As we gear up for an untraditional holiday season, it may feel as if many of our beloved holiday traditions are being canceled altogether. But for one holiday shopping tradition – the show must go on, albeit with safety precautions in place. Christmas at Granny’s, a holiday shopping tradition that began in the 1980s, will showcase a unique collection of gifts and décor from 60 area crafters, artists, and bakers at The Virginia Cliffe Inn, November 18-22, 2020.
Christmas at Granny’s was first launched in the 1980s by innkeeper, Janice Clifton and her mother, Margaret. At the time they owned a craft store, Granny’s Attic, which sold crafts on consignment. During the holidays, the demand for handcrafted gifts and décor outgrew their store so they came up with the idea to hold a special holiday shopping event at their home, which is now Virginia Cliffe Inn. The first year they drew nearly 1,000 attendees. By their third year, they were drawing more than 3,000 guests.
In order to create a safe shopping experience for guests, this year Christmas at Granny’s is a ticketed event with additional dates and assigned time slots in an effort to encourage social distancing. Additionally, there is a designated time for senior citizens, Grannies shop for Grannies. Tickets are $5 and proceeds from the event go to St. Joseph's Villa - where Janice served as a director for nearly 20 years.
Unlike other shows, Christmas at Granny’s is set up as a house with one central cashier so that guests can meander through the rooms and along the grounds while Christmas music dances through the air – creating a festive shopping environment sure to get shoppers in the Christmas spirit.
To learn more about Christmas at Granny’s or reserve tickets, please visit their website. The Virginia Cliffe Inn is located at 2900 Mountain Rd in Historic Glen Allen.