Our completely unbiased opinion is that a performance at the Blackfriars is the pinnacle of a Staunton holiday.  Here are 7 ways you can make your trip to Staunton even better.

1. Tour Staunton’s “Celebration of Lights” at Gypsy Hill Park

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Just a short drive from downtown, the Celebration of Lights is a must-see Staunton tradition. Light displays span the park’s 214 acres and are designed by individuals, families, businesses, churches, and organizations. Lights are on from 5:00 – 11:00 pm, so you can swing through before or after an evening performance at the Blackfriars.


2. Binge on Season exclusive flavors at the Split Banana

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Trust us when we say that it is definitely not too cold for gelato—especially The Split Banana’s seasonal peppermint, eggnog, and baby ginger. It’s the perfect post-matinee treat.

3. Bring the best scents home with Redwood & Co’s Holiday Collection


Handcrafted in small batches, the Holiday Collection at Redwood & Co is, in a word, divine. Bring home your favorite scent (or two) as a soy candle, reed diffuser, linen spray, or wax melt. Stop by before the performance—they usually close up shop at 6 pm.

4. Treat yourself to hot chocolate at Réunion Bakery & Espresso


It’s the perfect pre-matinee indulgence. Artfully crafted and smooth as velvet, Réunion’s hot chocolate is one of the finest treats Staunton has to offer.

5. Find the perfect toy at Pufferbellies


It’s no accident that Pufferbellies has achieved national acclaim—this family-run toy store is a true Staunton gem. Its knowledgeable staff will guide you to a unique and memorable gift the child on your list will surely love.

6. Blow your own glass ornament at Sunspots Studios

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Create your own Staunton treasure to adorn your tree for years to come at Sunspots Studios. Follow your afternoon glass blowing session with dinner and a show for a truly memorable day.

7. Explore Staunton at your own pace with Traipse

Photo by Warren Faught. Via traipse.co

Download the Traipse app and get exploring!  Take a guided tour of Staunton or create your own custom tour.  Either way, there are plenty of new things to discover!