What’s New in Berkeley Springs December 10-16, 2018

Holiday fun continues in Berkeley Springs this weekend with shopping taking center stage in our Christmas Town.

Mountain Laurel Gallery’s annual Christmas Sale is underway and continues through Thursday with extended hours to 7pm, 20% off everything in the store and 75% off certain items.  Berkeley Springs Memories is serving cookies to shoppers every day, Weds-Sun and on Weds, Thu and Fri, the Big Wheel will be spinning to designate discounts.  On Saturday, the Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop is offering complimentary hot spiced cider and delicious cookies! The Ice House Galleries are filled with holiday gifts by local artists and open Thu-Sun 11am to 5pm. While there watch John Simpson do his hand-hewn wooden bowl-making demonstrations on Saturday from 11-5.  Visit all the shops in and out of town for special treasures that makes your holiday shopping easy.  At Jules, Enchanting Gifts you can shop like Santa with cookies on the weekend and opportunities for selfies in the holiday sleigh. On Sunday from 1 to 3pm, Mineral Springs Trading Company has a Christmas Crafternoon so the kids can create while you shop.

Santa is a popular fella this time of year and on Saturday you can make a private appointment for photos with the jolly man at Inspired Chaos from 1-4pm. Inspired Chaos is another treasure filled shop, so creative that folks are always clamoring to buy the display items.  Next door is a Christmas inspired Escape Room at Crunch Time.  The next building over is Give Purrs a Chance where you can wile away shopping time playing with cats and adopt one for Christmas.

Shopping is the best of fun when all the meters are free and decorated with whimsical creations.  Stroll the town to see more than 75 of them.  But it’s more than just shopping.  On Thursday at 7:30pm, the Community Concert Band performs holiday favorites at Berkeley Springs High School. A small ensemble of the group shows up on Sunday at Cacapon Resort State Park’s holiday celebration at the decorated Historic Old Inn for caroling and sing-along.  Santa is there greeting children from 1-2:30 p.m along with Christmas cookies.

On Friday there’s an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and Paint Night at the Fearless Painter beginning at 6pm.  Saturday night at 7pm, meet at the Museum of the Berkeley Springs and set off on a candlelight local history tour along downtown streets.  If the future is on your mind, hear John Petersen speak at the Ice House Saturday from 2-5pm. Also at the Ice House on Saturday from noon to 2pm is a belly dance workshop with Jensuya featuring live drumming, Mid East refreshments.  Beginners welcome. More nightlife on Friday night at 7:30pm when the Granary stages its Christmas Open Mic Jam.  Original Christmas themes get a prize.

Don’t pass up dining opportunities at our various eateries, most decorated for the holidays.  Ellen’s Tea Room does various seating of a Holiday Afternoon Tea on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4pm.  Naked Olive is our favorite place for late night dining and adult beverages assuming you’re still standing after dark.

Another don’t miss doing is a spa opportunity.  Atasia Spa is offering cranberry sugar scrubs as well as special massage/facial packages.  All our spas have gift certificates ideal for holiday giving as well as providing the perfect respite in a hectic day of shopping and partying.

Enjoying all this holiday fun plus slipping in a winter hike or two means you must stay overnight.  Review our many lodging offerings and pick the perfect one for you — at the decorated historic Country Inn and B&Bs in town or rustic cabins where Mother Nature provides the greenery.

Make a Christmas season visit to Berkeley Springs a lasting tradition.

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