Buchanan Christmas Eve Luminaries
Make memories with your family by volunteering to set out the Buchanan Christmas Eve Luminaries on Christmas Eve. Volunteers will meet at the Carson Memorial Building across the street from the Buchanan Volunteer Fire and Rescue Building at 3 p.m. to begin setting out luminaries along Main Street and volunteers are needed to help light luminaries at 5 p.m. Bring the entire family to enjoy viewing luminaries by foot or your vehicle. For additional information call the Buchanan Town Hall, 254-1212.
Where did the idea for using milk jugs for Christmas Eve luminaries come from in the Town of Buchanan? History tells us following the Flood of 1985 there were a mountain of plastic gallon jugs in which people sent water to the Town of Buchanan for the residents who had no drinking water due to the flood. One of the town residents, Jean Baber, had seen luminaries using paper bags when she visited her daughter. Jean thought it would be a great idea for the residents of Buchanan in appreciation of all the kindness shown during the flood to use the plastic jugs for luminaries on Christmas Eve. So, that year was the start of the luminary project.
Since that time, the project has grown and has become one of the most anticipated holiday traditions drawing visitors and residents alike to downtown Buchanan to witness firsthand “Buchanan, Virginia, the town that glows with love.”
Buchanan Festival of Lights Illumination
The Buchanan Festival of Lights is on the Buchanan Town Park located at 485 Lowe Street. Enjoy lights throughout the town culminating with the town’s display of lights on the Town Park. Lights will go on at 5:30 p.m. and remain lighted until 8:30 p.m. Lights will be on each evening with drive thru on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and walk thru on Mondays thru Thursdays. Bring the entire family to enjoy the lights and to take photos in front of the displays. Admission to the Festival of Lights is free but donations are being accepted to help purchase new lights for additional displays.
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