48th Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas

Date: November 30, 2018 — December 9, 2018

Time: 10 to 9

High St
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425   Google Maps Link
(Lower Town)


Join us for the 48th Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas festival, beginning November 30, 2018, and the First Annual Winterfest celebration in historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas dates:
Friday, November 30 thru Sunday, December 2
Saturday, December 8 thru Sunday, December 9.

The Yule Log and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off this holiday event at 7 pm on Friday, Nov. 30, followed by a live performance of the Nativity play.
Shops are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Sundays.

The Olde Tyme Christmas festival offers performances meant to capture the spirit of a historic Christmas celebration, where quaintly decorated streets come alive for the holiday season! Some attractions include:

  • Shops and restaurants with extended hours and special sales
  • Historic candy-making demonstration and class
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus strolling through town
  • Live performances by musicians and historians
  • A live performance of the Nativity play at historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church

In addition, the festival includes the Bolivar Christmas Parade (Dec. 8 at 11.30 a.m.), a fundraiser Breakfast with Santa at the Friendship Fire Company (Dec. 8, 7-11 a.m.), free horse-drawn wagon rides (12-3 p.m. both weekends), a fundraiser Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and B&B (Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.), and so much more!

Click here for downloadable pdf schedule of events

Consider extending the fun and spending a night or two in lovely nearby accommodations! Check the Visit tab at the top of this page for a directory.

Winterfest is every weekend in December and will provide special deals and options for gift shopping and eating in Harpers Ferry.

Parking Options

1. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center
We recommend parking at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center, which is the starting point for the Park’s regular shuttle bus service to and from Lower Town. Shuttle hours will be extended for the two Olde Tyme Christmas weekends.
Set your GPS for 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV. The entrance is along U.S. 340. This lot can accommodate several hundred vehicles. The Lower Town shuttle and parking here are both free with a Park Service entrance pass ($10.00 per single, private vehicle).
Entrance passes are valid for three consecutive days, beginning on date of purchase and are required in all park areas. Fees are payable at the Entrance Station near the park visitor center, Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights, Harpers Ferry Train Station, and River Access Parking Lot. Credit cards are accepted only at the Entrance Station.
2. Street Parking in the Town of Harpers Ferry
The Town of Harpers Ferry has very limited parking in three paid parking zones:

  • Zones 7510 Washington Street (Alt. U.S. 340) - $1 per hour
  • Zone 7520 Washington Street (Alt. U.S. 340) - $2 per hour
  • Zone 7515 Potomac Street in Lower Town - $3 per hour

Parking may be purchased in half-hour segments. Payment may be made using the Parkmobile cell phone app.  Visitors may find it easier to download the app to their cell phones before visiting Harpers Ferry, as cell service on some carriers is spotty here. Go to http://us.parkmobile.com/mobile-apps
To use Parkmobile, open the app, enter zone number, select amount of time desired, and pay by major credit card or PayPal.  Paid parking is strictly enforced in all three zones between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.  Violators may be fined and /or towed. 
Parking is free in all paid parking zones after 6:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Saturday.

Side Streets Are Off Limits!

Please note that all side streets within the Corporation of Harpers Ferry are parking by residential permit only.  Violators may be fined and/or towed.



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(540) 539-1219  



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