Seasonal Fun - Holidays

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December 3, Saturday
16TH ANNUAL SCOTTSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Visit with Santa from 10am-1:30pm, enjoy holiday vendors, touch a firetruck, play in the bounce house and more! Scottsville Community Center.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: pierce@scottsvillefire.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 566-4219. 
 
December 3, Saturday
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Gift making for the entire family! Cookie decorating, puppet plays, jump rope making, wreathmaking, candle dipping, and more! Local vendors and artisans for holiday shopping. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: 120 Waldorf School Road.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
December 3, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Barnes and Noble.
Celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Activities to follow. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
December 3, Saturday
CAROLING IN THE CAVERNS
Grottoes Ruritan Club.
Candlelight tours and musical performances inside Grand Caverns, America's Oldest Show Cave. Children get in free with a donation of a craft, book, or some tangible item to benefit the South River Boy’s and Girls Club. All proceeds go to benefit the South River club and also the Grottoes Ruritan Scholarship Fund. Grand Caverns, Grottoes.  6-8pm.  $5, ages 12 and under free with donation of a craft, book or item.  Email: cavernsinfo@ci.grottoes.va.us. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 3, Saturday
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CONSORT
The Virginia Consort.
The annual candlelight Christmas concert of the Virginia Consort with the Youth Chorale. Recommended for school-aged children and older. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park Street.  4:30pm & 7:30pm.  Contact: Aina Arnold.  Email: consort2@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-8444. 
 
December 3, Saturday
ENCHANTED EXTRAVAGANZA
The Market at Grelen/Shabby Love.
Local artisans, festive fare, fresh Christmas trees & greens, hot cocoa, wreath workshop ($50 plus tax), and fire pits. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15901 Yager Rd, Somerset.  10am-4pm.  $5 per car.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 3, Saturday
FREE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT JAMES MADISON'S MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Take a break to relax and enjoy the season with a bit of history, tradition, and family-friendly activities. The Madisons' home will be decorated according to 19th-century customs. Mr. and Mrs. Madison will be greeting guests. Enjoy visits with Santa, kids' crafts, a delicious buffet prepared by the Barbeque Exchange, and free cookies and cider. Bundle up and enjoy the brisk weather, walking along Montpelier's 8+ miles of trails through horse pastures, meadows, and old-growth forests. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
December 3, Saturday
HOLIDAY HERITAGE PARADE
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Celebrate our national and community history and culture with marching bands, floats, living history performers and more. Charlottesville Downtown Mall.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbacville@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073. 
 
December 3, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT PEACE FROGS TRAVEL/OUTFITTERS
Enjoy a festive day of shopping and special events. Shop an eclectic selection of travel gifts and take advantage of big holiday discounts on select luggage. In-store events include classes on packing practices, packing for cold weather in particular and an all-day raffle. RSVP for the packing classes. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  10am-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ellen Alford.  Email: ellen@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
December 3, Saturday
LIGHT HOUSE STUDIO HOLIDAY GIF(T) PARTY
Light House Studio.
Give the GIF(t) that keeps on giving! Stop by Vinegar Hill Theatre and Light House staff will help you create a GIF to share with family and friends. While you wait, enjoy a screening of the original "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" and a small bag of popcorn! Pay what you will (suggested minimum donation for GIF is $15), and support Light House's annual fund and its teaching digital media skills to community youth. Everyone including pets welcome! Our backdrop and props will get you inspired to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, and more. Vinegar Hill Theatre.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Brooks Wellmon.  Email: brooks@lighthousestudio.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6992. 
 
December 3, Saturday
MAKE A GIFT CRAFT WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Create beautiful holiday cards, ornaments and more out of materials all provided by the library. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 3, Saturday
MCGUFFEY ART CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Mcguffey Art Center.
Visitors will be able to enjoy creating and working with the artists. Enjoy live music and food available from vendors on the McGuffey lawn. McGuffey Art Center.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: McGuffey Art Center.  Email: mcguffeymedia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-7973. 
 
December 3, Saturday
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY CLASSIC 5K AND DECK THE HALLS KIDS DASH
Monticello.
This family-oriented 5k begins at the East Walk of Monticello and ends at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids Dash, a quarter-mile loop around the West Lawn. Monticello.  8-10am.  $35 for 5k, $55 for Race & Trail Support, $10 for Kids Dash.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9877. 
 
December 2 & 3, Friday & Saturday
THE VIRGINIA WOMEN'S CHORUS PRESENTS THE 33RD ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CONCERT
One of Charlottesville's best-kept secrets, the annual Candlelight Concert features music ranging from medieval to contemporary. University Chapel.  8-9pm Friday, 9:30-10:30pm Saturday.  $7.50 students, $17.50 general.  Email: vfhinfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
December 3, Saturday
WAYNESBORO CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
EA Homes.
Experience Christmas traditions and décor of some of Waynesboro's finest. Tree Streets neighborhood, Waynesboro.  10am-4pm.  $25, $20 in advance.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 3, Saturday
WAYNESBORO CHRISTMAS PARADE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Bundle up and bring the whole family to come celebrate the start of the Christmas season! Sure to put you in the holiday spirit with decorated floats, marching bands, cloggers, and of course, Santa. Downtown Waynesboro.  6pm start.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks and Rec.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
December 3, Saturday
WEIHNACHTSMARKT: CHRISTMAS MARKET #2
The Frontier Culture Museum.
The Frontier Culture Museum offers their version of the traditional, German-inspired Christmas Market with open-air booths selling handcrafted artisan gifts. Over 20 vendors will attend. The Frontier Culture Museum.  1-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 332-7850. 
 
December 3, Saturday
WREATH MAKING DEMONSTRATION
Saunders Brothers Market.
Watch as wreath makers work their magic! Live music by David Matthews of Lovingston in the Farm Market. Saunders Brothers Market.  11am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 4, Sunday
13TH ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET
Join the Junior League of Charlottesville for its annual holiday shopping event featuring amazing artisans, craft makers and vendors from Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Tons of handcrafted goods, jewelry, specialty items, childrens gifts, home decor, holiday decorations and more. John Paul Jones Arena.  10am-4pm.  $5 advance, $8 at the door.  All ages welcome.  Email: mistletoe@jlcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-357-2497. 
 
December 4, Sunday
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Maymont.
Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to Maymont Mansion to marvel at the grand Christmas tree, the beautifully decorated formal rooms and the traditions enjoyed by the Dooleys and their guests in 1893. Horse-drawn carriage rides, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and activities to fill everyone with old-fashioned, merry holiday spirit. Maymont Mansion & Carriage House Lawn.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street.  12-5pm.  $Tours: $5; $4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides $5; $4 members and children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 310. 
 
December 3-4, Saturday-Sunday
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WEEKEND AT WALTON'S MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
Walton's Mountain Museum.
Tour the museum decorated for the holiday season and enjoy refreshments. This weekend only, guests can go behind the restrictive ropes! Walton's Mountain Museum.  Directions: 6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler.  10am-3:30pm.  Email: waltonmt@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 831-2000. 
 
November 26 & 27 & December 3 & 4, Saturdays-Sundays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join us for breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, write a letter to Santa and drop it in our special mailbox. Santa will join us for visits and photos. Take a magical family photo with Santa's sleigh! Relax with hot chocolate, make a special Christmas craft to take home, or decorate a gingerbread house! Reservations strongly recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  11am-3pm visit with Santa, 10am-12pm breakfast, 10am-3pm gingerbread house decorating.  $Varies per activity; Santa visit free.  All ages welcome.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
December 4, Sunday
CHRISTMAS PARADE
Nelson County Chamber of Commerce.
Automobile parade followed by the Christmas Parade of floats, bands, marching units, beauty queens and service vehicles. Local food vendors will be in attendance. Oak Ridge Estate Racetrack.  Directions: 2300 Oak Ridge Road, Arrington.  2:30-4:30pm.  Email: ehooker03@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-5022. 
 
December 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers .
Featuring the Univeristy Singers. Through the years, these popular concerts have launched the holiday season with an array of music ranging from the peaceful to the joyous. Concertgoers young and old will recognize favorites. Free parking is available in the UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage located on Emmet Street. UVA's Old Cabell Hall.  8pm Saturday, 3:30pm Sunday.  $10-$45.  All ages welcome.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
December 4, Sunday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
King Family Vineyards.
Celebrate the season and visit with Santa! King Family Vineyards.  12-3pm.  Email: events@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
December 4, Sunday
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AT KESWICK HALL
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Keswick Vineyards.  5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
December 4, Sunday
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
Come watch a holiday classic. The Paramount Theater.  5pm.  $7 adult, $5 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 4, Sunday
SHOP WITH VIRGINIA ORGANIZING
Ten Thousand Villages.
Help Virginia Organizing at a holiday fundraiser, shopping event. Ten Thousand Villages.  1-5pm.  $Free.  Contact: Sallie Slater.  Email: manager.charlottesville@tenthousandvillages.com. For more info call: 979-9470. 
 
December 4, Sunday
THE GREAT CHARLOTTESVILLE SANTA FUN RUN & WALK
Arc of the Piedmont.
This 1-mile stroller/wheelchair-friendly course starts and finishes on the downtown mall. Families and pets welcome! Proceeds benefit Arc of the Piedmont. Sprint Pavilion.  11am, 9-10:30am check-in.  $Varies.  Email: bharris@arcpva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4002 x110. 
 
December 4, Sunday
THE POLAR EXPRESS [G]
The Paramount Theater.
In the spirit of the film, attendees are invited to wear their pajamas. Those who do receive free popcorn! Santa will be available for photos before the 2pm show. The Paramount Theater.  11:30am & 2pm.  $7 adult, $5 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 6, Tuesday
HOLIDAY CRAFT TIME: GINGERBREAD HOUSES
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Get creative and build your own "home, sweet, home." All ages! Registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  4-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
December 6, Tuesday
MESSIAH SING-IN
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Be there to participate in a UVa tradition that has lasted for over 40 years! The UVA Messiah Sing-In remains a simple and joyous event, relying on the University and Charlottesville community to come together to sing and perform one of the greatest oratorios ever written. Benefits UVA choral ensembles. Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia.  8pm.  $10 adults, $5 students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
December 7, Wednesday
HOLIDAY CRAFT EXTRAVAGANZA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Different stations with different craft stations allow participants to make a variety of ornaments for the holidays! Refreshments provided as well. Registration begins November 16. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 7, Wednesday
TINKERCAD ORNAMENT WORKSHOP
JMRL- Northside.
Have you ever wanted to create and print your own 3D object? Learn the basics and create a self-designed ornament. Ages 11+. Participants will print their design on Northside's 3D printer. Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 2-7, Friday-Wednesday
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Join in a wonderful Charlottesville holiday tradition and help us capture "The Magic of Christmas" by entering the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Inspired creations will be on display December 4-7. All ages welcome.  Email: dbacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 7, Wednesday
WALKER ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT
Walker Upper Elementary School.
Walker Upper Elementary School.  Directions: 1564 Dairy Rd.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2671. 
 
December 8, Thursday
HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT
Charlottesville High School Choir.
Enjoy an evening of special music by the young talent of the Chartlottesville High School Choir. MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvillehsbands@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2410. 
 
December 8, Thursday
HOLIDAY YULETIDE EXTRAVAGANZA
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Family fun with holiday music and hot chocolate with Santa and his elves. Full menu and kids menu available. Blue Mountain Brewery.  4-7pm.  $Free.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
December 10, Saturday
'TIS THE SEASON PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Gingerbread Christmas & Kiwanis Club.
Enjoy pancakes for a good cause and see Santa, too! Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville, Martha Jefferson Hospital, The Piedmont Family YMCA Childcare Learning Center at the Jefferson School and UVA Children's Hospital. Hilton Garden Inn Pantops.  7-11am.  $5 minimum ticket donation.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Michelle Rene Ryan.  Email: mryan@piedmontymca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-0118. 
 
December 3 & 10, Saturdays
AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Celebrate the season with an evening of holiday traditions. Costumed staff will demonstrate Christmas traditions and customs of the past at England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America and 1850s America. Stroll through the Museum's exhibits after hours to view traditional Holiday Decorations and learn about traditions from the past in both the Old World and America. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 10, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Crozet YMCA.
Have breakfast with Santa at Crozet YMCA. Crozet YMCA at Claudius Crozet Park.  9-10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
December 10, Saturday
CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Amazement Square.
The Children's Holiday Festival is a joyful family event! The magic, twinkle and tradition of this annual event continues to bring families and friends back year after year to enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, and more. The whole family is invited to celebrate the holidays, make memories and enjoy the magic of the season! Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  8:30-10:30am or 11am-1pm.  $20 child, $10 adult.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
December 10, Saturday
COLONIAL CHRISTMAS AT HENRICUS
Henricus Historical Park.
Featuring first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th century. Experience holiday traditions of different socioeconomic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
December 10, Sunday
CROZET COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT
Crozet Community Orchestra.
A variety of holiday repertoire will be presented in collaboration with the Crozet Community Hand-bell Choir including the 2015 favorite Midnight Clear for Hand-bells and full orchestra. Crozet Baptist Church.  $Free.  Contact: Denise Murray.  Email: murrden@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-5517. 
 
December 10, Saturday
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Another great event for families traveling to Keswick. Keswick Hall, Ballroom.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
December 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday
MICHIE TAVERN YULETIDE FEAST
Michie Tavern.
A Yuletide Feast in the Tavern's Ordinary decorated in festive 18th-century tradition. Strolling Tavern musicians will entertain guests dining by candlelight. The bill of fare features a banquet of Virginia favorites including country ham with raisin sauce, roasted turkey and giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and more traditional delectables. Michie Tavern.  Directions: 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  6pm & 8pm seatings.  $38.95 adults; $19.50 ages 10 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1234. 
 
December 10, Saturday
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION [PG-13]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 10, Saturday
PARADE OF LIGHTS AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park & James River Advisory Council.
View the procession of boats decorated with holiday lights and experience a colonial Christmas presented by historical interpreters at Henricus Historical Park. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  6-9pm.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1613. 
 
December 2 & 10, Friday & Saturday
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S 76TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club/McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Glee Club performing seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall (Dec. 2) & First Presbyterian Church (Dec. 10).  8-10pm.  $15 general admission, $5 students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Saturday
WEIHNACHTSMARKT: CHRISTMAS MARKET #3
The Frontier Culture Museum.
The Frontier Culture Museum offers their version of the traditional, German-inspired Christmas Market with open-air booths selling handcrafted artisan gifts. Over 20 vendors will attend. The Frontier Culture Museum.  1-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 332-7850. 
 
December 11, Sunday
"JOY TO THE WORLD" CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The annual Joy to the World Christmas concert features six choirs from local churches and community that will present sacred Christmas songs. The concert will conclude with choirs and congregations singing selections from Handel's Messiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Directions: 1275 Timberwood.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Susan Roberts.  Email: susanofva@aol.com. For more info call: 985-2696. 
 
December 11, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
The Virginia Consort will sing Christmas favorites and a variety of pieces written in the past 500 years. Rockfish Presbyterian Church.  4pm.  $35.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
December 11, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT
Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
It's not Christmas in Charlottesville until the Municipal Band plays seasonal and traditional music at its annual holiday concert. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
December 3-4 & 10-11, Saturdays-Sundays
MONTICELLO GINGERBREAD HOUSE FAMILY WORKSHOP
Monticello.
Fuel your creativity with hot chocolate and cookies as you work together to craft a hand-made addition to your home's holiday décor. Recommended for families with children ages seven and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Smith Woodland Pavilion, Monticello.  2-4pm.  $55 4-member family pass.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 11, Sunday
PVCC CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The PVCC Chorus presents an afternoon of holiday choral music! PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
December 11, Sunday
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AT PHARSALIA
Pharsalia.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of stories, crafts and Christmas cheer. Professional photos with Santa and snacks are included. Pharsalia.  Directions: 2333 Pharsalia Road, Tyro.  1-4pm.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5231. 
 
December 11, Sunday
SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Enjoy a yummy breakfast and meet with Santa too! Virginia Discovery Museum.  9am, 9:20am, 11:30am, 11:45am.  $12 non-members, family 4-pack discounts.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 11, Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER
The Wayne Theatre.
Spice up the holiday season with the Nutcracker Suite performed by the Albemarle Ballet Theatre. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2-4pm, 5-7pm.  $12 advance, $18 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 11, Sunday
YULETIDES AT AGECROFT: A CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Agecroft Hall.
Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1860, and Richmond in 1942. Charles Dickens will do a lively reading from his classic A Christmas Carol. Father Christmas will be ready to hear your Christmas wishes. It's outside and inside, so be sure to bundle up! Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Road.  12:30-5pm.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
December 12, Wednesday
ORNAMENT EXTRAVAGANZA
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Whether you give it away as a gift to friends and family or hang it high in your own tree, a handmade holiday ornament is sure to bring cheer to all who see it. We'll provide the ornaments and an extravaganza of fun and festive decorating supplies, you provide the imagination and creativity! Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  4pm.  $10 (includes 1 ornament, museum admission for 1 child/1 adult).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 14, Wednesday
MRS. CLAUS INVITES
Omni Hotel Charlottesville.
Sit down for a fun visit with Mrs. Claus and her friends. Enjoy an exciting afternoon of holiday magic! Omni Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: East Ballroom.  4-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Friday
HOLIDAY JINGLE SQUARE DANCE
Grand Squares of Nelson.
Live square dance caller, tasty snacks & great music! Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department.  7:30-10pm.  $Donation.  Email: grandsquaresofnelson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-2470. 
 
December 10, 14 & 17
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
An after hours holiday tour and open hearth cooking at the home of President James Monroe. This small-group program will be offered at twilight. Open hearth cook Pat Willis will lead participants in making an apple pie and steamed pudding, which guests will enjoy by candlelight. While the desserts are cooking, guests will visit the Presidential guest house and museum spaces decorated for the holidays. Each session limited to 10 participants. James Monroe's Highland.  4:30-6:30pm.  $28.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
December 17, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: SANTA'S SLEIGH IS ON ITS WAY
Barnes and Noble.
It's a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in town are asleep. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way? Storytime and activities featuring Santa's Sleigh Is on Its Way! Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
December 17, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  8-10am.  $45 adult, $20 children.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
November 26-December 17, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
The Boar's Head Inn.
Enjoy a traditional breakfast buffet as children whisper Christmas wishes in Santa's ear. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  9-11am.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
December 17, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S "THE NUTCRACKER"
Sweeten your holiday season with the professional production of the classic holiday ballet! The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker as a holiday gift. With the help of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara journeys through Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets in a holiday celebration. This enchanting 90-minute performance is set to Tchaikovskys famous score and is sure to delight the entire family! V. Earl Dickinson Building .  11am & 3:30pm .  $20.00+.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nina Staeben.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
November 25-27 & December 3-4, 10-11 & 17
CLAYBROOKE TREE FARM
Claybrooke Farm.
Check the farm website and Facebook for special events, visits from Santa, food vendors, and demonstrations. Hayrides are provided continuously to and from the fields. Saws are provided along with cutting and loading assistance. Choose from Douglas, Canaan, Concolor, Norman and Korean firs, Blue and White spruce and previously cut large Fraser firs up to 12-feet. Claybrooke Farm, 912 Elk Creek Road, Mineral, VA.  10am-5pm.  Email: claybrookefarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-872-3817. 
 
December 17, Saturday
GERMAN "CHRISTKINDLMARKT"
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Donna Kincaid.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
December 9-10 & 16-17, Friday-Saturday
GINGERBREAD EXPRESS LIGHT TOUR
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
This popular bus tour takes you to the best citywide holiday light displays and back. The Express picks up at the Virginia Discovery Museum on the Downtown Mall with 45-minute tours. Purchase tickets in advance at the Downtown Business Association's office. They sell out fast! 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm & 8pm.  $6.  All ages welcome.  Email: DBACville@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073. 
 
December 10 & 17, Saturdays
HOLIDAY BRUNCHES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Music, white lights, greenery & poinsettias, plus Santa and his sleigh! Space is limited.  The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 26-December 17, Saturdays
HOLIDAY CITY MARKET
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The City Market transforms for the holidays, featuring unique gifts & decorations to meet all of your holiday needs. All items are handmade, homegrown or home baked by local farmers, artists, or bakers. Second and Water Streets.  8am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: citymarket@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
December 17, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT PARTY
Carver Recreation Center.
Come make and take holiday crafts, enjoy holiday treats and a visit from Santa. Carver Recreation Center.  1-3pm.  $Free.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
December 9-10 & 16-17, Friday-Saturday
HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING FOR KIDS
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center where children can make holiday gifts including bracelets, miniature paintings and more. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, Darden Towe Park.  10am-2pm December 9 & 10, 10am-3pm December 16 & 17.  $7.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
December 17, Saturday
KIDS CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONCERT AT RANDOM ROW BREWING CO.
A live concert for the kids! Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: kevin@randomrow.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 25-December 17, Fridays & Saturdays
PICK OUT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Saunders Brothers Market.
Both cut and live trees. Canaan fir, Norway spruce, blue spruce, white and Scotch pines available! Saunders Brothers Market.  1-4pm Fridays, 10am-5pm Saturdays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
December 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17, Thursday-Saturday
POPLAR FOREST HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Ring in the holidays with a magical candlelit tour of Mr. Jefferson's cherished villa retreat dressed for the holidays with 19th-century panache Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  Directions: 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest.  5:30pm.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Email: educationcoordinator@poplarforest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
December 3, 10 & 17, Saturdays
REINDEER GAMES AT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF RICHMOND
Children's Museum of Richmond.
A rotating festival featuring character visits from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa's Reindeer Boot Camp, Santa's Cookie Workshop, make your own "Reindeer Food" and flying reindeer (STEM activity!). Children's Museum of Richmond - Chesterfield, Short Pump, Fredericksburg.  10am-4pm Dec. 3 Chesterfield, Dec. 10 Short Pump, Dec. 17 Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
November 18-December 18
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Four County Players.
By Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson with stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. Directed by Jane Gargett and musical direction by Jim Niederberger. Four County Players Mainstage.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 832-5355. 
 
December 18, Sunday
ACAC HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR
ACAC Adventure Central.
Join in a fun-filled evening at acac Adventure Central! Before you embark on your bus tour of nearby homes decorated for the holidays, come on inside and enjoy visits with Santa, face-painting, hot chocolate bar, winter craft and more. All ages welcome! ACAC Adventure Central.  $Free-$20.  Contact: Aubrey Valorz.  Email: aubreyv@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
November 27-December 18, Sundays
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
The Boar's Head Inn.
Spend a fun Sunday afternoon at The Boar's Head with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Boar's Head Pastry Chef designing and building your own edible masterpiece at this ever-popular event! All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  1-3pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
December 10-11 & 17-18
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Do your holiday shopping and stock up on your favorite products for the winter during Carter Mountain Orchard's Holiday on the Hill! Samples galore, great sales, and Christmas music to get your spirits in high gear. Avoid the crowds at the mall and shop local! Enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and decorate the pre-assembled gingerbread house! Workshop times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Registration recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  $Free admission and parking, some fee-based activities.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
December 18, Sunday
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT HOLIDAY SHOW
The Wayne Theatre.
The Valley Dance Theatre's traditionally holiday show is sure to get the family in a holly, jolly mood! The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pm.  $18 adults, $12 students.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 19, Monday
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS LIVE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
A live Christmas musical recommended for grades K-5. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 19, Monday
LIFE-SIZE CANDYLAND
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate the start of winter vacation with a life-size game of Candyland. Fun for the whole family! 2-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 16-20, Friday-Tuesday
BETHLEHEM VILLAGE LIVE NATIVITY
Village of Bethlehem.
The Village of Bethlehem is a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem complete with reenactment of Christ's birth, singing angels, roman guards, an olive press, working looms, carpenter's, weapon's and scribe shops, and yes...even live camels and wise men come to life. Hebron Baptist Church, Afton.  Directions: 66 Tanbark Dr..  6-9pm (opens at 5pm on Sunday, Dec. 18).  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 25-December 20
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Pre-order a Virginia tree and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths and swags. Santa visits on November 26 and December 3! The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 20, Tuesday
DAZZLING DECEMBER DROP-IN
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate the sparkle and magic of the season by creating some dazzling crafts with glitter, glue, doilies, ribbons, stencils, sequins and more. JMRL- Central Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 20, Tuesday
HOLIDAY HOUSES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Celebrate the sweetness of the season at the annual Holiday Houses event. Houses are pre-assembled by museum staff, so let your imagination run free as you create your very own candy-coated winter wonderland with an assortment of goodies. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  4pm.  $15 (includes house/decorations, museum admission for 1 child/1 adult).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 17, 18 & 22
THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Sweets and enjoy the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's score. This enchanting performance is sure to delight the whole family! V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC.  11am & 3:30pm Saturday, 2pm & 5:30pm Sunday, 3pm & 7pm Thursday.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
November 25-December 23, Wednesdays-Sundays
BEES & TREES FARM
Bees & Trees Farm.
Cut your own tree, then enjoy complimentary cider while you browse the Christmas shop. Enjoy s'mores around the fire pit and photo ops in the historic sleigh. Choose from Canaans, fresh-cut Frasers, Norway Spruce, Leyland Cypress, and Scotch and White Pines. Wreaths and garlands made on the spot. 18028 Carrico Mills Rd, Elkwood.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
December 2, 9, 16 & 23, Fridays
CHRISTMAS STORIES AND S'MORES!
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
This is a terrific event for families. Guests and members bring their little ones who roast marshmallows over the fire and listen to stories told by our team. Keswick Hall.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-4363. 
 
November 20-December 23
FOXFIRE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.
Choose and cut Norway Spruces, Douglas Firs and a limited number of pines. For large trees come early. Wreaths, saws, twine, baling and loading available. Fresh wreaths and garland, too. Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Scottsville.  9am-5pm Wednesday-Monday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3445. 
 
December 3-23
HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Tour the house as it is beautifully decorated for the holidays! Ash Lawn-Highland.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
December 16-23
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Tour the museum by lantern light and see the holiday traditions of the past. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride from the Old World to the American farms. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  $15 adults, $8 kids.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 25-December 23
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Choose from White and Scotch Pine, Norway and Blue Spruce, Concolor and Fraser Firs. Pre-cut Fraser firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Waynesboro.  10am-dark, seven days a week.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 25-December 23
STONEHEARTH CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.
Cut your own White, Scotch and Red Pines, and Canaan Firs. Also crafts, wreaths and garland for purchase. Saws, twine and tree shaker available. Kids get candy canes and a free coloring book. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and hot cider along with coloring books and candy canes for the kids. Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Madison.  9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday; call for weekday hours.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-547-2576. 
 
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 23
TEA WITH SANTA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Another long-standing tradition, Tea with Santa offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety of seasonal beverages and light snacks while singing along with Santa and the Singing Elf in an intimate setting. The Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown.  Directions: 501 E. Broad Street.  2pm.  $36/members, $40/non-members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
December 24, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: HANUKKAH STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Celebrate Hanukkah Storytime with I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel and How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
November 25-December 24
CUT-YOUR-OWN TREE AT SPRUCE ROCK FARM
Spruce Rock Farm.
Cut your own Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, and Douglas Firs, or select from pre-cut Fraser firs. Free tree shaking, baling, hot cider and chocolate. Browse around in our Christmas shop stocked with wreaths, Christmas tree items, ornaments, stockings, miniature village houses and more! Cash or checks only. Spruce Rock Farm, Brightwood.  10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, by appointment Monday-Friday.  Contact: Tim & Doris Williams.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-543-2309. 
 
November 25-December 24
DAVIS CREEK TREE FARM
Davis Creek Tree Farm.
Choose and cut your choice of White Pine, Concolor and Canaan Fir. Davis Creek Tree Farm.  Directions: 4413 Davis Creek Lane, Lovingston.  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  For more info call: 263-8762. 
 
November 25-December 24
GREENE MEADOWS TREE FARM
Greene Meadows Tree Farm.
Choose from White Pine, Leyland Cypress and White Spruce, or pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir. Fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags and garland. Visit with lambs and calves in the petting zoo while you sip a complimentary cup of cider or hot chocolate! Greene Meadows Tree Farm.  Directions: Stanardsville.  Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-1999. 
 
November 25-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR, St. Mary's For Kids & Bon Secours Children's Services.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond! Sunrise, sunset and tea with Santa services go on sale November 1! Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  Directions: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond.  See website or call for Santa's schedule.  $Free visit with Santa, photo available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Email: santa@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
Now through December 25
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR
Home Instead Senior Care.
Each year Home Instead Senior Care spreads holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. At a participating location, pick a senior's ornament from the tree to purchase gifts for (gift suggestions are included on ornament). Then, return the ornament with the gifts to any of the participating locations. Find participating locations on website.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 25, Sunday
KESWICK HALL GRAND BUFFET
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Christmas buffet at Keswick Hall. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  11am, 1pm & 3pm.  $79 adult, $35 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
December 26, Monday
KWANZAA CELEBRATION
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
The term Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means first fruits in Swahili. This is a time when people of African ancestry celebrate their heritage. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium.  3pm.  Contact: Mia Logan.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8722. 
 
December 17-30
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the most magical time of year at Wintergreen with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year's Eve Celebrations. Don't forget skiing, riding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
December 9-10, 16-23, 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Not recommended for children under age 6. Monticello.  5:15pm, 5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm.  $55.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
November 25-December 31
BARNES & NOBLE HOLIDAY BOOK DRIVE
Barnes and Noble.
Barnes and Noble is having a book drive for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville. Help build a library of books for all RMHC family guests this holiday season. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
December 31, Saturday
FAMILY FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S EVE
Blue Mountain Brewery.
A pint-sized party for the whole family with two sparkling cider toasts (4:30 and 7:30) and countdowns to the New Year. Blue Mountain Brewery.  3-8pm.  $Free.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
December 31, Saturday
FIRST NIGHT VIRGINIA
Charlottesville First Night Virginia.
Celebrate the new year with a community arts fest with performers, a creation station and fun zone for kids and more! See website for full event schedule. Downtown Mall.  3pm-12am.  $various prices.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstnightva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-8269. 
 
November 22-December 31
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Closed Mondays. Maymont, Richmond.  12-5pm, tours available every half-hour.  $5 suggested donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
December 31, Saturday
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment and crafts. (Enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights in the evening from 5 -10 p.m.) Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  2-5pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
December 31, Saturday
NOON YEAR'S EVE BASH
Science Museum of Virginia.
Ring in the Noon Year with a distinctive, quirky twist to the annual ball drop! Watch 2,017 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring the rotunda to life for a special ball drop and a toast with apple juice to celebrate the new year! Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St.  10am-1pm.  Email: info@smv.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
December 31, Saturday
NOON YEAR'S EVE PARTY
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 at this special event for all ages. Nelson Memorial Library.  11am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
November 27-January 1
GYPSY HILL PARK CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214-acre park aglow with charming night time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  Contact: Angel Cooper.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8660. 
 
January 1, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K
Charlottesville Track Club.
Celebrate the New Year with a 5K in Free Union! The race is a fairly flat, out and back 3.1 mile course. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Age group awards. Please bring a canned food item to benefit the Emergency Food Bank. Free Union.  Directions: see directions on website.  10am late registration, 11am race.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Track Club.  Email: training@cvilletrackclub.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 1, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S DAY BASH
Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.
Open on New Year's Day for the first time ever! Celebrate the new year all day long with special performances, art projects, games and more! Children's Museum of Richmond.  Directions: 2626 W. Broad St.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7063. 
 
November 25-January 1
ZOOLIGHTS
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a dazzling light show set to music! National Zoo, Washington, D.C.  Directions: 3001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-8743. 
 
November 25-January 2, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over eight-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
November 25-January 9
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
December
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
The traditional holiday classic brought to life onstage. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market St., Staunton.  Various times.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
Wednesdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament, blown by you. Ages 7 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 

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