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Happy Holidays Everyone,


With Thanksgiving weekend only a few days away and Christmas and New Year’s soon to follow, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of Country ZEST & Style. We’ve just published our 68-page holiday issue, the last of 2021, and we’re already thinking ahead to 2022, our fourth calendar year in existence. Time clearly flies when you’re having fun, and we’re looking forward to more good times and another year of riveting, relevant stories and photos from all around our ever-expanding circulation area in Loudoun, Fauquier and Clarke counties.

I’m also including a schedule for two of Middleburg’s signature holiday events below, as well as another brilliantly produced podcast from James Jarvis offering a fascinating look at the annual and always widely-anticipated Middleburg Christmas Parade.




Len Shapiro




Friday, Dec. 3 The Middleburg Business and Professional Association will host a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Caroling begins at 5 p.m., behind the Pink Box Visitor Center at 12 North Madison St. Refreshments will also be served. Mayor Bridge Littleton will lead the countdown. Details at the Pink Box Visitor Center: 540-687-8888.

Saturday, Dec 4 Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 8 a.m. at the Middleburg Community Charter School pancakes and pictures. More at:  The Middleburg Hunt Review takes to the streets creating a spectacular sight as approximately 150 horses, riders in hunting attire and dozens of hounds come through the town at 11 a.m. The Middleburg Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. as spectators line the sidewalks along Washington Street (Route 50) to watch a unique assortment of floats, troops, and musical groups. Parking passes are a must for advance-only purchase $30 - $50 per vehicle. Visit  to purchase-no day-of sales.