Get into the Christmas spirit with shopping, greenery, caroling and holiday cheer at this year’s “Golden Village Christmas,” Saturday, December 7 in Heathsville! This annual celebration of Christmastide on the Northern Neck takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, in the heart of Heathsville’s Historic Town Square.

A lovely antique property that dates back to the late 1700’s, the Tavern will be decked out for the season that day. Strolling carolers will serenade shoppers while they savor a free cup of hot mulled cider.

Inside the Tavern is the “Heritage Arts Center” gift shoppe, where shoppers will find a large assortment of unique artisan-crafted gifts for sale. All wares are locally-made, including unusual handwoven towels, place mats and napkins, lace-knit shawls, quilted table runners, wooden boxes and trivets, pottery, handmade baskets, jewelry, and many other decorative and useful items.

Upstairs, the Spinners & Weavers’ Studio will be open and guild members will be demonstrating their skills. Downstairs, the Quilt Guild will be in residence in their studio. Before heading outside, stop to buy delicious home-made cakes, pies and cookies at Ye Ole Bake Shoppe.

Inside the “Transportation Museum Building,” which is located directly behind the Tavern, children will find a special shopping area just for them. For the princely sum of $1 per gift, kids ages 4 to 12 will be able to buy gifts for ten members of their family. Tavern elves will help them select appropriate gifts and then wrap the gifts as well.

Outside on the Tavern Green, a variety of vendors will be selling jewelry, peanuts, jams & jellies, alpaca wool items (come pet an alpaca!), American Girl doll clothes, fancy knitted items, Christmas decorations, and more gift ideas. Fresh door swags and other holiday greenery will be offered for sale by Tavern volunteers.

Santa will be waiting inside the “Carriage House” to greet children and have pictures taken (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Bring your own camera.

Then follow the smoke to the Tavern’s forge, where the Tavern Blacksmith Guild will be hard at work. The Tavern Woodworking Guild will be in residence at their colonial era workshop at the “Carriage House.”

Be sure to grab a free candy cane from one of the Tavern’s costumed docents as you leave.

For more information, visit www.RHHTFoundationinc.org or call 804-580-3377.

Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern glistens in the snow.