Oct. 11, 2011
-- MIDDLEBURG, Va.-- Located in the heart of Virginia horse country, Middleburg Virginia has been extolled as being one of the quaintest destinations on the east coast. The traditional Christmas festivities with the backdrop of a classic Hunt Country Village have become an essential part of the spirit of Christmas for small children, world travelers and citizens far and wide.
Christmas in Middleburg is a wonderful community event. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m., Saturday December 3 with breakfast with Santa and a silent auction at Middleburg Elementary School.
Starting at 11 a.m. the Middleburg Hunt Review takes to the streets creating a spectacular site as approximately 100 horses, riders in red coats and dozens of hounds come through the town. Through the day there are hayrides, choir performances, the Garden Club’s Christmas Flower & Greens Show and the Craft Show as well as shopping and dining in the town’s shops and restaurants. A wonderful addition to this year’s festivities is a wine crawl. The progressive wine tasting will feature Virginia wines at Middleburg Country Inn, Boxwood Tasting Room, Barrel Oak Tasting Room and Gallery, the French Hound, Julien’s, Red Fox Inn, Philip Carter Winery, and Market Salamander.
The Middleburg Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. as spectator’s line the sidewalks along Washington Street (Route 50) to watch as a unique assortment of floats, troops and bands march by. New this year, the Redskins Alumni, the Redskinettes Alumni and the Hogettes will join the parade. In keeping with the animal friendliness of the town, the parade includes horses, llamas, alpacas and dogs. Not to be missed are the antique fire trucks and of course, Santa brings up the rear riding on a beautiful horse drawn coach.
“Christmas in Middleburg is a wonderful family event,” said Parade Organizer Jim Herbert. “This year’s event will be especially exciting because the parade will feature many new additions; there will also be unique activities taking place throughout the day for visitors to enjoy.”
Getting there: Middleburg is located approximately 45 minutes from Washington, DC and is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport. To get there from metropolitan Washington, take I-66 West to Route 50 West (Exit 57B) toward Winchester. Drive approximately 25 miles to Middleburg.
For more information call the Pink Box Visitor Center at 540-687-8888 or email Organizer@ChristmasinMiddleburg.org. Visit www.ChristmasinMiddleburg.org to view an event schedule, list of activities, shop specials, and more.