Celebrating in Shepherdstown

It’s a big weekend for celebrating Christmas in West Virginia’s oldest town.

Besides the Christmas in Shepherdstown parade through downtown that is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, other special holiday events this weekend include a model train exhibit at the Shepherdstown Train Station and free carriage rides from Town Hall. The charming “Little House” on Princess Street also will be open for tours.

There’s also a chance to see a unique nativity collection during New Street United Methodist Church’s open house, happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Church leaders will serve cookies and hot drinks inside New Street, located at the corner of Church and New streets in Shepherdstown.

Shepherdstown is shown covered in snow in December 2009.

For those who prefer seeing a live nativity, members of Trinity Episcopal Church will again stage their solemn nativity in front of the church at the corner of German and Church streets. The nativity may be seen Saturday at noon, 1 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

New to the Shepherdstown Christmas celebration this year is a holiday tea party for “ladies, girls and their dolls” happening from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the D’Accord Boutique and Shaharazade’s Tea Room, the tea party in the War Memorial Building will be led by Judy Larkin.

Also known as “The Tea Lady,” Larkin will lecture on the tea party tradition. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They’re for sale now at the D’Accord Boutique, Bistro 112, Dickinson & Wait, and Now & Then Shop.

Many visitors look forward to the annual Christmas Bazaar, put on by the Shepherdstown Community Club at the War Memorial Building at 102 E. German St. Local vendors will be set up to sell art, jewelry, knitted items, crafts, gourmet foods, holiday greenery and other gift possibilities.

At storefronts through town, retailers will be serving “sips and sweets” and offering special deals to shoppers. “The shopping is great because of the stores and extra craft vendors,” said Charity Beth Long, who lives in Charles Town. “I really like the free carriage rides, too.”

Shepherdstown resident Hannah Geffert says her favorite aspect of the celebration is seeing the town all decked out for the season. “The lights outlining the buildings, which makes Shepherdstown look like a miniature village – which it is,” she said.

For a full schedule of events and other details on this weekend’s special happenings, go to Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

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