YORKTOWN — Yorktown will debut a brand-new event with music and holiday lights Friday — “An Enchanted Evening on Main Street” — beginning at 5 p.m.
Festivities are slated to begin with the Fifes and Drums of York Town at 5 p.m., followed by an ice carving demonstration in front of York Hall until 6 p.m. as well as food, hot beverages, and strolling entertainment available for visitors to enjoy for the remainder of the evening, according to a York County press release.
There will also be a live nativity scene, Christmas crafts, and the opportunity to speak with Santa. Then, from 7- 7:30 p.m., Mobjack Coffee Roasters and Petite Café will host a free Fire Pit Talk for customers. The Gallery at York Hall will be open for holiday shopping.
The event will end at 9 p.m. Free parking is available in several lots throughout Historic Yorktown, including on Ballard Street at York Hall, the County Administration Building, the York-Poquoson Courthouse and the two-level garage on Water Street. The Yorktown Trolley will run from 5-9 p.m. during this event.
Additionally, the Yorktown Waterfront will turn into a winter wonderland for Mistletoe Market, the final Yorktown Market Day event of the year on Saturday. The market is free and open to the public.
The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature wreaths and seasonal decorations; peanuts, potato chips and popcorn; holiday gift baskets; chowder and soups; baked goods; jams, jellies, and syrups; homemade soaps and candles; gourmet dog treats and other Virginia-made products, the county said. More than a dozen local artists will also be set up selling paintings, jewelry, stained glass, photography, painted gourds, and apparel made from alpaca fleece.
In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy food, a model train exhibit by the York County Historical Museum, and the trackless train running from open to close.
Santa will arive at 10 a.m. and stay at the market until close at 3 p.m.
Additional scheduled events include:
10-11 a.m. — an ice carving demonstration in front of the LOVE letters, next to the Freight Shed.
Noon. to 3 p.m. — a special outdoor holiday performance by Centerstage Academy on the fountain green.
1:00 p.m. — Dress in your holiday best and gather in front of Water Street Grille to march in the Toyland Parade as it makes its way through Riverwalk Landing led by the Fifes and Drums of York Town. The parade begins at 1:30. This is the fourteenth year of this community tradition.
Free parking will be available for this event in several lots throughout Historic Yorktown, as well, including on Ballard Street at York Hall, the County Administration Building, the York-Poquoson Courthouse and the two-level parking terrace on Water Street. The free Yorktown Trolley will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yorktown Market Days happen rain or shine. If it rains, vendors and artists will move into the lower level of the parking terrace. Extra activities may be canceled due to inclement weather, and will not be rescheduled. Visitors are encouraged to follow Visit Yorktown’s social media accounts for all event-related changes and announcements.
Additional information can be found on the official York Town webpage.