December Events & Activities
Happy Holidays! We love this season in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer a stunning contrast to the warmth emanating from our downtowns and villages. Celebrate the holidays with us to enjoy all the festivities this season holds.
Be sure to pick up a Love Lexington Lotto card to collect stamps as you peruse our downtown stores. A redeemed full card could result in a grand shopping spree for you!
Mark December 14 as a great day to head out with your card, because that's Downtown Lexington Cookie Day. Collect stamps AND cookies for nibbling as you go.
HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Whether it's for gaining inspiration, glimpsing into the past, or simply wanting to admire the beauty of the season, holiday home tours are among the best events around.
The 19th century historic mansion in Natural Bridge, Forest Oaks, is open for a holiday tour December 1 between 2 and 6 p.m. Admission is free with a non-perishable food or monetary donation for the Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry.
Lexington Museum Week puts the Stonewall Jackson House and other museums on display for the holiday season. From December 1-7 you're invited to visit each site. Carry your "Adventure Card" with you to receive discounts along the way and collect a stamp. By receiving even one stamp you can be entered to win a prize to be drawn December 9.
Decorate your OWN home this holiday season ... a GINGERBREAD home! Natural Bridge Historic Hotel & Conference Center is hosting their second annual Festival of Gingerbread on December 14. Enter your creation and bring an unwrapped, new toy for Toys for Tots. It's a great time to show off your skills and give back something, too.
PARADES & LIGHTS
Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista unveils their holiday lights on December 1. Christmas at the Park will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Paxton House and will feature caroling, cookies, cocoa, and trolley rides.
Lexington lit the tree on November 29, but Buena Vista unveils theirs on December 5 prior to merrymakers parading down Magnolia Avenue for the annual Buena Vista Christmas Parade.
Lexington's Christmas Parade steps off from the top of Main Street on December 6. Secure your spot along the sidewalk to catch a glimpse of everyone's favorite, Santa Claus.
For more small town parade charm, head to Glasgow for their tree lighting and Christmas Parade on December 7. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a beautiful sunset backdrop prior to the floats rolling past.
The children of North Rockbridge have decorated trees that are on display at The Computer Doctor. Visit between December 9 and 21 during regular business hours to vote for your favorite.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
There's no time like First Fridays to shop for the art lover on your list. December 6 is a great evening to check out the galleries in downtown Lexington to pick up a piece of art, jewelry, pottery, or tapestry for the special someone on your list.
Magical concerts and plays sponsored or hosted by our local colleges and universities help to fill your holiday calendar:
- Dec 3: Washington and Lee University Holiday Pops Concert
- Dec 5: "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols"
- Dec 13-15: "The Nutcracker" performed by Shenandoah Ballet
- Dec 15 & 16: The Rockbridge Ballet presents "The Nutcracker
DIY HOLIDAYS & HOSTING
If you like creating something unique that is sure to be a sentimental keepsake for years to come, get in on the action of make-and-takes.
- Dec 7: Gifts of Nature at Boxerwood
- Dec 8: Wreath-Making Workshop at Boxerwood
- Dec 13: Holiday Party Foods Cooking Class at Ladles & Linens
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Lace up and bundle up for the Jingle Bell Run in Downtown Lexington on December 7. Show off your best elf costume, Grinch, or even Mr. and Mrs. Claus while running or walking downtown Lexington. Jingle bells and adorable socks provided for pre-race registrants!
Natural Bridge State Park is a crown jewel of Rockbridge County (not to mention its name inspiration). Visit the park this month to take part in the following:
- Nov 28 - Jan 1: Festival of Trees
- Luminary Nights
- Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
>> STATE PARK EVENTS <<
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Lexington comes alive on New Year's Eve with fun events and special night out options.
- Dec 31: First Night Lexington: New Year's Eve at Robert E. Lee Hotel
- Dec 31: New Year's Eve Party at Natural Bridge Historic Hotel