Admit it: you chose a Harrisonburg apartment because this city really has it all. And our small town charm really shines during the holiday season! Harrisonburg has a special something that can’t quite be defined, a blend of hope and excitement and a respect for tradition and the origin of the holidays that simply can’t be matched elsewhere. Join us on our tour of some of the most wonderful parts of a Harrisonburg holiday.
There is something special about a home town holiday parade, and you won’t want to miss the Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony and concert with James Madison University’s very own Marching Royal Dukes (you might remember seeing them recently at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade). Grab some hot cocoa at The Artful Dodger and watch the tree lighting ceremony in nearby court square.
One of the very special features of Harrisonburg is its connection to history and some of the more traditional origins of the season. Christmas at the Crossroads will enchant you with a taste of Christmas past. You won’t want to miss the display of the Gingerbread House Contest winning entries. You’ll also want to make a plan to visit the Weaver’s Mennonite Church for their Bethlehem Walk Through, a stunning outdoor nativity that allows you to walk the streets of Bethlehem on the day of Jesus’ birth, meet the wise men, shepherds, Mary & Joseph, and even see baby Jesus in a manger. This is a great way really connect to the origin of the holiday and to answer your kids when they ask what Christmas is all about!
Nothing captures the magic of Christmas like a live performance of the Nutcracker! Watch the kids’ eyes widen as the Rockingham Ballet brings alive this classic holiday spectacle. Make memories and create a heartfelt one of a kind gift at the Larkin Art Center during the Pet Portrait Ornament Workshop . For a truly magical and unique holiday experience, gather the girls and take a well-deserved holiday break enjoying a Magical Christmas Tea at Heritage Bakery and Cafe – pinkies up!
The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy a good party! If you work in a small business or office, grab the staff and go to the Largest Holiday Office Party. This party features a DJ, photo booth, games, great food, and a chance to make your small business Christmas party “full size”. Before you throw out that awful sweater Aunt Martha sent, stop by the Friendly Fermenter for the Ugly Sweater and Christmas PJs Party and enjoy a fun night of great beer and silly fun.
Make a plan to ring in the New Year at First Night Harrisonburg. Downtown Harrisonburg works together to transform businesses into performance spaces and art galleries that feature local and regional talent. The variety and quality of performances, art and crafts will truly amaze you and remind you why we live in this beautiful and eclectic place. Get your tickets and plan to stop by the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hotel Madison for great food, live music and dancing until the end of 2018!
The magic and beauty of the special season is in every corner of our wonderful city, right outside your Harrisonburg apartment! So deck the halls and have a jolly holiday!