The holiday season is here and there are many opportunities in Shenandoah County for community members and visitors to get in the spirit of the season. From driving around in search of outdoor holiday decorations to taking advantage of unique holiday shopping opportunities at a locally owned shops to attending small agritourism events, there is a plethora of festive fun for the whole family. Find out more about specific events that are taking place in and outside of our unique towns below and you just might find yourself in a cheerful mood laughing all the way!
Tis the Season to shop local, support small, and celebrate the spirit of giving! Small Business Saturday may be behind us but it continues to be hosted throughout Shenandoah County. We hope you will visit each community to support your neighbors and small businesses! Kicking off in December, you’ll see local downtown deals, 20 Days of 20% OFF at the Strasburg Visitor Center, the Frosty Frenzy Scavenger Hunt, along with our Strasburg (Stay) Home Decorating Contest! On December 15th, the scavenger hunt route will be available for this safe and festive event. We invite you to drive through the community to enjoy the magic it entails. Join us online @DiscoverStrasburg on December 5th at 6PM, along with Mayor Brandy Hawkins Boies, for the Town’s Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The best gift we can give this holiday season is keeping our friends and neighbors safe – We are all in this together. Visit www.strasburgva.com for more information.
Kick off a month-long agenda of holiday fun by tuning in to our Woodstock Enhancement Facebook live Christmas tree lighting with Mayor McCleary and his family on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 pm. Take advantage of other COVID-19 safe events including a Woodstock scavenger hunt, Deck the Halls Holiday Display Contest, and our Shop Small Sweepstakes giving you the chance to be rewarded for supporting local businesses. For a complete list of Town of Woodstock sponsored events as well as others hosted by Town organizations and businesses, please visit www.townofwoodstockva.gov/holidayhappenings
Tis the Season Celebration for New Market, brings fun, festive events for all to enjoy on December 5th. Shop downtown with our small businesses providing holiday specials and participate in our Shop Local Raffle to enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate. We will be hosting our annual Shop Local Passport game. Grab a game board and collect stamps from our participating businesses and earn a FREE Christmas ornament. Our traditional parade will come to a standstill, as it will be a Reverse Parade in the New Market Community Park as a DRIVE-THRU ONLY display, along with our NEW lighting display in the park. Please see our town website www.newmarketvirginia.com for more detailed information for all other special events happening.
Shenandoah County boasts many shopping and recreational opportunities outside of its small towns. There are local farms offering pick-up, delivery, and shipping options to keep you and your family safe and many of the roadside markets are a convenient way to fill up a local basket of cheer. From great outdoor sports adventures on hiking trails or horseback at Fort Valley Stables to Bryce Resort and everywhere in between, you’ll have the opportunity to take in wintery scenic views in the fresh mountain air. If you’re looking for locally produced spirits, look no further than Shenandoah County! Visit our wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries to enjoy the flavors of the valley and don’t forget to grab some bottles to take home for that someone on your list who enjoys a good drink. Check out our website for full listings of happenings and specials over the holidays at www.visitshenandoahcounty.com.
Shenandoah Vineyards December Wine Club shipment is quickly approaching, and what’s better than the gift of wine? Whether it’s for yourself, or a gift for a friend, joining a wine club is a great way to try new wines while supporting a local business. It’s not too late to sign up for their Wine Club to receive next week’s shipment. Sign up online or at the winery to take advantage of being a member. This includes 25% OFF your wine club wines, 20% OFF all bottles of wines, and 2 FREE flights each visit.
Cave Ridge Vineyard and Winery Wine Shop. Open 7 days a week.
Fort Valley Stables offers one hour guided tours for $40 or extend to a ninety minute tour for $50.
DeMello Vineyard and Third Hill Winery has a delicious Wine shop with chocolates and gift cards!
Give a private tasting gift this holiday season from Star in the Valley Estate Winery while enjoying views of the Valley from 1300’.
The Swover Creek Farm Brewery store offers farm crafted sausages made with beef and pork from Country Roads Farm as well as soups and other frozen dinners to go. Buy frozen for gifts or check out these holiday appetizer ideas> https://wearychef.com/13-super-sausage-appetizers-for-the-holiday-season.
The Winery at Kindred Pointe and Life is Hard Cider not only has wine and cider for purchase but gifts that will make your cheeks hurt from laughing and maybe you’re your face blush. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Love distilled spirits? Then shop this holiday season at Filibuster Distillery in Maurertown. A favorite is the dual cask bourbon with an appearance of deep Amber the smell of Red fruit and Black fruit notes of Cherry, Black Cherry, and Plum are evident with a touch of vanilla, spice and caramel and a flash of heat on the end. *Spicy notes of Tobacco and toasted oak notes linger. The finish is elegant, slightly dry, and very long.
There’s no wine that hasn’t been said to pair well with a holiday meal – from delicate Pinot Noir and soft Beaujolais to huge Lodi Zinfandel and Australian Shiraz, and from bright, aromatic Rieslings to brawny Alsatian Pinot Gris The Wine Store at Muse Vineyards has a wine for any palette. These selections make great gifts and can be delivered right to your door.
Give the gift of the Sonnenberg Wine Club from North Mountain Vineyard and Winery and grab their famous Spiced Holiday Wine based on a traditional German Gluhwien.
Route 11 Chips Holiday Tins featuring your favorite flavors including seasonal sweet potato are available with flat rate shipping!