Holiday calendar

Friday

Holiday teen dance: Jefferson County Parks and Rec offers its holiday dance for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park. The dance, happening from 6:30 to 10 p.m., costs $8. (Students must bring their school IDs or have a parent sign them in. School dress codes and rules apply.) For details, call 304-728-3207.

“Scrooge”: The Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic begins at 8 p.m. at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Ticket prices range from $8 for students to $17 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

Charity gala: The Shepherdstown Rotary hosts its annual black-tie fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. All proceeds go to service organizations in the area. For details, contact club secretary Rick Caruso (304-264-7919 or info@shepherdstownrotary.org).

Saturday

Holiday vendor fair: Washington High’s Band Boosters hosts a Holiday Vendor Fair. The event, which also features a chili cookoff and silent auction, happens from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

More than 20 vendors are on the lineup, including jewelry, pottery, baskets, handcrafted items. The school’s Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $5. Questions? Contact organizer Lisa Ring (304-820-3189, 304-728-8140 or LisaRing70@gmail.com.)

Holiday Home Tour: Local garden clubs sponsor this always-anticipated holiday tour of five homes in Charles Town’s historic district as well as Charles Town Baptist Church and a former residence now in use by American Public University.

To get a ticket for the tour, visit the Christmas Marketplace at the Zion Episcopal Parish Hall at 215 E. Washington St. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The self-guided tours are available from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Tickets cost $15, with the proceeds going to local garden clubs.

(At the marketplace, vendors will sell fresh greenery, decorating supplies, handcrafted items, unique gifts and more.)

Parade: The ninth-annual Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Christmas Parade begins at 2:30 p.m. It starts at the bottom of Bolivar Heights and moves along Union Street.

Holiday Bazaar: The public is invited to the Fire Hall Gallery in downtown Charles Town for the kickoff reception of the gallery’s Holiday Bazaar. The free reception happens from 5 to 7:30 p.m. inside the Charles Town Visitors Center at 108 N. George St.

Another special planned: Art lovers headed to the Old Opera House to see “Scrooge” can get 10 percent off any purchase by showing a ticket stub. For details, go to wstreetgallery.com or call 304-724-2090.

Reindeer Roundup: Kids age 2 to 5 can listen to Christmas stories and make Christmas crafts with Jefferson County Parks and Rec workers while Mom and Dad leave to tackle shopping or other holiday tasks elsewhere. Class costs $12 plus a $5 materials fee. It happens at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park starting at 10:30 a.m. To sign up or get more details, go to jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207.

Elf PJ Party: Parents can drop off a pajama-clad child age 5 or older to enjoy basketball, movies, holiday songs, crafts plus pizza for dinner and festive treats from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park. The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. To sign up or get details, go to jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207.

“Scrooge”: The Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic starts at 8 p.m. at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Ticket prices range from $8 for students to $17 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

“The Nutcracker”: Dancers from the Shepherdstown School of Dance as well as professionals from the community bring the classic holiday ballet to life at at 7 p.m. at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. For ticket prices or other details, go to Shepherdstownschoolofdance.com or call 304-264-1832.

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 horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; a children’s storytelling hour at the Train Station at noon; plus performances by the Rolling Coyotes, the jazz band from Jefferson High and the chorus from Charles Town Middle School, all at St. Peter’s; Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus strolling along High and Potomac streets; and a living 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.

Christmas Marketplace: Zion Episcopal Parish Hall at 215 E. Washington St. in Charles Town hosts a Christmas market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fresh greenery, decorating supplies, handcrafted items, unique gifts and more will be for sale. For details, call the church at 304-725-5312.

Sunday

“Scrooge”: See a bargain matinee of the Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic starting at 2:30 p.m. at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets cost $8 for students or $15 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

“The Nutcracker”: Catch a matinee performance as dancers from the Shepherdstown School of Dance as well as professionals from the community bring the classic holiday ballet to life at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus at 2 p.m. For ticket prices and other information, go to Shepherdstownschoolofdance.com or call 304-264-1832.

Harpers Ferry Christmas: Organizers of Harpers Ferry’s free Old Tyme Christmas invite visitors to 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. Other fun will include horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; strolling singers; balloon sculptures and other kids’ activities at the Train Station; live music at St. Peter’s. Shops close at 6 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 6:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.

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