You don’t have to trek to the North Pole to find pure holiday magic this year. The Christmas spirit is alive and thriving on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the charming town of Cape Charles — and you can find it in full effect every Friday from Thanksgiving until December 22nd.
Presented by Cape Charles Main Street, Festive Fridays transforms the town into an old-fashioned winter wonderland from 5-8 p.m. Mason Avenue, Strawberry Street, and Pine Street will be closed to traffic at this time to allow for safe and festive celebrating, shopping, and socializing with friends and loved ones. Dozens of trees (almost double last year’s numbers!) will light up the historic district, and the town’s shops and restaurants will dazzle visitors with their holiday displays.
This year’s lineup of events includes plenty of live music and performances, face painting and activities, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Every week, the Northampton High School marching band will parade through town performing holiday favorites, and local shops and galleries will stay open late so shoppers can check off their gift lists.
Every evening at 8 p.m., grab a cozy seat at the historic Palace Theatre on Mason Avenue for free screenings of holiday favorites. And, thanks to generous local sponsors, this year’s lineup includes The Polar Express(Nov. 24), Elf (Dec. 1), The Santa Clause (Dec. 8), Christmas Vacation (Dec. 15), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (Dec. 22).