Nelson County Christmas Parade Kicks Off With Tree Lighting On Dec 13th – Parade Dec 14th

Photo By BRL Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : ©2010-2018 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Rebecca Duncan, formerly of Nelson County, Virginia waves to the crowd during the annual Lovingston Christmas Parade in December 2010.
The annual Nelson County Christmas Parade will be held on December 14, 2019 at 6 P.M. – The weekend event kicks off the Friday before with a tree lighting and caroling along with home decorating judging on December 13th. 

Nelson County, Virginia

Friday, December 13th:

7:00PM: Tree Lighting Ceremony and Caroling.

The ceremony will take place at the intersection of Front Street and Main Street in the Village of Lovingston. Caroling will take place around the tree this year due to safety reasons.

7:15PM: Home Decoration Judging

The judges will walk the parade route and judge the homes that are participating in the contest. We will have three catergories this year and the winner in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate to one of the local eateries.

Saturday, December 14th:

3:00-8:00PM: Food Vendor Sales

The food vendors will be located at the old Theater and the NAPA buildings along Front Street, about mid-way through the village.

3:00-5:00PM: Visit and Photo Op with Santa

Santa will be taking visitors prior to the parade at the Well-Sheffield Funeral Chapel on Front Street.

3:00-5:30PM: Crafter/Vendor Sales

Crafters and other product vendors will be setup at the Bradshaw Building at the intersection of Front Street and Main Street.

6:00PM: Parade Time!

The theme for this year’s parade is Festival of Lights.

The Nelson County Parade Committee has now joined forces with the Lovingston Volunteer Fire Department to bring both the 4th of July Parade and the Christmas Parade to Nelson County. The collaborated effort will allow for better planning and setup of the parade in the future. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via e-mail at

Derek A. Kidd
Assistant Chief
Lovingston Fire Department
Media Relations
Nelson County Parade Committee


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