McConnellsburg's tree lighting ceremony will be held in front of the Fulton County Courthouse on Friday, Dec. 5. The ceremony will include a visit from Santa. For further details, call 1-717-485-4064.
In Berkeley County, W.Va.:
- Christmas at the Bell Boyd House in Martinsburg will feature guest speakers, musical performances and refreshments on weekends from Friday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 1-304-267-4713.
- Downtown Martinsburg will ring in the holidays starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, with a tree lighting ceremony, the arrival of Santa, live Christmas music, a magician, children's activities and food vendors on the square at the intersection of South Queen and West King streets. For more information, call 1-304-262-4200.
- Martinsburg's "Old Time Christmas Parade" will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The parade will start at the former Blue Ridge Outlets, run north on Maple Street, east on King Street to Town Square, north on Queen Street to Martin Street, and east on Martin Street to the train station for lighting of the roundhouse. For more information, call 1-304-263-1142.
In Jefferson County, W.Va:
- Harpers Ferry merchants will host Holiday in the Mountains with live music Saturday, Nov. 29. Shops open for business at 10 a.m., musicians will perform in town all day, and the last shuttle leaves the Lower Town for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitors Center at 6 p.m. Go on the Web to www.harpersferrywv.net/olde_tyme_christmas_2003.htm for a listing of musical acts.
- Shepherdstown's annual Christmas parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
- Charles Town Mayor Randy Hilton will light the community Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in front of the town's courthouse.
- Santa will wave to crowds from the roof of the old National Bank building in Charles Town at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, before being escorted to the 62nd annual Charles Town-Ranson Christmas parade. Santa and about 100 other entrants - including marching bands, floats, civic groups and decorated cars - will depart at 2 p.m. from Beltline Avenue in Ranson, head south on Mildred Street, and west on East Washington and West Washington streets to the old Dixie Narco parking lot in Charles Town. For more information, call 1-800-624-0577.
- Harpers Ferry merchants' Olde Tyme Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 14, will include the lighting of the yule log, live music, living nativity, church tours, pictures with Santa, an arts and crafts show at the Hilltop House Hotel, magic shows, wine tastings, children's storytelling and other activities. Shops will stay open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, with the last shuttles leaving the Lower Town for the Visitors Center at 10 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. Visitors who wish to attend Friday evening events should park in the train lot. For more information, call 1-304-725-8019. For craft show details, call 1-304-535-2132. A complete schedule of events is listed at www.harpersferrywv.net/olde_tyme_christmas_2003.htm on the Web.
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will present Keeping Christmas - a weekend filled with presentations, exhibits and activities that capture a portrait of Harpers Ferry's past - on Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14. Programs include "The Perfect Gift: Christmas 1859," "Edible Pictures: The Art of Springerle" and "How the Yankees Stole Santa Claus." For specific program times, call 1-304-535-6298.
In Morgan County, W.Va.:
Carolers, Santa and shop specials are all part of Yule Weekend in Berkeley Springs from Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7. For more information, call 1-800-447-8797.