The Ultimate Checklist for an Unforgettable Virginia Holiday


Santa isn’t the only one making a list and checking it twice! Everyone has their own holiday traditions that make the season a little brighter, from hanging the stockings to baking holiday cookies with the kids. We have compiled our favorite seasonal Virginia traditions into a simple checklist that will make this year’s Yuletide one you won’t soon forget.


Click on the image below for the full list or print it out here to check off these tinsel-filled to-do’s as you complete this holiday list.




1. Enjoy a Breakfast with Santa in Virginia with the whole family

Louisa County Breakfast with SantaPictured: The Louisa County Breakfast with Santa


2. Visit one of the decorated Loveworks around Virginia and snap a picture for your holiday cards.

Mansassas Holiday LOVEworksPictured: Manassas LOVEwork decorated for the holidays


3. Attend a Grand Illumination or parade in Virginia’s favorite Christmas towns.

Christmas in MiddleburgPictured: Middleburg Christmas Parade


4. Pick up the traditional tree at a local Christmas tree farm.

Enjoy the holiday season by choosing and cutting the perfect Christmas tree at Claybrooke Farm.

Pictured: Christmas trees at Claybrooke Farm


5. Get your holiday shopping done in one of Virginia’s many amazing shopping districts.

Holiday Shopping in Old Town

Pictured: Shopping district of Old Town Alexandria


6. Learn about Virginia’s rich history during the holidays when you attend a seasonal celebration at one of Virginia’s historic destinations.

Holidays at Berkeley Plantation

Pictured: Christmas tree at Historic Berkeley Plantation


7. Take the kids to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens.

christmas town at busch gardens

Pictured: Christmas Town at Busch Gardens



8. Experience Virginia’s holiday flavors at a local restaurant.

Holidays at The Boar's Head Inn

Pictured: Holiday meal at Boar’s Head Old Mill Room Restaurant


9. See a seasonal play or show at a nearby theater.

Miracle on 34th Street. Photo courtesy of Barter Theatre.

Pictured: Miracle on 34th Street at Barter Theatre in Abingdon


10. Plan a romantic getaway at a decked-out hotel or resort.

homestead holidays

Pictured: Holiday decorations in the lobby of  the Omni Homestead


11. Break out your favorite over-the-top holiday sweater for a tacky lights tour.

Richmond Tacky Lights Tour

Pictured: Decorated home on the Richmond Tacky Lights Tour


12. Warm up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa in the Commonwealth.

Blackbird Bakery

Pictured: Hot chocolate at Blackbird Bakery in Bristol


13. Hear Virginia choirs and musical groups perform your favorite Christmas Carols.

Downtown Harrisonburg Holiday Tour

Pictured: Carolers sing on a downtown Harrisonburg Holiday Tour


14. Head west to a Virginia mountain resort for some snowy family fun.Massanutten Resort Skiing

Pictured: Wintergreen Resort


15. Pick up some sweet seasonal treats and goodies from a delicious Virginia bakery.

Red Truck Bakery

Pictured: Red Truck Bakery


16. Lace up and hit an ice skating rink with friends or family.

Ice Skating at Reston Town Center

Pictured: Reston Town Center Ice Skating Rink


17. Visit a decorated Virginia winery for some extra holiday cheer.

Gray Ghost Winery

Pictured: Gray Ghost Winery in Amissville decorates with cork reindeer


18. Order oysters, seasonal craft beers, and wines to add classic Virginia touches to your holiday meal.

craft beer with oysters virginia beachesPictured: Oysters and Craft Beer at Rappahannock Oyster Company


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