Downtown Ashland is set to turn back the clock once again and transform into a vintage Christmas village that individuals and families of all ages will not want to miss. In the twinkling of an eye, this small town will jump back in time to its beginnings as a turn-of-the-century resort for train travelers. A mile-long light display and a series of special events will welcome visitors to enjoy a unique vintage holiday experience.
“Light Up the Tracks is much more than the typical holiday-lights display because we wrap heritage and culture into a delightful experience for everyone who comes through town,” said Ashland Mayor Steve Trivett. “Lights, along with a series of special events each weekend – a new feature this year – are sure to attract many from across central Virginia and beyond who want to experience the holidays in a unique way.”
More than sixty grand homes and charming storefronts facing the train tracks and Ashland’s main street will be transformed into a storybook display of more than 75,000 lights.
“Dominion Energy is so pleased to help light up Ashland for the holidays and spotlight its charm for residents and visitors alike,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
With the help of Dominion Energy as sponsor, Ashland residents and visitors can enjoy a transformation of this quaint during the month of December with holiday sights, sounds, festive Christmas decorations, live music, children’s activities, photo stations, appearances by Santa, and more.
Shoppers wanting to experience the charm of Ashland’s Main Street will find high-quality local gifts and decorations at many of the local shops. Visitors are also invited to warm up with a glass of wine or hot chocolate and enjoy the variety of food and drinks from the town’s many restaurants.
This year, for the first time, the town will host multiple holiday celebrations every Saturday from December 1 until December 22. These vintage holiday-inspired events include a caroling concert, marching band performances and a street party.
Look for the following events:
Saturday, December 1
Light Up the Tracks Celebration
6:00-9:30 p.m. at the Ashland Library Plaza
*hosted in partnership with Ashland Street Parties
Saturday, December 8
Local High School Marching Band Holiday Show
4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Ashland Town Center
Saturday, December 15
4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Ashland Town Hall
Saturday, December 22
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ashland Theatre
*open for visitors and photos with Santa