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 8 from 2 PM to 6 PM. Admission fees (adults - $10, 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

Come make:

  • Pine need sachets;

  • Clove and orange ornaments;

  • Old-fashioned paper tree ornaments;

  • Cast-iron triangle with striker;

  • Christmas cookies;

  • Popcorn and cranberry chain;

  • and Christmas carol ornament

Music and Festivities


  • Horse-drawn carriage rides

  • Storytelling

  • Treats from Father Christmas

  • Trissels Chime Choir;

  • Bridgewater Church of the Brethren Orff Ensemble;

  • Flute Choir;

  • Instrumentalists in historic 19th century buildings;

  • and carolers along the lantern-lit walkways.

Gingerbread House Contest

We’re excited to once again have Charles Hendricks (architect with the Gaines Group Architechts) judging our gingerbread house contest at Christmas at CrossRoads. This year the Gaines Group is sponsoring a $25 Downtown Dollars prize for the first place gingerbread house. Bring your house with you on Dec. 8, or drop it off during business hours anytime the week of Dec. 3-8.

Entrants will fill out a form in the Welcome Center of the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, then they will place the number next to their gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses will be displayed in the brick farmhouse during the event. Entrants do not need to pay the event entrance fee if dropping off their houses during the week (Monday-Friday) or on Saturday before 2 PM (10 AM - 2 PM). If you attend the event between 2 PM and 6 PM, the event entrance fee applies.

Mr. Hendricks will be judging the houses on the following criteria:

  • Originality / Creativity

  • Design

  • Structural integrity (your house should still be standing by the end of the event)

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