Christmas in Abingdon
Experience a classic small-town Christmas
Historic downtown Abingdon is full of charms during the holidays. Escape to Abingdon for a winter weekend getaway, and take care of your holiday shopping while you take in the twinkling lights and cozy eateries on Main Street.
Take your seat for a heartwarming holiday show at the Barter Theatre, famous for launching the careers of Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine and Patricia Neal. Enjoy a lavish production in the beautiful 500-seat theatre, originally built 1830, or head across the street to the intimate Barter Stage II for one of the theatre’s other holiday offerings.
Dinner at The Tavern, built in 1779, is a do-not-miss experience. One of Abingdon’s oldest buildings, it served as a hospital for wounded Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War.
More ways to play: Travel just twenty minutes to where the roar of the engines is replaced with the twinkling of two million lights along Bristol Motor Speedway’s holiday celebration, Speedway in Lights.
At The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, when you walk through the front door you might actually believe you’ve stepped back in time to Christmas in the 19th Century. The Martha was built in 1832 as a private residence for General Francis Preston. The original living room is now the main lobby, spectacularly decorated for Christmas.
During your stay, take advantage of The Martha’s spa packages, and enjoy a complimentary glass of port every night, sending you off to bed with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.
More places to stay: Check in to one of Abingdon’s numerous bed and breakfasts or cottages within walking distance of Barter Theatre. Or get off-season rates at national chain hotels. See a full list of lodging options >
Do your Christmas shopping in Abingdon’s historic district, beautifully decorated for the season.
Experience Holston Mountain Artisans, one of the oldest craft cooperatives in the U.S. offering a wide selection of finely made gift items. Visit the unique Abingdon Olive Oil Company tasting gallery, offering 52 flavors of specialty oils and balsamic vinegars. Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway, offers the best of the region’s craft, music, food and wine.
On Saturdays, the Abingdon Farmers Market highlights the work of local makers, from fresh wreaths and garlands to hand-crafted jams and jellies, dried apple rings and homemade pies.
More unique shopping: on Courthouse Hill, you’ll find a collection of stylish boutiques, home décor, wine and gifts. Head to the Market District for eclectic indie shops selling gift, antiques and edible delights. Read more about Abingdon’s historic downtown shopping district >