The 20th anniversary Festival of the Trees event will be held Thursday, November 30, through Saturday, December 2, at the Northern Neck Family YMCA, 39 William B. Graham Court, Kilmarnock. The event will open with a free open house November 30 featuring holiday music, refreshments, silent auction and door prizes.
The festival will conclude December 2 with a gala and auction finale from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring local cuisine and beverages. Gala tickets are $50. For tickets to the gala, email email@example.com, or call 435-0223.
The Chesapeake Bay Garden Club will make and sell boxwood wreaths and trees Thursday, November 30, at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville. Wreaths are $25 each and additional bows are $3 each.
To order, contact Sharon Lemke at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit chesbaygc.org. Wreaths can be claimed from 1 to 3 p.m. November 30.
The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host First Friday reception and holiday party from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 1.
Browse the Holiday Shop for great gift ideas, meet some of the exhibiting artists and enjoy light refreshments. The public is welcome; admission is free.
Lunch with Santa
American Legion Auxiliary Post 86 will host Lunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Post Home, 882 Waverly Avenue, Kilmarnock. Santa will be available for photos.
There will be a gift shop available for children younger than age 12 to go shopping. The fee will be 50 cents per gift.
Bring Christmas joy to local families. Donations of new and gently-used gifts are needed by Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, 73 Monument Place, Heathsville, for their “Golden Village Christmas” event on Saturday, December 2. The Tavern offers a $1 children’s shopping area for children ages 4 to 12.
Help from the community is needed to make it happen. All donations are gratefully accepted and there is a special need for men’s and children’s gifts. Donations may be brought to the Tavern Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DIY arts & crafts night
The RAL Art Center, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, will host a Do It Yourself Arts & Crafts Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, December 2. Patrons will be given two wine glasses to paint or etch.
Instructors will be Kendra Hunt and Marilyn Sprouse. Patrons may bring a beverage of their choice. Snacks will be provided. For fees and registration, visit the center, or call 436-9309.
The Friends of the Northumberland Public Library (NPL) will sponsor an English Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 3, at Westlawn, 7232 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville.
Tickets are available at NPL, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Tickets are $40 each. The event will focus on the Christmas spirit of giving. Proceeds will benefit the Northumberland Public Library Tech Mobile.
The Northumberland County Historical Society will offer “Holiday Music with the Bell Choir from Melrose Methodist Church” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3, at the Society’s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street, Heathsville. Members and the public are welcome.
After the free performance, a selection of books and Christmas harp CDs will be offered for sale to benefit the historical society and refreshments will be served.
Callao Hometown Community Association will host an “Olde Fashion Christmas in Callao” on December 3. Activities will include a Christmas bazaar at the Callao Firehouse, 314 Northumberland Highway, Callao, and children’s activities with decorating gingerbread houses from 1 to 4 p.m. at Callao Trading Post.
Santa will welcome children from 2 to 4 p.m. and refreshments will be served. A tree lighting and living nativity program will commence at 6 p.m.
The Northern Neck Rotary Club will sell Christmas trees at 63 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, until all trees and wreaths are sold. The Rotary lot will offer Frasier firs until all trees and wreaths are sold out.
Lot hours are 2 p.m. to dark Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to dark Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to dark Sundays.
Lancaster Union Lodge #88 A.F. & A.M. will sell hot chocolate from 6 to 8 p.m. December 8, the night of the 39th annual Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade.
The Lodge will offer the “counties’ best hot chocolate,” topped with marshmallows or real whipped cream in front of the Lodge, 48 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.
Kilmarnock Christmas parade
The 39th annual Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade will step off at 7 p.m. December 8. Pre-parade activities start with music and refreshments along Main Street at 5:30 p.m. Santa will be available to children from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department firehouse, 71 School Street, Kilmarnock.
The route starts at Chesapeake Commons Shopping Center, continues along Main Street to Irvington Road and ends on School Street. There will be no parking along Main Street in Steptoe’s District after 6 p.m. Lancaster Square and Chesapeake Commons will close for both entrance and exiting at 6:45 p.m. until the parade concludes around 8 p.m.
Lively Christmas parade
Lively’s annual Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. December 10. Santa will be at the upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department for photos and special requests.
Anyone who would like to enter a float, car or farm equipment is urged to call Connor Lord at The Corner, 462-0110.
The Town of White Stone will ring in the Christmas season with the annual Winter Wonderland Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. December 9 at the Village Green on Rappahannock Drive, White Stone.
There will be caroling, food and tree lighting. Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m.
Santa to arrive aboard buyboat
Santa will arrive in historic Reedville at 9 a.m. December 9 aboard the Elva C, a historic workboat that belongs to the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, 504 Main Street, Reedville.
Children of all ages are invited to greet Santa when he arrives at the museum dock and then walk over to Bethany UMC where kids can sit on his lap and have their picture taken, enjoy stories, games and have refreshments.
Pancakes with Santa
All children are invited to have pancakes and photos with Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 9 at the Lancaster Union #88 Masonic Lodge, 48 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Donations will be accepted.
Christmas on Cockrell’s Creek, a two-day house tour sponsored by the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum will be held December 9 and 10. Homes have been decorated by homeowners and members of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club. Two of the homes have dockside service; folks can get on a boat at the RFM dock and be shuttled from house to house. Tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 on tour weekend. Tickets are available at 453-6529.
The Masonic Lodge will host an Artisans’ Christmas Bazaar with over 25 vendors. Festival Halle will be decorated for the holidays. During the weekend, the Halle will be home to a Holiday Café. Beautifully appointed “Tablescapes” will be designed by non-profits. The RFM main campus will offer tours of the Walker House, exhibit galleries, a gift shop and model train shop.
Reedville’s village Christmas tree will be illuminated at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 9. The tree is next to Tommy’s Restaurant on Main Street. Honored guests, Wendell and Ann Winter Haynie will throw the light switches.
Hot chocolate and a rousing holiday singing led by the Fairfield UMC choir will be part of this festive event.