VMI Events for the Holiday Season

The Institute will be hosting and participating in a variety of holiday-themed events in November and December, on post, at our museums, and in Lexington and Richmond. Come celebrate the season with VMI!

VMI cadets march in the Lexington Christmas Parade.


VMI rats, or first-year cadets, will march in the Lexington Christmas Parade, to be held Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Lexington. The VMI Regimental Band, with pipes and drums, will appear in the Dominion Richmond Christmas parade for the 29th time since 1989. That parade will be Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10:15 a.m. on Broad Street.

Maj. Gen. Wins and his wife attend a candlelight service with cadets at VMI's Memorial Hall.

Spirit Night

VMI will welcome visitors to “Carols in the Courtyard” Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Members of the community will gather with cadets in the courtyard of Old Barracks to hear carols performed by VMI musicians. The VMI Chaplain’s Office will host a candlelight service in Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. following the conclusion of “Carols in the Courtyard.”

Entryway to the VMI Museum with wreaths on the door.

VMI Museum Holiday Open House

The VMI Museum, located in Memorial Hall, will hold its annual holiday open house Thursday, Nov. 30 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, door prize drawings, and discounts on many items in the store.

A costumed docent shows a museum visitor a Christmas tree at the Jackson House Museum.

Jackson House Museum

The Jackson House Museum will host “Christmas at the Jacksons,” Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 5-7:00 p.m. Step back in time and experience Christmas in 1858 while interacting with costumed interpreters. Visitors will decorate a Christmas tree with handmade gifts, churn butter in the kitchen, and help visitors from 1858 choose the proper outfit for dinner. Last tour will be at 6:40 p.m. Admission for the event is nonperishable food for humans and/or pets to benefit the Rockbridge Area Relief Association food pantry. Help us give back to our local community and come out for an evening of candlelit magic.  For more information on “Christmas at the Jacksons” call 540-464-7704 or visit the museum's website.

A young boy holds a wreath at the Bushong Farm Christmas event.

Christmas on the Farm

The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park will be the site for “Christmas on the Farm,” to be held Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, located in New Market. Explore the museum, make crafts, enjoy festive treats, and see a special Christmas film. Take a step back into 1859 and visit the Bushong family as they cook, sing, and tell stories in anticipation of a special Christmas visitor. Stop by the military camp and see how soldiers celebrated Christmas far from home in 1864. Event tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 and can be purchased at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Event prices are $10 per adult (ages 13 and older), $6 per youth (ages 6-12), children 5 and under are free. Bring two non-perishable canned food items to benefit our local food pantry to receive $1 off the ticket price.  For more information call toll free 1-866-515-1864 or visit the museum's website.

* Please note: Any changes to times or dates will be noted as updates in this story, as well as on individual calendar events.

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