Holiday and Christmas Activities

Get in the holiday spirit by taking part in the Town’s great festivities! Christmas time is a favorite time of year for children of all ages. As you participate in the activities, be sure to do your holiday shopping at all of our great shops, stores, and boutiques. See a list of the Town's holiday activities below, and our holiday flyer at the bottom of the page.

Hand-painted holiday ornaments will be displayed throughout the Town this holiday season. These ornaments are painted by local artists and represent various aspects of our community. They will hang on light poles in Downtown, be placed in front of businesses, and will line Main Street. Keep your eyes out for these great holiday decorations!

Holiday Activities!


Friday, December 7, 2018 - Town Tree Lighting
Festivities kick off at 6:30 pm, with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at Town Hall. This low-key event is fun for the family to drink cocoa and watch the Norway Spruce tree light up the Town. Enjoy a performance by local groups!

Friday, December 14, 2018 – Holiday Lights Trolley Tours
Take a free ride on a trolley to view the holiday decorations and lights throughout Town. Approximately 45 minutes long, the Trolley Tour is a great way to see the best lights in Purcellville! While you wait or when you return, warm your hands by the fire pit and enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores. The tours start at 6:00 p.m. at Purcellville Town Hall. Tickets are free and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis with tickets for each tour available the hour before it starts. For example, tickets for the 6 p.m. tour will be available at 5 p.m. until they are gone; tickets for the 7 p.m. tour will be available at 6 p.m. until they are gone, etc. Tickets cannot be reserved in advance.The Holiday Lights Trolley Tours are hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Holiday Lights contest is hosted by Discover Purcellville. 

DSC_0085Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Christmas Parade and Other Festivities

  • Open House at Town Hall - From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., come get your face painted, participate in crafts, and – best of all – see the HUGE Lego city on display in the Council Chambers. It’s a great event with fun for all. 
  • Ornament Decorating at the Purcellville Train Station -  From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host the annual ornament decorating workshop. Ornament decorating activities are available at the Train Station beginning at 10 a.m. 
  • Christmas Parade - Starting at noon, the Town of Purcellville’s annual Christmas parade is a wonderful event that highlights local organizations, clubs, teams, and businesses – with a special appearance by Old Saint Nick himself! It’s a treat for everyone. 
  • Pictures with Santa at the Purcellville Train Station - From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come take your picture with Santa! Make sure to bring your own camera.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 – Holiday Lights Trolley Tours
Here's another chance to go on the trolley tours! Take a free ride on a trolley to view the holiday decorations and lights throughout Town. Approximately 45 minutes long, the Trolley Tour is a great way to see the best lights in Purcellville! The tours start at 5:00 p.m. at Purcellville Town Hall. Tickets are free and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis with tickets for each tour available the hour before it starts. For example, tickets for the 6 p.m. tour will be available at 5 p.m. until they are gone; tickets for the 7 p.m. tour will be available at 6 p.m. until they are gone, etc. Tickets cannot be reserved in advance.The Holiday Lights Trolley Tours are hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Holiday Lights contest is hosted by Discover Purcellville. While you wait, enjoy caroling by the Loudoun Valley High School A Cappella Group! See photos and download the map of the tours to go on your own!

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - Santa's Ride Through Town
From 6 to 9 p.m., watch for Santa who will be riding a fire truck around the Town of Purcellville! 

Thank you for the generosity of these local businesses and organizations for sponsoring the 2017 Christmas in Purcellville:

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