As the final month of the year rolls through, the town of Montross is gearing up for its annual Christmas Spirit Festival. The best way to describe it is as something of a mix between a First Friday and the Fall Festival. Town Manager Patricia Lewis had high hopes for the festival, especially after last year’s event went so well.

“I think it’s gonna be great,” she said at the meeting, “All we have to hope for is good weather at this point.”

Beginning December 6, the festival features activities across the town over the course of the weekend, starting on Friday, including stories and refreshments at the library at 5, as well as Christmas exhibits by Cathy White at the Westmoreland County Museum.

Many more activities take place throughout the day and evening, but the highlight of Friday night will be the tree lighting at 6 p.m. in the old courthouse square, which will feature music, dance, and dedications. Saturday will feature the great bearded glacier that is Santa Claus over at the Old Courthouse, while Sunday closes things out with the Westmoreland County Museum Christmas Church Tour and Gala at Rivah Vineyard. A full schedule is available at the Town of Montross’ website.

Meanwhile, all through the weekend, the Montross Brewery will be breaking out their Christmas Ale and the Carrot Cottage will be taking a chainsaw to the prices of its Washington Nationals World Series Championship items, as well as featuring door prizes and refreshments.

Festivals like this tend to be what attracts people to small towns like Montross, and also a big part of what keeps people here. Barring bad weather, it’s safe to say that the town and those that live in it will have more than enough cheer to welcome the Christmas season.

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