Holiday shopping with children can be difficult. Most big retail stores offer so many choices that it’s hard for kids to decide what they want to buy.
Instead of hitting the big box stores this weekend, bring the kids along while you keep your money local by shopping small in Lynchburg.
Small Business Saturday is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. This is a day when shoppers are urged to shop small local stores instead of big retail chains to keep their money in the local community.
You can get a jump on shopping locally this weekend and find unique gifts at several holiday craft and vendor shows in the Lynchburg area. There are also several open house, theater and music events and a special running event to round out your weekend.
Moms and daughters have an opportunity to hit the stores in downtown Lynchburg Friday evening during the annual Downtown Diva Crawl from 5-8 p.m.
The event kicks off at Lynchburg Community Market at 5 p.m. The first 600 divas will receive a special discount punch card and tote bag filled with goodies.
Over 30 downtown stores and restaurants will participate by staying open late and offering special deals for shoppers.
This shop-a-thon event is a favorite for Lynchburg women. Moms and teen daughters can enjoy a bonding experience as they shop the evening away downtown.
Visit the Lynchburg Downtown Deals Facebook page to see some of the specials that will be offered and wear your comfortable shoes to the Downtown Diva Crawl.
If the downtown scene sounds a little too big for your shopping tastes, you may want to attend one of the holiday craft or vendor fairs this weekend instead.
There will be a holiday vendor show at Central Virginia Community College from 5-9 p.m. on Friday in Merritt Hall. On Saturday, come out to the Campbell County Rescue Squad for their annual Crafts and Arts Show from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Also on Saturday, visit The Shoppes at Ashwood in Forest for their Christmas Open House and HeartWarming Home Show. Open house and show hours are noon-4 p.m. at 1197 Ashwood Park Road. Turn at the Sheetz on Route 221 and Ashwood will be on your right.
One of Lynchburg’s favorite gift stores is holding their annual Holiday Open House this weekend. Accents Flags and Gifts is located at 1716 Main Street and offers the area’s largest selection of holiday decor and unique gifts.
Accents will be open late all weekend for the open house. Visit on Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
These open houses and shows give you the opportunity to support those doing business in the Lynchburg area while finding unique gifts for everyone on your list and great home decor items for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Festival of Trees will hold their last open house on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. at Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Drive. You can see some beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and give support to the Centra Cancer Patient Support Fund at the open house.
All wreaths and trees will be auctioned this weekend at the Gala and Auction on Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. Purchase tickets for the open house at the door and for the Gala and Auction at the link above.
Girls on the Run of Central Virginia will hold their Fall Celebration 5K run on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Sweet Briar College. Online registration is closed but come early on Saturday to register on site to run with the girls as they celebrate the end of their fall season.
Two plays and two music events round out the weekend in Lynchburg. E.C. Glass Theatre presents “God Lives in Glass: Reflections of God Through the Eyes of Children” on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Visit the school’s website for more information about this and other theatre productions at E.C. Glass.
Holy Cross Regional Catholic School presents “This is a Test,” a comedy about test-taking anxiety that the whole family will enjoy on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday’s performance begins at 8 p.m. with tickets available at the door. Saturday’s performance includes dinner and music by the orchestra and choir. Dinner starts at 6:45 p.m. Visit the school’s website for more information and reservations for the dinner theatre.
On Friday, Treble Tapestry will present “Defying Gravity” at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 Langhorne Road. On Sunday, The James Chamber Players will hold a concert at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3015 Roundelay Road, at 4 p.m. featuring classical music. Both of these events are free and open to the public.
It will be a busy weekend around Lynchburg as families prepare for Thanksgiving. Take a break and enjoy some family time and have a great weekend.