The historic town of Shepherdstown will kick off its annual "Christmas in Shepherdstown" celebration the last weekend of November and the first weekend of December. Organizers say this year's celebration will be as festive as ever, with a wide variety of events and activities scheduled.
The celebration will begin with a series of events the evening of Friday, Nov. 23, including a bonfire, the lighting of the town tree and the arrival of Santa.
Other events during the November 23-25 weekend will include a Friday evening chili and cornbread supper and a Sunday Christmas concert at O'Hurley's General Store.
Saturday, Dec. 1 will feature Shepherdstown's annual Christmas parade and the Shepherd University Music Department's annual holiday concert and a brand new event, a Dolls' Tea Party for ladies, girls and their dolls. This event will feature the "Tea Lady," Judy Larkin, talking about the history of dolls and sharing an interactive lecture on tea parties.
Events scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2, include an afternoon version of Shepherd University Music Department's annual holiday concert and a sing-along at O'Hurley's Store.
Both weekends will also feature carriage rides; a special indoor Christmas Bazaar selling greens, crafts and baked goods; an outdoor farmer's market Sunday mornings; opportunities for children to have photos taken with Santa; stage presentations of "A Christmas Carol" and live nativity scenes at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Shops will be open late Fridays and Saturdays both weekends.
There will be free parking in all the metered spaces in town both Saturdays and Sundays and on Friday, Nov. 23.
Additional Christmas events will continue in the town through Decc. 22.
For a full listing of all events see the Christmas in Shepherdstown website at www.christmasinshepherdstown.com.