By Visit Loudoun
The scripts are handed out, the lights go down and a murmur of anticipation goes up in the audience.
Let the fun begin!
The fun in question is Stagecoach Theatre Company’s interactive dinner theater production of the comic Christmas-themed, murder-mystery, “Up on the Rooftop, Click, Click, Bang.”
To accommodate diners, the production is being staged in the Carriage House at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens for five nights in December, where intermission will be a three-course, socially distanced dinner catered by Pure Perfection.
“Audience members will be given roles and Detective S. Claus will try to solve the mystery of the murder of Frosty the Snowman,” said Producer and Stagecoach Founder Jerri Wiseman. “It’s great that people can still enjoy performing arts while socially distancing. We need the arts more than ever.”
Luckily, Stagecoach is not the only Loudoun business getting in the festive spirit this holiday season.
Over at Bluemont Vineyard, 15,000 holiday lights are strung through 10,000 grape vines that make the Blue Ridge hillside look like the landing pad for a spaceship. Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 2 vineyard staff will lead a countdown to the illumination, followed by a rousing holiday toast with Bluemont wines.
Talking lights, Dec. 14 is the start of Franklin Park Arts Center’s first Winter Lights Walk: the illumination of an array of lighted sculptures on a walkway through the grounds of the park. Open through Jan. 2, the festive outdoor experience features the work of local artists and is an extension of the Purcellville park’s indoor gallery exhibit, “Stars, Night and Winter Sky.”
Downtown Middleburg meanwhile resembles a scene from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Visitors can take part in a family-focused scavenger hunt, enjoy free hot cocoa at various stops, drop letters for Santa at the local post office and enjoy carriage rides down Washington Street where lampposts are hung with antique wooden Christmas ornaments and decorated with twinkling lights.
Staying in historic Loudoun towns, county seat Leesburg has a Christmas tree lit up in the Town Square and the streetlamps decorated with red ribbons and greenery. Don’t miss the annual Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Show, which moves outdoors on Dec. 5 to Freedom Park, and will feature more than 30 local artisans. The town puts a twist on its traditional holiday parade by offering a free Glitter and Glow Drive Thru at Freedom Park on Dec. 12.
There are more intimate events to get into the spirit, too.
Over in Lucketts, Old Lucketts Store is hosting its annual Holiday Open House four days a week through Dec. 20. Purchase a ticket online in advance to get access to the Holiday Design House—a festively decorated 19th century farmhouse on the property in which all décor and items in the home, from homeware to ornaments to furniture, can be purchased.