CHARLES TOWN – Parades here and in Ranson, Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, breakfast with Santa, a Christmas dinner at Shepherd University and other fun is slated for the days ahead.
A look at holiday events happening this week:
Old Tyme: Harpers Ferry kicks off its free, old-fashioned Christmas celebration with an opening reception under a tent on Shenandoah Street at 6:30 followed by the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Participants then gather outside for a yule log celebration and caroling up High Street. A tree-lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a live nativity starting at 8:15 p.m. Shops close at 9 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 9:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.
Christmas dinner: Anyone is welcome to come to Shepherd University’s Old Tyme Christmas Dinner at the school’s dining hall from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults or $4 for children 3 to 11. The menu includes prime rib, ham, roast turkey and fixings, seafood casserole, veggies, figgy pudding and more.
Breakfast with Santa: Children can come out between 7 and 11 a.m. for a full breakfast and the chance to chat with Santa and take home a commemorative photo. The fifth-annual community event is put on by volunteers from Independent Fire Hall at 200 W. Second Ave. in Ranson. The cost is by-donation, with adults asked to give $6. For details, call 304-725-2514.
Holiday concert: The Friends of Music’s Holiday Gala Concert features the Shepherd University Wind Symphony, Camerata Singers, Masterworks Chorale and others. A reception at the Cress Creek Country Club follows the 7:30 p.m. show at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on the Shepherd campus. Tickets cost $22. To reserve a seat or learn more, go to sufom.org.
Parade: The Charles Town-Ranson Christmas Parade starts at 2 p.m. and moves along Mildred and Washington streets. This year’s theme: “Christmas Dreams.”
Pet call: With the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County taking part in the Ranson-Charles Town Christmas Parade at 2 p.m., organizers are looking for more dogs and their owners to be part of a walking unit. For details, call 304-725-5972.
Harpers Ferry Christmas: Harpers Ferry’s free Old Tyme Christmas starts when shops open at 9 a.m. At the same time, a bake sale/soup sale begins at Thomas Hall in the rear of St. Peter’s Church. Other fun will include an open house at the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center at 799 Washington St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free cookies, hot cider and coffee; horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; a children’s storytelling hour at the Train Station at noon; a performance by harpist Barbara Bailey Bradley at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s; ornament making at the Train Station from 1 to 2 p.m., a Wonderment Puppet Theater show at the Train Station at 4:15 p.m.; plus school choir performances, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus strolling along High and Potomac streets and a live nativity at St. Peter’s at 6 p.m. Shops close at 9 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 9:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.
Historic program: Harpers Ferry National Historic Park offers “Prospects of Peace,” a special program on soldiers’ lives in Harpers Ferry at Christmas of 1864, in the Lower Town district. The free program may be seen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-535-6029 or go tonps.gov/hafe.
Ghosts of Christmas past: Ann Fern, author of “Charles Town, West Virginia – A Haunted History,” leads a benefit ghost tour through downtown Charles Town at 7 p.m. Half of the proceeds go to the local “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. A ticket costs $10 or $5 for those 11 and younger (although Fern notes the tour is not intended for small children). To reserve a spot or get more information, contact Charles Town Ghost Tours (304-724-6741 or Afernriver@aol.com).
Choir concert: Washington High’s chapter of the National Honor Society hosts the Jefferson County Community Choir Concert at 4 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Kipyn Martin will be the guest performer. Cost is $5 or a donation, with all proceeds going to Meals on Wheels and the Shoe and Coat Fund.
“TubaChristmas”: A holiday tradition that dates to 1974, “TubaChristmas” invites musicians who plays the tuba or instruments in its family such as the sousaphone, baritone and euphonium to gather to perform a free, public Christmas concert. The show begins at 1 p.m. at 175 High St. in downtown Harpers Ferry. (Interested musicians can sign up starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Office on Washington Street next to firehouse. For details, call coordinator Rick Reaves at 540-751-2403.)
Holiday dinner: The Shepherdstown Fire Department holds its annual free community Christmas dinner from noon to 3 p.m. at the firehouse in Shepherdstown.
Parade/5K: The annual South Berkeley Christmas Parade and 5K starts at 2 p.m. at Musselman High School off U.S. 11 in Inwood. Hundreds of runners kick off the event, with the parade beginning immediately after.
Holiday Gala Concert: Friends of Music features the Shepherd University Wind Symphony, Camerata Singers, Masterworks Chorale and others. The show starts at 3 p.m. at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on the Shepherd campus. Tickets cost $22. To reserve a seat or learn more, go to sufom.org.
Carol-a-Long: Whether you love to sing Christmas carols or prefer to listen, the Great Hall inside O’Hurley’s General Store at 205 E. Washington St. in Shepherdstown is the place to be from 2 to 3 p.m. for the free annual community Christmas Carol Sing-a-long. For details, call 304-876-6907.
Harpers Ferry Christmas: Organizers of Harpers Ferry’s free Old Tyme Christmas invite visitors start the day at one of the town’s historic churches. Worship begins at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal; 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran; and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist and Gospel Chapel Assembly of God. Shops open at 10 a.m. A bake sale/soup sale begins at 10 a.m. at Thomas Hall in the rear of St. Peter’s Church. At the church at 4 p.m., Rick Garland of O’Be Joyfull ghost tours offers a talk. Other fun will include horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; strolling singers; “TubaChristmas” at 1 p.m. at 175 High St.; a Wonderment Puppet Theater show and other kids’ activities at the Train Station; singers and a dulcimer concert at St. Peter’s; and more. Shops close at 6 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 6:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.
Historic program: Harpers Ferry National Historic Park again offers “Prospects of Peace,” a special program on soldiers’ lives in Harpers Ferry at Christmas of 1864, in the Lower Town district. The free program may be seen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-535-6029 or go to nps.gov/hafe.
Healthy holiday workshop: Kimberly Huneycutt hosts a free workshop, “Keep Calm and Have a Healthy Holiday,” at her business, Harpers Ferry Massage Therapy and Wellness Center at 1441 W. Washington St. She’ll provide recipes, handouts and snacks from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For details, call 304-535-1599.
Dec. 5 and 6
Christmas trip: The Jefferson County Council on Aging and Jefferson Capital Tours plan a bus trip to Christmas in Williamsburg, Va., Dec. 5 and 6. For questions or to register, contact Chasidy Rosa-Morales at 304-725-4045 or stop by the JCCOA at 103 W. Fifth Ave. in Ranson.