Not yet in the holiday spirit? Spending this Saturday in Middleburg is likely to get you on track.

When it comes to Christmas, Middleburg goes big with events over three days.

The celebration kicks off Friday night with a tree-lighting ceremony and carols behind the Pink Box visitors center at 12 N. Madison St.

But things really pick up Saturday morning when Santa arrives for an early breakfast and to help raise money to support the Middleburg Charter School. Tickets range from $5 to $18, with online ticket sales ending at noon Friday.

Of the seasonal offerings around Loudoun’s communities, only in Middleburg will you see two holiday parades.

Middleburg Hunt and Hounds Review is a unique spectacle that brings thousands of visitors into town early. The riders and the hounds gather behind the Red Fox Inn for ham biscuits and beverages to provide visitors an opportunity to get an up-close look before their 11 a.m. procession down Washington Street.

After that there are a host of family activities all around town to keep busy and warm until the main holiday parade. There also are plenty of restaurants open for lunch and the Middleburg United Methodist Church will offer a special serving of soup and ham biscuits.

At the Middleburg Community Center, there is a daylong craft fair featuring scores of vendors. At the Pavilion on North Madison Street, there will be a Santa’s Workshop featuring face painting, a pet show, children’s music and caroling and a visit from Santa. The workshop activities close at 1:45 p.m. to give families time to find their viewing position along Washington Street for the main parade that begins at 2 p.m. It’s among the largest parades in the county—with scores more horses, canines of many breeds, probably a couple of goats, maybe a pig or two, school groups, lines of classic cars, polo clubs, and marching bands—stretching a mile in length.

The day’s events wrap up with the Spirits of Middleburg progressive tour of the town’s food, wine, cider and distilled spirits establishments.

Festivities continue Sunday afternoon with the live animal Christmas pageant at Foxcroft School.

It is important to remember that Middleburg has a population of about 800 people, so finding parking spaces for the more than 10,000 visitors who will be in town on Saturday is a challenge. The event organizers are offering several parking options, with shuttle service offered from some locations. Charges may apply.

Full details of all the weekend’s events can be found at