Each weekend through Jan. 2, the Loudoun valley will shine a little brighter. Bluemont Vineyard last night kicked off the second year of its Lighting of the Vines program. 

Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. the Bluemont team will lead a joyful countdown to the illumination of more than 15,000 lights strung throughout 10,000 vines sloped along the mountainside. 

With social distancing procedures and guidelines in place, guests are welcome to explore an enhanced vineyard experiences. During the day, visitors may join a family friendly outing at the whimsical Winter Wine-derland, located at The Stable event venue, nestled among the vines half way up the mountain where they can decorate gingerbread while sipping hot cocoa, roast marshmallows fireside and craft inimitable cork ornaments. There’s mulled wine and Christmas cookie wine pairings for adults, crafted by local Knead It Bakery. 

At the top of the mountain overlooking the full light display, the Harvest Room & Kitchen offers parties of up to six guests in selections of wine, small plates and shareable bites from the locally sourced menu, throughout a two-hour reservation. 

New this year, the staff plans Thursdays at “Love Local Nights,” donating 10% of proceeds as well as $10 of each “Love Local” box back to local nonprofits, including HeroHomes, Ryan Bartel Foundation, Boulder Crest Foundation and INOVA Foundation. Those looking to support their favorite charity but are not able to be onsite may purchase of a Love Local Box online for home delivery.

Reservations are reocomended during the event. For more information, go to ​bluemontvineyard.com/winter-reservations​ or call 540-554-8439.

Each weekend through Jan. 2, the Loudoun valley will shine a little brighter. Bluemont Vineyard last night kicked off the second year of its Lighting of the Vines program.