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Christmas at the Inn

Christmas at The Inn Arts and Craft Show 

November 29, 2024 – December 3, 2024

Event Dates 2024

Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday, Nov. 29 (BLACK FRIDAY) 



Monday, Dec. 2 (SUPPORT LOCALLY)

Tuesday, Dec. 3 (GIVING TUESDAY) 

Tickets are $5

Seniors Shopping at the Inn

Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Private Shopping Event for Seniors 65+
Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec.3. 
Reserved Times Just for You!

Tickets are FREE during allotted times

Check out the pictures from our previous show!

Christmas at the Inn Arts and Crafts show is a ticketed event at The Virginia Cliffe Inn. Crafters gather each year to showcase their uniquely crafted items in each room of the house. The Cliftons love opening their home up to the community to kick off the holiday season.

Guests are encouraged to relish the festive decorations, and seasonal scents, and to mingle with both the crafters and the Clifton family. Upon arrival, visitors will receive a complimentary shopping bag for their chosen acquisitions.

The tradition of crafting unique items with a personal touch not only reflects historical significance but also embodies the essence of love and care in gift-giving. As guests revel in the beauty of the house, they are warmly invited to partake in Granny’s The Inn’s Special Spiced Tea and indulge in delightful baked goods provided by our local bakers.

As you conclude your visit, a central cashier awaits you at the exit to assist you with your purchases, accepting payment in cash, checks, and credit cards. Should you wish to place an order or personalize any item, feel free to let us know, as many of our crafters are happy to take orders and deliver them directly to The Virginia Cliffe Inn.

Upon departure, don’t miss the chance to explore our enclosed heated pavilion and tent and the Clifton cottage, where vendors and crafters await an array of additional items, ensuring a seamless and delightful holiday shopping experience.

Indulge in the festive spirit at the Inn with an essential element – incredible food options! Satisfy your taste buds with our concessions and flavorful Brunswick stew, making your Christmas at the Inn complete.

Meet Our Partners!

Christmas at The Inn is ticketed event at The Virginia Cliffe Inn. Crafters gather each year to display handmade crafts in rooms of house.

Our Story

What is Christmas at The Inn Arts and Craft Show?

Christmas at The Inn Arts and Craft Show, formally Christmas at Granny’s Craft Show is a Glen Allen tradition that started in the 1980’s. For 6 days The Virginia Cliffe Inn will be
filled with a unique collection from over 60 area crafters, artists and bakers to get the holiday season started in style.

The Show started in 1980. Margaret and Janice Clifton had a craft store in Laurel Park, Virginia, called Granny’s Attic, selling crafts on consignment. They also had a wonderful home with lots of space, so they decided to decorate it for Christmas, fill it with crafts and invite the public. The first year, about 850 people attended. The Cliftons were so surprised at the attendance and had so much fun, they decided to repeat the event, and it grew by word of mouth each year. By the third year, over 3,000 people attended.


Christmas at The Inn Arts and Craft Show is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5 each, a portion of this will go to support the work of Northstar Academy. Tickets will be issued at 30 minute intervals in order to keep visitors to a manageable number for social distancing purposes inside the house. $5 Raffle tickets will be available at the event, and drawings take place throughout the show.  The raffle is for a basket of crafts items from our crafters and an overnight stay at The Virginia Cliffe Inn. The entire funds raised will go to our Northstar Academy and The Henrico Christmas Mother.

Christmas at the Inn is held in the Clifton family’s home and has limited handicap access. The first floor of the house has 3 steps to enter and exit. Our cottage, pavilion and tent area are accessible to everyone. We offer special hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 am -12 pm for our senior citizens and guests needing a slower pace and assistance getting up the stairs.

No pets are allowed on festival grounds, unless they are certified service animals

The parking lot can accommodate up to 300 cars. Attendants will be on hand to direct you.

To become a Crafter or a 3rd Party Vendor click here.

We will be providing Brunswick stew along with coffee tea and small takeaways.
We honor our past crafters and all the Seniors that have taught us so much and given us so many opportunities. Mornings from 10 am to 12pm on Monday, 12/2 and Tuesday, 12/3 are reserved for our seniors that may need a more relaxed shopping experience without the crowd.

Apparel, Art Work, Baked Goods, Children’s Items, Games, Home Décor, Jewelry, Cutting Boards, Ornaments, Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanza, Photography, Pickles, Preserves and Sauces, Pottery, Quilting, Seasonal Décor, Soaps, Soups, Toys, Wood crafts, Wreaths, Things you create!

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex and checks.

New for 2021

Henrico Christmas Mother will have a presence here this year at Christmas at the Inn. Dates yet to come, stay tuned!

Local Crafter is Busy  During the Pandemic

Lynda Vaughan’s crafts fill her workroom and overflow into the garage just steps away.


This year, we have opted to seamlessly integrate all artisans and third-party vendors throughout the venue. If you wish to operate your own booth, kindly indicate your preference in your application process response.


Christmas at The Inn Arts and Craft Show is located at The Virginia Cliffe Inn, 2900 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA, 23060 in Historic Glen Allen. Contact Details


From I-95

  • Get on I-295 N

  • Follow I-295 N to Woodman Road in Glen Allen

  • Take exit 45B from I295 N

  • Turn right onto Mountain Road at the stoplight

  • The Virginia Cliffe Inn is ¾ mile on the right


We welcome the Henrico Christmas Mother. She will be joining us at our Christmas at The Inn Arts and Craft Show!​

She will be have a stand where you can drop off canned goods. If you would like to make a donation click the link below to be redirected to their website.

We have partnered with Northstar who is celebrating their 27th anniversary!

About Northstar: Northstar is a private school that serves students who have a wide range of disabilities including academic, physical or social challenges. Northstar students are from the Greater Richmond area and face different challenges, but with specialized instruction, small classroom sizes, and highly qualified faculty, we are proud to help students of all abilities achieve their greatest potential.