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The hunt parades down Washington Street during the 2014 Christmas in Middleburg festivities.

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On Saturday, Middleburg kicks off the holiday season with a full day of activities. The Dec. 3 event is a partnership between the nonprofit Christmas in Middleburg, the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Business and Professional Association. The day’s activities include two parades and numerous Santa sightings. The first parade features the Middleburg Hunt and hounds trotting down Washington Street at 11 a.m. The larger community Christmas pa-

rade begins at 2 p.m. and features a wide variety of floats, bands, classic cars, musical groups, and hundreds of horses and dogs, along with a smattering of alpacas, llamas and other animals. The town will be packed with visitors lining Washington Street for the parades and then shopping or dining in town during the rest of the day. There are three remote lots for parking with shuttle service offered. Parking will be available at Mosby Spring Farm on the west side of town, Mickie Gordon Park on the east and at Salamander Resort & Spa on the north. The $20-percar parking fee helps cover the cost of crowd control and other public safety measures for the large event. For a full listing of the day’s activities, go to christmasinmiddleburg.org.

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The children’s choir perform on the Town Green during Leesburg’s 2015 tree lighting ceremony.

Celebrating the Holidays Downtown The Town of Leesburg is gearing up for three full weekends of holiday events. The town-wide First Friday events this week will be anchored by the Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremony, beginning at 6 p.m. on the Town Green. Residents are invited to commence the holiday season with a festive ceremony featuring performances from area schools, a holiday message from town leaders and a community singa-long. Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Ida Lee Recreation Center opens Saturday morning, Dec. 3. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, more than 90 local and regional artisans will sell hand-made items, including candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, leather products, and table linens. Admission and parking are free. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, downtown shops plan special events including photos with Santa, carolers and gift wrapping. The holiday cheer ramps up the following Saturday, Dec. 10. Throughout the day, carriage rides, live music and holiday carolers, and cookie decorat-

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ing with St. Nick will be offered in downtown shops. The town’s Christmas and Holiday Parade begins at 6 p.m. Entries from businesses, community organizations, bands and others will escort Santa and his friends down King Street from Ida Lee Park to Fairfax Street. Also on Dec. 10, the Tally Ho Theatre will be rocking with three Jingle Jam concerts. An all-star roster of area performers—and some flying in just for the event—perform holiday tunes in their own special way during the 11:30 a.m. Junior Jam, and concerts at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are sold in advance at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The shows benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The following weekend brings more events.   Downtown businesses will host story times and photos with St. Nick, carriage rides, and roving Dickens carolers. The children’s program, Rockin’ with Rudolph and Friends, will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 16. Designed for children up to age 8, the program visits with Santa and dancing with Rudolph and Frosty. Pre-registration is required through the Parks and Recreation through the online WebTrac system. The cost is $12 for children 2 years old and older and $8 for those younger than 2.

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Leesburg’s Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremony always draws a big crowd. This will be the first year in more than a decade that Kristen Umstattd, center, isn’t leading the program. The long-time mayor was elected to the Board of Supervisors last year. This year, Mayor Dave Butler will flick the switch to light the town’s tree.


The Town of Purcellville formally kicks off the holiday season Friday night with a Christmas tree lighting at Town Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. Families are invited to gather for hot cocoa, a performance by The Dance

Academy of Loudoun, and the lighting of the large Norway spruce. On Friday, Dec. 9, the town offers Trolley Tours and a Christmas Market. The free trolley rides take participants on a tour of the town’s best holiday decorations and lights. The trolley runs 6-10 p.m. Friday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday, with seating available on a first-come, first-served

basis, departing from Fireman’s Field. The Christmas Market at Fireman’s Field will offer homemade and handmade crafts, gifts, and presents 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. On Saturday, Dec. 10, an open house at Town Hall will feature face painting, crafts, and a large LEGO city display in the Council Chambers. The family event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Train Station, ornament decorating activities will be offered beginning at 10 a.m. The town’s Christmas parade begins at noon on 21st Street and follows a route along Main Street to Loudoun

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Santa and Mrs. Claus walk down Main Street during the 2015 Purcellville Christmas Parade. This year’s event begins at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Valley High School. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to stop in at the Train Station, posing for photos from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Two new features brighten the town this year. The Purcellville Holiday Artisan Gallery, at 146 N. 21st St., opened on Saturday. The Discover Purcellville project features the work of 25 area artists. The gallery is open seven days a week through December. Another Discover Purcellville project is the display of 60 large, hand-painted holiday ornaments on 21st and 23rd streets. Using a theme similar to the summer’s painted barrels project, the ornaments are painted by area artists and volunteers and depict various aspects of the Purcellville community.

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The Ashburn Presbyterian Church invites visitors to experience a walk along the streets of Bethlehem during its presentation of “One Starry Night” on Dec. 9-10.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church Hosts ‘One Starry Night’ More than 80 costumed characters will help bring the Christmas story to life during Ashburn Presbyterian Church’s presentation of “One Starry Night.” From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, the congregation will feature

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a walk-through Bethlehem, allowing visitors to smell the fresh baked bread, make toys in the wood shop, and eat fruit from the marketplace, among other experiential activities. “We are so proud to be hosting this event for a second year. The response we got last year was overwhelming that we knew we wanted to open our doors and invite the community back in for an encore performance of this amazing experience,” Pastor John Peterson stated. “We look forward to welcoming the community to our church for this most joyous event. We hope families will use this as an opportunity to be reminded of the true meaning of the season.” The church is located at 20962 Ashburn Road. Parking is available in the church parking lot. The event is free.

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Visitors to last year’s Ashburn Presbyterian Church presentation of “One Starry Night” make bread in a shop along a Bethlehem street.


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Santa Plans Dinner in Round Hill The Town of Round Hill’s tree lighting ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, followed by dinner with Santa at the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Residents are invited to come to the Loudoun Street Park to e n j o y cookies and hot cocoa from Savoir Fare while Woodgrove High School choir performs traditional carols. Collection boxes will be available for donations to Loudoun Hunger Relief and Toys for Tots. Santa will arrive at dusk, escorted by members of the RHVFD to help light the town’s Christmas tree. Then, everyone is invited to cross the street for a free lasagna dinner at the fire department, where Santa will be on hand to greet everyone and have photographs taken. Donations are welcome.

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The Town of Hillsboro invites area residents to join in two full weekends of holiday festivities at the Old Stone School. Events will kick off Sunday, Dec. 4, with the traditional greens workshop followed by a potluck and tree lighting ceremony, co-hosted with the town. Residents are asked to bring food to share before the lighting of the town tree at the school, where singers from Hillsboro Charter Academy will perform holiday favorites. The greens workshop, from noon to 5 p.m., has been an essential component of the Christmas season in Hillsboro for years. Volunteers will make decorations to be used the following weekend during the Christmas in Hillsboro Historic Homes Tour—scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10. The workshop is held at the Old Stone School. There is no fee, and participants need only bring gloves and clippers. Register at oldstoneschool.org. The tour includes five historic homes within driving distance of the Old Stone School. There also will be plenty of hand-crafted items made locally for shoppers to enjoy at the annual holiday craft fair and outdoor market the weekend of Dec. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the school. “The historic homes tour and craft fair showcases the rich history and the amazing talent that surrounds us,” said Mark Ware, president of the Friends of the Old School. Volunteers and sponsors are needed to help. For details on all the Hillsboro holiday events, go to oldstoneschool.org.

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Christmas with a German Touch in Lovettsville

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The Town of Lovettsville celebrates the holidays with two events this weekend. On Friday, Dec. 2, the Town Square will host the Wintertainmentfest Extravaganza and formal Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The evening starts with a lantern-making workshop starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lovettsville Community Center. At 7:30 p.m., residents are invited to join in the Lantern Parade down Broad Way to the Town Square, where the tree-lighting ceremony is planned at 7:45 p.m. The event will include short movies, a choral production by students of the Lovettsville Elementary School, Brandon’s Magical Light Show Spectacular, a reading of the “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and ending with the placement of the Giant German Pickle on the tree and a holiday sing-along. Festivities continue Saturday, Dec. 3, with the Christkindlmarkt at the Lovettsville Game Club. For the ninth year, members of the Loudoun Valley German Society offer a variety of Christmas events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Featured are crafters and vendors, visits from St. Nicholas in his full Bavarian bishop’s attire, along with Krampus, the Woodsman, and the

Christkindl angel. There will be live musical acts, authentic German/Austrian foods served by the Game Club and Cub Scout Pack 1733. Woodgrove High School students will raise funds and awareness for teen suicide prevention efforts by the Ryan Bartel Foundation. There will be a large selection of artisan sausages from the Quaker Creek Store in Goshen, NY, as well as libations and other hot food offerings. Admission is $3 for ages 13 and older, while those younger than 13 are admitted free. Admission covers both days, although donations are always welcome to help defray costs.

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The Franklin Park Arts Center has a full slate of holiday programing this month, including a one-man re-enactment of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” and offerings of seasonal music. Sunday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8 p.m. In the Coffeehouse, the performance group BITWC Imagine That! presents “One Slight Hitch” for ages 16 and older. Tickets: $8 per person. Sunday, Dec. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. In the Coffeehouse, artist Meredith Hilt leads a hands-on project in jewelry and metalwork. Tickets: $8 per person. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. Beale Street Puppets presents Snowflakes, with Jack Frost, Nicicle Icicle the Penguin, Louis Walrus and his Sardine Chorus, Jingle Belle the Ice Skater, and Jolly Holly the Snowman. Tickets: $5 per person. Thursday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. John Hardy returns to the Franklin Park stage for his with his one-man version of “A Christmas Carol,” following the tradition Charles Dickens began in 1853. Tickets: $20, reserved seating. Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. Join the Rainier Trio and Soprano Leslie Mabe for an evening of holiday favorites. Tickets: $10, reserved seating.

Nutcracker Fantasy for kids ages 2 and older. Tickets: $5 per person. Friday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m. Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv performs. Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students, and $10 children. Saturday, Dec. 31, 7-9 p.m. Ring in the New Year with a family-oriented celebration featuring entertainment by Fizzical Fairy Tales and Magic By Ryan, party favors, refreshments and simple party crafts, photo booth and more. Tickets: $10 per person, $30 per family. Call 540338-7973 to make reservations.

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The Franklin Park Arts Center is at 36441 Blueridge View Lane west of Purcellville. Follow the center’s events at franklinparkartscenter.org.

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Saturday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m. The Chorus of the Old Dominion, along with several Loudoun County high school choral groups, perform favorite holiday music and lead a singalong of traditional holiday songs. Tickets: $12. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 3 p.m. Bob Brown Puppets presents the

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Saturday, December 3rd 5:00pm - 7:00pm Schedule of Events on the Plaza, Downtown One Loudoun: 5:00 – 7:00 pm Amazing entertainment including a live ice sculpture, holiday character appearances, musical performances and kids crafts. Food tastings, warm drinks, raffles and prizes! 5:50 pm Santa Arrives by Firetruck 6:00 pm Tree Lighting 6:00 pm Photos with Santa

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