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Thursday-Sunday, November 29-Dec. 1
Warrenton Chorale’s “Christmas in Music”
Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St., Warrenton | Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Warrenton Chorale with the BRAVA Handbell Ensemble and the PB Smith Honor Choir presents Christmas in Music, a longtime holiday tradition in Warrenton. Dressed in formal attire, the Chorale members will once again bring color and beautiful music to the expanded sanctuary with an outstanding sound system. This year features a world premier choral work by composer Ralph Manuel. Tickets $15 for adults, and $5 for children K-12. http://warrentonchorale.org

Friday, November 30
Old Town Warrenton Christmas Parade, Gumdrop Square opens.
Old Town Warrenton | Parade begins at 6 p.m.
The magic of Christmas in Warrenton is about to unfold! Plan on coming out to Old Town and watching the Christmas Parade and welcoming Santa as he brings up the rear of the parade and ushers in the holiday season. Then be sure to take the kids to Gumdrop Square and Santa’s Secret Shop to talk to Santa and do a little Christmas shopping of their own, assisted by helpful volunteer elves. The parade this year is the biggest yet, with 93 groups entered, all vying for the three awards given: The Judges’ Award, Most Original, and the coveted Clark Griswold Award for the most over-the-top lighted display! https://www.facebook.com/events/279715025862594/

Saturday, December 1
Haymarket Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
Washington Street, Haymarket | 3-6 p.m.
Join family and friends as we kick off the holiday season at the Town of Haymarket 27th Annual Holiday Celebration! All the activities are free. Before the tree lighting at dusk, enjoy hot cocoa and cider, sing along with festive Christmas carols and musical performances, and roast marshmallows over the bonfire in front of Town Hall. Don’t miss Santa and Mrs. Claus as they ride through town and visit with the children! Kids’ activities also include a reindeer workshop (to make reindeer food) and Mrs. Claus’ cookie factory to decorate (and eat!) christmas cookies. The Town Museum stays open all day with a holiday-themed exhibit and a Christmas artisan and craft market. Bring your family, friends, and even pets! Sponsored by the Town of Haymarket. https://www.facebook.com/events/348706532356568/

Saturday, December 1
Bealeton Christmas Parade
Bealeton | 1 p.m.
Bring the family and enjoy this traditional small-town holiday parade followed by an exciting community festival. The Bealeton holiday parade is an annual tradition that has grown each year. Last year’s parade was the longest and most successful. This year the parade should be even more exciting and will conclude with the first post Parade festival. Each year brings new and surprising participants. Floats, antique cars, tractors, fire trucks, performers, animals, bands, and walking ensembles representing community group’s organizations, scouts, and businesses. The post parade festival features free refreshments, live entertainment, children’s activities and crafts stations, and merchant’s discounts, with some very special deep discount same day coupons. http://www.sofauquierbusiness.org/christmas-parade.html

Saturday, December 1
Santa at the Caboose
Warrenton Branch Greenway, Warrenton | 5-7 p.m.
Join us this holiday season for a special visit with Santa Claus in Warrenton’s vintage railroad caboose. Come enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, carolers, music, and roasted marshmallows. The activity is free and open to all. Sponsored by the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Warrenton Caboose. The event is free. https://www.facebook.com/events/2158750707683253/

Saturday, December 1
Marshall Christmas Parade
Main Street, Marshall | 11 a.m.
This is small town holiday celebration at its best. On the first Saturday of each December, the Marshall Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department hosts their All You Can Eat Breakfast (with eggs, bacon, scrapple, sausage, biscuits/gravies, potatoes, pancakes, and fried apples) and a visit with the Big Man himself, Santa. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive a discount on your breakfast. Then around 10 am, the breakfast wraps up because all of our Volunteers need to get the trucks all shined up and in the lineup for the parade. Everyone gets their seat on Main Street and the parade begins at 11 a.m. We have three judges from the community and they have the hard job of figuring out who will win our shiny trophies each year. Our entries include local schools, civic groups, churches, businesses. https://www.facebook.com/events/635960606805891/

Saturday, December 1
Stand-Up Warrenton Comedy Night
Verdun Adventure Bound, 17044 Adventure Bound Trail, Rixeyville | 8 p.m.
Get ready for a night of laughter to benefit Verdun Adventure Bound! Featured performers include Charlie Ross magician/comic, Gige Modrich, Kwame Amponsem, Maddy Gross, Martin Phillips, and Sandi Benton. The event is hosted by Mark Mensh. Refreshments for sale by Garnished Affair, and cash bar by Magnolia Vineyards. Sponsored by Dave the Mover. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 per person, $25 per couple. https://www.facebook.com/events/2359472870759566/

Sunday December 2
Gourmet Guys Give Back
Linton Hall School, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow | 1 p.m.
Bring your appetite on Sunday, December 2 and sample great food by local cooks! Gourmet Guys Give Back is a family-friendly event where local amateur chefs compete for “People’s Choice” and Judges’ Awards for their tastiest dishes. You’ll enjoy delicious food (appetizers, sides, soups, and entrees), raffle prizes, kids activities, music and more! Proceeds benefit the programs of Leadership Prince William and the PW Chamber of Commerce. Doors open at 1 p.m., the professional judging takes place at 2, Santa arrives at 2:30, and the winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

Coming up:

December 7, 14, and 21
Parents’ Night Out
Warrenton First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton | 6-9 p.m.
After taking the kids to Gumdrop Square, plan a little time for yourself to enjoy the holiday magic in Old Town Warrenton on Fridays in December. The First Baptist Church across from the Library on Alexandria Pike is hosting Parents’ Night Out on December 7, 14, and 21 from 6-9 p.m. Leave your children (kindergarten through 5th grade) with experienced child care providers and youth leaders to enjoy activities, movies, crafts, games and snacks while you enjoy some shopping or dinner in Old Town. $20 for the first child, $5 per additional sibling. Pre-registration is required by the Wednesday before. Information at birdiesstuff@gmail.com or 540-219-6954.

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