Photo courtesy of Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce

14be61c514e7743a8e71409d23b73d9cIt’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play


Colonial Beach Performing Arts Association brings the beloved American holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life to Colonial Beach, VA, as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. The show will open on Friday, November 30 and run through Sunday, December 16, with nine performances, held  Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday afternoons at 3 pm. (No performance December 2. Two performances Saturday , December 8, at 3 pm and an evening performance at 8 pm.)

Breakfast and Photo with Santa

Breakfast and photos with Santa at Colonial Beach High School, supporting the junior class. December 1, 8-11 am.


Santa’s Wonderland at Winter Festival & Lighted Golf Cart Parade

Watch Santa roll into Colonial Beach, Virginia, for the Town’s Winter Festival, hosted by the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday, December 1, Noon-4 pm.

The event features photos with the jolly man himself in Santa’s Wonderland, Christmas tree sales, pony and hay rides, games, a warm fire pit, bike raffles, and food and craft vendors. Don’t miss the Lighted Golf Cart Parade as residents decorate their golf carts in holiday cheer!


Photo: Bobby Hooker


Annual Colonial Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Now in its 21st year, the Annual Lighted Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by Colonial Beach Yacht Center, features boats of all sizes decked out for the season, sailing down the Potomac River in formation, on Saturday, December 1.

Lights twinkle, horns blow, all to enchant viewers on Town Pier and the beachfront. Everyone…kids and kids-at-heart…delight in this festive kick-off of the holiday season.

The parade beings at approximately 4:45 pm at Marker 2 (at Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar) and returns to Colonial Beach Yacht Center on Monroe Bay for hot soup to warm the chilled spirits! The top 3 lighted boats will be awarded at Dockside following the parade.

A Captain’s meeting will be held Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 am at Dockside to review parade route and formation. (The captain or representative must attend this meeting.)

Participation forms are available at the Beach Service Center at Colonial Beach Yacht Center or contact Jeremy Bragiel for more information, 231-649-2286,

Don’t winterize your boat until you’ve participated in this parade! Bring your friends and their boats!


2nd Annual Lighted Jeep Parade

Immediately following the Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 1, is the 2nd Annual Lighted Jeep Parade hosted by Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar. The event, featuring a parade of decorated Jeeps, is a fundraiser for the No Child Left Behind Colonial Beach Elementary School Toy Drive.


The Lighted Jeep Parade begins at dark, after the Lighted Boat Parade. But the fun starts early! Live acoustic music provided by Huntley, North Pole Santa Workshop, raffle and Santa List kicks off at 1 pm. After the Lighted Parade, stick around for Dockside’s Ugly Sweater Contest and music from Yoko Says No, from 6-10 pm.


Photo: Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar


Crafts for a Cause

A fundraiser for a 2019 Summer Art Camp series via Colonial Beach Foundation, Colonial Beach Outfitters, Crafts for a Cause features local craft vendors, craft beer from Colonial Beach Brewing, craft food from Denson’s Grocery & R&B Oyster Bar, craft live music from local musicians, kids activities, contests, craft-making, ugly sweater contest, silent auction and more! December 1, 11 am to 3 pm.

Advent Concert Series

To celebrate the Advent season, Colonial Beach Baptist Church presents its Advent Concert Series, beginning Sunday, December 2, at 3 pm. Each Sunday during December, until December 23, features a different theme and special guest.

All-You-Can-Eat-Breakfast and Pictures with Santa

A fundraiser hosted by the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. All-you-can-eat breakfast with a special appearance by Santa and craft table for kids of all ages! Support the guys and gals of Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department! December 8, 8-11 am.

Colonial Beach Christmas House Tour


Photo: Colonial Beach Baptist Church

A fundraiser for the Museum at Colonial Beach, the annual Christmas House Tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 8. Participants can arrive at the Museum at 5:30 pm for an Open House/Tour and refreshments, then depart via trolley, bus, van or their own vehicle at 6 pm.

Sponsored by the Colonial Beach Historical Society, the House Tour was started by community resident Betty Whitestone 18 years ago, as a way to celebrate the season and showcase some of the stunningly decorated homes in Town.

Each year, the tour features 5 different houses and one church, this year being Colonial Beach Baptist Church. Space is limited to 80 participants, who will be divided up to allow for ample touring of each property.

December Craft Show and Christmas Day Buffet

Riverboat on the Potomac will host a December Holiday Craft Show on December 8, from noon to 4 pm. Riverboat will also be serving a Christmas Day Buffet, overlooking the mighty and beautiful Potomac River, December 25th 12-5 pm.

Chalky Ornament Painting

Chalky Painting your own ornaments at Southern Bella Salon, December 8, from 4-5 pm. Choose jingle ball, candy cane, snowman and stocking.

2nd Friday Holiday Art Walk

A special Holiday 2nd Friday Art Walk featuring works by local and regional artists, on Friday, December 14, 6-9 pm. Various locations throughout Town including Museum at Colonial Beach, Artists’ Alliance at Jarrett Thor Gallery, “VISIONS BY SHIRL”, Dockside Realty, Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and more, hosted by Colonial Beach Artists Guild. Visit the “Recycled Art” show at the Potomac Fisheries Commission Building, featuring art pieces made by Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild members.

Christmas Party with Hard to Tell

The Tides Inn Market is hosting its Customer Appreciation Christmas Party on Saturday, December 15, from 5-8 pm. Wear your festive Christmas sweater or outfit, dance and be merry with the Hard to Tell Band. A little Run Run Rudolph is always a good time!


Photo: The Tides Inn Market


Modern Day Nativity Play

New Life Ministries will present Down to Earth 2018, a modern day Nativity Christmas drama on December 16 and 19, 7-8:30 pm.

Near Colonial Beach

A Washington Family Christmas

washington-christmasSaturday, December 15, 2018, 10 am to 7 pm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

The Washington family celebrated the 12 days of Christmas which begins on Christmas Day and ends on January 6. The Memorial House will be decorated for the holidays and filled with colonial music. The plantation will be busy with demonstrations and activities performed by costumed interpreters. The park will be illuminated at dusk with candles.

Christmastide at Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall will be seasonably decorated for this event featuring live music, storytelling, visit with Santa, Christmastide Dinner, jingle bell wagon ride around the historic grounds, and cider by the yuletide bonfire, on Saturday, December 8, 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm.


Photo: Stratford Hall

Night Before Christmas Wagon Ride & Story

Bring a warm blanket, your singing voice, a sense of humor, and the family – young and old to nearby Caledon State Park to sing holiday songs while taking a wagon ride through the winter woods. After the ride, return to the Visitor Center for hot chocolate and a reading of the classic holiday story, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Reservations required. Various dates December 9-22.

Santa’s Trunk or Treat

King George’s Bary Motors’ first annual Santa’s Trunk or Treat. A free family friendly event including pictures with Santa, DIY salt dough ornaments, hot cocoa, and letters to Santa. Car trunks decorated to be Santa’s workshop. December 15, Noon to 3 pm.



Holiday Fest

Stop by Murphy Hall at Westmoreland State Park on December 16, from 1-4 pm, to celebrate the holidays! Cookies, refreshments, crafts and Santa!


Visit from Santa and the Fire Department

Santa and the local fire department will make a stop at nearby Gitie’s in King George, for a visit and photos with the kids on December 18, 5 to 6:30 pm.