Holiday Festivities on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Eastern Shore-VA- It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Virginia’s Eastern Shore knows how to celebrate Christmas with special deals, old-timey parades, plenty of opportunities to meet Santa, music festivals and more. The holiday season is a fantastic time to explore the Shore’s various small towns. Spend a weekend holiday shopping at unique boutiques, sipping hot coco while strolling streets covered in twinkling lights, caroling along with local chorales, visiting working artists’ studios in a self-lead tour, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through a historic town, touring festive private homes, and that’s just the beginning.
Experience the Artisans Guild Holiday Tour, a self-guided working studio and wine tasting tour for the ultimate Black Friday and Saturday experience. Held from 10am-5pm on November 29th and 30th, cruise down winding back roads to discover hidden working artisan and artist studios. Find unique gifts for the family and a little something for yourself. Pick up a brochure at any participating location, collect stamps, and be entered to win $50 or $300 in shopping credits.
Have an old-timey Christmas weekend at Cape Charles. Every Friday between Thanksgiving and Christmas from 5-8pm, historic Cape Charles will be filled with holiday cheer, spilling into the whole weekend. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around town, escape the chill outside at a free movie at the Historic Palace Theatre, meet Santa at the Santa house, enjoy holiday shopping with special savings, drink hot coco, find unique art and artisan craft for the perfect holiday gift, and more!
Taste holiday cookies and tour bed and breakfasts and private homes during the Cookie Trail on December 15. Parade by lighted Golf Cart on December 7th to show your Cape Charles Spirit.
Explore beautiful, historic Onancock throughout the month of December. Watch Santa boat into town with his kayaking reindeer leading the journey through Onancock Creek, enjoy free holiday movies at the Roseland Theatre, laugh at the North Street Playhouse showing of, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” shop for perfect holiday gifts at trendy boutiques, dine on delicious fare at the Historical Society’s Holiday Dinner, and design your own luminaria for the town’s Luminaria Lighting.
Tour five private homes at the Onancock Christmas Homes Tour on December 14th. Listen to holiday music and classic hymns at the Music Festival at Historic Cokesbury Church with beautiful acoustics, talented artists and fantastic choral groups.
Parade down charming Chincoteague streets alongside enchanting floats, bands, marching units, and more during the 2019 Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Parade. Santa has been invited to make an appearance.
Tour six beautiful homes during the Bay Creek Holiday Tour to get into the holiday spirit. Enjoy a pop-up holiday shopping event comprised of local vendors, homemade wreathes, and light, festive refreshments.
Take the journey to charming Chincoteague for an American Legion Children’s Christmas Party, tour a Christmas Tree Village at the Museum of Chincoteague Island, enjoy a showing of “Christmas Pudding,” at the Island Theatre Annex, tour 15 homes, she-sheds, shops, and more at the annual Homes for the Holidays Tour, race in the Chincoteague Police Department Annual Toy Run, and more this holiday season.