If you missed last weekend’s rainy Christmas celebration in Middleburg, you can get a strong boost of holiday spirit Friday and Saturday in Leesburg.
The town’s monthly First Friday activities, which always draw large crowds to downtown shops, restaurants and breweries, will feature a special community gathering on the Town Green for the annual tree and menorah lighting and a bit of caroling Friday night starting at 6 p.m. After that, more than 45 downtown shops, restaurants and businesses will be open late, with live music, special sales and holiday cheer. For a full listing of First Friday activities and specials, go to leesburgfirstfriday.com.
Festivities continue on Saturday, starting with the Jingle Jam concerts at the Tally Ho Theater. In its 10th year, these performances by an all-star band of musicians with local ties are holiday favorites and this year tickets for the day’s three shows sold out in record time.
The town’s Christmas and Holiday Parade takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday. The parade will usher Santa and his friends down King Street, through historic Leesburg. The parade will begin at Ida Lee Drive and end at Fairfax Street. Parade participation is open to the public, including businesses, civic groups, teams, organizations, and community groups. Registration is requested, and the lineup begins at 5 p.m. Go to leesburgva.gov/holidaysinleesburg for details.