Christmas comes to Smithfield

Published 10:01 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas is returning to Smithfield, and a host of activities are planned this weekend.

“It’s kind of a tradition here in Smithfield,” said Bill Hanlon, Smithfield Tourism Visitor Center advisor.

Among the featured events are home tours and an antiques show. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse.

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The Christmas in Smithfield event started in the 1980s, according to Dr. Lanny Hinson, director of the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse.

“It was started by a group of people that wanted to revitalize downtown Smithfield,” Hinson said.

The event lasted for about a decade and was eventually reintroduced last year, Hinson said.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Smithfield Little Theatre at 210 N. Church St., people can bring glass to be identified and appraised. From 10:30 to 11 a.m., there will be a lecture on antique glass. Frank Simmons of Art Glass of Tidewater will also be there to repair glass.

The Friday morning programs can only accommodate 175 people. Registration is required and can be done by calling 357-5182.

Those who attend the Friday morning events will be granted early access to the antiques show at the Smithfield Center, located at 220 N. Church St., from 11 a.m. to noon.

Regular admission for the antiques show will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show will feature more than 15 vendors from around the region.

One of the more popular events of the holiday season is the historic home tours, which will take place on Saturday. The daytime tour, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature the Jordan-Parker House, the Hanson Residence and the Haverty-Leaman Residence.

The candlelight tour, running from 6 to 9 p.m., will showcase the King-Atkinson House, the Andrew Mackie House and the Folk-Gwaltney-Moore House.

Additionally, on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m., there will be a non-alcoholic and alcoholic wassail punch and ginger snaps served at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse.

There will be several holiday events going on downtown, including carriage rides, a tree lighting and a concert.

Tickets can be purchased online until 9 p.m. Thursday. Depending on supply, tickets will also be available at the Smithfield Tourism Visitor Center, located at 319 Main St.

Once the tickets are purchased, guests will receive a receipt via email. Attendees who purchased the Daytime Tour and Combination tickets must bring their receipts to the Smithfield Center. For those who purchased the Candlelight Tour tickets, they must bring their receipts to any of three houses on the tour. The receipts will be redeemed for printed tickets.

For inquiries and more information, call 800-365-9339 or 357-5182 or email