Downtown Orange Holiday Village2018-10-04T11:01:15+00:00
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On Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 am to 3 pm, downtown Orange will become an old-fashioned village filled with live holiday music, downtown merchant open houses, a maker’s market, seasonal foods, local theater, children’s activities, and Santa!

There will be plenty of free parking within easy walking from all the activities. Our Downtown Holiday Village has been coordinated with all-day Saturday events including local church bazaars, Grelen’s Holiday Enchanted Extravaganza, and James Madison’s Montpelier Open House.

Plan on spending a wonderful Saturday or even the whole weekend in downtown Orange. The Orange Holiday weekend celebration also includes


Saturday 7:30 pm: Fall concert by the Rapidan Regional Orchestra at The Music Room on Main Street

Saturday 8 pm-Midnight: Holly Ball at Madison at the Mill in the Silk Mill.

Sunday 4:30 pm: Holiday Parade & Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting, Main St & Taylor Park. (Parade lineup begins at 3:30 pm)

We welcome you to apply to for space in our open-air Maker’s Market. The Maker’s Market is open to artisans who create handmade items and to seasonal food vendors. Resale vendors are not eligible. This is a juried event.

Applications are being approved on a rolling basis until the end of Summer:

  • Taylor Park (outdoor): full
  • Church Hall (indoor): space available
  • Short St (outdoor): space available
Download the Application

Event Schedule

10am: Downtown Holiday Village opens!
Shops, restaurants, and the Makers Village are all open for business.  Stroll the shops for refreshments, merry music, great gift ideas, and special Open House discounts.  The Makers Village is filled with vendors who make items by hand: crafts, food, and greenery.  The restaurants will be open to relax, refuel, and re-energize you.
Location: Main Street, Orange, VA

10am: Santa!
Santa will be ready for all the kids, whether they were naughty or nice this year! Photo opportunities are available. And your children will leave with a small gift from Jolly St. Nick.
Location: Train Station/Visitors Center on Main Street

11 am and 1 pm: Yurasists Family Singers
Get into the holiday spirit with the beautiful sounds of the Yurasists Family’s traditional Christmas Carols!
Location: Taylor Park on Main Street

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm: Dance Performances
Be amazed at the talent of our local performance studio dancers! The Orange School of Performing Arts has students flocking to them from Fredericksburg to Charlottesville and sends well-rounded dancers to Alvin Ailey and NYC Broadway! View 30-minute performances from the next generation of performance stars!
Location: Orange School of Performing Arts, Firehouse Station on Main Street across from Taylor Park

Children’s Events

10 am: Santa! with a small gift for each child
Location: Train Station/Visitors Center on Main Street

10 am: Barrel Train and Model Train
Have your kids enjoy a ride on a Barrel Train! While they wait for the Barrel Train or Santa, they will be amazed as the model train runs it’s track! FREE.
Location: Train Station/Visitors Center on Main Street

10 am: Take-home holiday crafts
Each child will have the opportunity to create their very own art piece and take home the memory. FREE.
Location: Arts Center of Orange on Main Street

11:30 am – 2:30 pm: Storytelling by a Santa Elf
Enjoy the magic a great storyteller can weave! Children are welcome to listen to one of Santa’s elves tell tall Santa tales and Christmas stories.
Location: Melrose Antiques on the corner of Main Street and Rte 15

Village Merchants

  • Art Center of Orange
  • Briarwood Florist
  • Finders Keepers
  • Grelen Downtown
  • James Madison Museum of Orange County History
  • JS Mosby’s Antiques
  • Lacy’s Florist
  • Logan Edward Salon
  • Maria Pace Designs
  • Melrose Antiques
  • Objects on Main
  • Orange Pharmacy
  • Orange School of Performing Arts
  • The Music Room

Maker’s Market

  • Blue Ridge Cider Donuts
  • Beth Mehring Paintings
  • CSDesigns
  • Culpeper Craftsmen
  • Daily Reprieve Soapery
  • Daisy Chain Gifts
  • Darnell’s Garden Patch
  • Dolley Madison Garden Club
  • Just Good Scents
  • Lacy’s Florist
  • Lagniappe Farm Alpacas
  • Le Bistro + Mama’s Pizza
  • MedSpa of Virginia
  • Muddy Rabbit Pottery
  • Natural Necessities
  • Orange County Roasters
  • PawPaw’s Pet Treats
  • Petroglyph Soapworks
  • RJean Essentials
  • Shercreations
  • Simply Cheddar
  • The Green Shed
  • Virginia Chestnuts
  • WoodenHook

Elsewhere in Orange

December 1, 2018, 9am – 5pm
James Madison’s Montpelier Holiday Open House – FREE

December 1, 2018, 9am – 5pm
Enchanted Extravaganza
An array of craft makers of all kinds in a beautiful Farm Market setting!  Continue your shopping here!
Location: The Market at Grelen

December 1, 2018, 9am – 2pm
St. Thomas Episcopal Church Bazaar
A craft bazaar to benefit the Christian Emergency Council and FREE Christmas crafts for children.

December 1, 2018
Orange Baptist Church Bazaar

December 1, 2018
Orange Presbyterian Church Bazaar

December 1, 2018
St. Isadore the Farmer Church Bazaar

December 1, 2018, 10am – 3pm: Family Advent Wreath making workshop – FREE
Enjoy crafting wreaths made with English boxwood and electric votives!
Location: Christ Anglican Fellowship, 153 E Main Street

December 1, 2018,7:30 pm: Fall concert by the Rapidan Regional Orchestra
Location: The Music Room on East Main Street (by the Arts Center)

December 1, 2018, 8 pm-Midnight: Holly Ball Event
Participate in the spirit of the season by giving instead of receiving!  The Holly Ball is an annual event where all proceeds fund the Joseph Stanley Memorial Scholarship.  The $5000 scholarship is awarded yearly to an Orange County High School student.  $50/person + a silent auction!  This year the amazing Charlottesville band, In Full, will be energizing the crowds.  Food and mixers provided; BYOB.  Dressy casual to semi-formal – your choice!
Location: Madison at the Mill in the Silk Mill Complex

December 2, 2018 @ 4:30PM
Christmas Parade and Memorial Tree Lighting

Event Sponsors

Partners working to create this event are The Orange Downtown Alliance, Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, Virginia Aromatics, The Arts Center in Orange, the Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Tourism, and the Town of Orange.

holladay house bed and breakfast
the art center in orange.
orange county tourism.
Orange County Chamber of Commerce