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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
December 2, 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 St.  4:30pm & 7:30pm.  Contact: Aina Arnold.  Email: consort2@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-8444. 
 
December 2, Saturday
CROZET CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT: "A SEASON OF LIGHT"
Crozet Chorus.
Directed by Dr. John McCarty and with pianist Tracey Reed, the performance features much loved holiday music as well as beautiful choral arrangements celebrating the joy of the season. Please join the 66 members of the Crozet Chorus. Crozet Baptist Church.  4pm.  $Free.  Email: sandra.hodge@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
SING! CHRISTMAS
First United Methodist Church.
Enjoy holiday music with an all a cappella program, Sacred and secular selections ranging from medieval carols and motets to swinging settings of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" The program features the "Jingle Singers," an a cappella vocal quintet. A reception follows. First United Methodist Church.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrew Shelden.  Email: gnomlich@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 530-598-8557. 
 
December 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERTS
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers .
The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVA University Singers join forces to present their annual Family Holiday Concerts. Performances will be held at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. On both days, ensembles of orchestra musicians will welcome audiences in the lobby with holiday carols. 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 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
HOLIDAY JUBILEE "COMMUNITY IN CHORUS" CONCERT
Nelson Community Orchestra.
The Nelson County Community Orchestra and Music Magic String Education students will be joined by a chorus of voices representing the entire community in this free program to include selections from holiday favorites including the beloved Nutcracker and Messiah, under the direction of Michael Tyree, Conductor. Rodes United Methodist Church on Saturday, Rockfish Valley Community Center on Sunday.  Directions: Afton.  7-9pm Saturday, 4-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: HEAR THE BELLS
Jefferson Choral Society.
Enjoy a Christmas concert by the Jefferson Choral Society. Heritage United Methodist Church, Lynchburg.  7:30pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  $20 adult, $10 students, free age 11 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-528-5700. 
 
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, Thursday
CHRISTMAS CAROLS GUITAR CONCERT
The Haven.
Come and enjoy a concert of Christmas Carols arranged for the classical guitar by Rafael Scarfullery. The Haven.  8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 7, 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 1 & 9, Friday & Saturday
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S 77TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club/McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Glee Club performs seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall (Dec. 1) & First Presbyterian Church (Dec. 9).  8-10pm.  $15 general admission, $5 students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
From classic Christmas tunes to magnificent Classical masterpieces, this concert will surely lift your spirits and get you ready for the Holiday season. Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford.  4pm.  $35.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
December 10, Sunday
ANNUAL "JOY TO THE WORLD" CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Come enjoy the annual Christmas Choir Concert and hear five wonderful community choirs, including the Albemarle High School Patriot Singers, sing selected sacred Christmas songs. This is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebration. Refreshments and Nativity displays provided. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel,The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel.  7pm.  $Free and open to public.  Contact: Larry Sidwell.  Email: lws66@comcast.net. For more info call: 434-973-8407. 
 
December 10, 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. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Emergency Food Bank. 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 16, Saturday
THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
Join The Oratorio Society of Virginia for this beloved Charlottesville tradition and family favorite. Music Director Michael Slon conducts a 90-person chorus composed of some of the community’s finest singers. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  $25, $10 kids and students.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
CHRISTMAS WITH THE RICHMOND POPS
Altria Theater.
A premiere holiday tradition in Richmond, the Richmond Pops perform. Altria Theater, Richmond.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@smgrichmond.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
December 8, Friday
11TH ANNUAL LET THERE BE LIGHT: AN OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
An evening of light-centered artworks and performances illuminating the outdoors for one night only. Rain date December 9. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Directions: Exhibit located on the grounds outside the V. Earl Dickinson Building.  6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
Now-December 31
JULIE GOUGH: HUNTING GROUND
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition is comprised of two video installations and 10 prints by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough. Gough is interested in how, if and why tragic events are remembered, and from whose perspective. Her residency in late October and November will explore these questions, offering parallels between her experience in Tasmania and local Charlottesville controversies around confederate statues. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
Now-November, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
September-November
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles family for music, food, weekend hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie and all things apple. Pick your own apples or buy them already picked. November is a great time to visit us with typically smaller crowds and great weather. Foliage viewing is at peak in the early part of the month! Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
November 24-25 & December 2 & 9
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.  Directions: 912 Elk Creek Rd., Mineral.  10am-5pm.  Email: claybrookefarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-872-3817. 
 
December 16, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL ORCHARD WASSAIL
Potter's Craft Cider.
The wassail is the ancient ancestor of trick-or-treating and Christmas caroling, in which the townspeople would go orchard to orchard to sing to the trees and encourage a bountiful harvest. Help cast off evil spirits out of the orchard, announce the Wassail King and Queen, take a tour and enjoy tastings. Potter's Craft Cider, Free Union.  12-10pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 850-528-6314. 
 
December 16, Saturday
FARM MARKET CLOSES FOR THE SEASON
Saunders Brothers Market.
Today is your last chance to pick up some apples to store in your fridge. When kept properly, they can last until the daffodils appear. Ask how to store them. Saunders Brothers Market.  Directions: Piney River.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 25-December 16, 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 17, Sunday
MOJO SWEET POTATO PIE CHRISTMAS SINGALONG & PIE SHARE
Glass House Winery.
Singalong music and fun holiday cheer. Bring a pie to share. Picnics welcome. Glass House Winery.  2-5pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-0094. 
 
November 18-December 17, Weekends
S'MORE HOLIDAY FUN AT CHILES
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Grab your beverage of choice and head out to the courtyard to sit by the firepit, make s’mores and take in the gorgeous late fall view. The kids can do some holiday crafts, enjoy the Hot Chocolate bar and dip their own caramel apple. Wagon rides will be offered, weather permitting. Before you leave, load up on apples, grab an apple pie and maybe a pumpkin milkshake for the road. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 24-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. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 24-December 21
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. 
 
November 24-December 23, Thursdays-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. 
 
November 24-December 23
CHRISTMAS TREES AT CASTLE HILL CIDER
Castle Hill Cider.
Christmas trees from Willow Springs Tree Farms will become available the day after Thanksgiving. Also enjoy a continued celebration of cider, state championship cycling races, food trucks, and Christmas tree sales! Castle Hill Cider.  Directions: 6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 20-December 23
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
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. Stop by the new market and pick up winter vegetables and other goodies, too. Long Meadow Tree Farm, Waynesboro.  10am-dark, seven days a week.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 24-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. 
 
November 24-December 24
CUT-YOUR-OWN TREE AT DAVIS CREEK TREE FARM
Davis Creek Tree Farm.
Choose and cut your choice of White Fir, Concolor Fir, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce and White Pine. Davis Creek Tree Farm.  Directions: 4413 Davis Creek Lane, Lovingston.  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8762. 
 
November 24-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 the 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 24-December 24
GREENE MEADOWS TREE FARM
Greene Meadows Tree Farm.
Choose from White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Canaan, Frazer or Concolor Firs and Red Cedar, 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.  10am-5pm Friday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-1999. 
 
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, Saturdays & Sundays
MANGHAM WOOL FARM ANNUAL OPEN BARN & WAREHOUSE SALE
Enjoy hot cider, cookies and holiday shopping. Warm socks, hand knit sweaters, blankets, hats and yarns. Everything will be displayed in the rooms of the 18th century home. Hike around the property and even mingle with the 250 friendly girls in the flock. Mangham Wool Farm.  Directions: 171 Little Mountain Farm.  12-5pm.  Email: info@wool.us. For more info call: 973-2222. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
November 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
DECK THE HALLS OPEN HOUSE
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Local makers and artisans along with Early Mountain food and wine. Holiday fun for the whole family. Early Mountain Vineyards.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
December 2, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL ENCHANTED EXTRAVAGANZA
The Market at Grelen/Shabby Love.
Enjoy a day of holiday cheer featuring 22 local vendors, festive fare, music, fresh Christmas trees & greens, wreath workshop and fire pits. Visit with Santa for free from 11am-2pm The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15901 Yager Rd, Somerset.  9am-4pm.  $5 per car.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 9, 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 and photos with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, and all-day admission. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  8:30-10:30am or 11am-1pm.  $25 child, $10 adult.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
November 24-January 8
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. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
November 25, Saturday
FRIENDSHIP, TRADE & FEAST AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
Join English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to 17th-century Virginia residents. Immerse yourself in cooking, games, songs and dances common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. Registration required. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  10am-5pm.  $8 adult, $6 ages 6-12.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
November 26, Sunday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Visit with Thomas Jefferson for free and see the house decorated for the holidays. The Shop at Monticello will offer tastings and treats. Monticello.  9am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 3, 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.  12-4:30pm.  $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 8-9, 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.  8pm seatings.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1234. 
 
December 9, 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 9, Saturday
THREE CENTURIES OF VIRGINIA CHRISTMAS AT HENRICUS
Henricus Historical Park.
Henricus interpreters will be demonstrating the changing traditions of English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864). Afterward, everyone is invited to view the Parade of Lights out on the bluff from 6-9pm. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
December 10, 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 hear your Christmas wishes. Help decorate, enjoy Victorian carols and dances, watch Morris Dancers and enjoy craft activities. 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 1-2, 7-9 & 14-16, Thursday-Saturday
POPLAR FOREST HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOURS
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. Times vary per day, check website for details. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  Directions: 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest.  5:30pm & 6:30pm.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Email: educationcoordinator@poplarforest.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-534-8120. 
 
December 15-17 & 21-23
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 children.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 8-9, 15-23 & 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS
Monticello.
Experience Monticello after dark, historically decorated and illuminated for the season. Guests meet their guide at The Shop at Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. The tour offers a look at how the enslaved and free celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. See public and private rooms, including the iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musical performances in the Parlor. Monticello.  $60.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Tours not handicapped-accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
December 1-31
HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
James Monroe's Highland.
Tour the house as it is beautifully decorated for the holidays. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
November 24, Friday
BUY NOTHING DAY "YARD SALE"
Community Bikes.
Bring stuff, take stuff, browse stuff and celebrate Buy Nothing Day at Community Bikes. Community Bikes.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 24-25, Friday-Saturday
CHRISTMAS FAIR
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.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 332-7850. 
 
November 25, Saturday
MUSEUM SHOP SATURDAY
Poplar Forest.
Enjoy a day filled with special sales, music by Sons of Liberty, tastings and appearances by favorite vendors and craftsmen. Blacksmith L.T. Skinnell and wood crafters Richard McGann and Patrick Williams will be on-site to show off their wares. There will be festive food and drink for sampling and all merchandise will be 20% off. Poplar Forest.  11am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
December 1, Friday
3RD ANNUAL TOY LIFT & HOLIDAY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Toy Lift Charities will be on hand to accept donations at this convenient downtown location and over 25 Charlottesville City Market vendors will have a variety of holiday food and crafts for sale. Holiday music will be provided by the Charlottesville Municipal Band from 12pm-2pm and special guests will be hoisted in the signature Toy Lift Bucket Truck throughout the day! City Hall Plaza (next to Sprint Pavilion).  10am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-8226. 
 
December 1, Friday
4TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Bald Top Brewing Co. / Greenscapes Nursery & Garden Shoppe, Inc.
After the Madison Christmas Parade, head over to Greenscapes Nursery and enjoy food, shopping and fun. Greenscapes Nursery & Garden Shoppe, Madison.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
33RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Crafts and activities for the whole family at this festive event with a preview for adults only from 6-9pm on Friday December 1. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: 120 Waldorf School Road.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
December 2, Saturday
ANNUAL POTTERY CLUB SALE
PVCC.
PVCC Student Pottery Club's annual sale featuring hundreds of handmade mugs, bowls, vases, plates, casseroles, pitchers and works of art for between $5 and $75. PVCC.  Directions: College Drive is off of Rt. 20.  9am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tom Clarkson.  Email: tclarkson@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5219. 
 
December 2, Saturday
ARTISAN DAY AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Watch local artisans, taste small batch, artisanal jams, jellies and honey with ingredients harvested from Monticello and American Heritage Chocolate, and shop handmade ornaments and Monticello seed packs with art from local artist Tim O'Kane. Monticello.  Directions: The Shop at Monticello at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  12-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
EARLYSVILLE ART & CRAFTS SHOW
Earlysville Community.
Bring shopping lists and appetites and enjoy this event featuring only locally handcrafted, designed and created items. Earlysville Fire Department.  Directions: Reas Ford Rd., Earlysville.  9am-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: lncookies@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-2058. 
 
December 2, Saturday
LITTLE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS MARKET & CRAFT FAIR
Emy Lou's Boutique / Bootvil.
Come out for the first Little Country Christmas Market and Craft Event. This family-friendly event will have two sessions of craft events going on along with many vendors. Augusta Expoland.  10am-7pm Thursday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2-3, Saturday-Sunday
ARTISANS OPEN HOUSE AT FREE UNION COUNTRY SCHOOL
Free Union Country School.
Local artisans will pop up at the school. Enjoy indoor holiday shopping and treats. Free Union Country School.  TBA.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jolee.  Email: janrussell@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-3901. 
 
December 9, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL CRAFTACULAR HOLIDAY MARKET
Craft Cville.
Come for this an annual holiday market showcasing the best of Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Staunton, Richmond, Lynchburg and the surrounding areas. Carver Recreation Center.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Sunday
GIRLS DAY OUT SHOPPING BOUTIQUE
The Sophisticates of Central Virginia.
Enjoy a great afternoon of shopping with over 15 vendors, including several LuLaRoe retailers, Pure Romance, Mary Kay, Paparazzi and more. There will be raffles for prizes donated by the vendors. Raffle proceeds will go to benefit the Angel Tree to help a family in need this Christmas season. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
December 10, Sunday
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE
Hometown Christmas.
Come shop for the holidays from local retailers, artisans and crafters. Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center.  11am-4pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 3 & 10, Sundays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAYS AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Local vendors will fill the tasting room. There will be all kinds of gifts for every size, shape and age person. Each of the vendors will have items that will be priced at $5 or less, so that childen can also do their holiday shopping. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
December 16, Saturday
HOLIDAY MAKERS' MARKET
Jefferson Choral Society.
Artwork, crafts, jewelry, baked good and Christmas decorations by over 40 local artists and vendors are for sale. Both breakfast and lunch from concessions are available. Moose Lodge 715, Lynchburg.  Directions: 2307 Lakeside Dr.  9am-2pm.  Email: elsie.lemke@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2 & 16, Saturdays
INDOOR COMMUNITY MARKET
Nelson County.
The indoor community market features local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, plants, greenery, art and crafts. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
December 2 & 16, Saturdays
RVCC'S 11TH ANNUAL WINTER MARKETS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Find local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, greenery, arts and crafts and live music. The market on December 2 coincides with RVCC's pancake breakfast. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Donna Kincaid.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1725. 
 
December 9 & 16, Saturdays
WINTER VENDORLAND
The Sophisticates of Central Virginia.
Over 20 vendors available with something for everyone. Santa will visit from 12-1pm so bring the kids to take pics with Santa and get some shopping done all at the same time. Raffle prizes available, with raffle ticket proceeds going to the Angel Tree to help a needy family this Christmas. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
December 3, 10 & 17, Sundays
THREE NOTCH'D CRAFT KITCHEN & BREWERY HOLIDAY MARKET
Three Notch'd Brewing Company.
Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery.  12-5pm, 5:15pm tree lighting.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 25-December 23, Saturdays
HOLIDAY MARKET
DBAC.
An extension of the weekly City market, the holiday market offers a variety of unique gifts, decorations, food, and crafts made by local farmers, artists and bakers. Plus, parking will be free in the Market Street Parking Garage on weekends. Second and Water Street parking lots.  8am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, Saturdays & Sundays
MANGHAM WOOL FARM ANNUAL OPEN BARN & WAREHOUSE SALE
Enjoy hot cider, cookies and holiday shopping. Warm socks, hand knit sweaters, blankets, hats and yarns. Everything will be displayed in the rooms of the 18th century home. Hike around the property and even mingle with the 250 friendly girls in the flock. Mangham Wool Farm.  Directions: 171 Little Mountain Farm.  12-5pm.  Email: info@wool.us. For more info call: 973-2222. 
 
November 24-January 1, 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. 
 
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November 27, Monday
WONDER WOMAN [PG-13]
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Come see the recent hit film Wonder Woman. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 9.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
November 29, Wednesday
THE LOST CITY OF Z [PG-13]
JMRL - Gordon Library.
See the 2016 film for free. JMRL- Gordon Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
November 4-30
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE PRESENTS HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES
Alamo Drafthouse.
Want to see the Harry Potter series on the big screen for the first time or again? See them all between November 4 and 30. Alamo Drafthouse.  Various times.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 1, Friday
A CHRISTMAS STORY [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
See the classic Christmas film for free as part of The Grand Illumination. The Paramount Theater.  8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 2, Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring blanket and pillow if you like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Ages 2-6. Registration is requested. Drop-ins welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 10, Sunday
ELF AND THE 1ST ANNUAL BREW & BUDDY RUN
The Paramount Theater / Champion Brewing Co. & Three Notch'd Brewery.
A sensory-friendly (lower sound levels, house lights) and regular screening will be followed by the 1st annual Brew & Buddy Run at 5p where participants will be making a 3-mile loop around the Downtown area, the Brew Run includes stops at Champion and Three Notch’d for a beer at each brewery before returning to The Paramount for Elf on the Big Screen at 7:00PM. Registration fees for the run include a 16 ounce cup which will get you $1.00 off your beer during the movie! The Paramount Theater.  11:30am sensory-friendly film & 2pm film; 5pm Brew & Buddy Run & 7pm movie.  $5 youth 12 and under, $7 adult; $25 Brew & Buddy Run.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 14, Thursday
STAR WARS EP. VIII RELEASE PARTY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Get ready for The Last Jedi by watching The Force Awakens. Come in costume and get a surprise. Snacks provided. Northside Library.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 17, Sunday
WHITE CHRISTMAS
The Paramount Theater.
Two successful song and dance men trail after a pair of up-and-coming song and dance ladies to a Connecticut inn owned by their former World War II commanding officer. Crosby and Kaye's cross-dressing take on "Sisters" is hysterically funny (mainly because the two men were clearly having a good time); and Mary Wickes as the inn's housekeeper nearly steals the show. The Paramount Theater.  2pm & 7pm.  $5 under 12, $7 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 18, Monday
IT'S A WONDERFUL COOKIE EXCHANGE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring treats to share and swap with your neighbors before settling in to watch It's A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm. Bring a copy of your recipe to share. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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November 24-26, Friday-Sunday
40TH ANNUAL MODEL RAILROAD SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Guests will enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state. Meet Clydesdales horses, watch a blacksmith in action and take a ride on the Teddy Bear Express. Compete in Train Trivia and see Museum educators perform fun holiday-themed demonstrations. Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demos and more. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  9:30am-5pm Friday & Saturday, 11:30am-5pm Sunday.  $14.50 adults, $13.50 youth/seniors, under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Now-November 26
HEAR MY VOICE: NATIVE AMERICAN ART OF THE PAST AND PRESENT
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Exploring conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. A total of 56 works illustrate the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter and medium. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  $Free.  Email: info@vmfa.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
December 15-17 & 21-23
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 children.  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 17-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. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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December 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30pm, 8:15-9:30pm viewing.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
December 2, 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 Boys 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 2, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Enjoy an early morning bird walk with Jenny Gaden of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays and Last Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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November 25, Saturday
LIGHTWIRE THEATER'S A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS
The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville Family.
Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including songs by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. The Paramount Theater.  11:30am & 6pm.  $14.75-24.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
November 29, Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
The renowned CHS Orchestra presents its winter concert, free and open to the public. Come hear great music! CHS/MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3278. 
 
December 3, Sunday
HOLIDAYS WITH THE HOOS
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Start a new December tradition by celebrating the holiday season with the 320-member Cavalier Marching Band, which will perform UVA school songs, halftime favorites from the 2017 football season, along with some timeless holiday classics. Joining them will be 400 high school student musicians from across the Commonwealth. Other surprise guests and performances will make this a very special afternoon. John Paul Jones Arena.  3pm.  Contact: John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
December 3, 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: 434-961-5376. 
 
December 4, Monday
ROBERT EARL KEEN'S FAM-O-LEE BACK TO THE COUNTRY JAMBOREE
The Paramount Theater.
The stage comes alive with visions, not only of sugarplums, elves and maybe a cow or two, but also with the spirit of country music's greatest artists, both past and present, along with your favorite Robert Earl Keen songs. This show unleashes holiday mischief, fun and great music that is sure to become part of your Christmas family traditions. The Paramount Theater.  $28.50-43.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 6, Wednesday
MERMAID THEATRE OF NOVA SCOTIA
The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville Family.
Childrens' stories Guess How Much I Love You by author Sam McBratney and I Love My Little Storybook by Anita Jeram come to life in Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's delightful adaptation for our youngest audience members and those young at heart. An imaginative blend of evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry that have earned Mermaid Theatre international acclaim. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $15.75 adult, $10.75 youth.  All ages welcome.  Email: www.theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 6, Wednesday
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
Richmond Coliseum.
See the exciting new take on "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with incredible effects and staging. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7:30pm.  $Varies.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
December 9, Saturday
SING! CHRISTMAS
Buck Mountain Episcopal Church.
Enjoy holiday music with an all a cappella program, Sacred and secular selections ranging from medieval carols and motets to swinging settings of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" The program features the "Jingle Singers," an a cappella vocal quintet. A reception follows. Buck Mountain Episcopal Church.  2pm.  $Free (donations accepted).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrew Shelden.  Email: gnomlich@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2054. 
 
December 10, Sunday
ALBEMARLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
The Wayne Theatre.
This 1 hour and 15 minute "Nutcracker Suite" is perfect for the entire family, children, adults and seniors. Proceeds from this show, co-produced by Studio for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)3, support its local need-based scholarship program. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pmA 1-hour 15-minute "Nutcracker Suite" is perfect for the entire family, children, adults, and seniors..  $20 adults, $14 child/seniors/military.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 14-17, Thursday-Sunday
DISNEY ON ICE: DREAM BIG
Richmond Coliseum.
Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  Various times.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
December 17, Sunday
MOJO SWEET POTATO PIE CHRISTMAS SINGALONG & PIE SHARE
Glass House Winery.
Singalong music and fun holiday cheer. Bring a pie to share. Picnics welcome. Glass House Winery.  2-5pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-0094. 
 
December 16 & 17, 21 & 22
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet / PVCC.
The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara who journeys through Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets in an enchanting performance set to Tchaikovsky's famous score. Charlottesville Ballet's 90-minute production is sure to delight the entire family. Following select performances, children ages 3-8 can take a ballet class on stage with Clara and her friends. They will learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet dancers. Class size is limited, so reserve soon. The V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC.  Varies.  $25-$75.  Contact: Laura Carstensen.  Email: cvilleballetstaff@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2555. 
 
November 29-December 26
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
American Shakespeare Center.
This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics and then some. Pay what you will performances November 30 and December 2. Thursday performances followed by discussion. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street .  $25-49.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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November 23, Thursday
BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS
Grace Episcopal Church.
Enjoy a brief blessing ceremony, which includes bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses. Enjoy cider and donuts and the beginning of the hunt afterward. No pets allowed on church grounds. Grace Episcopal Church.  Directions: Route 231, Keswick.  10-11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: parishadministrator@gracekeswick.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3549. 
 
November 23, Thursday
KESWICK HALL GRAND BUFFET
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Keswick Hall. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  11am, 1pm & 3pm.  $83 adult, $35 ages 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
November 23, Thursday
THANKSGIVING DAY AT GRAVES' MOUNTAIN LODGE
Graves' Mountain Lodge.
Come spend Thanksgiving at Graves' Mountain Lodge feating on a buffet of traditional Thanksgiving fare. Seating times every half hour. Graves' Mountain Lodge, Syria.  11:30am-3pm, 5:30-7pm.  $$39.99 adult, 17 and under half price.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
November 23, Thursday
THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER AT MASSANUTTEN
Massanutten Resort.
Enjoy a stress-free, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet at The Blue Ridge Buffet on Thanksgiving Day. Blue Ridge Buffet, Mcgaheysville.  12-10pm.  $15.95 adults, 12 and under $7.95, 2 and under eat free with adult.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-437-3390. 
 
November 25, Saturday
FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Lollipop Shop.
Bring the whole family and your camera for this great opportunity to capture lasting memories and create family traditions. Lollipop Shop.  Directions: 270 Zan Road Seminole Square Shopping Center By Marshalls Charlottesville, Virginia.  1-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-812-2103. 
 
November 25, Saturday
MUSEUM SHOP SATURDAY
Poplar Forest.
Enjoy a day filled with special sales, music by Sons of Liberty, tastings and appearances by favorite vendors and craftsmen. Blacksmith L.T. Skinnell and wood crafters Richard McGann and Patrick Williams will be on-site to show off their wares. There will be festive food and drink for sampling and all merchandise will be 20% off. Poplar Forest.  11am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
November 24-25, Friday-Saturday
POINSETTIA OPEN HOUSE
Milmont Greenhouse.
Free homemade donuts and coffee, door prizes, fun and thousands of poinsettias (33 varieties) to get you feeling festive. An apple butter boil will take place Friday. Vendors will sell food, arts & crafts and gifts. Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro.  8am-5:30pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday.  Email: milmont@milmont.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
November 25, Saturday
SILHOUETTES BY STUDIO ZERO
James Monroe's Highland.
Studio Zero Photography will offer sittings for couples, individuals and children for their modern take on the silhouette. Studio Zero is waiving the $100 sitting fee for silhouettes made at Highland for one day only. Each 15-minute sitting includes a complimentary house tour. Enjoy our newly revised house tour free of charge and take home your silhouette that day. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-5pm.  $30-$55.  Special Needs Accommodation: Reservation Optional  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
November 22-26, Wednesday-Sunday
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
The holiday season of family traditions at Wintergreen begins with Thanksgiving. Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and family fun. Plus, enjoy the new tradition, the Be Thankful 5k at Bold Rock Cidery on Friday. Wintergreen Resort.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
October 17-November 28, Tuesdays (except Halloween)
BASIC GOOD MANNERS
Pampered Pets.
Dogs 17 weeks and older are invited to this class covering all the basic good manners that your dog needs to know to be a well-mannered member of the family: sit, down, stand, look, touch, wait, stay, come, leave it, trade, polite greeting and loose leash walking. Games will challenge and teach. You’ll be amazed at what your dog can do. Pampered Pets Training Center.  6-7pm.  $155.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-7387. 
 
November 30, Thursday
17TH ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE LAWN
University of Virginia.
Lighting of the Lawn is a community event centered around a three hour entertainment show filled with singing, dancing, and various other speeches and performances. The show ends with a light show that illuminates the lawn in spectacular fashion. UVA Lawn.  7-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: alumni-assoc@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9000. 
 
December 1, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION!
City of Charlottesville.
The City of Charlottesville and UVA Community Credit Union present the 20th annual Grand Illumination! This popular holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features musical performances, kids' crafts, face painting, character photos, a visit from Santa and friends, and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the community tree and Downtown Central Place. At 8:30pm, The Paramount Theater will present a free screening of "A Christmas Story." For more information and a schedule of events visit charlottesville.org/grandillumination or find them on Facebook @cvillegrandillumination (#cvillegrand). Downtown Mall Central Place.  5:30-8pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Joe Rice.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 409-8226. 
 
December 1, Friday
FINE ARTS DINNER, CONCERT & WEARABLE ART RUNWAY SHOW
St. Anne's-Belfield School.
STAB visual arts students walk the runway wearing garments they've made of anything but traditional fabrics. This year's theme, the Fifty United States, inspired budding fashion designers in their selections. Tickets for this first of two shows will include dinner. St. Anne's-Belfield School, Student Activity Center.  Directions: 2132 Ivy Rd.  6pm Friday; 5pm Saturday encore performance.  $20 adults, $15 faculty/students; $10 Saturday.  All ages welcome.  Email: collinsds@msn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5106. 
 
December 1, Friday
MADISON'S FRIDAY NIGHT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS & PARADE
Madison County Tourism.
Enjoy a tree lighting with music by Jessica Weaver and Silver Linings, hot chocolate by Mad Hollow and the United Methodist Church, cake pops by Cake Krums and cookies from the United Methodist Church. The parade with lights starts at 6pm. Main Street, Madison.  5:45-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4455. 
 
December 2, Sunday
BARRACKS ROAD ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE
Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Enjoy this annual hometown parade with costumed characters, antique cars, live animals, colorful floats, local celebrities, marching bands and more. A Charlottesville tradition for over 40 years. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  9:30am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sarah North.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-9233. 
 
December 2, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE POLAR PLUNGE FEST
A frosty above-ground pool awaits. Take a plunge for charity or watch the participating teams. A free, family-friendly festival to benefit Special Olympics Virginia. The Shops at Stonefield.  Directions: 2100 Hydraulic Rd.  10am, 12:30pm plunges.  All ages welcome.  Email: nrappaport@specialolympicsva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-951-2918. 
 
November 30-December 2, Thursday-Saturday
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Children enjoy one-on-one time and a photo with Santa and share cookies at this holiday event. Stonefield: Suite 120, 2035 Bond St.  Various times.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
FREE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madisons' home, decorated according to 19th-century customs, and visit with James and Dolley. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities, and delicious food along with 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-5:30pm.  $14 adults, $7 kids for buffet.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
December 2, Saturday
HELP PORTRAIT CHARLOTTESVILLE
Help Portrait Charlottesville / The Haven.
Get your hair and makeup professionally styled, your photo taken, and walk away with a free print. Singles, couples, families, infants and toddlers are all welcome. The Haven.  11am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
INNISFREE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Innisfree Village.
Come to the annual Holiday Open House and browse the crafts for sale from our weavery, bakery, woodshop, pottery, art class, and gardens. Plus, kids activities, tours of the village, refreshments, workshops, and more. The wreath-making workshop requires pre-registration by email and includes all materials for $40. Innisfree Village, Crozet.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: trisha@innisfreevillage.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
MAKE YOUR OWN WREATH
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Learn how to make a wreath with this fun workshop. Materials are provided and extras can be found on the trails. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, Darden Towe Park.  10am-2pm.  $7.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
December 2, Saturday
PETS WITH SANTA
Junior League of Charlottesville.
A compliment to the "Cookies with Santa" event for children, the Junior League of Charlottesville's "Pets with Santa" lets you bring your four-legged child to have their photo taken with Santa. Stonefield: Suite 120.  Directions: 2035 Bond St.  5:30-7:30pm.  $15/pet (must be purchased in advance).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring blanket and pillow if you like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Ages 2-6. Registration is requested. Drop-ins welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 2, 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, Sunday
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND PASTA DINNER AT KESWICK HALL
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Grab your camera and bring your family for a fun kick-off to the Christmas season as Saint Nick helps light the tree. Stay afterwards for a delicious pasta buffet and chance to meet Santa himself. Tree Lighting event is complimentary and reservations are not required. Keswick Hall Circle and Ballrooms.  5pm.  $36 adult dinner, 12 and under free (nonmembers).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-923-4363. 
 
December 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
HOLIDAY JUBILEE "COMMUNITY IN CHORUS" CONCERT
Nelson Community Orchestra.
The Nelson County Community Orchestra and Music Magic String Education students will be joined by a chorus of voices representing the entire community in this free program to include selections from holiday favorites including the beloved Nutcracker and Messiah, under the direction of Michael Tyree, Conductor. Rodes United Methodist Church on Saturday, Rockfish Valley Community Center on Sunday.  Directions: Afton.  7-9pm Saturday, 4-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 3, Sunday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
King Family Vineyards.
Celebrate the season and visit with Santa. King Family Vineyards.  10am-5:30pm, 12-3pm Santa visits.  Contact: Tiernan Boland.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
December 3, Sunday
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE IN HD: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
The Paramount Theater.
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in this exuberant ballet, inspired by the much-loved book from Lewis Carroll. The Paramount Theater.  1pm.  $14.50 adults, $10.50 student, $12.50 senior.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 2-3, Saturday-Sunday
SANTA & LIVE MUSIC AT THE TASTING ROOM
Adventure Farm and Vineyard.
Santa and cookie decorating with live music and tasty food. The Tasting Room at Adventure Farm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrea Matheson.  Email: andreasmatheson@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
December 3, Sunday
ST. NICK'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Maymont Estate.
The entire family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of merriment and surprises as St. Nick joins Maymont's Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes, games and crafts, special treats, animal friends and a visit to the Dooley's enchanting home. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  1pm & 2:30pm.  $15, $10 members and children 12 and up.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
December 3-6, Sunday-Wednesday
GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION DISPLAY
Virginia Gingerbread Christmas.
Come enjoy the displays of Gingerbread Houses. Omni Hotel.  4-7pm.  $Free.  Email: morgan@virginiagingerbreadchristmas.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 6-December 7, First Thursdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Come enjoy live classical guitar concerts at The Haven on the first Thursdays of each month except for September 2017 when there will be the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition on the second Saturday of the month. The Haven.  Directions: 112 Market Street.  7pm.  $10 (Suggested donation. None will be turned away).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
December 7, Thursday
MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION: A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Hospice of the Piedmont.
Come for a beautiful, light-filled ceremony. This nondenominational, candlelit service is open to the public and provides a meaningful opportunity to celebrate those whose lives you've shared. No prior relationship to this or any hospice is required to attend. First Presbyterian Church.  6:30pm.  $Free to attend, $15 luminary.  Contact: Rachael Palm.  Email: Rachael.Palm@hopva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-6900. 
 
December 8, Friday
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND TREE LIGHTING
Nelson County Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy a tree lighting followed by a Christmas open house with arts & crafts vendors, caroling and a Best Home Decoration Contest. Village of Lovingston.  Directions: Front and Main Streets, Lovingston.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: nelson.parade.assoc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-826-8011. 
 
December 8, Friday
FESTIVE FRIDAY: CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH SIX-PACK SONGWRITER SERIES
The Market at Grelen.
Enjoy a Christmas party with lots of live music. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5462. 
 
December 9, Saturday
'TIS THE SEASON PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Gingerbread Christmas / Kiwanis Club.
Come out and have a pancake breakfast, visit with Santa, and help the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville serve the children in the community and help other local agencies do likewise. Proceeds will benefit local agencies, including the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville. Hilton Garden Inn Pantops.  7-11am.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Michelle Rene Ryan.  Email: info@rmhcharlottesville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-0118. 
 
December 9, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL 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 9, Saturday
ARTIST DEMOS
McGuffey Art Center.
Artists will be working in their studios, ready to answer your questions as they demonstrate how they do their work. McGuffey Art Center.  12-4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Crozet YMCA.
Have breakfast and take photos with Santa at Crozet YMCA. Registering in advance encouraged. Crozet YMCA at Claudius Crozet Park.  9-10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
December 9, Saturday
CHRISTMAS PARADE
Nelson County Chamber of Commerce.
Automobile parade followed by the Christmas Parade of floats, bands, marching units, beauty queens and service vehicles. Santa will be at the Bradshaw Building at 7:30pm. Local food vendors with Arts & Crafts will be in attendance. Lovingston Village.  3-9pm.  Email: ehooker03@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-826-8001. 
 
December 9, Saturday
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Green Valley Book Fair.
Come get in the holiday spirit with live holiday music by JMU a cappella group Exit 245, photos with Santa, free books for kids, refreshments, face painting, door prizes and a special story time with Mrs. Claus following the event at 1pm. Green Valley Book Fair, Mount Crawford.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 8-9, 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.  8pm seatings.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1234. 
 
December 9, Saturday
OLD-FASHIONED FARM CHRISTMAS
Stable Craft Brewing.
Celebrate the holidays and get into the Christmas spirit with horse and carriage rides, an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting ceremony and caroling, Clark Griswold Christmas Costume Contest and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus. Plus, kids can feed carrots to the horses and take pictures with Santa. Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro.  12-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-490-2609. 
 
December 9-30
ORANGE COUNTY TACKY LIGHTS TOUR
Orange County Parks & Recreation.
Orange County Parks & Recreation will be organizing a route for families to follow when driving around looking at lights. While it is a Tacky Lights Tour, classy light displays are welcome as well. Various locations in Orange.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5435. 
 
December 9, Saturday
PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
Have breakfast with Santa and bring your camera to have your photo taken. Leave with a great holiday craft to decorate your home. Hilton Garden Inn on Pantops.  Email: jhart@46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-2094. 
 
December 9, Saturday
PINTS AND PANCAKES
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Santa comes to visit during the Pints and Pancakes event, which features a build your own pancake bar and the core and season styles on tap. Blue Mountain Brewery.  12-4pm.  $9.99 kids, 17.99 adults.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
December 9, Saturday
S'MORES WITH SANTA
Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.
Enjoy S'mores by the campfire and meet Santa. Camp Crockett at Hoover Ridge.  5pm Sunday, All Day Monday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-1247. 
 
December 10, Sunday
31ST ANNUAL COURT END CHRISTMAS
The Valentine First Freedom Center.
This fun community event includes kids activities, carriage rides, performances, refreshments, gift shops, music and tours. The Valentine, Richmond.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Sunday
ELF AND THE 1ST ANNUAL BREW & BUDDY RUN
The Paramount Theater / Champion Brewing Co. & Three Notch'd Brewery.
A sensory-friendly (lower sound levels, house lights) and regular screening will be followed by the 1st annual Brew & Buddy Run at 5p where participants will be making a 3-mile loop around the Downtown area, the Brew Run includes stops at Champion and Three Notch’d for a beer at each brewery before returning to The Paramount for Elf on the Big Screen at 7:00PM. Registration fees for the run include a 16 ounce cup which will get you $1.00 off your beer during the movie! The Paramount Theater.  11:30am sensory-friendly film & 2pm film; 5pm Brew & Buddy Run & 7pm movie.  $5 youth 12 and under, $7 adult; $25 Brew & Buddy Run.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 8-10, Friday-Sunday
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Altria Theater.
Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2017-2018 season, a brand new production of The Sound of Music is here. Altria Theater.  Varies per day.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
December 10, 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.  1-5pm.  $35 first child per family, $10 each additional.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5231. 
 
December 10, 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.  $15 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 10, 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 hear your Christmas wishes. Help decorate, enjoy Victorian carols and dances, watch Morris Dancers and enjoy craft activities. 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. 
 
November 8-December 11
FALL ART SHOW
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Come see art, ceramics, crafts, digital media and photography from Western Albemarle High School students. An opening reception will take place November 8 from 5-6pm. Crozet Library.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 13, Wednesday
MRS. CLAUS INVITES
Omni Hotel Charlottesville.
Sit down for a fun visit with Mrs. Claus and her friends. Guests will enjoy an exciting afternoon of singing, dancing, storytelling, craft-making and cupcake decorating. A wonderful memory for kids of all ages. Advance ticket purchase is required. Omni Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: East Ballroom.  4-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast spread and lots of fun activities for all ages. Make sure to bring your camera to capture a photo with the big guy, listen to him as he reads a classic holiday tale, paint a Christmas ornament or even decorate your own Gingerbread house to take home. Gingerbread house craft is $35 in addition and will include a pre-assembled house and all the decorations you need. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  9-12pm.  $45 adult, $20 children (nonmembers).  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
November 25-December 16, 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.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 16, Saturday
CAROLING IN GYPSY HILL PARK
Staunton Recreation Parks.
Brave the winter elements and listen to local choirs including Valley Harmony Chorus, Harrisonburg Harmonizers and the Staunton Choral Society as they spread Christmas cheer. Bring the family out for free hot chocolate, cookies and a photo with Santa. There will be a cozy bonfire, wagon rides around the park, too. Please bring donated items for the Valley Mission. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  4-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3945. 
 
December 9 & 16, Saturdays
CHILDREN'S WOODLAND ORNAMENT WORKSHOPS
Monticello.
Bring your child to craft unique ornaments from natural materials gathered from the woods of Monticello. Take home your ornaments or decorate gift boxes to give to your loved ones. Fuel your creativity with hot chocolate and cookies. Recommended for children ages five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  11am-12pm & 1-2pm.  $30 per child/parent pair.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 9 & 16, 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. 
 
December 16, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT PARTY
Carver Recreation Center.
Come make and take holiday crafts, enjoy some hot chocolate and have 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 16, Saturday
KIDS HOLIDAY CRAFT DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Bring the kids out for tons of fun holiday crafts. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine while their kids decorate ornaments and more in the tasting room. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  11am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-829-4633. 
 
November 24-December 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 18, Monday
IT'S A WONDERFUL COOKIE EXCHANGE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring treats to share and swap with your neighbors before settling in to watch It's A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm. Bring a copy of your recipe to share. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 15-19, 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 even live camels and wise men come to life. Hebron Baptist Church, Afton.  Directions: 66 Tanbark Dr.  6-9pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 8 & 9, 29 & 30
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
An after hours holiday tour and open hearth cooking. Open hearth cooks will lead participants in making Monroe-era desserts, 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. 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: 434-293-8000. 
 
Saturdays in December
SNOW'S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Snows Garden Center.
Enjoy hot cider and holiday cookies by a warm campfire. Snows Garden Center.  Directions: 1875 Avon Street.  8:30am-5pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2159. 
 
December 16-31
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 with fireworks. 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: 434-325-8180. 
 
November 24-January 1, 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 20-January 1, 2018
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. 
 
November 24-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. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 30 & January 4, 2018
GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Bring your furry friends to enjoy the holiday lights as you walk through Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. This event is included with regular GardenFest admission, however, a $2 suggested “pet admission” benefits the Richmond SPCA. All dogs must be leashed and current on a rabies vaccinations. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5pm.  $13 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+), $8 children (ages 3 – 12).  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887 x334. 
 
November 24-January 8
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. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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November 22, Wednesday
BE THANKFUL 5K
Wintergreen Resort / Bold Rock.
Walk off some of that Thanksgiving feast with a quick 5K. Net proceeds to benefit the Nelson County Community Fund. Bold Rock Cider, Nellysford.  $Varies.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
November 23, Thursday
36TH ANNUAL BOAR'S HEAD TURKEY TROT
Boar's Head Inn.
Before your big feast, unite with friends and family to run or walk the annual 5k course to raise money for the UVA Children's Hospital. No pets, please. Early registration is recommended. Boar's Head Inn.  9am.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-7454. 
 
November 23, Thursday
9TH ANNUAL EARLYSVILLE TURKEY TROT 5K & KIDS HALF MILE RUN
Earlysville Turkey Trot.
Start off your holiday with a 5k run beginning and ending at the Rivanna Community Church Kids can participate in a free half mile race, and walkers are also welcome to take part in the festivities. Strollers welcome at the back of the pack. No dogs please. Benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. 601 Earlysville Green, Earlysville.  Directions: 3-way intersection of Earlysville Road, Reas Ford Road and Earlysville Forest Drive.  8:30am kid's race (12 and under), 9am 5k (6 and up).  $Varies per race.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 2-November 24
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Bartus-Dobson.  Email: jcb9ed@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-9042. 
 
November 24, Friday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at their final home regular season game versus their rival Virginia Tech. Scott Stadium.  TBD.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 25, Saturday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. HARVARD
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Harvard. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 26, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DUQUESNE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Duquesne. John Paul Jones Arena.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 27, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. WISCONSIN
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 29, Wednesday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MARYLAND
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Maryland. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 2, 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 David M. Rubenstein 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, 8:10am kids dash, 8:20am 5k.  $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, Saturday
NUTZY'S ROTARY FUNN RUN
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia.
Runners, walkers, kids and parents with strollers will take off from Scott's Addition at 12pm for a 5K run / walk. Everyone will return for the Finish Line Festival brought to you by James River Air Conditioning. The festival will include live music, vendors, food, adult beverages and an interactive kids zone. The race benefits Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and The Flying Squirrels Charities. Scott's Addition, Richmond.  12pm.  $30 adults, $20 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-305-0879. 
 
December 2, Saturday
TOGETHER WE RUN: CHARLOTTESVILLE
Together We Run.
Together We Run is a series of runathons occurring in D.C., Charlottesville, Charleston, Miami, and Austin. It is organized by a group of UVA students who were disgusted by the Neo-Nazi/White Supremacist protests that occurred in Charlottesville in August and wanted to do something useful with their winter break. All of the proceeds from the Charlottesville event will be donated to the Heather Heyer Foundation. Tickets to each run are $15, they include a free t-shirt, music, and race-day snacks! Madison Bowl.  9am-12pm.  $15.  Contact: Andy Page.  Email: alp2fg@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-270-3562. 
 
December 2, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LEHIGH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. UNC GREENSBORO
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. UNC Greensboro. John Paul Jones Arena.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 2-3, Saturday-Sunday
FROSTBITE TOURNAMENT
SOCA.
Watch SOCA's recreation teams as they compete in a fun and friendly soccer environment. Participation open to teams participating in SOCA's Recreational League; open to public to attend. South Fork Soccer Park.  Directions: 1685 Polo Grounds Rd.  All ages welcome.  Email: soca@socaspot.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5025. 
 
December 3, 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. 
 
December 9, Saturday
FREEDOM 5K
Glenmore Country Club & Glenmore Community Association.
Runners of all ages, walkers, leashed dogs and baby joggers are welcome. Proceeds go to No Greater Sacrifice, providing college scholarship for the children of fallen and wounded service members, Parade Rest, connecting arts, entertainment, and sporting event tickets to local military personnel, veterans and their families, and Blue Star Families of Central Virginia, creating and shipping care packages to soldiers at war. Glenmore Country Club.  9am.  Contact: Michael Kaminski.  Email: Livebullish@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2752. 
 
December 10, Sunday
THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
John Paul Jones Arena.
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
December 16, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DAVIDSON
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
WINTER SOLSTICE RIVANNA RING RUN
Rick Kwiatkowski.
Join the Charlottesville area runners in a fun run along the Rivanna Trail with multiple distance options including the full 20+ mile loop. Run along the trail in the counter-clockwise direction. Be prepared for muddy trails and a wet river crossing halfway through the loop. Bring your own food/drinks. If the roads are icy, the run will be delayed as necessary. Starts and ends at Greenberry's at Barracks Road.  8am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SAVANNAH STATE
University of Virginia Athleticss.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 21, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MANHATTAN
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home against Manhattan. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 22, Friday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. HAMPTON
University of Virginia Athleticss.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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November 21 & 28
BLANKETS & BOOKS: EVENING STORYTIMES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Wear your pajamas and snuggle in with a favorite stuffed animal or blanket while listening to great stories before bedtime. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 5, Tuesday
BLANKETS & BOOKS: EVENING STORYTIME
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Wear your pajamas and snuggle in with a favorite stuffed animal or blanket while listening to great stories before bedtime. For 4-6 year olds with an accompanying adult. Crozet Library.  Recommended for ages 4 to 6.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 9, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD STORYTIME
JMRL.
A delicious storytime designed for dads to share with their little ones. Donuts, coffee and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-5. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 4-18, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Now-December 30, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. 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. 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  10am Fridays, 12pm Saturdays.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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December 2, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
The Wayne Theatre.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet's production of the classic holiday ballet - for the first time at the Historic Wayne Theatre. Your child can also experience the magic of The Nutcracker by taking a ballet class onstage with Clara and her friends! Perfect for ages 3-8, participants learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet's professional dancers. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  1pm & 5pm.  $28 adult, $23 child/student/military.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 3, Sunday
ROYAL OPERA BALLET LIVE IN HD: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
The Paramount Theater.
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon's exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll's much-loved book, live on the big screen. The Paramount Theater.  1pm.  $14.50 adult, $10.50 student, $12.50 senior.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 5 & 6, Tuesday & Wednesday
AN EVENING OF PLAYS
Henley Middle School.
Henley Middle School's 7th and 8th grade drama students perform. Henley Middle School.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4393. 
 
December 8-10, Friday-Sunday
BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Louisa Arts Center.
This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling young adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the country. Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs. 7:30pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Saturday & Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2-10, Friday-Sundays
BLACK BOX PLAYERS PRESENT CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Black Box Players.
Willy Wonka decides to hold a contest where five lucky golden ticket holders will get to tour his world famous chocolate factory on Christmas Eve. This original adaptation features a talented cast of children, teens and adults, an upbeat musical score by Jim Asher and some very favorite Christmas songs. Burnley Moran Elementary School.  Varies.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 1-10, Fridays-Sundays
GORILLA THEATER PRODUCTIONS TEEN TROUPE PRESENTS: ARSENIC & OLD LACE
Gorilla Theater Productions.
Come see a modern take on the vintage macabre comedy of errors that inspired the Cary Grant film featuring GTP’s youth ensemble. Gorilla Theater Productions .  Directions: 1717 Allied Lane Ste 2B.  8pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $15, $10 students/seniors.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 11-12, Monday-Tuesday
MOSCOW BALLET PRESENTS: THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Paramount Theater.
Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $28-$175.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
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. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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