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Christmas at the Inn

Thank you for visiting!

Please visit us again soon for information on the 2023 show.

We are now accepting Crafters and Vendors for our 2023 show.

Event Dates

Friday, Nov. 24, 2023 (BLACK FRIDAY) – 10AM-7PM

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023 (SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY) – 10AM-7PM

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 (ARTIST SHOPPING DAY) – 10AM-7PM

Monday, Nov. 27, 2023 (CYBER MONDAY / SENIORS FREE ALLDAY) – 10AM-8PM


Tickets are $5

Seniors Shopping at the Inn

Private Shopping Event for Seniors 65+
Monday 11/27 and Tuesday 11/28 All Day
Reserved Times Just for You!

Tickets are FREE during allotted times

Christmas at The Inn is ticketed event at The Virginia Cliffe Inn. Crafters gather each year to display their handmade crafts in each room of the house. The Cliftons love opening their home up to the community to kick off the holiday season.

Guests are invited to enjoy the holiday decorations, smells of the season, and to meet the crafters and the Clifton family. Visitors will be handed a complimentary shopping bag for their purchases.

Handmade items are a historic tradition and show love and care in gift giving. While enjoying the beauty of the house, guests will be invited to sample Granny’s The Inn’s Special Tea in the kitchen and baked goods from our local bakers.

After you finish your visit, a central cashier at the exit will assist you with your purchases. We take cash, checks and credit cards. If you see something you would like to order or personalize, let us know, many of our crafters take orders and deliver them to The Virginia Cliffe Inn.

As you leave you will have the opportunity to visit our enclosed heated pavilion and tent with vendors offering more items to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

It’s not Christmas at the Inn without fantastic food! There will be food trucks on-site, so get your taste buds ready!

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Hand sanitizer will be placed on site, but we advise you to bring your own small bottle as well.

Food will be available for purchase from food trucks that are following all mandated precautions.

Christmas at the Inn 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.

No shopping trip is complete without some food, there will be food for purchase on site from food trucks and other vendors who are taking all the mandated precautions.

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 and Tuesday Nov 27th-28th 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.

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?

Christmas at the Inn, 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.

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.

Check out the pictures from our Previous Shows below!

Vendor Categories

There are 2 categories of participants – Crafters and 3rd Party Vendors

Crafters will display their inventory in the Manor House Event and 3rd Party Vendors will be located in the Grounds Event.

Please note participation procedures are different for each.


Christmas at the Inn 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 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.