Eight ways to celebrate the holidays in Middleburg, Va.

In spite of parade cancellation, town creates a month of special holiday experiences

Although the pandemic has forced the cancellation of the iconic Middleburg Christmas Parade, the Town of Middleburg has pulled together with a month packed with exciting activities and special holiday experiences. Here are eight ways, with many more, to celebrate in this historic town: 

Sleigh bells ring

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides from 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays: December 5, 12, and 19. Rides require advance reservations and are $20 per ride (up to 4 persons), which includes a free Middleburg ornament. To reserve, go to middleburgva.gov/holidays. Limited availability! 

Warm up with a cup of holiday cheer

Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor (6 W. Washington St.) and Market Salamander (200 W. Washington St.) will provide complimentary hot cocoa to all visitors. 

Ignite your holiday spirit

See specially lit and decorated Christmas trees throughout the business district, highlighted by the breathtaking lights on the 65-foot Christmas tree at The Pink Box (12 N. Madison St.) 

Shop boutiques and unique stores

From The Fun Shop to Crème De La Crème, The Shaggy Ram, The Christmas Sleigh and more, Middleburg has everything from clothing to gifts to antiques. The whole town has been defined as a treasure trove! Many retailers also carry specially-designed holiday items, to include those with the Town’s new logo. 

Enjoy live outdoor music

Musicians will delight and entertain at various locations along Washington Street (main street through the Town) on weekends.  

Dine at exceptional restaurants

From casual to formal, from American to ethnic, Middleburg has dining options for everyone. Enjoy a meal in one of Middleburg’s exceptional restaurants with heated tents and outdoor seating. 

Take a self-driving tour, find holiday joy

The Town is holding a decorating contest for residents. Middleburg’s residential neighborhoods feature many exquisitely decorated homes as well as lights and decorations that will delight children. 

Purchase Middleburg holiday greeting cards and Town-inspired ornaments

Take home something unique to Middleburg. From prancing horses to foxes and merchandise with the new Town logo—unique keepsakes from your visit are available. Stop by the Town Office (10 W. Marshall St.) on weekdays or The Middleburg Museum/Pink Box (12 N. Madison St.) on weekends from 11am-3pm to purchase holiday greeting cards and ornaments created by the Town of Middleburg. 

More details on all of these exciting activities – and more – can be found at the Town’s dedicated webpage: middleburgva.gov/holidays

With so many families struggling this year with homelessness and food insecurity, the Town of Middleburg is also stepping up to help. The Town is partnering with BAC Dumpsters, Trinity Episcopal Church, Safeway, and other local businesses to collect non-perishable food donations, all of which will be provided to Seven Loaves Services, a food pantry based in Middleburg. Drop-off locations will be provided throughout the Town, with a special drop-off located in the Safeway parking lot on December 12 and 13 to solicit donations. 

Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable goods to help those in need. More details are available on the holiday webpage listed above. 

In light of all going on in the world, the Town wanted to share its holiday spirit with a positive and welcoming message in its new video, “THIS is Christmas in Middleburg.” The video can be seen on the Town’s Facebook page, at the holiday webpage listed above, or on the Town’s YouTube channel

Visitors should note that the Town follows strict CDC Guidelines, Governor of Virginia operating restrictions, and local health department guidance. Face coverings are required in indoor, public places, as is appropriate physical distancing. Please remember that retailers and restaurants have limited capacity, and please respect the operating decisions of local business owners. Anyone feeling sick or who has been exposed to COVID-19 is asked to remain at home.

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