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 hot cocoa and watch the Norway Spruce tree light up the Town. Enjoy performances by local groups!

Friday, December 14, 2018 – Holiday Lights Tours
Take a free Lights Tour ride to view the holiday decorations and lights throughout Town. Approximately 45 minutes long, the Lights Tour is a great way to see the best holiday lights in Purcellville! While you wait, 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 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 Holiday Festivities

  • Holiday Festivities at the Historical Bush Tabernacle - From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., come get your face painted, participate in crafts, pictures with Santa (bring your own camera) and – best of all – see the HUGE Lego city on display! It’s a great event that will be 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.  Click here for the Christmas Parade entry application form.
  • Pictures with Santa at the Purcellville Train Station - From 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., come take your picture with Santa! Make sure to bring your own camera.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 – Holiday Lights 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! 

2018 Holiday Event Flyer


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  1. Fri, Dec 14

    Holiday Lights Tours Tours start from town hall with treats and caroling; hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
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  2. Sat, Dec 15

    EatLoco Purcellville Market EatLoco Purcellville Market offers a wide variety of goods for you and your family to enjoy.
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  3. Sat, Dec 15

    Purcellville Farmers' Market Supplies guests with fresh, healthy, and locally produced items which coincide with our community outreach and involvement efforts making it truly a market for the town.
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  1. Sat, Dec 15

    Ornament Workshop Hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
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  2. Sat, Dec 15

    Christmas Festivities at the Bush Tabernacle (relocated from Town Hall) Lego train display, face painting, live music and performances and pictures with Santa from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (bring your own camera)
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