Barter at Christmas: 5 Unexpected Delights

The artsy mountain town of Abingdon, VA is known for its Christmas charm, and there’s one attraction that’s particularly delightful during the holidays. At Barter Theatre during this festive season, patrons can expect elaborate, gorgeous decorations throughout the common areas, hot cocoa at intermission, and a troupe of skilled performers to rival Broadway.

We’ve compiled a list of five unexpectedly delightful things about Barter at the holidays.

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1. There's something for everyone

Barter Theatre’s holiday lineup includes not one, not two, but FOUR holiday productions, ranging from naughty to nice.  

Families will appreciate the lavish musical production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, while adults will enjoy the though-provoking story of redemption in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.  For those who like their holidays a little more naughty than nice, The Santaland Diaries is a no-holds-barred confession of a department store elf. 

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2. Christmas spectacle + Holiday Heart

Members of Barter’s professional acting company are part of the national Actors Equity Union, meaning the performances are always top-notch.

“We have seen many plays there. Always professionally produced. What a treasure for this region. If you have never been, Please do yourself a favor, Go, Go, Go.” - Patty S., Trip Advisor

3. Magic fills the air throughout town

In Abingdon, holiday magic isn’t just found on stage at Barter Theatre. The whole town is decorated for the holidays. 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. Local merchants fill their shop windows with themed displays celebrating Barter’s holiday productions. Look for a popular local tradition: taking a selfie with the family of carolers located at the corner of Cummings and Main Street.

Dine in Abingdon while you’re in town for the show, and find a list of favorite local merchants here

Downtown Abingdon Shopping District At Dusk Christmas
Christmas carolers statues credit Jason Barnette

4. Tis the Season…

If you can’t get enough of holiday magic, you’ll appreciate Barter’s Christmas calendar, which kicks off in mid-November and runs through the end of December.  Matinee, weeknight and weekend night performances make it possible to fit a Barter show in to every schedule.  Our tip: for the best seating, call in advance for tickets.  

5. Make Memories

Long after toys break and clothes are outgrown, kids will remember the special magic of a Christmas trip to Abingdon to see a show at Barter Theatre.  Make special memories with a Barter experience that can be equally enjoyed by children, parents, and grandparents.

"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 ..." -  Evie H., Trip Advisor
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