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Harrisonburg for the Holidays

This year for the holidays, many people may have to spend less. Some folks will skip the expensive trip. Others will remember those in need and will give what they can. Here at Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, we’re no exception.

Despite the proverbial corner-cutting, downtown will again fill the streets with laughter, caroling, hot cocoa and Santa Claus. “Even though things are tight, we will still give the community a great holiday kick-off just as we always have” says Kris Hensley, Special Events Manager. On Friday from 4pm to 7pm, pack up the family and head to Court Square for Holidays on Main Street.

Holidays on Court Square

Santa will take wish orders at Bank of America while Classic Carriage chauffeurs young and old around the square in their covered wagon, pulled by beloved horses, Bill and Nitro (black Percherons) and Sonny and Cher (blond Belgians). Carriage rides and hot cocoa are free to the public and additional holiday goodies will be sold by local vendors (did I hear someone say kettle corn?!). Then enjoy wandering carol singers and the No Strings Attached troupe, Harrisonburg’s improv/comedy/sketch group before the annual Holiday Parade begins at 7pm.

The holidays aren’t just for the little-ones……..”Calling all house-hounds!” Do you drool over historic homes? Do you drive a little slower to check out classic décor or catch a glimpse of an 8 foot Spruce dressed to the nines?

The semi-annual Old Town Holiday Home Tour is on Sunday, December 5th. Tickets available now for $20 each, which include tours of four Old Town homes, a tour of the Hardesty-Higgins House and refreshments from Ten Thousand Villages (Quick aside…Ten Thousand Villages happens to be moving to downtown Harrisonburg – more to come….).

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In addition to the Home Tour, you can up the ante and tack on a historic walking tour with Kay Arthur; Doorway Art: Harrisonburg’s Hidden Masterpieces, presented by Discover Downtown. You can make reservations and get walking tour details here.

So how did we make all this happen on a skinny budget? Stay tuned for a big, boasting blog entry about all of our AMAZING sponsors.

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