In some ways it seems as if time has stood still in Smithfield, Virginia. Known as the Ham Capital of the World and nestled along the Pagan River, Smithfield is just a half hour’s drive from both Norfolk and the Virginia Peninsula. The Town’s remarkable National Historic District and the adjacent Windsor Castle Park encompass more than 500 acres and feature almost 300 contributing buildings from 1730 through the early 20th century. The downtown area offers unique independently-owned shops, galleries, restaurants and historic inns.
What better way to celebrate the season than to join us for our 2016 Christmas in Smithfield event, featuring an Antiques Show, Wassail Event at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse and tours of six of the town’s beautiful historic homes.
Taking place at the Smithfield Center (220 N. Church Street in downtown Smithfield) the show will feature over 13 quality antiques vendors from the region. The show will run Friday, December 2 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the Antiques Show on Friday morning for these special programs:
These events will be held next door to the Smithfield Center at the Smithfield Little Theatre, 210 N. Church Street).
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Bring a piece of glass to be identified!
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Lecture on antique glass by Dan Marquette
Frank Simmons of Art Glass of Tidewater will also be at the show to repair glass.
Those who attend the glass identification event will be allowed entrance to the show from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Friday before the show opens to the general public. Friday’s events are included in the ticket price, but attendance is limited to 175, so registration is required. Call 757.357.5182 to register.
Have you ever wondered what the beautiful homes that grace downtown Smithfield look like inside? Here is your chance to see them – and all dressed up in their holiday finest! Christmas in Smithfield will offer 3 historic homes on the Day Tour taking place on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and 3 different homes on the Candlelight Tours running from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Free shuttles available on Saturday to take you to the homes.
Wassail Event at the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse
Purchase a Combo Ticket or Candlelight Tour ticket for admission to this unique event as the folks from the courthouse offer delightful music of the period and the season, non-alcoholic (and adult) hot wassail punch and ginger snaps. The Wassail Event is sponsored by the Smithfield Gourmet Bakery & Cafe, 218 Main Street in downtown Smithfield. This event is not open to the general public.
Tickets for 2016’s Christmas in Smithfield Event go on sale this Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.
There are four ticket options:
Combination Ticket: $40 Ticket includes tour of the three homes featured on the Day Tour and tour of the three homes featured on the Candlelight Tour, admission to the Antiques Show, Friday morning programs at the Antiques Show, and the Wassail Event at the 1750 Courthouse.
Candlelight Tour Ticket: $30 Ticket includes tour of the three homes featured on the Candlelight Tour, admission to the Antiques Show, Friday morning programs at the Antiques Show, and the Wassail Event at the 1750 Courthouse.
Day Tour Ticket: $20 Ticket includes tour of the three homes featured on the Day Tour, admission to the Antiques Show, and Friday morning programs at the Antiques Show.
Antique Show Only: $5 Ticket includes admission to the Antiques Show, and Friday morning programs at the Antiques Show.
Two FREE SHUTTLES (featuring live narration by local guides) will be available throughout the day on Saturday to take visitors around town to the tour homes, as well as to explore our restaurants, shops and other downtown attractions.
Antiques Show: Friday, December 2 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Smithfield Center, with special events on Friday morning at the Smithfield Little Theatre.
Historic Homes – Day Tours: Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., featuring three homes.
Historic Homes – Candlelight Tours: Saturday, December 3 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., featuring three homes.
Proceeds from Christmas in Smithfield go to the 1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse, a program of Historic Smithfield, Inc.