— While we miss our traditional parades, tree lighting and holiday gatherings this year, Middleburg will be your hunt country hub for new traditions, including horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot cocoa, live outdoor music, family-focused scavenger hunts, and more. Here’s our rundown of the events you won’t want to miss!

Middleburg is Open for the Holidays!

Get ready to join us for holiday shopping, complimentary hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, bespoke Christmas trees on Washington Street, live outdoor music, photo opportunities, family-focused scavenger hunts, additional options for outdoor, heated dining, and more!

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Emmanuel’s Christmas Shop

For the last 71 years, The Christmas Shop has been an in-person event held at Emmanuel’s Parish House or the Middleburg Community Center. This year, the shop is going online, continuing the tradition and offering shops and shoppers a safe way to participate in this holiday tradition.

Emmanuel will be able to offer more shops and more variety of items — some of which are one-of-a-kind. The shopper and the merchant can stay safe in their home or shop. The shopping experience is not limited to one weekend, but is available 24/7 throughout the fall and beyond, meaning that shops can offer items for other seasons — St. Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation and Father’s Day to name a few.

Importantly, The Christmas Shop will continue to be a marketplace for the discerning shopper and gift giver. Only shops that offer high-quality, unique, and delightful merchandise will be included. Emmanuel will continue to use the earnings from The Christmas Shop to maintain their historic church and support the good work of local charitable organizations.

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Yuri Gorbachev at The Byrne Gallery: Through Jan. 3, 2021

The Byrne Gallery is delighted to announce a historic landmark in its art career. Susan Byrne and Bill Byrne are celebrating their gallery’s 25th anniversary this year in Middleburg with a celebration and exhibition of the vivid oil and enamel paintings of internationally acclaimed artist Yuri Gorbachev. The Byrne Gallery welcomes Yuri Gorbachev back to the gallery for his 17th annual exhibition. The gallery will feature rare works from his private collection, many of which have only been seen in museum shows. In addition, there will be some of his classic paintings along with new paintings from his 2020 museum world tour.

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“GASP: Great Art Small Price” at The Artists in Middleburg: Through Jan 10, 2021

Find the perfect gift for someone you love (or yourself!) at The Artists in Middleburg’s annual “Great Art Small Price” exhibition. Please note: only four individuals are allowed in the gallery at one time. Visitors are required to wear a mask, use the provided hand sanitizer, and provide their name and contact information for contact tracing. Call 540-687-6600 or email sandy@theartistsinmiddleburg.org for more info.

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Online Events with the Loudoun County Public Library

The Loudoun County Public Library is hosting a variety of online sessions throughout the month of October. Check out the full library calendar at library.loudoun.gov. Links to specific programs will be added to the library website in the days prior to the event, and will be activated just prior to the program time listed. Programs include:

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Grief Support Activities with Blue Ridge Hospice

Blue Ridge Hospice offers a variety of events to help those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Upcoming events include:

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“A Horse of Course: The Equine Image in Art” with VMFA’s Jeffery Allison: Dec. 3 | 6-7 p.m.

Of the thousands of examples of rock art found at Lascaux, Niaux, Vallon-Pont-d’arc, and other sites across France and Spain, nearly a third of the figures represent horses. In this online talk, Jeffrey Allison of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts discusses the horse in art history, tracing the ways in which artists have used the horse as subject matter over the millennia from prehistoric caves to contemporary works by artists such as Picasso and Deborah Butterfield.

Free for NSLM Members; $5 for non-members. Contact info@nationalsporting.org for any questions.

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Holiday Wreath Workshop at the Middleburg Community Center: Dec. 3 | 6-8 p.m.

Join the Middleburg Community Center and local artist Barbara Sharp for a holiday wreath workshop. Cost: $70 per person. Includes: personal instruction from Barbara Sharp, one glass of wine, a 22″ live evergreen wreath, a mini bow class, live and faux wreath fillers, and ribbon. Class size is limited; masks and social distancing required. Please follow COVID-19 guidelines.

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Photo courtesy of Foxcroft School.

Virtual Admission Open House at Foxcroft School: Dec. 4 | 9 a.m.-noon

Families looking for an outstanding secondary school experience for their daughters are invited to register for Foxcroft’s virtual open house on Dec. 4. Foxcroft’s open houses are a great way for you to get to know the school better and to meet the students, faculty, and staff who help to make this such an incredible place.

Information sessions will include: a student-guided campus tour, live sessions from Student Life and Academics, sentiments from Foxcroft students, insights from Foxcroft parents, a live Q&A with Admissions, and more! Come see why families are choosing Foxcroft!

Prospective families are also welcome to schedule visits at other times by contacting the Admission Office at 540-687-4340 or admission@foxcroft.org.

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Photo courtesy of Boxwood Estate Winery.

Cabernet Franc Day Tasting at Boxwood Estate Winery: Dec. 4 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a seated tasting at socially distanced tables. Boxwood has set aside six tables that seat four guests each for this event to remain within the current guidelines. If your group is larger than four people, you may reserve multiple tables. Engage in discussion with Boxwood Winery and Veni Vini Amici wine educators about the unique qualities of Cabernet Franc and the impact it has on Boxwood blends.

A special flight of four 3 oz. pours has been created to highlight the “Grape of Honor” and will be accompanied by select gourmet cheeses.

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Virtual Tree Lighting at The Pink Box: Dec. 4 | 6 p.m.

Since COVID-19 has put a hitch in the plans to have a big tree lighting like last year, this celebration will be virtual! Please join The Middleburg Museum virtually as the Middleburg Christmas tree is lit all to see!

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Santa Experience at Salamander Resort & Spa: Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join Salamander Resort for a magical wagon ride to visit “Santa’s Workshop” for a visit that is fun for the whole family. Board a wagon drawn by Santa’s elves to his workshop, where you have the opportunity for a socially distanced photo op with Santa and you can tell him your Christmas wishes and create a memorable festive craft. After visiting with Santa, a friendly elf will bring you back to the Equestrian Center, where the children in your party will be greeted with a special stuffed animal to take home as a gift from Santa. S’mores will be available for roasting as well as plenty of hot cocoa. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase before or after you check-in.

There are only 15 time slots available for booking in one day. Masks are required and keeping 6 feet of distance will be enforced.

$250 per family up to 8 guests. Includes a craft and stuffed animal per child, s’mores and hot cocoa. Advanced reservations are required. For questions, please call 540-326-4060 or email recreation@salamanderresort.com.

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50 West Wine Dinner at Market Salamander: Dec. 5 | 7-9 p.m.

Embrace the season with a wine dinner at Market Salamander. Chef Jason Deaver will prepare a seasonal, five-course menu with wines expertly paired to enhance each course. Join us at the market as we celebrate Virginia’s robust terroir and most fertile region.

$99 per person, plus tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726.

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Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop at Salamander Resort & Spa: Dec. 6 & 20 | Noon-2 p.m.

Spend a memorable afternoon with family decorating winter wonderland houses drizzled with icing icicles and pretzel picket fences during this fun, edible workshop. Two guests maximum per gingerbread house and four guests maximum per table to accommodate physical distancing (must be same family). Children must be accompanied by a parent during this event. $50 per gingerbread house. Reservations required; please call 540-326-4070.

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Community Yoga at the Middleburg Community Center: Dec. 7 & 14 | 9-10 a.m.

This class at the Middleburg Community Center is for every body. This slow flow, accessible yoga practice can help strengthen your physical and mental health during these challenging days.

Each practice includes a thorough warmup, yoga poses, balance and posture movements and ends with a deep relaxation session.

Classes are held in compliance with Commonwealth of Virginia COVID-19 guidelines with limited class size to allow physical distancing of 10 feet.

Advanced registration with Nancy is required and you must bring your own yoga mat along with a blanket or towel. Blocks or straps are optional.

This class suitable for all ages and abilities. $20 per class, touchless payment available through Venmo.

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Taittinger Champagne & Petrossian Caviar Dinner at Market Salamander: Dec. 12 | 7-9 p.m.

Join Market Salamander for a very special evening of bubbly and caviar. Chef Jason Deaver has prepared a seasonal, five-course menu with Taittinger Champagne and Petrossian caviar expertly paired with each course for a truly unique and indulgent experience. Plus, you will have the opportunity to purchase your favorite champagnes and caviars at the end of the evening.

$195 per person, plus tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-687-9726.

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“Salamander Uncorked: Sparkling Wines of the World” at Salamander Resort & Spa: Dec. 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.

Join Salamander as their wine sommelier, Catherine Watkins, walks you through the wines of the world. This casual and interactive wine tasting event will help you hone your wine knowledge and diversify your palate. Pairings will include five wines and five small bites, plus education on the wines and the region. At the end of the tasting experience, guests will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite bottles to take home at a 15% discount. This month, join Salamander to experience the sparkling wines of the world.

$85 per person. Does not include tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. To reserve, please call 540-326-4070.

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Yoga to Keep your Holiday Calm at Salamander Resort & Spa: Dec. 19 | 10-11:30 a.m.

Join Salamander Resort for an all-levels, mellow Hatha yoga and guided meditation class using mindful breathing techniques to help you connect with your body as you increase flexibility, stability, and strength. Stay after and enjoy Salamander’s delicious, signature winter cocktail or mocktail! $40 per person. Advanced reservations required. Please call 540-326-4060 to reserve.

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Christmas Eve Dinner at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern: Dec. 24 | 4-8 p.m.

Enjoy a five-course game and seafood tasting experience at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern! Highlights include oysters Rockefeller, lobster bisque, a duet of game, dark chocolate torte, and more. Adults: $175. Children: $65. Taxes, gratuities and beverages are not included in the price per person. Call 540-687-6301 to reserve your table by phone. No split checks for parties over four. $100 per person for reservations cancelled with less than 48 hours notice. Menus subject to change.

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Christmas Dinner at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill: Dec. 25 | 2-8 p.m.

Join Harrimans for a festive, family-style Christmas dinner. Served for sharing, enjoy holiday classics such as Ora king salmon, Wagyu beef striploin, Virginia country ham, house-made fixings and indulgent desserts.

$175 per adult, $45 per child. Child-friendly menu available. Reservations required. For reservations, please call 540-326-4070.
For COVID-19 health & safety information, please visit Salamander’s website.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern: Dec. 31 | 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy a five-course game and seafood tasting experience (plus sparkling toast!) at The Red Fox Inn & Tavern! Highlights include cornbread and bacon-stuffed quail, citrus and fennel salad, lobster Oscar, bananas foster creme brulee, and more. Adults: $175. Taxes, gratuities and beverages are not included in the price per person. Adults only. Call 540-687-6301 to reserve your table by phone. No split checks for parties over four. $100 per person for reservations cancelled with less than 48 hours notice. Menus subject to change.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill: Dec. 31 | 5-10 p.m.

On the last night of 2020, a culinary masterpiece is prepared in a special five-course dinner from Executive Chef Bill Welch. The indulgent menu includes roasted scallops, Wagyu Striploin and king crab surf-and-turf, a special dessert by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves and a complimentary glass of champagne.

$250 per person. Classic wine pairing available for $80, premium wine pairing available for $130. Excludes tax and service charge. Advanced reservations required. Please call 540-326-4070 to reserve.

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