Preparations Laid for Middleburg’s Holiday Kick-off

The town’s popular day-long Christmas in Middleburg event will be held Saturday, Dec. 3.

There will be two parades and plenty of Santa sighting along with holiday dining, shopping, hayrides, musical performances, a craft show and food and wine tastings all around town.

The procession of the Middleburg Hunt and hounds on Washington Street begin at 11 a.m. Master of Foxhounds Jeff Lou has told organizer Jim Herbert that many people from across the country write to tell hunt members it’s the most spectacular thing they’ve ever seen. The community Christmas parade begins at 2 p.m. and will include a variety of floats, musical groups, classic cars and hundreds of animals—a mix of horses, ponies, alpacas, llamas and canines.

Organizers plan some changes this year to better control the crowds and make the flow more efficient. First, there will be more parking at three locations: Mosby Spring Farm on the west side of town, Salamander Resort, and Mickie Gordon Park east of town. A shuttle service will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parking fee has been raised to $20 per car to help organizers offset the cost of public safety measures.

To better protect parade spectators along Washington Street, bike racks will be placed along the sidewalk to creates safety barriers.

For a full listing of activities and times, go to christmasinmiddleburg.org.

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