Close out 2021 in style with a Chincoteague Christmas getaway! Holiday markets, an old fashioned Christmas parade, caroling, tree lighting, studio tours, and of course all the excellent shopping, dining, and sight-seeing Chincoteague is known for.
There’s no bad time to visit Chincoteague but each season definitely has its own flavor. Some love the heat and excitement of Chincoteague’s active summers, while others wait for our so called “off-seasons” to visit. A Chincoteague Christmas falls somewhere in the middle. There are quite a few fun events to attend and the island sees more visitors but not Pony Swim sized crowds.
Though there are no guarantees when it comes to weather, fall is Chincoteague’s best season, after summer. Average daily temperatures hang around 50°F/10°C and we see primarily sunny weather. This is a great time to hit the beach, visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, do some shopping, dining, and generally relax and explore the island.
With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll also find plenty of festive events to attend, too.
Chincoteague Christmas 2021 Events
26th – Opening of Christmas Manor: 5pm to 11pm
Don’t miss the grand opening of Santa’s Summer Home here on Chincoteague Island, a popular annual event that kicks off the Chincoteague Christmas season. Christmas Manor is open nightly, 5pm to 11pm, through January 2nd.
26th & 27th – Christmas Bazaar: 10am to 4pm
Come peruse a wonderful selection of handcrafted gifts, baked goods, and much more at the Island Community House Christmas Bazaar at 6246 Mumford Street.
27th – Market for the Holidays: 9am to 1pm
Get your holiday shopping done to live music at the Chincoteague Market for the Holidays. One-of-a-kind, handmade gifts, vintage collectibles, fresh cut greens, and wreaths at the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance on 6309 Church Street.
27th – Annual Holiday Tree Lighting: 5pm
Join the community at Robert Reed Waterfront Park for caroling and hot cocoa as we light the holiday tree. This event includes a performance by the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team, caroling, hot cocoa, late night shopping, a children’s dance party, and, of course, Santa and friends.
2nd – Christmas Tree Village and Gathering of Island Gnomes: 5pm to 8pm
Come see the forest of creatively decorated Christmas Trees and vote for your favorite in the Legacy Pavilion at the Museum of Chincoteague! December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17. The annual Gathering of Island Gnomes will be on display in the Museum courtyard through December.
4th – 41st Annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade: 6pm
Chincoteague’s old-fashioned Christmas Parade down Main Street is a true must-see with floats, marching bands, decorated boats, Eastern Shore fire companies, equestrian teams, classic cars, Saltwater Cowboys, Santa, and more. This year’s theme is: A Season of Thankfulness.
4th – Artist Studio Tour & Sale: 11am to 4pm
Tour a variety of artists’ homes, studio spaces, and pop-up shops featuring local artists during this special, free event. Poseidon’s Pantry delicious box lunches will be available for purchase. Visit the tour’s Facebook page for more information.
31st – 2021 Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade: 11pm
Bid adieu to 2021 and give 2022 a proper “how do” with the island’s wacky, NYE costume parade & contest and lighted horseshoe drop at Robert Reed Downtown Park. Prizes are awarded for costumes in various categories. This year’s costume theme is: Cowboy “Country.”
Visit www.chincoteaguechristmas.com to learn more about this year’s collection of holiday events.
Miss Molly’s Inn Gift Certificates
Miss Molly’s Inn closes for the season December 6th and reopens March 18th. In the meantime, you can purchase Miss Molly’s Inn Gift Certificates at a 10% discount between now and December 31st, 2021! Miss Molly’s Inn Gift Certificates can be created for any amount and make a wonderful surprise: the gift of a Chincoteague getaway at Miss Molly’s Inn!
2021 has been such a fantastic year! We have a ton of warm memories to reflect on and next spring to look forward to. What are your plans for 2022? We hope they include a visit to Virginia’s Eastern Shore and lovely Chincoteague Island. We do so love sharing the island with our guests!