On December 10 and 11, 2016, the 46th Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas will transform our town into a traditional Christmas setting. It is a chance to enjoy the moment, rather than obsess over what you need to get accomplished. You can heighten this experience by staying at a historic bed and breakfast in Harpers Ferry, WV that is within walking distance of the attractions. Here is why you should stay with us this year for Olde Tyme Christmas and take a break with history:
- Experience another time: Rushed shopping days and overwhelming social obligations can take the fun out of the holidays. When you experience our Christmas festival, it is a chance to experience the holiday season at a slower speed. There are simple pleasures available, like fresh green decorations and horse and wagon rides. Re-enactors in period costume add to the historic feel that seems to make time stand still. You are away from obligations, and now, you get to enjoy the traditional Christmas scenery.
- Entertainment: In addition to the feelings of a simpler day, there are also puppet shows, carolers, nativity scenes and music. A group of tuba players, Tuba Christmas, perform throughout the weekend, as do high school choirs and jazz groups. Visits with Santa and other children’s activities are available, which make this a perfect opportunity for a family get-together. And if you are feeling like you must get shopping done, there is no rush. All shops will be open for extended hours.
- Local crafts available: Harpers Ferry is known for its history and mountain culture. While you visit, you will have access to locally made pottery, books about the area, handmade jewelry, wrought iron home décor, local art, locally made wines and beer and old-fashioned Victorian-style candy. This is a great time to take advantage of the extended hours at all retail establishments and find that unique gift for the person who seems to have everything.
- The history: When you need a break from Christmas, there are hiking trails, panoramic views and museums to experience. Depending on the weather, you will likely prefer being indoors at a museum, but that experience will not disappoint you. Our history covers the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, African-American culture and the Industrial Revolution, with many artifacts to see. This is a special town, and there is never a shortage of things to do or learn.
Olde Tyme Christmas started when a local woman, Shirley Dougherty, created the idea for a local holiday festival. The merchants’ association kept it going as a promotional event to bring visitors to the area. In this day and age, the need for this event becomes more profound as people need a break from their demanding lives. This is a good chance to enjoy the season, rather than see it as merely a long to-do list.
Lily Garden Bed & Breakfast is a historic bed and breakfast in Harpers Ferry, WV, located in our historic district. If you would like to experience a Christmas unlike any other, call us today to make a reservation.
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