40+ Things to Do in Middleburg in December
— If you’ve been to Christmas in Middleburg, you know exactly why Garden & Gun just dubbed Middleburg the “South’s most charming Christmas town.” But Christmas in Middleburg just marks the start of holiday festivities here, so don’t miss out on the other great events we have going on this month. Here’s our rundown of the events you won’t want to miss!
Interested in discovering more about learning and living at a premier girls’ boarding school? Come to the open house at Foxcroft School on Friday, Dec. 1.
The open house will feature a “Discover Foxcroft Program” where visitors can learn about Foxcroft’s unique offerings and gain personal insight into their wonderful community. Tours of the campus and opportunities to get an authentic feel for the school by attending classes, “Morning Meeting,” and a fun activity in their new high-tech Innovation Lab round out the program.
To register for an open house, visit www.foxcroft.org/admission/openhouse or call 540-687-4340. Space is limited; early registration is recommended. Prospective families are also welcome to schedule visits at other times by calling 540-687-4340 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, Mayor Betsy Allen Davis and the Piedmont Singers in the annual tree lighting festivities, including caroling, cider and cookies. The tree-lighting festivities start at 5 p.m., but you can drop by The Pink Box as early as 4 p.m. to find out more about the new Middleburg Museum, meet the museum’s board members, enjoy light refreshments and hear about their preservation efforts. Plus, you can sign up for a chance to win a brick with your name on it, which will be part of the museum once it’s constructed.
Use beautiful holiday décor and seasonal florals to decorate a personalized wreath, which can be showcased on your front door or a warm spot in your home. For reservations, please call 540-326-4060. $30 each. Starts at 3 p.m.
Join one of the most fun-filled family festivals of the year in Middleburg with activities, special events, and great eats. Breakfast with Santa at the Middleburg Community Charter School from 7:45-10:30 a.m.; the Christmas craft show at the Middleburg Community Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; the famous Middleburg Hunt Review at 11 a.m.; the mile-long Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Afterwards, experience a Middleburg evening in our bistros, cafes, pubs, and restaurants joining in the Spirits of Middleburg.
Spend a day enjoying warm mulled wine and shopping for the perfect gift. Have a wine lover in your life? Surprise them with a handmade cork purse from Portugal. Going to a holiday party? Bring the host a crafted wine and cheese basket as a hostess gift. For the wine enthusiast in your life, give them a gift of hand-crafted jewelry by Diane Canney. Once you’ve stocked up on holiday gifts, cozy up to firepits while enjoying beautiful Middleburg mountain views!
There will be live music, homemade soups for sale, and a special wine feature!
Saturday, Dec. 2: 42 Street Carolers (2-5 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 3: Jason Masic (1:30-4:30 p.m.)
Featured Food Vendor:
Brassica’s will be selling their homemade soups, which pair nicely with a glass of 50 West wine.
A 50 West favorite is back – they’ll be releasing their Cabernet Franc!
Not only will they have special discounts on holiday merchandise, they are offering incredible holiday discounts on wine! Take advantage of 10% off all bottle sales, 15% off on three bottle purchases and 20% off case purchases! Cellar Club members get these discounts applied to their already discounted prices! On Saturday, enjoy live piano in the Thirsty Fox Lounge! Relax with classics from the Great American Songbook and holiday favorites performed by Giovanni from 2-4 p.m. Sing along if you like!
Experience the EQUUS Art Exhibit at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards! Opening Dec. 2 and running through Dec. 31, four artists (Isabelle Truchon, Dan Kaseman, Kathy Sullivan and Karen Osborne Monroe) will show work in the barrel room from four different styles and mediums celebrating equine art. Artwork includes paintings, photography and sculpture. The show is free and open to the public during winery hours (daily, noon-6 p.m.) except during private rentals.
Enjoy a Champagne brunch in the tavern!
Three-Course Prix Fixe Brunch: $48 per person
Children Under 10: $15 per person
Make your reservations today by calling 540-687-6301 or reserving a table online.
Enjoy live music while sipping your favorite 50 West wines!
December’s schedule includes:
Saturday, Dec. 2: 42nd Street Carolers
Sunday, Dec. 3: Jason Masi
Saturday, Dec. 16: Pete Lapp
Sunday, Dec. 17: Laurence McKenna
10. Gingerbread House Decorating Class at Salamander Resort & Spa: Dec. 2, 9 & 16 | 2-4 p.m.
Bond more than just walls of gingerbread with the family as you concoct winter wonderland houses drizzled with icing icicles and pretzel picket fences during this fun, edible workshop. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $45 per person.
Join Loudoun Ballet Performing Arts Co. for a magical afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends at Salamander Resort & Spa. Loudoun Ballet will be entertaining guests with a delicious luncheon, excerpts of their upcoming Nutcracker, and shopping. Bring your children and enter the Land of Sweets where dreams come true. Meet the ballerinas and get autographs! All tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, please click here.
Enjoy live music by Andrew O’Day while sipping your favorite Greenhill wines!
‘Tis the season! Bring the entire family to this favorite holiday tradition.
Presented annually as a gift to the community from Foxcroft’s New Girls, this rendition of the traditional nativity story features live animals and music and creates a spectacle that is a treat for all generations. Following the pageant, Santa Claus will stop by to deliver special treats for all the children!
Enjoy free admission at the National Sporting Library & Museum every Wednesday and the last Sunday of every month.
Each week, NSLM’s Clarice & Robert H. Smith educator or museum curators will give attendees a personalized sneak peek at traveling exhibitions, permanent collections, and the fascinating stories behind the works in the museum’s art collections. No two tours are alike, so come back for more! Reservations are not required and admission is free. Bring your friends! Gallery talks are every Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Join us for a reception to celebrate artist Carola Taddeo at 6 p.m. at Salamander’s Equestrian Center Lobby.
Carola Taddeo was born in 1976 in San Antonio de Areco, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Raised on her family’s ranch and surrounded by cattle, horses and an intense love for Argentine tradition, she developed a deep connection from her earliest years with the lifestyle and images of Argentina’s immense Pampas. As a result of decades of daily observation of horses and ranch life in general, she developed an incredible sensibility for translating her mental images and emotions from her fingertips to the canvas. Her artistic inclinations led her to the San Antonio de Areco School of Fine Arts. After finishing her studies and earning her degree in 1998, she undertook more specific training on the traditional subjects of Argentine culture and folk art. She subsequently worked with internationally acclaimed artists of this genre, such as Marcelo de Angelis, Marcos Borio and Jorge Frasca.
She has never stopped painting, continually refining her technique while simultaneously reaffirming her commitment to celebrating the subject matter that has made her one of Latin America’s finest traditional artists. Her paintings have been sold in the Argentina, Australia, Spain, the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Complimentary wine and cheese will be provided. For more information or to make reservations to attend, please contact Sheryl Jordan at email@example.com.
In addition to special discounts on holiday merchandise, they will have holiday cookies. On Dec. 10 & 17, join us for PaintNite in the Thirsty Fox Lounge! Paint a masterpiece on a wine glass and enjoy discounted glasses and bottles of Three Fox wine! Sign up here for the Dec. 10 event and here for Dec. 17.
The Middleburg Concert Series presents the “Sounds of Christmas” at Middleburg United Methodist Church on Dec. 10, starting at 4 p.m.
Stay warm this holiday season with this heated, Vinyasa Yoga workshop. Work up a sweat, tone and stretch your muscles, and use heating Ujjayi breath to ignite your inner fire to keep you warm all winter. For reservations, please call 540-236-4060. $25 per person.
Mark your calendar! This Dec. 16, the Middleburg Community Center will be rockin’, rollin’, jumpin’ and jivin’ all around the Christmas tree! Fun music and holiday treats abound. Grab some eggnog, cider and a cookie and settle in for an incredible night of music. This year’s concert will be hosted by Josh Tarp and The Still, who will be joined by a talented line up of artists.
Dreidels, present exchanges or nativity scenes … how do you celebrate the holidays? A group of friends from different cultures talk about what Christmas time means to them in this exciting show. They are back from their busy lives to share favorite moments of the holidays from their past. Their habits, songs and rituals will make you laugh, reminisce and relate. Sing along with them and relive classics, newbies and other holiday songs with a twist. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $85 per person; includes show and dinner.
Three Fox wines make excellent gifts! Buy six bottles and receive a 10% discount or buy a case and receive a 15% discount!
Don your ugliest Christmas sweater and join us for holiday cheer, mulled wine and discounts for those with sweaters! Stock up on last-minute gifts like holiday merchandise and Three Fox wine! On Saturday, Dec. 23, and Sunday, Dec. 24, they are offering 10% off two-packs and 15% off three-packs of Thibault-Jannison Sparkling Chardonnay!
Rest, destress and manifest. Take a moment to set your seasonal intentions. We’ll start with journaling exercises and guided Pranayama (breath work). Next, we’ll take slow stretching shapes to open channels in the body using meridians and Yin Yoga. We end the class by settling into our body with Yoga Nidra; a guided meditation which directs awareness to different parts of the body. 15 minutes of Yoga Nidra equals one hour of REM sleep! Students may wear socks and bring a notepad. $45 per person. For reservations, please call 540-326-4060.
It officially feels like the holiday season when the kitchen is filled with aromas of baking cookies. Join us for this festive class to learn new techniques for your special occasion. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $45 per person.
Visit with Santa and his elves while enjoying a delicious brunch in Salamander’s winter wonderland. Their ballroom transforms into Santa’s workshop for brunch featuring sweet and savory favorites, a make-your-own holiday keepsake designing station, and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus. $82 per person, $40 for children. For dining reservations, please call 540-326-4070. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.
Enjoy a festive five-course elegant dinner of holiday favorites including lobster, truffles, foie gras and ending with a new, custom dessert just for the occasion. $120 per person, $160 with wine pairings. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070.
Enjoy a special dinner in Goodstone’s new conservatory restaurant.
Five Course Game & Seafood Dinner: $165 per person (includes sparkling toast)
Children Under 10: $32 per person
Taxes, gratuity, and additional beverages are not included in the price per person. Menus subject to change.
After tearing open your presents all morning, join us for an elaborate brunch buffet with seasonal favorites. $82 per person, $41 for children over 3 years of age. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070.
Continue your celebration with a Champagne brunch at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern!
Three-Course Brunch: $48 per person
Children Under 10: $15 per person
Make your reservations today at 540-687-6301 or online.
Taxes, gratuity and beverages are not included in the price per person. Menus subject to change.
Celebrate the season at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern!
Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner: $75 per person
Four-Course Prix Fixe Dinner: $90 per person
Children Under 10: $32 per person
Make your reservations today at 540-687-6301 or online.
Enjoy Three Fox wines during your New Year’s festivities! Buy six bottles and receive a 10% discount or buy a case and receive a 15% discount!
Join us as Salamander’s Sommelier takes you through a tasting of both white and red noble grape varieties. Learn flavor profiles, food pairings and comparable wines for the more adventurous wine drinkers. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $79 per person.
Gifts of food can be very special indeed — homemade, beautifully packaged and delicious. Just in time for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, food editor Dinah Corley will bring together the culinary and the creative with a class on how to present your hostess with a delicious homemade gift basket filled with gourmet food and other delicacies. Witness as Dinah demonstrates the construction of two different items before you partake in a hands-on treat package for yourself.
Dinah Corley is a lifelong cooking teacher, food writer, restaurant consultant and gift-giver. During her culinary training, she apprenticed to Simone Beck and studied under both Julia Child and James Beard. After nearly 20 years of cooking in Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C., she is now based in the Shenandoah Valley, where she continues to teach cooking classes.
For all reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $79 per person; price does not include tax and gratuity.
Leave your kids with a professionally trained chef to learn an assortment of pizzas while you enjoy the resort with a glass of vino in hand. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $79 per person.
Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves demystifies these beautiful chocolate candies. Chocolate tempering, fillings and chocolate dipping will all be covered in this interactive class along with sparkling wine to enjoy with your truffle creations. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $79 per person.
Look your best for the biggest night of the year! Head to Salamander Spa for special hair-styling and make-up application offers while you sip on champagne, enjoy delicious snacks and prepare to turn all the heads at your New Year’s Eve celebration.
Hair Offers: Thermal Styling and Up-dos $99
Make-up Applications: offering natural or special occasion looks for $99/ lashes additional $25
Hair & Make-up Package: $149
For additional information or to book your appointment, please call 540-326-4055.
Bring in the new year in style at Goodstone Inn!
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day Brunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Three Course Prix Fixe Brunch: $48 per person
Children Under 10: $15 per person
New Year’s Eve Dinner (5-9 p.m.)
Five-Course Game & Seafood Dinner: $165 per person (adults only)
Call 540-687-6301 today to make your reservation or reserve a table online.
Taxes, gratuity and additional beverages are not included in the price per person. Menus subject to change.
On the last night of 2017, a culinary masterpiece is prepared in a special 4-course dinner featuring lobster, truffles, foie gras and so much more including a complimentary glass of champagne. After dinner, join the celebration in the living room to ring in the New Year in style. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070. $162 per person, $210 with wine pairing.
Help ring in the new year with a celebration for the whole family to enjoy! Celebrate with music, dancing, games and a delicious buffet, as you wait for the ball to drop. $59 per adult (includes access to 21-year-old and older New Year’s Eve party in living room), $45 per child. For reservations, please call 540-326-4020.
New Year’s Eve celebration with Belvedere Vodka and Moët Hennessy USA Say farewell to 2017 and toast to 2018 with us! Salamander Resort’s New Year’s Eve party transforms their living room with festive décor, live music, dancing, delicious hors d’oeuvres, passed champagne by sponsor Moët, and open bar at their large ice bar in the middle of it all. $92 per person. For reservations, please call 540.326.4070. Price does not include tax and gratuity.