock skating rink during the holiday season. Get your tickets and give it a try! Not only is it fun – it’s a good way to support this wonderful children’s museum.

While there will soon be snow on the mountain, now’s a teriffic time to enjoy the Indoor Water Park at Massanutten Resort. You must purchase your tickets online as capacity is limited.

If the weather holds, put your “quaran-team” together for family fun at Skyline Paintball in Strasburg. They’re open on the weekends, 10am-4pm, and there are often walk-in slots. Get all the details on Facebook.

And finally, why not kick off one season and close another with a holiday move at Stephen City’s Family Drive-In. This iconic Valley drive-in found a safe way to provide family entertainment and even gave back to the community in a charitable way during its 2020 season. Well done! Check out Facebook for what’s playing.

Mix a few of these activities into your calendar for a season that’s merry and bright!