Christmas in Smithfield fills December weekends

Christmas in Smithfield officially starts with the Christmas Tree lighting at the Smithfield Times Gazebo, 228 Main St., at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Local singers will entertain and a local ministers will offer a Christmas message.

But that’s just the beginning of the fun.

The always-popular antique show is set for Dec. 2-3 at the Smithfield Center, 210 N. Church St., featuring more than 25 vendors from throughout the region.

Also on Dec. 2, make reservations for the Deck the Halls with Christmas greenery workshops to learn how to adorn your home with a handmade centerpiece, swag or wreath. For cost and times, call 757-357-5182.

Enjoy a Colonial Christmas tea on Dec. 3 at the Smithfield Gourmet Bakery and Café. Two seatings are available: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. To make prepaid reservations, call 757-357-0045.

After tea, stick around for the annual Christmas Lighting of the Boats at 7 p.m. at Smithfield Station. A boat decorating contest, the lighting of the boats and complimentary hot chocolate and treats highlight the event.

Two special Christmas markets are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 and 16 in the Bank of Southside Virginia parking lot, 115 Main St. The popular evening market features more than 100 sellers offering arts, crafts, food, holiday items, and handcrafted gifts. The market is from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8, along Main Street.

The annual Christmas Parade — a highlight of the festivities — is at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9. The theme for this year’s parade is “The Spirit of Christmas.”

For more information on these events, call the Smithfield Visitors Center at 757-357-5182.

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