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YMCA Craft Show, Jingle Bell Run, Candlelight Home Tour and 27 More Weekend Holiday Events

Dec. 12 - 15 is a holly, jolly weekend in Fredericksburg!

the Richard Johnston Inn B & B in Fredericksburg.
the Richard Johnston Inn B & B in Fredericksburg.
All Season

Jingle Bell Carriage Rides: November 3 - January 3, 706 Caroline St., Fredericksburg.  Jingle Bell Rides are available every evening except Monday, through Jan. 3.  Reservations for the carriage rides are recommended. $100 - $120, depending on carriage purchased for the evening. 

The Village at Towne Centre Holiday in Lights:
Nov. 10 - Dec. 31, 7 - 10 p.m. at The Village at Towne Centre, 137 Spotsylvania Mall Dr., Fredericksburg.  Free shows nightly at 6:30 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30.

Splitsville Free Game and Shoe Rental: Nov. 29 - Dec. 26. Receive a free game and shoe rental with each homemade ornament brought in for the FredParent Tree at Splitsville.

White Christmas at Riverside Center:
Nov. 30 - Jan. 4 at Riverside Center, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg.  Show times and ticket prices are online. 

Mr. Grinch Carriage Rides: Each Sunday in December -- weather permitting.  Take the kids on a 15 minute ride with Mr. Grinch.  Kids receive a Christmas goody bag.

Christmas Tours of Historic Kenmore: Dec 1 - 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Experience a colonial holiday at Kenmore, 1201 Washington Ave.
Fredericksburg.  Admission is $10 adults, $5 students, under age 6, free. Closed Dec. 24 & 25. Included with admission to Kenmore.

27th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit at Ferry Farm Sunday, Dec. 8 - Monday, Dec. 30 at George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy., Fredericksburg.  The 2013 theme is "Moments in U.S. History."  The exhibit opens with judging at noon on Dec. 8.  It then is open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., except for Dec. 24, 25 and 31.  Admission to Ferry Farm plus the exhibit is $8 adults;, $4 students. Admission to the exhibit only is $4 adults, $2 students.  Children under six are free.

DEC. 12 - 15

The Holiday Health Survival Seminar:  Thursday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Great Play, 12140 Amos Lane, Fredericksburg.  Admission is $5.  Childcare is $2.  Register online.

Portraits with Santa at Kitt Creative: Thursday, Dec, 12 and Friday, Dec. 13, 3 - 7 p.m. Portraits with Santa by appointment or walk-in. Refreshments and a craft available for the kids. Sitting is free. Photos packages available. Kit Creative is located at 810 Caroline St., in Fredericksburg -- above Jabberwocky.

Greening Your Holidays: Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St. -- enter from the Charlotte Street parking lot.  The Rappahannock Group Sierra Club hosts presentations from local merchants about using non-toxic products, creative gift wrapping and ornament creations for the holidays.  A donation of a canned good for the FUMC food pantry is appreciated.  Refreshments served. 

Santa in the Museum Store: Friday, Dec. 13, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg.  Free.

Night Before Christmas Hayride and Story: Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21 at Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd., King George. Sing holiday songs while taking a wagon ride through the winter woods. Return to the visitor center for hot chocolate and a reading of the classic holiday story, "T'was the Night Before Christmas." Reservations are required: 540-663-3861. $3/person or $8/family. There will be rides at 5 pm, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 & 20. On Dec 14, 15 & 21, rides will be at 4, 6 & 8 p.m.

Rappahannock Model Railroad Club Christmas Show:  Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Springs Rd., Fredericksburg. Adults $7, children 4 - 12 $1, under 4 free.

Breakfast with Santa at James Monroe High School: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. at James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg.  Enjoy pancakes with Santa and make a craft.  All proceeds benefit the James Monroe High School band.  $6 per person.  

YMCA Annual Holiday Craft Show: Saturday, Dec, 14, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Massad YMCA, 212 Butler Rd., Fredericksburg. Unique gifts, handmade items, art, jewelry, wood crafts, Santa's Workshop and more.

Story Time & Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 - 11:15 a.m. at the  Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Enjoy the holiday season with a story, craft making, buffet and Santa! $6 per child.

Portraits with Santa at Kitt Creative: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Portraits with Santa by appointment or walk-in. Refreshments and a craft available for the kids. Sitting is free. Photos packages available. Kit Creative is located at 810 Caroline St., in Fredericksburg -- above Jabberwocky.

Gingerbread Preschool Workshop: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. at Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy., Fredericksburg.  A holiday event for 4- and 5-year olds -- listen to and act out Jan Brett's "Gingerbread Baby," decorate a paper gingerbread house and a gingerbread person cookie, participate in a scavenger hunt and tour the Gingerbread House Exhibit.  Cost is $6 per child. To register call 540-370-0732 ext. 24 or email hayes@gwffoundation.org.

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation 43rd Annual Candlelight Tour: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.,  The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, 1200 Caroline St. Fredericksburg.  The tour features five historic homes.  Tickets range from $10 - $20.  Tickets for the evening tour with cocktail party are $60 each or $100 for two.  

Toys for Tots FinaleSaturday, Dec. 14, 12 - 6 p.m. in the food court of Spotsylvania Towne Centre.  Join 93.3 WFLS, 99.3 The Vibe, and 96.9 Classic Rock for the Toys for Tots finale Help area children this holiday season by bringing a new, un-wrapped toy donation.  There will be crafts and games for the entire family.

Christmas Family Day at National Museum of the Marine Corps: Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 - 5 p.m. at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jeff Davis Hwy., Triangle. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, create a holiday craft and write a letter to the North Pole. Free.

1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide: Saturday, Dec 14, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Rd,, Stratford. Celebrate the season in another century as the Lees host their holiday festivities. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children. Christmas candlelight dinner by reservation only.

Hope for the Holidays 2013 Dinner Dance:  Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 - 9 p.m. at Morais Vineyards, 11409 Marsh Rd.,  Bealeton. A semi-formal dinner and dance with a silent auction to support Safe Haven Village, helping to provide orphans in Guatemala with a loving family environment.  Tickets are available online.

The Spotsylvanians Christmas Concert: Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. at Spotsylvania Middle School Auditorium, 8801 Courthouse Rd., Spotsylvania.  Local school choirs and The Spotsylvanians present "What Sweeter Music... A Celebration Of Holiday Songs." Free.

Avery Ballet's "Christmas Around the World": Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Academy Theatre, 10800 Academy Dr., Fredericksburg. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. at the Avery Ballet Studio, 810 Caroline St., Fourth Floor, Fredericksburg. Tickets are $10.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis: Sunday, Dec. 15, Spotsylvania Courthouse Village, 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd., Spotsylvania. Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.  Advanced registration is $30. On-site registration is $35.  Children under 12, $15. 

Breakfast with Santa at Eileen's Bakery and Cafe: Sunday, Dec. 15, seatings at 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Eileen's Bakery and Cafe, 1115 Caroline St., Fredericksburg.  $10.99 - $14.99 Reservations required. 

Laud to the Nativity: Images of Christ’s Birth through the Ages:  Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth.  Joanna Catron, curator of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will lead the presentation.  Free. 

Santa at the Richard Johnston Inn:  Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Richard Johnston Inn, 711 Caroline St., Fredericksburg.  Hand bells and Santa’s Story.  

Stafford Regional Choral Society Christmas Concert: Sunday, Dec 15,  3 p.m. at Colonial Forge High School, 550 Courthouse Rd., Stafford. Free.

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If you know of an event missing from this list, please add it to the comments section, and I will add it to the list!  Thank you. -Susan

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