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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.

**Quick note: Please view our Coronavirus Updates page to see the latest COVID-19 information. All individuals are urged to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines and use face coverings when in public. If you feel sick or are showing any symptoms of being sick, please stay home.  

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 in the first quarter of 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 on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube from the comfort of your home.

November 21 – December 13 | 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 23 – December 30 | Home for the Holidays at Gari Melchers Home and Studio – Enjoy the house decorated for the holidays in the spirit and style of American painter Gari Melchers and his talented artist-wife, Corinne. Included with museum admission during regular hours.

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 26 | 28th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot – A fun, family tradition in Fredericksburg. Start your Thanksgiving Day with a little exercise. This year’s 5k Turkey Trot will be held as a virtual event and will include virtual fun and engaging activities on the morning of Thanksgiving for the whole family.

November 27 – December 18 | 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 18th. All letters will receive a note from Santa.

November 28 – December 19 | Shop and Dine Small Saturdays – Visit for more details.

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 4 – 6 | Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. Over 300 vendors had many new one-of-a-kind handmade arts & crafts that will make wonderful gifts for your family, friends and even your pets. 

December 5 – 6 | FXBG Winter Wine Fest at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. Enjoy amazing Virginia Wines in heated buildings. All-you-care-to-taste affair. Great music, food and fun, too.

December 5 | Fredericksburg Christmas Parade (Reverse Parade) – The theme this year is “Light Up the Season!” Floats will be stationed along Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard and attendees will drive by. It will be similar to a free drive-thru light display. This reverse parade format will allow for spacing between parade entries and no direct contact with the public.

December 12-13 | Holiday Artisan Market at Artful Dimension Gallery (922 Caroline Street). Hand crafted gift items created by local artist.

December 12-13 | FAMFaire: KrisKringlMarkt in Fredericksburg Area Museum Market Square from 10am to 5pm. This traditional, German-style Holiday market will feature vendors of all types selling their wares in Historic Market Square. In keeping with state regulations due to COVID-19, a maximum of 8 vendors will occupy Market Square each day during the event.