Getting into the holiday spirit in Lexington

Josette Corazza

In my opinion, the holidays are the best time of the year in Lexington. The lamp posts lining the streets of downtown all decked out in their signature wreaths and bows somehow transform the town. Once the first snow comes through, already-scenic Rockbridge County becomes postcard perfect.

Although very few students will be spending their winter break here in Lexington, I encourage everyone to take advantage of the festive events leading up to the holidays. Many happenings are centered around the history of Rockbridge County and are a great way to learn more about the place we all call home for three-fourths of the year. If you are not so much of a history buff, there are events that serve simply to get you into

the holiday spirit and appreciate Lexington in all its festive glory.

The annual Downtown Lexington Christmas Parade features floats, fire trucks, marching bands, singers and dancers. The parade is a great opportunity to see the talents of different dance companies, the local high school’s many performing organizations, and the intricately decorated floats of local businesses and groups. With a spectacular finale featuring Santa and Mrs. Clause, the parade is a great community event that even college students could genuinely enjoy.

The Downtown Lexington Jingle Bell Run is a relatively new Lexington tradition and a fun twist on the typical 5K. Participants run or walk through the streets of downtown with bells on their feet. If you are looking to get in shape and simultaneously get into

the holiday spirit, this event combines both aspirations excellently.

The Natural Bridge State Park is a popular nearby attraction. If you have not yet had the chance to view the natural bridge of Rockbridge County’s namesake, the holiday season is a great time to do so.

The Festival of Trees will be happening from Dec. 1 – 21. You can head over to the state park to get further into the holiday spirit by viewing festive trees decorated by state park friends and community supporters. Visitors can vote on their favorite tree by leaving a canned good under the tree of their choice.

The Luminary Stroll will take place on Saturday Dec. 10 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Visitors can enjoy an evening stroll under the Natural Bridge by light of luminaries and the stars. Tickets are $8 for adults and can be purchased inside the Visitor Center. I am sure that viewing the Bridge in this way could excite even a veteran visitor of the park and is worth the trip.

Whether you are more drawn to getting into the holiday spirit here in Lexington by admiring Christmas lights or participating in the Jingle Bell Run, waving to Mr. and Mrs. Clause in the holiday parade or admiring the Natural Bridge by starlight, be sure to take a break from end-of-term studying to appreciate Rockbridge County in its festive glory. Although I am sure every student’s home town during the holidays holds a special place in their heart, celebrating Lexington during the holiday season can benefit everyone by giving us that warm and fuzzy feeling of cheer right when we all know we most need it.