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Holiday Open House is Sunday in Culpeper

Santa Claus will make his first appearance of the season in Culpeper during Sunday’s downtown Holiday Open House.

Santa will be at the Depot and will be on hand for the lighting of the community Christmas tree there at 5:30 p.m.

Merchants will be open from noon until 5 p.m. with wares that range from chocolates to snow shovels.

Girl Scout Troop 381 will be offering cider and cookies during the event, and the Blue Ridge Chorale will lead visitors in a Christmas carol sing at the tree lighting ceremony.

—Donnie Johnston