Downtown Leesburg will be the site of some fun, festive holiday events beginning this week.
Friday, Dec. 1, the Town Council will host the annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting ceremony on the Town Green. Beginning at 6 p.m., the ceremony includes a musical prelude and holiday message from Mayor Kelly Burk, followed by the lighting of the menorah. As the J.L. Simpson Middle School choir sings, Burk will throw the switch to light the Christmas tree. The festivities will continue under the picturesque lights of the tree with theater, dance and musical performances from local schools.
Plan to stay in downtown Leesburg following the ceremony, as the monthly First Friday activities invite visitors into downtown shops and restaurants. Over 45 downtown shops, restaurants and businesses will be open late with live music, special sales and holiday cheer. For a full listing of First Friday activities and specials, go to leesburgfirstfriday.com.
That weekend, Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, the Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show returns to Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, over 90 local and regional artisans selling handmade items including candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, leather products, table linens, and more, will exhibit. Admission and parking for the show is free.
The fun continues the following weekend, as the annual Christmas and Holiday Parade takes to King Street Saturday, Dec. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. The parade winds down King Street from Ida Lee Drive to Fairfax Street and includes Santa and his friends, community groups, and businesses, to name a few. Parade participation is open to the public including businesses, civic groups, teams, organizations and community groups. King Street will close to traffic along the parade route beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
Prior to the parade, the historic downtown will feature festive entertainment including roaming characters, strolling musicians, horse-drawn carriage rides, and photos with Santa. The popular Jingle Jam and Junior Jam concerts will also liven up the Tally Ho Theatre Dec. 9. All tickets for the shows have sold out.
Rockin’ with Rudolph and Friends returns to Ida Lee Park Recreation Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Children up to the age of 8 are invited, along with their parents, to meet Santa, Rudolph and Frosty as they rock out to holiday and other favorite tunes. Santa will also be available for picture opportunities and to hear wish lists. Pre-registration is required for the event can and be done via the town’s WebTrac system, in person at Ida Lee Recreation Center, or by calling 703-777-1368. Cost to attend is $12 for children 2 years old and over, and $8 for children under 12.
The following day, Saturday, Dec. 16, Family Fun Saturdays returns to the downtown historic district for the monthly event that encourages families with young children to patronize downtown shops and restaurants. Activities that day include live music, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more. For more information on Family Fun Saturdays, go to downtownleesburgva.com.
A full listing of all Holidays in Leesburg activities can be found at leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg.