Upcoming 12-01-22

CASA wreaths

Northern Neck CASA’s wreaths are ready to be delivered. Pick up wreaths at the distribution location originally indicated upon ordering. Those with related questions may call 462-0881.

In Kilmarnock, distribution will be at Chesapeake Commons from 4-6 p.m. December 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. December 2 and 3. In Burgess, distribution will be at Primus Bank from 10 a.m.-noon December 3. In Warsaw, distribution will be at Warsaw Town Park from noon-2 p.m. December 3.


Illuminate Irvington, a holiday celebration featuring a tree lighting, caroling, a visit by Santa Claus, children’s activities, shopping, a gift raffle and a decorated golf cart parade will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a visit from Santa Claus by Irvington United Methodist Church, 26 King Carter Drive, Irvington. A tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m., followed by caroling and a decorated golf cart parade from the church up King Carter Drive to the Tides Inn and back. An after-party follows at CAMP, 170 White Fences Drive, Irvington where a raffle winner will be announced.

Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village, a Christmas-themed mini-North Pole, will be held Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, at Town Centre Park, 150 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Children will travel to eight different tents representing the North Pole and learn how toys are made and tested for the big day.

The fee is $12 per child younger than age 10 and $18 per person for everyone else. Tickets are only available at Kilmarnockva.ticketleap.com.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland will be celebrated Friday, December 2, at the Village Green on Rappahannock Drive in White Stone. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a tree lighting and Santa’s arrival by fire truck at approximately 6:30 p.m.

There also will be children’s crafts, a caricature artist, a puppet and magic show, hot chocolate, hot dogs, cookies and holiday music.

Tree lighting

A tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at the Old Courthouse, 72 Monument Place, Heathsville. The public is invited to enjoy caroling, special holiday readings and refreshments.

At 5 p.m., homes and businesses in the village of Heathsville will be lighting holiday luminaries along Northumberland Highway, giving the town a special holiday glow for the evening.

Oysters & Oldies

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold its 15th annual Oysters & Oldies Christmas Oyster Roast from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at Roanoke Farm, 6108 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville. Tickets, $40 each, are available at ststephensheathsville.org/oyster-roast or at St. Stephen’s Thrift Shop in Heathsville.

The menu will include roasted or raw oysters, chili, hot dogs, homemade brownies and cookies, and soft drinks. Wine, craft beers, seltzer and ciders also will be available.

Lighted parade

The Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. December 9. The theme will be “A Community Strong Christmas.”

Christmas Town

Christmas Town will be held from 5-10 p.m. December 9 along Main Street in Warsaw. This free event will feature ice skating, horse and carriage rides, a concert, two movies and more than 80 vendors.

Christmas Bazaar

Mathews Historical Museum recently announced it will open its doors to Christmas shoppers December 9, prior to Santa’s arrival on Main Street December 10. 

The two-day Christmas Bazaar will showcase area artisans who will display jewelry, baked goods and holiday greens.

Christmas event

Ma Margaret’s House Bed & Breakfast, 249 Greenfield Road, Reedville, will host a Community Christmas Event from 4-7 p.m. December 10.

The event will feature Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, games, hayrides, music, family fun and the lighting of the Christmas tree.


Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will host a Christmastide Celebration from 5-8 p.m. December 10. Stratford Hall buildings and grounds will be decorated in holiday spirit. Listen to colonial music and step into the historic kitchen for a cooking demonstration.

The fee is $20 for adults and children older than age 14; $10 for ages 6-13, and free for ages 5 and younger. Friends of Stratford members will be admitted at no charge. Purchase tickets at stratfordhall.org.

Visit Santa

Santa will visit children in Reedville on December 10. He will arrive aboard the Elva C at 10 a.m. at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum dock, 504 Main Street, Reedville. Pictures with Santa immediately to follow next door at Bethany United Methodist Church.

Chicken dinners

Chicken dinners will be available from 5-6:30 p.m. on first Mondays at American Legion Post #117, 39 School Street, Reedville.

Meals include fried chicken, mashed potatoes, choice of vegetables, salad, roll, dessert and drink. Dinners are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger, at the door.

Free pass

Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, will offer a free day for residents of Westmoreland, King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Essex counties on December 11.

Explore over 1,800 acres with access to the Great House, historic buildings, hiking trails, public beach area, gardens, Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

Lively parade

The Lively Christmas Parade is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, December 11. Those businesses and organizations with floats or other entries in the Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade on Friday, December 9, are requested to enter the Lively parade.

To sign up for the Lively parade, call The World Famous Corner Bar & Grill, 462-0110.

Writers series

The Virginia Writers Series will continue December 14 at Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster. The guest speaker will be Sharon Baldacci, author of A Sundog Moment: A Novel of Hope. The Visitor Center will open at 5 p.m. The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by time with the author.

The fee is $10 per person and includes light refreshments and parking. Good Luck Cellars will sell wine by the glass. Reservations are recommended, call 462-5030, or email belleisle@dcr.virginia.gov.


Caesar’s Chocolate: The History and Legacy of one of Virginia’s Earliest Chocolate Makers, will be presented at 7 p.m. December 15 by Zoom. Register at stratfordhall.org.

On Stage

The Rappahannock Foundation On Stage series at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock, continues with Jose Feliciano, December 15. 

Single tickets are $73 each. Purchase single tickets at www.rappahannockfoundation.org.

Open house

The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. December 18 at the William Walker House on the RFM Campus, 504 Main Street, Reedville.

The oldest house still standing in Reedville will be decorated for the holiday season. Come see 19th century holiday traditions and enjoy some light refreshments.