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Shepherdstown Christmas Celebration Schedule Released

The Shepherdstown Visitors Center has released a detailed schedule of the town’s 2017 Christmas celebration, which will begin November 24, the day after Thanksgiving, and run through December 23. The November 24 events will include a evening bonfire, the lighting of the town tree, the arrival of Santa, and children’s visits with Santa. After that, there will be many different events every weekend and some weekdays. Most events will be free. Every weekend will include children’s activities; holiday marketplaces selling handmade crafts, baked goods, and greens; and special musical performances. Many shops will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays. The town will hold its annual Christmas parade at 10:00 am Saturday, December 2. There will be free parking in all the town’s metered spaces on Friday, November 24 and every weekday from the 18th of December through January 6. There is always free parking at Shepherdstown’s metered spaces on weekends. Free weekend parking is also available in the Shepherd University parking lot at High and Princess streets, one block from downtown. Events and activities will continue to be added. For an up-to-date listing of all events keep checking the calendar on the Shepherdstown Visitors Center website at http://www.shepherdstown.info. Or contact the Center at 304-876-2786 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2017 Christmas in Shepherdstown Schedule All events are free except for those marked with an asterisk (*), which is used where an entry fee/ticket is required

FIRST WEEKEND

Friday, November 24

4:00-8:00 p.m. Chili & Cornbread Supper*. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Community Club Building, German Street (proceeds benefit Kiwanis program for children).

4:30-9:00 p.m. Annual Christmas Kick-Off Bonfire. King and German Streets. Sponsored by the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department.

5:30 p.m. Grinch arrives with Mrs. Santa and the Whoville residents. King and German Streets.

6:00 p.m. Mrs. Santa reads “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” McMurran Hall lawn, German Street.

6:15 p.m. Lighting of Town Tree. McMurran Hall lawn.

6:30 p.m. Santa arrives. Santa and his elves entertain children inside McMurran Hall until about 9:00 p.m. Parents, bring your camera.

Saturday, November 25

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Second Annual Handmade Christmas in Shepherdstown. 19 local artists, with 100% handmade gifts including pottery, jewelry, soaps, lotions, candles, and holiday wreaths. Door prizes, as well. Town Run Taproom, Washington Street.

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building, German Street.

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Entler Hotel, German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. “Unity in Our Community” Children’s Extravaganza. Santa, face painting, a magic show, hot chocolate and cookies, Santa Claus. Community Club Building, German Street.

5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 p.m. Live Nativity on the lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church. Corner of German and Church streets.

Sunday, November 26

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. King Street behind the Library.

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building. German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Classic Holiday Films*: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” begins at 1:00; “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” at 3:00. Shepherdstown Opera House, German Street. Admission is pay what you can.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Entler Hotel, German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

2:00-3:30 p.m. Annual Christmas Concert. O’Hurley’s General Store, Washington Street.

Thursday, November 30

6:00-7:30 p.m. Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown programming starts with a concert and discussion. The concert will feature the Village Brass Quintet playing 19th Century music of the Civil War and of the season. This will be followed by a 7:00 p.m. discussion, “Civil War and the Environment,” by John Martin McMillan and Dr. James Broomall. Reynolds Hall, King Street.

SECOND WEEKEND

Friday, December 1

3:00-6:30 p.m. Civil War Christmas event: Establishment of winter encampment. Speak to soldiers, watch them set up their camp, drill, fire their weapons, and prepare to make their evening meal. In the yard behind the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, German Street.

4:30-8:00 p.m. Annual Christmas Dinner*. Shepherd University Dining Hall, East Campus.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Civil War Christmas event: Program at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, Washington Street. Stephen A. Goldman, MD, FAPM, DFAPA, will present a program entitled “How Innovation and Dedication Improved Transportation, Medical and Surgical Care, and Hospital Treatment of the Union Wounded.”

7:30-9:00 p.m. Civil War Christmas event: Candlelight Tour of Shepherdstown Field Hospitals and Military Encampment. Meet outside the Presbyterian Church.

7:00-11:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Rotary Club Charity Gala* at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall, Route 45. Raises money for various charities. Tickets required. For info, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Saturday, December 2

9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. Civil War Christmas event: Military encampment and Tours of the Civil War Center. George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, German Street.

10:00-11:00 a.m. Annual Christmas Parade. German Street.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Annual Cookie Walk and Holiday Market. Trinity Episcopal Church, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building. German Street.

11:00 a.m. Shepherdstown Middle School Band Concert right after the parade in front of Town Hall.

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Santa will be in residence today from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. German Street. Entler Hotel, German Street.

12:00 noon. Civil War Christmas event: Living History; Arrest & Trial of Confederate Soldier and Collaborators. George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, German Street.

12:00 noon, 1:00, 5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 p.m. Live Nativity on the lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church.

12:00 p.m. Annual Star Wars Party to benefit Toys for Tots. Sponsored by the Shepherdstown Opera House. Will feature games, impersonators & classic Star Wars movie. Bring a wrapped-gift donation to gain admission. Shepherdstown Opera House, German Street

12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

12:00-2:00 p.m. Christmas Tea with Miss Manners*. For children ages 6 and up. A proper tea; learn Colonial dancing & stitching. Bring your favorite doll. Black Box Arts Center, Princess Street. ($25 per person/$45 for two)

12:30-2:00 p.m. Sea Raven on the Celtic Harp. On the Wings of Dreams store, West German Street.

1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Civil War Christmas event: Tours of the military encampment and cooking and firing demonstrations, in the yard behind the building. George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, German Street.

2:00-2:30 p.m. Civil War Christmas event: Fashion Show and Civilian Discussion. George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, German Street.

8:00-9:30 p.m. Shepherd University Masterworks Chorale Concert*. Under the direction of Dr. Rachel Carlson, the Chorale will perform Mendelssohn Psalm 42, or “Wie der Hirsch schreit nach, Op. 42,” and the Fauré Requiem. Frank Center, West Campus (General admission, $15; Shepherd faculty, staff, alumni, senior citizens, and ages 18 and under, $10; Shepherd students free)

Sunday, December 3

7:00-11:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Shepherdstown Centennial Lions Club is sponsoring this event to benefit the Shepherdstown Elementary School. Blue Moon Café, Princess Street. (Adults &13; and older, $8; Children 4-12, $5; Children 3 and under free)

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. King Street behind the Library.

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building. German Street.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Community Christmas Dinner with Santa. Provided by members of the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department. Fire Hall, Route 45. (Free but donations appreciated)

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Santa’s Workshop*. For Ages 5 and up. Allows children to shop for their parents, siblings & friends guided by Santa’s elves. Black Box Arts Center, Princess Street ($30 fee include four gifts)

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Entler Hotel, German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

1:00-5:00 p.m. Classic Holiday Films*: “Frosty the Snowman” begins at 1:00 p.m. and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 3:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Opera House, German Street. Admission is pay what you can.

2:00-3:00 p.m. Christmas Sing-a-Long. All voices welcome at this Shepherdstown tradition. O’Hurley’s General Store, Washington Street.

2:00-5:00 p.m. Rustic Tree Workshop*. Create your own tree. $35 fee includes a 36- to 42-inch tree and all materials. Town Run Tap House, Washington Street.

Wednesday, December 6

6:00-10:00 p.m. Classic Film Wednesday. “It’s a Wonderful Life” begins at 6:00; “White Christmas” at 8:00. Shepherdstown Opera House, German Street. Admission is pay what you can.

THIRD WEEKEND Saturday, December 9

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building. German Street.

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Santa will be in residence today from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. German Street. Entler Hotel, German Street.

12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. Christmas Tea with Miss Manners*. For children ages 6 and up. A proper tea; learn Colonial dancing & stitching. Bring your favorite doll. Black Box Arts Center, Princess Street. ($25 per person/$45 for two)

2:00-8:00 p.m. Herbal Holiday Fair. Dried herbs, herbal products, jewelry, henna painting, live music, seated massage. Free clothing and book giveaway (if you have some to give away, bring them). Any remaining items will be donated to Shenandoah Women’s Shelter. Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary, 1799 Persimmon Lane.

7:30-9:00 p.m. Shepherd University Annual Holiday Gala: Tidings of Joy*. Traditional holiday music. Frank Center, West Campus ($15 general/$10 seniors, faculty & children)

Sunday, December 10

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. King Street behind the Library.

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building. German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Santa will be in residence today from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. German Street. Entler Hotel, German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

2:00-3:00 p.m. Caroling on the Streets. Led by Rie Wilson, singers will gather in front of the Library on German Street and then go caroling through the streets of the town. All voices welcome.

3:00-4:30 p.m. Shepherd University Annual Holiday Gala: Tidings of Joy*. This matinee performance includes traditional holiday music plus a visit by Santa and a petting zoo. Frank Center, West Campus ($15 general/$10 seniors, faculty & children)

Wednesday, December 13

6:00-10:00 p.m. Classic Film Wednesday. “A Serious Man” begins at 6:00; “The Hebrew Hammer” at 8:00. Shepherdstown Opera House, German Street. Admission is pay what you can.

Thursday, December 14

6:30-8:30 p.m. Performance & Prix Fixe*. A reading of David Sedaris’s “Santaland Diaries” with dinner. Bistro 112 Restaurant, German Street. ($45; reservations required)

FOURTH WEEKEND

Saturday, December 16

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building. German Street.

11:00 a.m.-4:00p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street ($5 adult/$3 child)

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Entler Hotel, German Street.

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Tuba Christmas Concert. McMurran Hall, German Street.

2:00-4:00 p.m. Nutcracker Ballet*, performed by The Shepherdstown School of Dance. Frank Center for the Performing Arts.

3:00 p.m. Dramatic Reading of “A Christmas Carol” with Tea*. Join the Players from the Black Box Arts Center for a reading of this classic work, and enjoy an English Tea. Devonshire Arms Café, Princess Street.

7:00-9:00 p.m. Nutcracker Ballet*, performed by The Shepherdstown School of Dance. Frank Center for the Performing Arts.

Sunday, December 17

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. King Street behind the Library.

10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace. Wreaths and greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography and more. Entler Hotel, German Street.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ho Ho Holiday Handmade Market. Local artists and artisans offer their wares. Community Club Building. German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Entler Hotel, German Street.

1:00-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

2:00 p.m. Nutcracker Ballet*, performed by The Shepherdstown School of Dance. Frank Center for the Performing Arts.

7:00-8:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling with Terry Tucker. Singers will gather at the Devonshire Arms Café on Princess Street and then go caroling through the streets of the town. All voices are welcome, and songbooks will be available. After about an hour of caroling the group will return to the Devonshire Arms where mulled wine, cider, and special Christmas tarts await. Costumes optional.

Wednesday, December 20

6:00-10:00 p.m. Classic Film Wednesday’s Comedy Christmas. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” begins at 6:00; “Bad Santa” at 8:00. Shepherdstown Opera House, German Street. Admission is pay what you can.

Thursday, December 21

7:30 p.m. Holiday Play-Along with the Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra. Bring your own instrument and play along! Or come and sing. All are welcome to make music together. Town Run Tap House, Washington Street.

FIFTH WEEKEND

Saturday, December 23

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. History Carriage Rides*. Learn the history of the area on a 20-minute horse drawn carriage tour of town. Leaves from King Street. ($5 adult/$3 child)

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Decorated for the season with old fashioned toys and an animated Santa and sleigh. Entler Hotel, German Street.