TRUE TREATS HISTORIC CANDY SHOP'S CHRISTMAS FILMS, TREATS, AND CRAFTS
True Treats Historic Candy will be showing Old Time Christmas films and classic commercials in their small theatre located in the rear of the shop. There will be treats available for purchase, as well as a craft station where visitors can create Christmas decorations using real candy.
11am to 1pm
Requires fee and regsitration
WHILE VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS DANCED IN THEIR HEADS WORKSHOP
During this Victorian candy-making workshop, visitors will learn the art and mystery of the confectioners' yuletide trade of making treats. Explore the world of sugar and make your own clear toy candy.
$25 per person (children under 6 years old may attend with a registered adult for free) which includes supplies for candy recipes and instructions from a Foodway expert.
SIGN UP SHEET LOCATED IN WHITE HALL TAVERN ON POTOMAC STREET ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT - FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
Enjoy a ride through Lower Town, Harpers Ferry in a horse-drawn wagon. A Harpers Ferry National Historical Park interpreter will provide you with historical facts while you listen to the clip-clop of the horse's hooves. Tours provided by Country Roads Carriage.
11am to 3pm
Tenfold Fair Trade
180 High Street
CHRISTMAS CARD CRAFT
Located on the staircase between High Street and Potomac Street, the Tenfold Fair Trade Collection shop will host a card-making craft. Use stamps, paper, and ink to create your own personalized Christmas cards for friends and family.
11am to 3pm
VICTORIAN GIFT WRAPPING
Bring your holiday purchases from Olde Tyme Christmas to the heated event tent on Shenandoah St. to be wrapped the Victorian way, "brown paper packages tied up with string." Wrapping is by donation and all proceeds benefit public programs at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Park Association.
11am to 3pm
DECK THE HALLS WITH STARS AND TINSEL
Hosted by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, this craft activity allows participants to create their own authentic 19th century yuletide decoration to take home with them, created from cut and stamped tin.
11am to 4pm
179 High Street
CHILDREN'S CRAFT & ACTIVITY CENTER AT TOWNS INN
Parents, warm up in the Towns Inn Parlor at the Mountain House on High Street. Your little ones will enjoy Christmas music, crafts for free and (some) crafts for a fee, board games, books, and kid-friendly snacks and drinks for $1 each. The Children's Craft & Activity Center will be open daily from December 1 through January 6, so stop in any time you're in Harpers Ferry during those dates. Click here to find a list of the treats that will be offered.
12pm to 3pm
Wooden Deck between High and Potomac Streets
OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT CRAFT
The Harpers Ferry Womens Club sponsors this fun and fulfilling craft for children. Kids will use peanut butter, birdseed, and a pinecone to craft a natural outdoor ornament to adorn our town Christmas Tree. Children will love helping local wildlife find nourishing food, and the critters will be grateful for a special holiday treat.
12pm to 4pm
HFNHP Courtyard between High and Potomac Streets
FEEDING THE WAR MACHINE: SOFT BREAD FOR SHERIDAN'S ARMY
Using a replica 19th century "beehive" wood-burning oven, Living History park rangers will demonstrate how 5,000 loaves of bread were made and baked in order to feed the hungry troops of the American Civil War.
12pm to 5pm
Purchase tickets in front of Battlegrounds Bakery or online
HISTORIC TOWNS FOUNDATION TOUR OF HISTORIC INNS
Enjoy a rare opportunity to peek inside the beautiful historic participating inns all decked out for the holidays. Tickets are $20 per person and are available for advance purchase through EventBrite. All proceeds go to support the non-profit Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation's restoration of the First Zion Baptist Church building as a cultural arts center.
This year will mark 35 years of Tuba Christmas in Harpers Ferry, conducted and coordinated by Rick Reaves. Tuba Christmas started 46 years ago in New York City as a tribute to the tuba-great, William Bell. It has grown to be a major event, taking place in over 250 locations nationwide celebrating the holiday season. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages come together from all around the country to take part. Witness an Olde Tyme Christmas favorite!
St. Peter's Church
110 Church Street
CHARLES TOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS
The students of the Charles Town Middle School Chorus will join Olde Tyme Christmas once again with a holiday performance at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry.
CAUGHT, FRENCH BILL GUIDED PROGRAM
Follow the Provost Marshal as he deals with the crimes of a well-known military deserter. This ranger-guided program is hosted by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and will take you back in time to the American Civil War.
2pm to 4pm
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS STROLLING THROUGH TOWN
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be strolling through Lower Town, Harpers Ferry (Shenandoah, Potomac, and High Streets) and visiting with guests. Just look out for the red suit. Feel free to ask questions, let them know what's on your Christmas list, and snap some photos!
St. Peter's Church
110 Church Street
A ONE-MAN PERFORMANCE OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Sit back and enjoy A Christmas Carol like you’ve never seen it before. Devan Whitacre returns to Harpers Ferry to spread a little Christmas cheer with a one-man rendition of Charles Dicken’s classic tale.
Dry Goods Store Exhibit
STORYTELLING OF A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, 1864
Read by Ranger Beth of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, this is the most famous and well-remembered American poem of all time. Step inside the Dry Goods Shop exhibit on Shenandoah Street, where visions of sugarplums will dance in your head.
HFNHP Bus Stop
LAST SHUTTLE BUS DEPARTS
The shops in Harpers Ferry and Bolivar will be open late during the Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration; until 9pm or later on Saturdays, and 6pm or later on Sundays. The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has graciously agreed to run their shuttle buses to the main visitor parking lot on Shoreline Drive until 9:30pm and 6:30pm, respectively. Find shuttle and parking information here.