It’s a Giving Holiday for Holidays on Main Street

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance invites young and old to Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg for a “Giving” Holidays on Main Street, Saturday, December 6th.

After the Harrisonburg holiday season kicks off with the annual parade on December 5th at 7:00, HDR will then host Holidays on Main Street the next day from 4:00 to 8:00pm. For this year, Kris Ludwig of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance says that “We wanted to stick with what works, but we also wanted to bring in aspects that are meaningful for this year”. As the Special Events Manager for HDR she, along with volunteers and sponsors, has scheduled a family-friendly evening packed with live music, sweet treats, horse and carriage rides and of course, a visit from the man in red. In addition to old favorites, HDR has added some new elements to the event. They teamed up with the Salvation Army for a canned food drive and the event will also feature a “Window Wonderland Giveaway” where anyone can play for a chance to win a storefront window packed with over $1200 of gifts from downtown shops and restaurants.

Whether it’s giving to a food drive or giving gifts to a lucky shopper who supports downtown businesses, this year Holidays on Main Street will make sure that the joys of giving are shared by all. A gift will also be made to Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance in the form of a special piece of fine art to serve as the first annual downtown poster. Over the past three months, art students submitted entries during the first annual Picture Downtown poster contest. The judges have chosen a winner and on December the 6th, moments before Mayor Rodney Eagle lights the tree, the official 2009 poster will be unveiled. The posters will go on sale that evening – the perfect gift to GIVE anyone who cares for downtown.

Finally, if it is cold enough that evening, Massanutten Resort will bring SNOW to the square!

A complete schedule of Holidays on Main Street events is below. For questions or details call 540.432.8922 or go online to

All evening:

  • Salvation Army canned food drive, fill the truck!
  • Hot cocoa and tasty treats
  • Photos with Santa at Bank of America


  • Harrisonburg Re-enactor Guild Carolers


  • Dean’s Horse and Carriage Rides $1.00 or free with coloring page entry


  • Children’s Coloring Contest winners announced
  • “The Grinch who stole Christmas” outdoor film, introduced by the Grinch himself


  • Spectrum Teen Handbell Ensemble from Massanutten Presbyterian Church


  • 2009 Downtown Poster unveiling
  • Tree lighting with Mayor Eagle


  • Performance by local vocalist, Crystal Cupp at the Springhouse


  • Rain location: First Presbyterian Church
  • Sponsored by Alcoa and Kawneer, Merchants of Historic Downtown, Massanutten (snow)
  • Presented by HDR

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