There are some really great places to spend Christmas. The North Pole is one, and another might be a Maui beach. If you want a real sense of the holiday, however, and a giant dose of Christmas spirit, there may be no better place to get it than Purcellville, VA.
Purcellville is located 50 miles west of Washington, DC. , nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its population is just under 9,000.
The 2013 Purcellville Christmas Celebration begins at 7:30 on Friday, December 13, with a free trolley tour of Purcellville’s charming old homes in their holiday best. The tours leave every 45 minutes, with the last trolley departing at 8:15 pm. The tour is repeated on Sunday night.
Saturday Crafts and Baked Goods
At 7:30 am, Saturday morning, December 14, the celebration kicks off with a baked goods and crafts sale. Visitors and townspeople can buy a little spirit for their homes in the form of Christmas arrangements and baked goods at Bethany United Methodist Church.
The sale ends at 10:30 am. There is a free ornament-making workshop at the historic train depot from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Participants can craft their own expressions of Christmas magic while enjoying the 1904 building, which is on the National Parks Registry of Historic Places.
Events at the Town Hall
The town hall is home to several events, all free of charge. Beginning at 10 am, the Lego train exhibit at the town hall will enchant visitors. Nearby Washington, DC, is home to a large Lego train-building club and their shows are amazing.
This exhibit is free and lasts until 3:00 pm. From 10:30 to 11:00, the Louden Valley High School Chorus will present a Christmas concert. The Purcellville Preservation Association’s exhibit of the town’s rich heritage, dating from the early 1800s, begins at 11:00 and lasts until 3:00 pm.
Children’s Story Time and the Parade
From 10:30 until 11:15 children can enjoy “Story Time” at the library. There is no charge for this event. Then, everyone lines the streets for the Christmas parade, which begins at noon. There are antique cars, local beauty queens, marching bands and floats. Photos of the event feature a smart bagpipe and drum corps as well as Santa, escorted by the fire and police departments.
After the parade, Santa can be found at the train station posing with his admirers for holiday pictures. This photo opportunity, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., is free and participants should bring their own cameras.
At 6:00 p.m., the day ends with the tree lighting ceremony. It begins at the Tear Drop in front of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Christmas here is what a small town holiday should be. The town offers warmth and enchanting countryside as well as shopping and great dining. Purcellville VA is the place to get the holiday spirit.