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Holidays at Home in Harrisonburg

Holidays in Harrisonburg

With COVID-19 procedures and precautions changing every day, it can be hard to keep up with Holiday events in Harrisonburg! Where can you find events and activities happening and stay up to date with what’s been canceled? We have done the hard work for you! Below we have collected information on holiday events happening in Harrisonburg and virtual events to help fill your holiday season with plenty of cheer!

Local Events

Small Business Saturday
It is more important than ever to shop small on Small Business Saturday, November 28th! With COVID-19, small businesses are struggling more than ever and need your support this holiday season. Many downtown Harrisonburg businesses are offering sales and specials for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Shop online, in person, or buy a gift card to help Harrisonburg businesses stay strong!

Harrisonburg Holiday ParadeHarrisonburg Holiday Parade
The revisioned Harrisonburg Holiday Parade “Reverse Parade of Lights – Let’s Brighten The Sky!”, has been officially canceled due to new COVID-19 Guidelines.

Cookie Tour
Take the sweetest tour of downtown Harrisonburg with the Cookie Tour, on Saturday, December 5th! Stop by the 12 participating locations in any order you choose to build your own plate of locally-made holiday cookies! Support local businesses in downtown Harrisonburg and treat your sweet tooth!

NYE Glow Run
The Annual New Years’ Eve Glow Run by VA Momentums and Generations Crossings, will take place on December 31st and is the best way to ring in the new year in Harrisonburg! This out-and-back 5K course will run through downtown and JMU’s campus and be lined with flashy lights and DJs!

Virtual Events:

Many of America’s favorite Holiday Events are still happening this year for everyone to enjoy from home!

Thanksgiving Day ParadeMacy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be converted to a made-for-TV spectacle, featuring the larger-than-life balloons, over-the-top floats, and big-name performers! You can watch the parade as always on NBC on Thursday, November 26th from 9 am to noon. Or, watch the live stream!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Enjoy the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd with a live national broadcast hosted by NBC to officially mark the start of the Christmas season!

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Washington D.C’s 98th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday performances will take place on December 3rd on thenationaltree.org.

New Years Eve Ball DropNew Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Time Square
The Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Time Square will also occur virtually this year. You can still countdown the ball drop and pop some champagne in the comfort (and warmth!) of your own home! The event will feature the iconic ball drop countdown, as well as performances and a recap of the year’s events broadcast on television and live stream.

Whether you decide to celebrate your holidays virtually this year or find a way to visit family and friends, be sure to stay safe this Holiday season!

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