Holidays on Main Street returns this year, for the first time taking place on the same day as the annual Holiday Parade. On Friday, December 4, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance invites the community to Court Square beginning at 4:00pm for live music, carriage rides, hot cocoa, The Grinch and more. Visit Santa and Mrs. Clause at their house in front of Massanutten Regional Library, visit downtown shops, drop off your food donations for the food drive and participate in the Window Wonderland Giveaway contest!
This year, all aspects of this event will be free, thanks to a complete title sponsorship by Walmart Logistics. “We were so excited to have a title sponsor this year and Walmart Logistics made it their mission to support a completely free event for the community. In addition to the financial support, over 45 Walmart employees who will donate their personal time to volunteer at the event” says Kris Ludwig, Special Events Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.
Following the festivities, the annual Holiday Parade, organized by Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation, will begin at 7:00pm from the Municipal Building and will travel north on Main Street. The celebration will continue after the parade on Court Square for holiday music from the JMU Marching Royal Dukes and a tree-lighting by Mayor Kai Degner.
The full event schedule is below. For additional details, call 540.432.8922 or visit www.downtownharrisonburg.org.
Schedule at a Glance:
4pm to 7pm
Carriage Rides around Court Square
Santa’s House with Santa and Mrs. Clause at the Massanutten Regional Library
Berry’s Lawn Service & the Salvation Army food drive in the Bank of America parking lot
Participate in the Window Wonderland Giveaway contest
Visit downtown merchants open late for holiday shoppers
4:15 Low Key A’Capella from JMU
5:00 Bluestones A’Capella from JMU
5:20 Coloring & Poster contest winners announced
5:30 The Grinch Film, outside showing on the square, so bundle up!
6:00 The Harrisonburg Harmonizers
6:30 Spotswood’s Peak Harmony & Blazin’ Blue Chorus
Harrisonburg Holiday Parade, organized by Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation Department
Following the Parade
Mayor Kai Degner lights the downtown holiday tree
Performance on Court Square by JMU Marching Royal Dukes
Additional Events in December
December 12 – Massanutten Regional Library Holiday Event 10am to Noon
December 19 – Collins Center Holiday Event 10am to Noon