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Since its founding, Fredericksburg has been a town marked by its traditions and history. This holiday season, locals will carry on some of those traditions. Although we may be celebrating differently and six feet apart, below is a list of ways you can be part of the traditions.

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November 14 until supplies last | FXBG Love Local Holiday Downtown Gift Card promotion. Give a gift of Downtown shopping, eating and fun! For every $50 in gift cards purchased, receive a FREE $10 gift card that must be redeemed by April 2021. Gift cards can be purchased at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center. (706 Caroline St)

Nov 14 – Dec 31 | Window Wonderland
Ready for a little holiday family fun?! Well, to some it is a family competition! Either way, join in on this annual FXBG tradition. Head Downtown and put your riddling skills to the test. Stop by the Visitor Center (706 Caroline St) to pick up an entry form or print the entry form on Find all the riddles in the windows of the participating businesses that are listed on the entry form for your chance to win $1000 in Downtown Gift Cards or over 50 other great prizes provided by the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority and the participating businesses.

November 21 | Annual Children’s Tree Lighting – Grab a cup of hot cocoa and watch this annual tradition from the comfort of your home. Greeting from the Mayor. Santa reads the ‘Night before Christmas’ and Karen Jonas sings a few festive songs. Watch the fun here.

November 21 – December 31 | Holiday Greenery and Ivy Carriage Carriage Tour – Join Olde Towne Carriages during the most wonderful time of the year, perfect ladies or couples ride to enjoy the holiday greenery in our commercial and historic districts! Learn the history of the American Christmas.

November 25 – December 27 | A Riverside Family Christmas at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts – Follow your heart home to Riverside Center for the holidays. Experience the warmth, traditions, values and messages of Christmas in a show packed with charm, inspiration, and the good will of the season.  Enjoy pure entertainment through music, dance and holiday stories. 

November 27 – December 16 | Santa’s Mailbox – The Rappahannock Fredericksburg Rotary is placing Santa’s Mailbox on the corner of Caroline and George Street, near Fort To Go starting November 27th until December 16th. All letters will receive a note from Santa.

November 28 – December 31 | Holiday Stroll – Shop, Sip, Snack and take a Holiday Stroll for your chance to win Downtown Gift Cards. Details and print play card here. 

December 5 – December 30 | Jingle Bell & Christmas Carriage Ride –  Jingle all the way! Listen to the jingle bells as wagonette travels through the streets of Fredericksburg! Listen to Christmas music, and about Christmas past and we will explore the most well-lit route we can find!

December 1 – 31 | 50th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour – Take a picturesque stroll or a relaxing drive down the historic streets of Fredericksburg. Enjoy an audio tour, featuring specific houses and neighborhoods, using your mobile phone. Tour will include photos and narrated history. Guests can tour any time through the month of December.

December 1 – 31 | 5th Annual “Merry Trees” Exhibit at the Fredericksburg Area Musem. FAM’s gallery spaces will be filled with trees decorated by Hugh Mercer Elementary School students. Each tree is inspired by a book the students have read in the classroom.

December 10 | Virtual Holiday Open House at the Rising Sun Tavern. 7pm on Facebook Live. Learn how Americans in the Colonies and Early Republic celebrated the holidays, and the sometimes-raucous seasonal traditions that went along with them at early American taverns.

December 12 | Have a Holly Jolly Facebook Live with Karen Jonas. 6pm. A free one-hour concert from the comfort of your coziest chair.

December 17-20 | Drive-In Holiday Movie Series at Old Mill Park. 6pm – 8pm. Gates open at 5pm. Food truck will be on site. Movie starts at 6pm. Movie schedule: 12/17 – Classic Night (Rudolph & Frosty), 12/18 – Elf, 12/19 – The Grinch (2018) and 12/20 – The Polar Express. Sponsored by T-Mobile.

December 17 – 21 | Private Candlelight Tour of Historic Kenmore. 4:15pm. With a focus on the Lewis family and the sacrifices it made to support the American cause during the War for Independence. Also learn about 18th Century Christmas traditions. Tickets required.

December 17 – 24 | Kids Secret Shopping at Freedom Society from 12pm to 5pm. Kids can shop in a secret shopping holiday tent and get the adults in their lives a wrapped present.

December 18 & 19 | 34th Annual Gingerbread Exhibit at Ferry Farm. 10am to 4pm. See the annual gingerbread exhibit outside this year. 

December 19 | Kids Jingle Dance Jam with Santa at Billiken’s Smokehouse. 1pm to 5pm. Kid Ugly Sweater Contest. Pictures with Santa.

December 20 | Sounds of the Holiday at Freedom Society at 3pm. Music, Christmas Tea and delicious Treats. Tickets $10.

December 21 | Winter Solstice Hike at Motts Run Reservoir. 5:30pm. Take a night hike on the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter.

December 26 – 28 | Private Candlelight Tour of Historic Kenmore. 4:15pm. With a focus on the Lewis family and the sacrifices it made to support the American cause during the War for Independence. Also learn about 18th Century Christmas traditions. Tickets required.