Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week
Nov 13 – Nov 20 all-day
Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week
This month, several locations on the Shore will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.
During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, ESVA residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
This year, Eastern Shore-area residents hope to contribute 5,000 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
“We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said Area Coordinator Nancy Kluis, who has participated in Operation Christmas Child for several years. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”
 (please call the Drop-Off Center phone numbers listed for daily hours of operation)
Onancock Baptist Church
Jayne Wilson
Union Baptist Church, Chincoteague
Marsha Eley
Exmore Baptist Church
Lucy Freeman
Trinity UMC, Cape Charles
Jim Moore
 For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, visit Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.
Arc of the Eastern Shore Meeting @ Eastern Shore Community Services Board
Nov 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arc of the Eastern Shore Meeting @ Eastern Shore Community Services Board | Exmore | Virginia | United States
The Arc of the Eastern Shore (re-branded from the ARC) will be meeting Monday, November 20, 2017 from 4-5 pm. at the ESCSB Day Support Center in Exmore, VA.   Everyone is welcome!  For more information please call 442-3312.


Turkey Trot Charity 5K @ Chincoteague High School
Nov 23 @ 8:30 am

8:30am. When you run with us Thanksgiving morning you are supporting our mission to work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. A 5K beginning and ending at Chincoteague High School.  This flat fast course has wooded views and is overlooking the Bay. Location: Chincoteague High School, 4586 Main Street. For more information go to

15th Annual Artisan’s Guild Holiday Tour
Nov 24 – Nov 25 all-day

The Artisans Guild invites you to join them for their 15th Annual Holiday Tour on November 24 th and 25th featuring 41 exciting artistsans in home studios, historic venues, alpaca farms and wineries. This self-driving tour includes 14 stops from Onancock to just north of the Bay Bridge Tunnel. Bring family and friends to do your holiday shopping on Friday and Saturday November 24th and 25th from 10am to 5pm. Brochures are available at local businesses, online at or by calling 757-302-0330.

Accomack Sheriff’s Department’s 3rd Annual Stuff the Car Event @ Wal-Mart Onley
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Redneck Romp 10 Miler & 5K Run/Walk @ Wachapreague
Nov 25 @ 7:45 am
The 2017 Redneck Romp 10 Miler & 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, November 25, 2017, in Wachapreague, VA.
This annual event benefits the Wachapreague Fire Company and Waste Watchers of the Eastern Shore.
Choose either the 10 miler or the 5K run/walk.
Commemorative event t-shirt, finishing medal, trophy by division, and post race celebration.
Leashed canines and baby joggers/strollers welcome.
Registration/Check-In 7:00-8:45
Gun Time 9:30

For more info call 757.999.4999 or visit:

Chincoteague Christmas Tree Lighting @ Main Street Chincoteague
Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm
Community Bingo on Chincoteague @ Chincoteague Community Center for the Arts
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Community Bingo on Chincoteague @ Chincoteague Community Center for the Arts | Chincoteague Island | Virginia | United States

1pm-3pm. CCA Community Center for the Arts, 6309 Church Street. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and socializing. Games are only $.25 each. Win prizes from local restaurants and shops. For more information visit

Grand Opening at Taylor Bank in Onley @ Onley Town Center
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pizza Night at the New Church Fire Company @ New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pizza Night at the New Church Fire Company @ New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue

Join the New Church Volunteer Fire Company the first Friday of every month from 5pm-8pm for to go Pizza! At the New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 4264 Firehouse Street, New Church. For more information go to

The Chair Place Players @ ESO Arts Center
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
The Chair Place Players @ ESO Arts Center | Belle Haven | Virginia | United States
Chairplace Players

The Chair Place, located in Craddockville VA, is bringing their jam session featuring a wonderfully eclectic group of musicians to the ESO Live! Stage.  Led by Bill Aeschliman on banjo, The Players play bluegrass, country, traditional blues, oldies, folk, gospel, classic rock, and British Invasion tunes. Join us and our friends down the road for an evening celebrating Eastern Shore musicians!


Music begins at 8 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM

Cash bar and refreshments available

​Reservations encouraged

Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade @ Main Street Chincoteague
Dec 2 all-day

The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in the Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade to be held on December 2, 2017 (please note: inclement weather date is Friday, December 8, 2017). Fire trucks, high-stepping equestrian units, decorated boats, shiny classic cars, stately marching groups, impressive motorcycles, and glittering floats will parade down Main Street. This year’s theme is “A Misty-cal Christmas” in honor of the 70th anniversary of Marguerite Henry’s award-winning children’s novel, Misty of Chincoteague.

There are activities galore for the young and old on tap for the weekend. The Chincoteague Police Department sponsors its annual Ride for Kids to provide toys for children in need, the American Legion hosts a Christmas Party from Noon to 2 p.m., the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance offers free Kids Art Classes from 1-2 p.m., and Historic Main Street Merchants sponsor “Homes for the Holidays” Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy dinner in one of our many restaurants, holiday sounds in Robert Reed Park by The Salt Marsh Ramblers at 6 p.m. and then watch the parade step off at 7 p.m.  Parade route begins at the intersection of Main Street and Maddox Boulevard and ends at the Chincoteague Firehouse with treats sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague and a visit with Santa. Awards are given for best floats, boats, fire companies, equestrian units, marching groups and miscellaneous entries.
Make the Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade a part of your holiday tradition. Spend the day in beautiful Chincoteague Island or book a room and stay the weekend! Plan to watch or fill out your entry form today to be a participant. Decorate your entry using the theme for a chance to win Best in Show! Forms can be found online at along with a full schedule of events. Deadline to sign up is November 17, 2017.
Frozen Food and Bake Sale @ Onley United Methodist Church
Dec 2 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Frozen Food and Bake Sale @ Onley United Methodist Church | Onley | Virginia | United States
The Soroptimist Club of Accomack County will be holding a Frozen Food and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 2nd from
8:00 am to 10:00 am at the Onley United Methodist Church on East Main Street.  Goodies may include frozen casseroles, quiches, soup, chili and baked goods.  All items are homemade by some of the Shore’s best cooks!  Stop by and stock up for the holidays.  All proceeds from the sale will benefit our community.
2017 Chincoteague Homes for the Holidays Tour @ Chincoteague Island
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 2017 Homes for the Holidays Tour will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 11am-4pm. It is the same day as the charming old fashioned Christmas parade, so mark your calendars and start planning for a fun filled weekend this winter!  For this year’s tour, we are adding a few special stops… an art studio, a craft cottage and a pop-up shop or two. If you have a unique space you’d like to share, please contact us!  “Every house on Chincoteague has a unique story and we would love to tell yours… it can be about the history of the house or the special traditions your family celebrates or how you restored your island home.” If you are interested in being on this year’s tour, please contact Kim Dennis at (703)599-4430 or stop by Hollyhocks on Main for more info.

Northampton Historic Preservation Society Holiday Dinner & Annual Meeting @ Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Onancock Christmas Homes Tour 2017 @ The Town of Onancock
Dec 9 all-day
Join us for a weekend of holiday festivities in historic, waterfront Onancock, VA, named one of Coastal Living’s Top 10 Best Small Towns on the Chesapeake Bay.

The 18th annual Onancock Christmas Homes Tour will be held December 9 from 1-5 p.m. Six private Onancock homes with diverse architectural styles will be decorated for Christmas and open for viewing. Ker Place, built in 1799 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also will be open to visitors and feature holiday décor.

Historic Cokesbury Church will host a free Music Festival. A variety of musical performances are planned from 2-6 p.m. including a Christmas carol sing-along. Visitors can drop in anytime throughout the event.
Holiday festivities begin the evening of Thursday, December 7 with a 7 p.m. free showing of the 1954 classic movie”White Christmas” in our historic theater, compliments of Roseland Cinema & Entertainment Center and the Roseland Theatre. Join us the next day for shopping and wine tasting, part of Second Friday, and for a special Christmas production ( also on Saturday) at the North Street Playhouse (tickets & times:
Santa arrives at the Onancock Wharf by boat, led by reindeers in kayaks, the morning of December 9 and our Christmas parade, featuring fire trucks, floats, ponies and more will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 5 p.m. Throughout the weekend, shop for unique, Shore-made gifts and dine at one of our many restaurants.
The town and wharf will be illuminated with Christmas and nautical-themed lights. Onancock, Virginia, chartered in 1680, is one of the oldest towns in Virginia. Homes tour proceeds benefit the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society and the Historic Onancock School Community & Cultural Center.
Additional information about all events will be published as available under Events at
Free Coat Closet @ Onley United Methodist Church
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Free Coat Closet @ Onley United Methodist Church | Onley | Virginia | United States

There will be a free coat closet monthly coat closet at the Onley United Methodist Church. Free coats to anyone in need.

November 11, December 9, January 6, and February 3. 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

For more information, or if you are unable to come at this time, please call the church office at 787-4155 or Jeanette Edwards at 787-1436.

Town of Exmore Annual Christmas Parade & Holiday Party @ Downtown Exmore
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm
Town of Exmore Annual Christmas Parade & Holiday Party @ Downtown Exmore | Exmore | Virginia | United States
December 9, 2017
6:00 P.M.
Main Street Exmore to the Exmore Town Park
Exmore’s annual Christmas Parade, a colorful tradition for the Town for over a decade, will take place on Saturday evening, December 9, beginning at 6 p.m. This year, the festive event, sponsored by the Exmore Community Fire Department, will introduce a new route, traveling south on Main Street and culminating in a family-friendly holiday party in the Exmore town Park, complete with Santa and a lighted holiday tree.
Floats and marchers, including local first responder units, vintage car owners, non-profit organizations, riding stables and businesses, will begin lining-up at 5:00 at the north end of Exmore, at the intersection of Main Street and Lincoln Avenue. The first wave of the parade will begin rolling out at 6:00 p.m., heading south on Main Street through the downtown area, towards Benjamin Avenue. After looping back north, everyone will head to the Exmore Town Park, where Santa and refreshments will be waiting.
Each year, prizes are awarded for the best floats and marching units, with both an official judging panel and parade watchers voting. There are no entry fees, and everyone is invited to participate, and attend. Entry forms are available at the Exmore Community Fire Department, or by contacting 757-442-7813.
Christmas Concert at the Downings UMC @ Downings United Methodist Church
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christmas Concert at the Downings UMC @ Downings United Methodist Church | Oak Hall | Virginia | United States

Dec 10, 3:00pm, Downings UMC Social Hall, Oak Hall, just south of T’s Corner.   – In His Name Ministries presents FREE Christmas music featuring the triplets Triple Praise and also the duet Unity.  Snacks provided

Chincoteague Library Features Ride Into Reading for Kids Ages 2-5 @ Chincoteague Island Library
Dec 14 all-day
Chincoteague Library Features Ride Into Reading for Kids Ages 2-5 @ Chincoteague Island Library | Chincoteague Island | Virginia | United States

The Chincoteague Island Library invites children 2 to 5 years old to Ride into Reading this fall. Tales 4 Tots stories, songs, finger plays and crafts will be held every Thursday at 10 AM from September 14 through December 14 (except Thanksgiving Day). The weekly themes will include school buses, trucks, trolleys, police cars, fire trucks, rockets, broom sticks and more! There will be visits by Stormy a Chincoteague trolley and other special guests. Open to all and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Chincoteague Island Library offers programs and services to children and adults year around, all free and open to the public. For more information about the library’s programs and services see the Library webpage at or visit the Chincoteague Island Library Facebook page.