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November 20, Monday
FESTIVE BOOKPRINT WREATH
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Learn how to make a decorative wreath made from recycled book print. Required registration begins November 6. JMRL - Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 14 to 100.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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
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 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
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
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 25, Saturday
MINI HOLIDAY TREE WORKSHOP
Wintergreen Resort.
Turn your mini tree into a tiny work of art with hemlock cones, an acorn angel, mini bows and baby’s breath. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.  $15.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8169. 
 
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 25-26, 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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
November 29, Wednesday
3D PRINTED ORNAMENTS
JMRL- Central Library.
Personalize a simple ornament design with the help of JMRL staff and pickup the printed results at a later date. Registration is required and begins November 1. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
November 24-27 & 30
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOPS
Monticello.
Monticello gardens staff will lead participants in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) provided, including a cornucopia of over 75 natural materials. Bring hand pruners. Space is limited; one wreath per registered guest. David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  Varies by day.  $75.  Recommended for ages 14 to 100.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
November 28-30, Tuesday-Thursday
WREATH WORKSHOPS AT MAYMONT MANSION
Maymont.
Learn from the experts how to create the spectacular wreaths used at Maymont. Greens, forms, wire and instruction provided. Bring your own clippers and gloves. Create one special wreath to take home and help make another to decorate Maymont. Maymont, Richmond.  Directions: At the Stone Barn.  6-9pm Tuesday, 9am-12pm Wednesday & Thursday.  $30, $25 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 . 
 
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 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 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 1, Friday
TOY LIFT
Kids Lift Charities.
Bring an unwrapped new toy or make an online donation to help make a local child's holiday bright. Fashion Square Mall.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@kidslift.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-8697. 
 
December 1, Friday
YULE BALL
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Muggles and magic folk are invited to this winter Harry Potter-themed party. Semi-formal attire or wizarding costumes are encouraged. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins November 6. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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
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 2, Saturday
ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT PEACE FROGS TRAVEL OUTFITTERS
Peace Frogs Travel Outfitters.
Enjoy a festive day of shopping and in-store events. Includes a 10 Days of Giveaways event, which kicks off with free gifts with purchase while supplies last. Enter the holiday raffle for a chance to win a new piece of Victorinox luggage. Additionally, attend a packing class and travel discussion at 11am and 10:15am, respectively. RSVP. 1043 Millmont St.  10am-5pm.  Contact: Peace Frogs Travel Outfitters.  Email: events@peacefrogstravel.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1415. 
 
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
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
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 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. 
 
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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. 
 
November 30 & December 1-2
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Join in a wonderful Charlottesville holiday tradition by entering the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Inspired creations will be on display December 3-6. All ages welcome.  Email: dbacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
WAYNESBORO CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
EA Homes.
Experience Christmas traditions and décor of some of Waynesboro's finest. Tree Streets neighborhood, Waynesboro.  10am-4pm.  $20 in advance, $25 day of tour.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
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
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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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, 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 1-4, Friday-Monday
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOPS
Monticello.
Monticello gardens staff will lead participants in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) will be provided, including a cornucopia of over 75 natural materials. Bring hand pruners. Space is limited to registered participants only; one wreath per registered guest. David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  Varies by day.  $75.  Recommended for ages 14 to 100.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
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 5, Tuesday
2ND ANNUAL SANTA SPEEDO RUN
Trinity Irish Pub / tread Happy.
Santa Speedo is where holiday crazy, half dressed runners go on a short run (1.5-2 miles) outside--starting and ending at an Irish pub in each respective city--to raise money for various charities. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity and donations of winter coats will be accepted. Runners get a free drink and light snacks. Trinity Irish Pub.  6:30-9:30pm.  $15.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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 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. 
 
December 6, Wednesday
HOLIDAY CRAFTS EXTRAVAGANZA
JMRL - Northside Library.
Make some gifts for the holidays at different stations with different craft choices. Make one or make them all. Holiday refreshments will be available, too. Ages 14+. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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 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 7, Thursday
MAKE A HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE
Snow's Garden Center.
Make your own tabletop centerpiece out of fresh greens and then decorate it to suit your style. Snow's Garden Center.  6-8pm.  $20 centerpiece, add $5 for custom bow.  Email: Crystal@snowknows.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2159. 
 
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
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 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
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
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. 
 
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. 
 
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 9, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT OPEN HOUSE
JMRL - Central Library.
Stop by to make a variety of holiday crafts including ornaments, gift tags and a baking mix in a jar. Ages 14+. Central Library.  2-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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
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
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 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 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 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. 
 
November 21-December 9
WAHU STOCKINGS FOR TEENS
UVA Community Credit Union.
Help a teen aged 13-17 this Holiday Season. Pick up your empty WAHU stocking at any UVA Community Credit Union branch after November 21 and fill it with unwrapped gifts for a teen. Seal the top and return to any UVA Community Credit Union branch by December 9. Teens like gift cards, videos, winter apparel or personal care items. Any branch of UVA Community Credit Union.  9am-5pm.  $free.  Contact: UVA Community Credit Union.  Email: contactus@uvaccu.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-2001. 
 
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
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. 
 
November 17-December 10
A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL
Four County Players.
Based on the Christmas film classic A Christmas Story. Four County Players Mainstage.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
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 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 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 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 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 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. 
 
December 11, Monday
"NUTCRACKER SUITE" MEET & GREET
JMRL - Central Library.
Experience the wonder of The Nutcracker with a special visit from Charlottesville Ballet. Learn the story, see a special performance and learn a few dance moves. Best for ages 3 to 9. 4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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 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 13, Wednesday
TWEEN/TEEN BOOK SWAP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Bring in your books to trade and browse through the library's gently used books to swap. Snacks provided. Books make great gifts. Grades 5-12. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
December 14, Thursday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Families are invited to make a non-edible gingerbread house. All materials provided. Ages up to 12. Northside Library.  3:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
BOAR'S HEAD FEAST AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
Tis the Season to step back in time. Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Christmas as it was known in the 16th century. A multicourse feast served at the candle-lit Guest House with a blazing fire. Dine to the sounds of period musicians. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  7-9pm Friday, 6-8pm Saturday.  $65.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
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 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING FOR KIDS
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center where children can make holiday gifts including bracelets, ornaments and more. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, Darden Towe Park.  $7.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
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 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 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 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 16, Saturday
SWIMMING WITH SANTA
Piedmont YMCA.
Children will enjoy decorating Christmas cookies, doing arts and crafts, and most importantly swimming with Santa. Each child with have their picture taken with Santa. Dinner is included in the fee. Brooks Family YMCA.  5-8pm.  $15 members, $25 nonmembers .  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-974-9622. 
 
December 16, Saturday
SWIMMING WITH SANTA
Brooks Family YMCA.
Children will enjoy decorating Christmas cookies, doing arts and crafts, and most importantly swimming with Santa. Each child with have their picture taken with Santa. Dinner is included in the fee. Brooks Family YMCA.  5-8pm.  $15 members, $25 non-members.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-9622. 
 
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 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. 
 
November 26-December 17, Sundays
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
The Boar's Head Inn.
Spend a fun Sunday afternoon at The Boar's Head with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Boar's Head Pastry Chef Carri Harmer designing and building your own edible masterpiece at this ever-popular event. All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
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 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. 
 
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. 
 
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 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. 
 
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. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
COOKIE DECORATING
JMRL- Northside Library.
Kick off winter break with some cookie decorating fun. Supplies, including cookies, provided. JMRL- Northside Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
ORNAMENT EXTRAVAGANZA
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Whether you give it away as a gift to friends and family or hang it high in your own tree, a handmade holiday ornament is sure to bring cheer to all who see it. The ornaments and an extravaganza of fun and festive decorating supplies will be provided. Ages 4+ with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  4pm.  $10 (includes 1 ornament, museum admission for 1 child/1 adult).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
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 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. 
 
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 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. 
 
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. 
 
Now-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Sunrise, sunset and tea with Santa services go on sale November 1. Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  Directions: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond.  See website or call for Santa's schedule.  $Free visit with Santa, photo available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Email: santa@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
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. 
 
Now through December 25
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR
Home Instead Senior Care.
Each year Home Instead Senior Care spreads holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. At a participating location, pick a senior's ornament from the tree to purchase gifts for (gift suggestions are included on ornament). Then, return the ornament with the gifts to any of the participating locations. Find participating locations on website.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 26-December 3
DECK YOUR HALLS - WORKSHOPS AT KILAURWEN WINERY
Kilaurwen Winery.
Registration includes boxwood, trim greenery, all tools and materials and personalized instruction. You will make some special holiday memories and leave with your own original boxwood wreath ready to hang on your door or give as a gift. Kilaurwen Winery, Stanardsville.  $35.  Email: info@kilaurwenwinery.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-2535. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament, blown by you. Ages 7 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 

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