Celebrate the Holidays in Loudoun
Drive west on Route 7 toward Bluemont on select evenings this holiday season and a surreal sight greets you. To the left of the road, about a mile south, the slopes of the Blue Ridge are carpeted in a glorious golden glow. It looks like the landing pad for a spaceship in a Spielberg movie. It is in fact 15,000 holiday lights strung through 10,000 grape vines at Bluemont Vineyard.
Celebrate the season with this festive light show on display through January 2nd. Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Bluemont staff will lead a countdown to the illumination, followed by a rousing toast with Bluemont wines.
While the lights can be seen from miles away, two locations on property – The Stable event venue which is hosting a “Winter Wine-derland” holiday pop-up for kids and the Harvest Room & Kitchen restaurant up the hill – offer the best vantage points. “Guests looking to enjoy the evening illumination celebration should be sure to snag a 5 p.m. seating,” said General Manager Hailey Zurschmeide.
Bluemont is not the only Loudoun location glowing with holiday spirit this season.
While Middleburg’s famous Christmas parade will not take place, its downtown resembles a scene from A Christmas Carol. Visitors can partake in a family-focused scavenger hunt, enjoy free hot cocoa at various stops, drop letters for Santa at the local post office and enjoy carriage rides down Washington Street where lampposts are hung with antique wooden Christmas ornaments and decorated with twinkling lights. Over in postcard-worthy Leesburg, a tree lights up the Town Square and the town’s historic streetlamps will be decorated with red ribbons and greenery. Don’t miss the annual Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show, which will take place outdoors on December 5 at Freedom Park.
There are more intimate events to get into the spirit, too.
Over in Lucketts, the Old Lucketts Store is hosting its annual Holiday Open House four days a week through December 20th. Purchase a ticket online in advance to get access to the Holiday Design House-a festively decorated 19th Century farmhouse on the property in which all décor and items in the home, from homeware to ornaments to furniture, can be purchased.
For an even more festive experience, nothing beats the Stagecoach Theatre Company’s upcoming dinner theater production of comedy murder-mystery, “Up On The Rooftop, Click, Click Bang.” To accommodate diners, the production is being staged in the Carriage House at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Intermission will be a three-course, socially distanced dinner catered by Pure Perfection.
“Audience members will be given roles and Detective S. Claus will try to solve the mystery of the murder of Frosty the Snowman,” said Producer and Stagecoach Founder Jerri Wiseman. “There’s no more fun way to enjoy your Christmas tradition!”