Every December, hundreds of residents of Harrisonburg City and the surrounding Rockingham County make A Heritage Christmas a part of their Christmas traditions. The small strength and beauty of candles in the still and silent darkness allows visitors a respite from the hubbub of commercialized Christmas chaos as they reflect on the experience of Advent preparations as they might have taken place 100 years ago. Join us this year on December 14 from 2 PM to 6 PM. Admission fees (adults - $10, students - $5, children 5 and under - free) support the ongoing work of the Brethren & Mennonite Heritage Center.

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In addition to the traditional candlelight tour, this year's celebration includes hands-on family crafts, live music and singing, and wonderful holiday refreshments.

Hands-on Family Crafts

Come make:

  • Pine needle sachets;

  • Clove and orange ornaments;

  • Old-fashioned paper tree ornaments;

  • Cast-iron triangle with striker;

  • Christmas cookies;

  • Popcorn and cranberry chain;

  • and Christmas carol ornament

Music and Festivities


  • Horse-drawn carriage rides

  • Storytelling

  • Treats from Father Christmas

  • Trissels Chime Choir;

  • Bridgewater Church of the Brethren Orff Ensemble;

  • Flute Choir;

  • Instrumentalists in historic 19th century buildings;

  • and carolers along the lantern-lit walkways.