Christmas in Fredericksburg
"Off the Beaten Path" is unusual in the way that it is not really just
one location, but the entire Fredericksburg area, we hope you enjoy.
large Cities, Christmas in Fredericksburg is more traditional, slower,
and generally more enjoyable. Walking down Caroline Street, visitors and
residents are greeted with brilliant white lights strung between the Bradford
pear trees. The trees themselves are also wrapped in those brilliant lights.
Store fronts are also decorated in lights, wreaths and traditional Christmas
decorations. Actors and actresses
can be seen dressed in traditional Christmas attire.
Early in the month, the Fredericksburg
Jaycees hold the annual
Christmas Parade. Spotsylvania County also holds the Spotsylvania
Christmas Parade on that same day (earlier in the day, so as not to
conflict with Fredericksburg's parade). Though, over the years the crowds
have grown to staggering numbers and more and more vendors are selling
everything from balloons and horns to popcorn and cotton candy, the parade
still has a tight grasp on the traditional and small time spirit. The Fredericksburg
Christmas Parade is held during the evening hours (the Spotsylvania parade
is held in the afternoon), and has a different theme every year, but both
parades always end with Santa Claus himself.
Hope House, (a local organization that supports battered women and their
children) holds the annual Christmas Festival of Trees. This festival features
over 60 local businesses and organizations, with each donating a decorated
Christmas tree to be silently auctioned off at the festival. All the proceeds
go towards the Hope House. If you have not been to the Festival of Trees,
it is really a sight to see.
The City of Fredericksburg
holds it's annual Christmas tree lighting downtown near the courthouse.
This little known ceremony has been gaining popularity every year, is a
good time for all. This years crowd approached numbers close to 500 people.
The ceremony features Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by horse drawn carriage
and Santa talking to all the kids, young and old alike. Elves are in the
crowd passing out holiday cheer and candy canes. Local chorus' are singing
Christmas carols followed by Santa departing on Fredericksburg's own Christmas
decorated trolley, "Rebecca" driven by owner and operator of the Fredericksburg
Trolley Tours, Butch Wimmer. Santa and Mrs. Claus can be seen out and about
town in the weeks before Christmas.
As you are walking down the
streets of Olde Towne on the weekends approaching Christmas, you will
hear live concerts being given at some of the local music stores. The "concerts"
are held on the sidewalks and all are invited to stop and listen.
Every year, a group of area
residents open their doors to guests for what is called the Candlelight
tour is held by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation and has been running
for over 30 years. Tour historic homes, see civil war re-enactments and
listen to carolers as you stroll a historic neighborhood of Olde Towne.
Most of the historic places also have open houses, like Belmont
and The James Monroe Museum. Belmont opens its doors to the public to
view the lovely Christmas decorations. James Monroe Museum opens their
doors to the public and James Monroe himself is on hand to greet the guests as
they enter. Rising Sun tavern and others also have some sort of holiday
celebration that is open to the public.
calendar has many of the events listed. Christmas is a wonderful time
of the year and celebrating it in Fredericksburg makes it so much more
enjoyable. And if you're wondering where to find Santa all the time, he
can been seen at Spotsylvania Mall most days.
Kids: We hope that
you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
You can also track Santa
on Christmas with the Santa
Tracker Radar or email him your Christmas