PURCELLVILLE, VA — The town of Purcellville is preparing for the holiday season, with a parade, tree lighting and much more on the schedule. However, several changes have been made to the town’s traditional Christmas festivities to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Both virtual and in-person events will be held in December. Purcellville’s website has information about the events and any restrictions.
“We look forward to creating new traditions as we celebrate this year’s holiday season in Purcellville,” the town said Monday in a news release.
Among the scheduled events are:
Town Tree Lighting, Friday, Dec. 4 — The Purcellville Tree Lighting will be held Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. through a Facebook live event. Citizens will be able to watch the traditional start to the holiday season from their homes. Additionally, an in-person event is also being planned, although that may change depending on the coronavirus crisis, the town said. Registration is required to attend in person and space is limited. Details will be provided to those who register. Should circumstances change, the event may become only a Facebook Live event, and those who have registered will be notified. Those interested in attending in person may register online by Dec. 1.
Reverse Parade on Hirst Road, Saturday, Dec. 5 — This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 on Hirst Road from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be a reverse parade with participants lined up on the west side of Hirst Road with decorated floats and vehicles. Those who wish to view the parade will drive by the stationary units to enjoy the decorations from their vehicles. To participate in the parade, register online by Nov. 30.
Holiday Lights Tour, map available on Saturday, Dec. 5 — Sign up to have your home or business on the annual Holiday Lights Tour map. Homes and town businesses that are signed up will be added to a map that will be made available on the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Facebook page, the Christmas in Purcellville Facebook page, and the town website in the events and activities section. Bus tours will not be provided this year. Residents who are decorating their homes should sign up online by Nov. 30.
Virtual Holiday Market, Dec. 6-12 — This year’s market will be held virtually. Local businesses and those who have participated in the market in the past are welcome to register online by Nov. 30 to be featured on the Christmas in Purcellville Facebook page.
Virtual Ornament Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 12 — The holiday ornament workshop will be virtual this year. A video will explain how to make ornaments. The video will be published on the Christmas in Purcellville Facebook page as well as the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Facebook page on Saturday, Dec. 12.
Virtual Lego Train Display, Saturday, Dec. 12 — Town staff is planning a video of the popular Lego display. Watch for that on the Christmas in Purcellville Facebook page and the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Facebook page on Dec. 12.
This article originally appeared on the Leesburg Patch