A Very Barter Christmas: Unexpected Delights for the Holiday Season

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Those who have never experienced the holiday season at Barter Theatre in Abingdon are truly missing out. It’s not your average theater, and it’s not your average “come watch our holiday show and go home” experience. Rather, attending a show at The Barter Theatre during the Christmas season should be a tradition. Indeed, an annual holiday destination.

A Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre

A Christmas Carol at Barter Theatre

“The Christmas shows at the Barter are one of my very favorite things to do during the holiday season. It has become a tradition of sorts for me and my friends or family to start the season off with one of the favorite holiday classics …” Trip Advisor user Evie H.

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Over the River and Through the Woods at Barter Theatre, Christmas 2017

At Barter Theatre during this festive season, patrons can expect elaborate, gorgeous decorations throughout the common areas, as well as hot cocoa to warm you as you come in the door. Holiday trees are here, there, and everywhere! It’s a truly delightful scene.

The gift shops – one at Barter proper and another at Barter Stage II – have souvenirs and gifts to choose from. Perhaps someone on your list needs a gift certificate to share this experience with you next year?

The gift shop in the Barter Theatre is especially festive at Christmas.

The gift shop in the Barter Theatre is especially festive at Christmas.

2016 CHRISTMAS SEASON AT BARTER

The shows rotate near-daily at Barter and Barter Stage II. Hurry to order your tickets online before they’re sold out!

BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOW

Downtown Abingdon is especially beautiful this time of year. Stroll Main Street to window shop and appreciate the decorations or get a bite to eat. Some of the nearby favorites are Rain Restaurant & BarSisters American Grill, and Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grille. At Barter Stage II, Political Dogs is serving “gourmet casual comfort food,” including excellent hot dogs, of course!

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STAY THE NIGHT

Walk to the show when you stay the night nearby. Consider the illustrious Martha Washington Hotel and Spa, also glittering with stunning holiday décor. The Park Street Guesthouse is just two blocks away and offers all of the comforts and privacy of home.

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EXTEND YOUR STAY

Expand your footprint beyond downtown Abingdon when you visit “must-see” places like Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway and Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview.

A Christmas Tree, fresh cut from the McDaniel Tree Farm in nearby Konnarock, loaded with artisan ornaments for sale at Heartwood: The Southwest Virginia Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, VA

A Christmas Tree loaded with artisan ornaments for sale at Heartwood: The Southwest Virginia Artisan Gateway

No trip to Abingdon is complete without at least a short jaunt on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Walk a brisk mile or two to work up an appetite for hot soup or a hot toddy.

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Casey L. Higgins is a writer, editor, content consultant, and social media strategist working in the realms of travel and small business. She's also a mom and wife living in and loving the mountains and valleys of Virginia. Casey previously wrote for Virginia is for Lovers and is excited to share her enthusiasm for Virginia's family fun, outdoors, and culinary delights.