Christmas at CrossRoads

The Burkholder-Myers House lit up with lanterns and candles for Christmas.

The Burkholder-Myers House lit up with lanterns and candles for Christmas.

Every December, hundreds of residents of Harrisonburg City and the surrounding Rockingham County make Christmas at CrossRoads a part of their Christmas traditions. The small strength and beauty of candles in the still and silent darkness allows visitors a respite from the hubbub of commercialized Christmas chaos as they reflect on the experience of Advent preparations as they might have taken place 100 years ago. Join us this year on December 9 from 3 PM to 7 PM. Admission fees (adults - $7, students - $5, children 5 and under - free) support the ongoing work of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center.

In addition to the traditional candlelight tour, this year's celebration includes hands-on family crafts, live music and singing, and wonderful holiday refreshments.

Hands-on Family Crafts (3 PM - 5 PM)

Come make:

  • Christmas wreath or centerpiece;
  • Old-fashioned paper tree ornaments;
  • Cast-iron triangle with striker;
  • Popcorn ball;
  • Christmas candy;
  • Popcorn and cranberry chain;
  • and Christmas carol ornament

Music and Christmas Refreshments (5 PM - 7 PM)

Featuring:

  • Trissels Chime Choir;
  • Children's Christmas sing;
  • Appearance of Father Christmas with treats;
  • Instrumentalists in historic 19th century buildings;
  • Carolers along the lantern-lit walkways;
  • and a closing live Nativity candlelight walk through the woods ending at a stable with carol singing