The holidays never felt so magical! Staunton's enchanting downtown is one of America’s most celebrated Main Streets and offers a truly authentic holiday experience. Start planning:
christmas activities AND EVENTS
Downtown Shopping: Art for Gifts
Find something for everyone on your shopping list! Staunton’s downtown is lined with boutiques and artisan shops offering unique gifts for all ages and interests. One shop you can’t miss is the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. This gallery and museum is transformed into a holiday market showcasing works by 70 Virginia artists and artisans and features quality, handmade fine art and crafts.
Lantern Tour at Frontier Culture Museum
Embark on an after-hours tour of the Frontier Culture Museum as you take a horse-drawn carriage through time. Experience 19th century England, Ireland, Germany, and America as you visit original farmsteads with costumed interpreters performing music and short works. The tour culminates with light refreshments. Tours run December 13-15 and 20-23.
Cherish Every Christmas: A Holiday Event for Charity
Celebrate the season with a genuine hometown Christmas in Downtown Staunton. Complete with caroling, a tree lighting ceremony in The Wharf, carriage rides, a live Nativity, hot drinks and cookies and special activities for charity. See all the details. December 7 from 3-7 p.m.
Blow Your Own Ornament at Sunspots
Create a family tradition for years to come by blowing your own ornament at Sunspots Studios! Trained glassblowers will be by your side to assist you in making a one-of-a-kind ornament to adorn your tree at home. Visitors can also watch live glassblowing demonstrations daily from 11 am to 4 pm.
The Paris Cake Company presents their 4th Annual Gingerbread House Workshop. Come ready to decorate your very own pre-built house with all the trimmings complete with royal icing and a candy bar! Parents can enjoy this stress free event (no prep or clean-up to worry about) with hot chocolate and cookies. Reserve your house today. Date: Sunday, December 8 at 1 p.m.
Historic Staunton Foundation’s Holiday House Tour
Known for its rich architecture, tour one of Staunton’s historic neighborhoods on this year’s Holiday House Tour. The 47th Annual Holiday House Tour winds along the terraced hillside of the Gospel Hill Historic District. Please join us for a walk through this wonderful neighborhood and visit houses beautifully decorated for the holiday season! Dates: December 7-8.
Holiday Lantern Tours at Woodrow Wilson
Grab a flashlight and a friend and tour Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace with a special guide. Discover holiday traditions surrounding the 1846 Manse and learn how the holidays changed from Wilson’s childhood through his presidency. This rain-or-shine event is family-friendly. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your tour leaving. Light refreshments will be served. Dates: December 7 & 27
Celebration of Holiday Lights
Now through the end of December, Gypsy Hill Park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Come see the park aglow with holiday lights and festive decorations. Entrance into the park is FREE and lights can be seen every evening from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse
This holiday season choose from two performances: the classic, A Christmas Carol or the zany compilation, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Enjoy ghostly season’s greetings filled with memorable music and cheer with this contemporary twist on the age-old tale of Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, the Cratchits and Tiny Tim. Or ring in the holidays with this fast-paced Christmas journey through all of your favorite holiday classics! Be prepared for a whirlwind of laughter, carols, and joy as you experience the Holiday Spirit like never before. Performances run December 4-December 29.
Heifetz Holiday Homecoming
‘Tis The Season! The Heifetz Institute’s brilliant alumni return to Staunton for a welcome dose of holiday cheer. The program features prize-winning artists Angela Chan, Julia Angelov, and Kayleigh Kim, violins; violist Matthew Cohen, cellist Andres Sanchez, and pianist Zhenni Li. This beautiful evening of music includes Baroque favorites, timeless classics, and Yuletide delights. Performance: Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.