Holiday Happenings – 2019

Did you know Lexington, VA has been named the #1 Most Enchanting Place in Virginia for the Holidays?

The holiday festivities in Lexington, Virginia start Thanksgiving Day and continue throughout the month of December. Come enjoy a traditional small town Christmas in Historic Lexington, Virginia. You will be glad you did.

Two sample itineraries follow. Come for a day or a long weekend.

We look forward to welcoming you to historic downtown Lexington, the cutest small town in the Shenandoah Valley! 


Thursday November 28–Before you eat your Thanksgiving Feast, come to the Gobble Wobble Fun Run and 5K sponsored by the Lexington Jaycees. This run starts at Maury River Middle School 8:30 a.m.

Friday November 29–The 28th Annual Candlelight Processional and Tree Lighting begins at 5:30. This beloved Event is in its 27th year. You’ll begin the processional at 5:30 at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery where you will light candles and sing traditional Christmas Carols as you walk through the streets of historic downtown Lexington. The processional ends in Hopkins Green where you can watch the Christmas Tree lighting, sip on hot chocolate and have time to meet and take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Saturday Nov 30th–Enjoy Shopping Local and be sure and play Love Lex Lotto (you could win a $1,000 shopping Spree) as you wander and browse in more than 40 unique shops, and grab lunch or coffee at any of over 20 local restaurants and cafes

When you spend a little time in Lexington, you can almost envision yourself in a holiday movie set in an old-fashion small town, maybe starring James Stewart, Dolly Parton or even Chevy Chase!

Sunday December 1st Enjoy Brunch at one of our many fine downtown restaurants, shop a little bit more and finish your weekend with a visit to our local winery: Rockbridge Vineyards.


December 3rd – Enjoy Christmas at the Jackson house from 5-7 p.m. and get Mrs. Jackson’s Christmas cookie recipe, deemed the “Best Cookie Recipe Ever!” Head off to the Holiday Pops Concert at Washington and Lee University at 7:00 or Enjoy W & L Dancers Perform at 7:30.

December 5th– Lexington Lotto continues all day. Or arrive in time to enjoy dinner in one of our fine downtown restaurants before you head to Washington and Lee’s Lee Chapel to enjoy a Candlelight Service: A festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 8:00 p.m.

December 6th-You will not want to miss the Annual Lexington Christmas Parade at 6:00 p.m. where you can enjoy plenty of free hot cocoa and cider as you watch Christmas Floats, Marching Bands and even Santa Claus go by. Santa will be in Hopkins Green to get Christmas Lists and take pictures with the children after the parade is over. We hope you can come-plenty of parking in city parking garage and in city parking lots.

December 7th–Come early to shop in over 40 unique shops, have lunch at any of our more than 20 downtown restaurants and play Love Lex Lotto where you could win a $1,000 shopping spree. Lotto ends December 24th.

December 7thJingle Bell Run 10:00 a.m. join us on the Nelson Street Bridge for costume contests for you and your pets, raffle prizes and so much more. After your run, warm up with some hot cocoa and head downtown for a bite to eat.

After lunch, there is plenty of shopping to do in over 40 unique shops. Be sure and pick up a lotto card and enter in a drawing to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

Perhaps take a ride to Historic Brownsburg and enjoy Christmas in the Country where you can tour beautiful homes decorated for the Holidays.

Or stay in town and visit some of the historic sites downtown Lexington.  Stop by the historic Stonewall Jackson House, Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University, the Marshall Museum at Virginia Military Institute or the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.

Downtown Lexington website.

Lexington/Rockbridge/Buena Vista website

Blog post on 10 reasons to visit Lexington this holiday.