Seasons Greetings! Looking for Shenandoah Valley holiday happenings? We’ve updated last year’s list for 2021 and even added some links to inspire your gift giving.
Shenandoah Valley Holiday Happenings
The next two weekends are stuffed like a stocking with Christmas parades throughout the Shenandoah Valley. And the Santa gang is out in force. Here are a few Shenandoah Valley holiday happenings to make things merry and bright.
Enjoy a walking holiday light tour now through January 2 with Frederick County Parks and Recreation. Get your tickets for “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” at Clearbrook Park. This annual light show is sure to create family memories. Tickets are $6.50 (kids up to 2 free). Tickets must be purchased in advance – get them online.
And who doesn’t love the citizens of Who-ville? Join them this Saturday, December 4, at Bowman Library in Stephens City for “A Who-ville Christmas.” There are stories, puppets, singing, dancing, activities and, of course, a dramatic reading of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” by an 18-member multi-generational cast. Come dressed in your finest, brightest and silliest Who costume!
Get Ready for the Big Man!
What’s Christmas without Santa? Grab your phone and get your photo with the Big Man this Saturday (12/4), 10am-2pm, at West Oaks Farm Market in Winchester. $5 per child gets you a photo op, gingerbread craft, and the hot chocolate bar.
And Santa is coming for breakfast at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester on Saturday, December 11. Enjoy a buffet breakfast bar then get a family photo. There’s also carolling, magic, balloon art and hand/face painting.
More Holiday Happenings
Here are four more family-friendly ideas to enjoy. Some may be a little out of the ordinary when it comes to Shenandoah Valley holiday happenings, but why not start a new tradition!
Have 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 terrific time to enjoy the Indoor Water Park at Massanutten Resort. You must purchase your tickets online as capacity is limited. And with the resort making the white, fluffy stuff, it’s time to snow tube!
You can also bundle up and head over to Skyline Paintball in Strasburg. They’re open on the weekends, 10am-4pm. With their soft pellet game, even kids as young as 7 can get in on the action. Find all the details on Facebook.
Holiday Gift Ideas from the Kids Trail
Doesn’t it feel like as your children get older, it’s harder to shop for them? If you’re looking for more family fun time in 2022, grab some gift certificates or an annual pass from one of these VA Kids Trail partners.
Season ski passes are now on sale at Massanutten Resort. Don’t care for the cold? Remember, Massanutten has that terrific water park. Enjoy indoor splashing now, then head for the killer slides next summer with a season pass.
Give the gift of adventure! The place to go for rafting, tubing, zip lining, or tackling a ropes course is Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. Season passes are available for tubing and the ropes course along with gift certificates. Or try a unique outdoor experience with Wild Guyde Adventures LLC. Hiking, rock climbing, caving, and canoeing are available and customized to your family’s abilities.
And great recreation doesn’t have to be expensive. On the Kids Trail, you’ll find four Virginia State Parks. Add a Virginia State Parks annual pass to your Christmas list. It’s good for a family of four and covers parking and admission to all State Parks.
Gift Ideas for Your Little Ones
Now that we’ve covered the older kids, here are two ideas for your little guys and gals. The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester is truly a local treasure. Support the museum with a membership this holiday season. Enjoy year-round admission, invitations to members-only openings and events and special discounts on programs, camps, birthday parties, and the museum store.
Jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood” in English, is the Icelandic tradition of giving and unwrapping new books on Christmas Eve, cozying up with family, and reading into the night. Make it a local story with “Good Night Farm” available from Mackintosh Fruit Farm. There’s even a coloring book version – a wonderful stocking stuffer. The farm is closed for the winter, but you can purchase by appointment.
However you celebrate, the VA Kids Trail wishes you health and happiness this holiday season. And remember, the best gift you can give your family is time together.