— Join us in Middleburg this year for special Dickens-themed events, including carriage rides, decorated storefronts, street performers, carolers, hot chocolate, hounds around town, Christmas tree displays, a Dickens pub, and more!
- Carriage Rides at The Pink Box Visitors Center: Dec. 11, 12, 18 & 19
- Decorated Storefronts: Businesses will be decorating their windows with Dickens-inspired displays. There will be a prize for the best-dressed window.
- Street Performers: Actors dressed in period costumes will be seen around town, talking to visitors, taking photos and handing out candy canes.
- Hot Chocolate: The Town of Middleburg will be giving out free hot chocolate at Scruffy’s.
- Hounds Around Town: Middleburg Hunt’s hounds love to come to town for a visit … a child-friendly meet & greet! Take a break from shopping to pet a hound!
- “What is it?” Table: Explore gizmos and gadgets from centuries past — can you tell what it is? Mystery items from daily life in the 19th and early 20th century are sure to bamboozle your family, even grandma and grandpa! All of these artifacts are part of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum’s hands-on education collection. Sponsored by the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.
- Christmas Trees: Both east and west entrances to town as well as all four corners at the stop light will have Christmas tree displays that include a Blue Cedar, Winter Red and Emerald Green Arborvitae. The trees will be adorned with lights.
- Dickens Pub: Old Ox Brewery will transform into a Dickens pub with winter brews and a special menu reminiscent of the Victorian era.
- Dickens of a Photo Booth: Dec. 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 | Noon-4 p.m.
Calling all naughty and nice canines to strut their holiday spirit in the first annual Dickens of a Dog Show! Dogs (and their humans) will parade from the National Sporting Library & Museum to Brick and Mortar for prizes and a happy hour. Prizes will be awarded for best holiday costume, best costume with a Middleburg theme, best dressed dog/human pair. Happy hour from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Brick & Mortar beer garden, featuring treats for canines and adults, plus a fun photo booth for dogs and humans alike! Registration at NSLM begins at 11:30 a.m.
Put on your ugly sweater and that crazy Christmas hat and burn off a few of those holiday cookie calories. Runners will leave from the Old Ox parking lot and race through The Hill School grounds.
Everyone brings home a medal! Prizes for male/female 1st-3rd place finishes. Also, best team calculated by the run time of the top five racers. The run starts at 10 a.m. — then stay for brunch and a beermosa (you earned it!).
A Dickens celebration wouldn’t be complete without the fun of a Fezziwig ball. The Civil War Dance Foundation will perform dances from the Victorian era and invite you to participate. Dancers will demonstrate the dance and slowly walk participants through the steps. When the music starts, you’ll be ready to dance! As Fezziwig would say, “Hilli-ho!”
Journey back to 19th century London where the Ghosts of Christmas are paying a visit to Ebenezer Scrooge. The play comes to life with interaction from the audience and performances by local favorites (Hunt Lyman is Ebenezer Scrooge), as well as several New York actors. A Christmas Carol like you have never experienced before. Don’t be a Humbug! Be there!
Directed by Erin Coulter. Performances at noon and 2 p.m. 30-40 minute run time.
Performed outdoors on S. Madison St. Free admission.