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Nov 28, 2023

Today's conversation for Tourism Tuesday with Justin Kerns from Winchester/Frederick County Convention & Visitor's Bureau also featured Andy Gail from Literacy Volunteers and Donnie McGhee from The Ivy Chest.

The group gave many of the details for the Winchester Winter Village that will kick off in Old Town Winchester on December 8, 2023, and run through December 10, 2023.

The event will resemble a traditional European Christmas market with food and crafts vendors located throughout the Old Town Walking Mall. Many shops will be fully decked out for the holidays and offering specials for shoppers young and old.

On Friday, December 8th enjoy a grown-up good time with the Second Annual Santa Crawl in the evening to benefit Froggy’s Closet.

On Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th bring out the whole family to enjoy a tented Santa’s Village area with Santa, elves, crafts, and even an appearance by the Grinch!

Take a complimentary horse-drawn wagon ride from Shenandoah Carriage Company on Saturday between 3-6pm to enjoy the beautiful Old Town lights and displays. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be complimentary and first-come first served and handled by the carriage company staff.

There will be live caroling and music, demonstrative vendors, and you can grab a warm serving of gluhwein, a traditional hot mulled spiced red wine, from a participating restaurant and carry it with you as you shop. Several restaurants will also be offering kinderpunch, a warm spiced cider just for kids!

If you know of someone who needs a special message of hope, good wish, or prayer, stop by the Wishing Tree area near the Godfrey Miller Center, write out a wish for them, and place it on the tree.

This will be an open-air market and will be free for everyone to attend! For more information, download a map, or find other things to do in and around Winchester, visit: 

Friday, December 8, 4-8pm
(including a 5-9pm Santa Crawl to benefit Froggy’s Closet)
Santa Crawl info and how to get tickets:

Saturday, December 9, 11-8pm
(Kinder Village with Santa 12-5, carriage rides 3-6pm)

Sunday, December 10, 11-4pm
(Kinder Village with Santa 12-4)