Between holiday preparations and festive gatherings, December tends to be a whirlwind of activities, making for a fun and fast-past few weeks. In addition to the yearly parties and traditions, our Scouted cities have much to offer throughout the month, peppering our calendars with even more exciting activities ranging from embroidery workshops to marathons to classic holiday performances and more.

Hunt Country, Virginia

The Middleburg Christmas Parade will take place on December 7, with the full day of festivities beginning at 8 a.m. From breakfast with Santa to a silent auction and craft fair—and of course the beloved parade—the day is filled with holiday spirit for the entire family. We recommend beginning the weekend early on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony and staying in one of Middleburg’s charming inns. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Hunt Country here.}

Dallas, Texas

Runners will want to head to Dallas the weekend of December 13 through 15, when the Dallas Marathon packs in a weekend full of events, including the city’s largest marathon, the BMW Dallas Marathon, as well as a Half Marathon, a 50K Ultra Marathon, a 2-person half marathon relay, a 4-person marathon relay, a 10K, a 5K, a 2-mile walk, a 1-mile “Under the Lights” event, and a variety of children’s races. Registration for the event is available here. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Dallas here.}

Charlottesville, Virginia

The Monticello garden staff will be leading three-hour wreath workshops December 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8, offering attendees the opportunity to create and take home gorgeous custom door décor. The popular workshops—now in their 33rd year—will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and materials will be provided. Reservations are required, and tickets can be purchased here. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Charlottesville here.}

Charleston, South Carolina

On Wednesday, December 4, Hatch Tribe, a community of women entrepreneurs that offers members opportunities for networking, workshops, and more, convenes at Founder’s Hall in Charleston for the Limitless conference. An event that’s open to members and non-members alike, the programming will include a talk by Hatch Tribe founder and business coach Hilary Johnson on the 5 principles that will help you build persistence and resilience and a talk by The Scout Guide co-founders Christy Ford and Susie Matheson on how to grow your business.

Northern New Jersey

Beginning on Wednesday, December 4, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will be performing Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Children and parents alike will enjoy attending the holiday classic adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett, with performances being offered throughout the month. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Northern New Jersey here.}

Nantucket, Massachusetts

The Nantucket Historical Association will host A Night of Holiday Magic on Saturday, December 15, featuring holiday carols, child-friendly crafts, and seasonal treats. Held at the Whaling Museum among the Festival of Trees displays, this community event is free for all children and Nantucket Historical Association members, and $5 for non-member adults. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Nantucket here.}

Bluffton, South Carolina

From Monday, December 2 through Saturday, December 7, Houston-based Mariana Barran Goodall of Hibiscus Linens will be an Artists in Residence hosted by Garden & Gun and Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. During this time, she will showcase her beautiful textiles and embroidery technique in the Artist Cottage, be available to converse with attendees, and lead workshops. Learn more about the event here.