Live Like a Local: Holiday Events for the Traditionalist

Are you a traditionalist that insists on turkey at Thanksgiving and ham at Christmas? Is there a favorite holiday movie you have to watch every year? Do your grandmother’s antique decorations still adorn your Christmas tree? Then you’re sure to enjoy these familiar and well loved traditions in Waynesboro!

The Annie Moses Band brings a variety of music to the stage for its Christmas show.


This time of year, music takes center stage at Waynesboro’s historic Wayne Theatre. Christmas with Annie Moses Band (Nov 30, 7:30 PM) brings the ecclectic styles of bluegrass, jazz, and classical music to the stage with a band that is as much at home at Carnegie Hall as the Grand Ole Opry. If your tastes lean more country, local duo Wil and Langdon Reid will have your boots tapping in Wilson Fairchild Christmas (Dec 9, 8:00 PM). Once the finishing touches to your Christmas preparations are completed, you can unwind to the well-loved, singable tunes of the Carpenters in A Carpenters’ Christmas (Dec 23, 3:00 & 7:30 PM).

The historic Wayne Theatre gears up for the Nutcracker Ballet. Photo courtesy of the Wayne Theatre Facebook page.

Waynesboro offers three ways to enjoy the enchanting ballet, The Nutcracker. First, the Wayne Theatre will host Charlottesville Ballet as they dance a 90-minute version of The Nutcracker (Dec 2, 1:00 & 5:00 PM). Also on December 2, The Old Dominion Performance Arts Studio (ODPAS) presents An Afternoon of Nutcracker Sweets (1:30 PM), which includes a tea party and photo shoot with the cast of the Nutcracker, as well as dance classes with Clara and her cohorts. Tickets to this event include admission to either of ODPAS’ performances of The Nutcracker (Dec 16 and 17), celebrating 13 years of being Waynesboro’s own Nutcracker production.


Get a jump start on your shopping at Shenandoah Valley Art Center‘s Holiday Market (Dec 8, 10:00-5:00 PM and Dec 9, 10:00-8:00 PM). You’ll find hand-crafted items, exquisite jewelry, unique pottery, and more.

If you need a few hours of hassle-free shopping, drop your kids, ages 4-12, at the Elves Workshop (Dec 16, morning and afternoon sessions). They’ll love baking Christmas goodies, making special ornaments, and playing reindeer games while you shop (or sip coffee) in relative peace. Register with Waynesboro Parks and Recreation by December 13.

Santa rides the fire truck at the end of the Waynesboro Christmas Parade. Photo courtesy of Waynesboro Parks & Recreation.


Bring your own camp chair and blanket to the annual Waynesboro Christmas Parade (Dec 2, 6:00 PM). For decades, Waynesboro residents have kicked off the Christmas season with this magical, nighttime parade, featuring glowing floats and glitzy bands. Warm your hands with a hot chocolate from one of three hot chocolate stations along the parade route. You can also donate a new toy to the Toys for Tots float as it passes by!


Little ones will enjoy meeting Santa at the Wayne Theatre (Dec 2, 8:30-9:30 AM), followed by Christmas cartoons on the big screen. Santa will also make an appearance at Waynesboro Public Library’s Breakfast with Santa (Dec 9, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM). Bring your camera and your Christmas wish list to this fun family event, but don’t forget to register beforehand.

The Polar Express is one of three holiday movies shown on the big screen at the Wayne Theatre.


It wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic movies we’ve come to love, and what better place to watch them than at the historic Wayne Theatre! Favorites like Home Alone (Dec 20), Polar Express (Dec 21), and It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec 22) will delight you while you enjoy comfortable seating and concession treats. All showings are Pay What You Will.

Holiday traditions feel like a favorite, cozy sweater to bring calm in an otherwise busy season, so snuggle up with these festivities in Waynesboro, VA!