Twelve Great Christmas Events in/near Harrisonburg, VA

Happy little girl at Christmas Tree Farm in Harrisonburg, VA

December is here and with it comes all the amazing Christmas events in Harrisonburg, VA and the surrounding towns!!  What a joy to share with my children the birth of Jesus and to celebrate Him coming into this world to save the lost by experiencing these local activities and events.  Hands down, our very favorite activity is to do a walk-thru Bethlehem experience!  I am always so thankful for local churches and schools that bring to life the nativity and allow children to see and experience firsthand, what Christmas is about.  Below are some amazing Christmas activities near Harrisonburg, VA for your family to enjoy, from live nativities to candy cane hunts and Christmas movie showings!  I hope that your family is able to set aside some time this holiday season to enjoy a few of these together.

Family at Christmas Tree Farm in Harrisonburg, VA

Live Nativity or Journey to Bethlehem Experiences:

Friday and Saturday December 10th & 11th – “Journey to Bethlehem”

  • Information: Take a guided tour through six Biblical scenes including the angels’ announcement of Jesus’ birth and the nativity hosted by Cornerstone Christian School
  • Address: 197 Cornerstone Ln, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Dates and Times: Friday, Dec 10 at 6:30 and 7:45, Saturday Dec 11 at 6:30 and 7:45pm
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Saturday and Sunday December 11th & 12th – “Outdoor Walk Thru Live Nativity”

  • Information: A walk-through live nativity event where you can experience first-century Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born hosted by Weavers Mennonite Church
  • Address: 2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg VA
  • Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday December 11-12 from 5:30pm-7pm
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Saturday and Sunday December 11th & 12th –  “Journey to Jesus – A Walk Thru Bethlehem”

  • Information: Join us as we Journey to Jesus by walking through Bethlehem. A guided tour will be narrated by speakers including blacksmiths, carpenters, basket weavers, story telling, live animals and a live manger.  Hosted by Faith Community Church.
  • Directions: From I-81, take the Weyers Cave exit and head toward Weyers Cave.  Turn left onto Keezletown Road and go 1.7 miles.  Turn right into the driveway right before the bridge.  If you cross the bridge, you’ve gone too far.
  • Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday December 11-12 from 7pm-9pm
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Sunday, December 12th – “Journey to Bethlehem Christmas Drive-Thru”

  • Information: Free drive-through live nativity hosted by Harrisonburg Mennonite Church
  • Address: 1552 S High St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
  • Date and Time: December 12th from 5:30-6:30pm
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Saturday, December 18th – “Live Nativity”

  • Information: Outdoor walk-through live nativity with animals hosted by Sangerville Church of the Brethren
  • Address: 26 Vance Road, Bridgewater, VA
  • Date and Time: December 18th from 6-8pm

 

Tuesday – Thursday, December 21, 22, 23 – “Live Nativity”

  • Information: Come view a live nativity including camels hosted by Mill Creek Church of the Brethren
  • Address: Michael’s family barn: 8218 Port Republic Rd, Port Republic, VA 24471
  • Date and Time: December 21, 22, 23 from 7-9pm
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Other Christmas Events in/near Harrisonburg, VA

Friday-Sunday, December 10th, 11th, & 12th – The Nutcracker comes to Elkton

  • Information: Come out to watch the Nutcracker Ballet performed by Expressive Dance Studio.  Adult tickets are $5 and children are free.
  • Address: Elkton Elementary School – 300 B Street, Elkton, VA
  • Date and Time: Friday, Dec 10th at 7pm, Saturday, Dec 11th at 2pm and 4pm, Sunday, Dec 12th at 2pm
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Saturday, December 11th  – Harrisonburg City’s “Winter Wonderfest”

  • Information: Tons of events throughout the day including carriage rides, meeting Santa, shopping, caroling, gingerbread house contests and more!  Be sure to go to the website to register for certain events.
  • Address: Downtown Harrisonburg
  • Date and Time: December 11th from 11am-8pm
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Saturday, December 11th – A Heritage Christmas

  • Information: The Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center invites you to enjoy a candlelight tour, listen to storytelling, crafts, live music and horse-drawn wagon rides.  Adults are $10, students $5 and children 5 and under are free.
  • Address: Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center – 1921 Heritage Center Way, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Date and Time: Saturday, Dec 11 from 4-7pm
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Saturday, December 11th – New Market Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

  • Information: The is a free event but you do need to register to attend so be sure to go to the link below.  Candy canes and other goodies are hidden around the New Market Community Park.  Children will be allowed to start the hunt at different times based on their ages.
  • Address: New Market Community Park – 9670 Cadet Road New Market, VA 22844
  • Date and Time: Saturday, Dec 11th between 6:30-7:30 depending on the child’s age.
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Saturday – Sunday, December 11th and 12th – Movie: Dr Seuss’ The Grinch

  • Information:  Watch this movie at the Sipe Center in Bridgewater.  Wear your favorite Christmas sweater to get free popcorn!  Tickets are $5.
  • Address: Sipe Center – 100 North Main Street Bridgewater, VA
  • Date and Time: Dec 11th – shows at 4pm and 7pm, Dec 12th – shows at 2pm and 5:30pm
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Sunday, December 12th – Broadway Christmas Parade and Visit with Santa

  • Information:  The parade route begins at W Lee Street in Broadway and continues to Main Street, to Broadway Avenue, and ends at the Fire Department.  Afterward, visit Santa and have refreshments at the Fire Department
  • Address: 117 N Central St, Broadway, VA
  • Date and Time:  Sunday, Dec 12th at 2pm
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Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, December 16, 17 and 19 – Movie: Elf

  • Information: Watch this movie at the Sipe Center in Bridgewater.  Wear your favorite Christmas sweater to get free popcorn!  Tickets are $5.
  • Address: Sipe Center – 100 North Main Street Bridgewater, VA
  • Date and Time: Dec 16th – show at 6:30pm, Dec 17th – shows at 4pm and 7pm, Dec 19th – shows 2pm and 5:30pm
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Saturday, December 18th – Holiday in Edgeville & Holliday Market

  • Information:  All sorts of fun holiday-themed activities inside Horizons Edge Sports Complex including snacks, games, crafts, snowball fights, climbing, etc!
  • Address: Horizons Edge Sports Campus
  • Date and Time: Saturday Dec 18 from 9am-1pm
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Saturday, December 18th – Christmas Village at the Fair

  • Information: Visit the Rockingham County Fairgrounds to experience a walk-thru Christmas village filled with lights, vendors, cookie decorating, s’mores, live music, pony and wagon rides and even catch a glimpse of Farmer Santa!   This is a paid event so be sure to get your tickets online to save a few dollars.
  • Address: Rockingham County Fairgrounds – 4808 S. Valley Pike Harrisonburg, VA
  • Date and Time: Saturday Dec 18 from 4-8pm
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Saturday and Sunday, December 18th and 19th – The Nutcracker Ballet

  • Information: Enjoy the special treat of watching the Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Rockingham Ballet Theatre.  Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time using the link below.
  • Address: Cole Hall, Bridgewater College – 402 E College St, Bridgewater, VA
  • Date and Time: Saturday Dec 18th at 7:30pm and Sunday Dec 19th at 3pm
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Thursday, December 23 – Movie: Polar Express

  • Information: Watch this movie at the Sipe Center in Bridgewater.  Wear your favorite Christmas sweater to get free popcorn!  Tickets are $5.
  • Address: Sipe Center – 100 North Main Street Bridgewater, VA
  • Date and Time: Dec 23rd – shows at 1:30pm, 4pm and 7pm
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Please let me know which of these Christmas events near Harrisonburg, VA was your favorite and if there are others that need to be added to the list!  Merry Christmas!

Christmas events and activities in Harrisonburg, VA

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