(Delmarvanow.com) -- This year marks the 18th year for the Onancock Christmas Homes Tour and the Cokesbury Christmas Music Festival in Onancock.
The free music festival at Historic Cokesbury Church, on Market Street, is traditionally offered on the same day as the homes tour, which raises funds for a different charitable organization each year.
This year's events will be on Saturday, Dec. 9.
For the first time this year, the music festival will be followed at 6 p.m. by community caroling in the nearby town square, accompanied by the Community Band.
This is also the first time the holiday festival will feature the Rev. Kirk Mariner's grand piano, which will be played in concert for its first Cokesbury performance by Lee Jordon-Anders, former conductor of the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore.
Mariner's beloved piano was donated to Cokesbury after he passed away earlier this year.
Cokesbury Christmas Music Festival Schedule:
2-2:30 Orchestra of the Eastern Shore, Paul Kim, Director
2:45-3:15 Lee Jordan-Anders, piano
3:15-3:45 Ally Tarwater, flute, and Jeremy Tarwater, bass and guitar, accompanied by Alicia Brady
3:45-4:15 Circle of Friends, Marliyn Kellam, B. J. Rogers, and JoAnn Molera, accompanied by Pat Davis
4:30-5:15 The Waterfront Band
5:30-6 Market Street United Methodist Church Choir, John Hershey, Director
6 p.m. Caroling in the Town Square, with the Accomack CommUnity Band, Charles Stellingwerf, Director
(Please come and go at your convenience.)
The homes tour will be held Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Six private Onancock homes with diverse architectural styles will be decorated for Christmas and open for viewing.
Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/onancock-christmas-homes-tour-2017-tickets-37774763334 and also at Book Bin, C.D. Marsh Jewelers, ESVA Chamber of Commerce, Historic Onancock School, Ker Place, The Dogwood Branch and Thomas' Gardens.
Parking for the tour is available at the Historic Onancock School Community and Cultural Center, 6 College Ave.
Ticketholders may walk to each home or shuttle buses also will be available between locations, starting at the Onancock Historic School and running every 20 minutes.
This year’s Homes Tour will benefit the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society and the Historic Onancock School Community & Cultural Center. Contact Onancockholidays@gmail.com or 757-710-6353 for more information.
The Saturday homes tour and music festival are part of a weekend-long holiday celebration in Onancock that begins Thursday, Dec. 7, including the following events:
Thursday, Dec. 7
Showing of the 1954 classic movie, "White Christmas," compliments of Roseland Cinema and Entertainment Center and Roseland Theatre. 7 p.m. Free.
Friday, Dec. 8
Second Friday - Galleries, shopping, wine tasting. Starting 5 p.m. Free.
North Street Playhouse Special Christmas Production. (Also on Saturday, Dec. 9)
Show times and tickets: http://www.northstreetplayhouse.com/tickets
Saturday, Dec. 9
Santa Comes to town by boat. 11 a.m. Free. Reindeers in kayaks lead Santa into the town wharf.
18th Annual Onancock Christmas Homes Tour. 1-5 p.m.
Holiday Open House at Ker Place. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Santa from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
1799 house listed on National Register of Historic Places
Local Artists' Open House at Historic Onancock School. Noon-4 p.m. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings.
18th Annual Cokesbury Christmas Music Festival. 2-6 p.m. Free. Historic Cokesbury Church. Musical performances and a Christmas carol singalong. Drop in throughout the day.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Onancock Christmas Parade. 5 p.m. Free. Fire trucks, ponies, floats, bands and more.