As November comes to a close and December draws near, the holiday events will soon begin in Lynchburg and the surrounding area. Take a break from shopping and decorating and enjoy the spirit of the season.
From Holiday Traditions and Mistletoe Market at Lynchburg Community Market to Christmas open houses and college and church holiday programs, there’s a lot on the calendar.
Add in holiday programs with Lynchburg Symphony Youth Orchestra, two Christmas parades and story time with Santa and you have a recipe for holiday fun.
Here’s some of the events you won’t want to miss in our area over the next week. The calendar will fill up quickly starting this weekend and, as always during the holidays, there will be more events than time.
Holiday Traditions and the Mistletoe Market will be held on the next three Saturdays at Lynchburg Community Market. There will be free horse-drawn carriage rides from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Grinch will be on hand from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the Mistletoe Market vendors will be open for business from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Robert Hunter has been selling wreaths, mistletoe and holiday greenery at the market for four years and offers wreaths from $20-$40 and mistletoe from $2 up. Wally’s World also offers wreaths and greenery from $5-$25 and takes custom orders. This will be the fifth year for Wally’s World but they have been in the wreath business for 14 years. You will find wreaths, roping, mistletoe and holiday gifts galore at the market.
Lynchburg’s Christmas parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in downtown Lynchburg. Bedford’s Christmas parade will be held a day earlier on Saturday, Dec. 1 at noon in Centertown Bedford. Both parades will feature bands, floats and an appearance by Santa.
The Lynchburg College Choral Union will present Handel’s Messiah on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the former Thomas Road Baptist Church, 701 Thomas Road. Visit the college’s events website at the link above for ticket information.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, “Carols By Candlelight” will be held at Lynchburg College in Snidow Chapel at 7 p.m. This is a free event and no tickets are required.
Sweet Briar College Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will hold their annual Holiday Pops Concert on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. followed by Christmas Vespers at 7 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.
Randolph College Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will hold a Christmas Vespers program with carols, readings and anthems on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel. This free event is open to the public.
Thomas Road Baptist Church will present “Yes Virginia – A Christmas Letter” as its annual Christmas Spectacular at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8, 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 and 9, and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the church. For ticket information for the event, visit the church’s event website at the link above.
Lynchburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings will present “Sounds of the Season” on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at E.C. Glass High School. Visit the website link above for ticket information for this event.
Point of Honor, 112 Cabell Street, will host their Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon-4 p.m. This free event features Christmas traditions from 1815, period music, Christmas caroling, cooking demonstrations and refreshments.
Avoca Museum in Altavista will host a Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8 and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 9 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for this event.
Story Time with Santa will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. at the Historic Miller Claytor House in Riverside Park. Call (434) 528-5353 for advance tickets and more details. There is limited seating for this event.
More holiday events will fill the calendar during December including “Home for the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Academy Warehouse. Visit the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra website at the link above for advance tickets.
There will be winter concerts at Liberty University, Lynchburg College and Randolph College next week. Stay tuned for information about these these events and more to come as Christmas comes to the Lynchburg area in December.