Seasonal Fun - Holidays

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November 1-December 21, Thursdays-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 (traditional or glow-in-the-dark), blown by you. Ages 5 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Fridays in December until 7pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 885-0678. 
 
Nov 22, 25-26 and Dec 19-24, 31
HOLIDAY SEAFOOD SALE
Anderson's Seafood.
Pre-order your holiday seafood and meats including lobster, crab, salmon, oysters, shrimp, turkey and soups. 1215 Seminole Trail.  10am-6pm.  Email: acfh199@cs.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 990-9176. 
 
November 23, Sunday
MISTLETOE MARKET
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Enjoy checking off your holiday shopping list in a festive environment featuring local merchants and artisans. Ticket sales benefit Junior League of Charlottesville charitable fundraising efforts. Cookies with Santa 2-3pm with $20 advance ticket. Boar's Head Inn.  10am-4pm.  $5 per advance ticket, $8 at the door, kids 10 & under are free.  Email: mistletoe@jlcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2937. 
 
November 23, Sunday
PET PHOTO NIGHT WITH SANTA
Fashion Square Mall.
Bring your furry friend to have his/her picture taken with Santa at Charlottesville Fashion Square. Fashion Square Mall.  6-8pm.  $Dependent upon photo package.  Contact: Charlottesville Fashion Square.  Email: Simon-4661@simon.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-9332. 
 
November 26-December
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Choose from White and Scotch Pine, Norway and Blue Spruce, Concolor and Douglas Firs. Pre-cut Fraser firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Waynesboro.  10am-dark, seven days a week.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 27-December 23, Wednesdays-Sundays
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. Santa visits Dec. 14, 1-4pm. 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.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
November 27, 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.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: gracekeswick@earthlink.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3549. 
 
November 27, Thursday
EARLYSVILLE 5K TURKEY TROT & FREE HALF MILE KIDS RUN
Start off your holiday with a 5k run! 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. 600 Earlysville Forest Drive, Earlysville.  Directions: 3-way intersection of Earlysville Road, Reas Ford Road and Earlysville Forest Drive.  8:30am kid's race, 9am 5k.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 27, Thursday
THE BOAR'S HEAD TURKEY TROT
Boar's Head Inn.
Before your big feast, unite with friends and family to run or walk the 5k course to raise money for the UVA Children's Hospital. No pets, please. Only 1400 spots available so early registration is recommended. Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Route 250 West.  9am.  $see website for registration costs.  All ages welcome.  Email: wendy_hudspeth@boarsheadinn.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2237. 
 
November 28, Friday
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.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0100. 
 
November 28, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION
City of Charlottesville, Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Kick off the holidays by watching the grand illumination of the community's Christmas tree and Mall-length holiday lights! The festivities will also include the Winter Wonderland on 2nd Street. Winter Wonderland: 2nd Street SE; Grand Illumination: Central Place on the Downtown Mall.  5-7pm activities for children in Winter Wonderland; 6pm Grand Illumination.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbacville@gmail.com .com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073 . 
 
November 28, Friday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Boar's Head Inn.
Self-guided Christmas tree tours throughout the resort, spa discounts, shopping specials, tree lighting with Santa at 5:30pm, free carriage rides 6-8pm, and more. Boar's Head Inn.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2253. 
 
November 29, Saturday
DECK THE HALLS
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Festive music, mulled wine, homemade chili, photos with Santa, 30 local exhibitors and crafters and horse-drawn wagon rides around the vineyard. 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
November 28 & 29, Friday & Saturday
POINSETTIA OPEN HOUSE
Milmont Greenhouses.
Find a gorgeous selection of poinsettias and enjoy brunswick stew, homemade donuts, door prizes and more. Milmont Greenhouses.  Directions: 48 Milmont Drive, Waynesboro.  8am-5:30pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
December 3, Wednesday
HOLIDAY TREATS
Northside Library.
Laurie Blakey of Pearl's Bake Shoppe will teach you to make your own holiday treats. Registration required. For teens and adults. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 3, Wednesday
STAR IN THE OPERA!
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Ash Lawn Opera's teaching artist takes you behind the scenes of "Amahl and the Night Visitors". For grades 2 and up. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
December 4, Thursday
ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR
The Paramount Theater.
Get holiday presents for loved ones that keep on giving! Instead of a traditional gift, donate to one or more of Charlottesville's beloved non-profits, including organizations dedicated to energy, poverty, animal rescue, nature, the arts, education, and innovation. The Paramount Theater.  12-7pm.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 4, Thursday
ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE LAWN
University of Virginia.
Join community members on the UVA Lawn for illumination of this historic spot, music and other festivities in celebration of the winter holidays. UVA Lawn.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 1-December4
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION (CANCELLED FOR 2014)
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
CANCELLED FOR 2014. Email: dbacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 5, Friday
TOY LIFT
Kids Lift Foundation.
Bring an unwrapped new toy or make an online donation to help make a local child's holiday bright! Fashion Square Mall.  7am-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@kidslift.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-8697. 
 
December 5, Friday
WHOLE FOODS HOLIDAY MARKET
Whole Foods Market.
Local vendors showcase gift-giving ideas, beer and wine tastings, Christmas tree decorating class and more holiday fun. 1797 Hydraulic Rd.  5-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4900. 
 
December 6, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL SCOTTSVILLE CHRISTMAS FAIR
Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Free fire truck rides, visit with Santa from 10am-1pm, holiday vendors and more. Scottsville Community Center, 300 Page St, Scottsville.  10am-2pm.  $free.  Email: jpierce@scottsvillefire.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-566-4219. 
 
December 6, Saturday
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Shop local artisan and hand knit gifts for the holidays. Activities will include jump-rope making, leather stamping, Secret Garden, candle-dipping, puppet show, raffle, and much more. Sneak preview for adults 6-9pm on Friday, December 5. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: 120 Waldorf School Road.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: cwsoffice@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
December 6, 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. A special pre-concert performance by the children's Prelude Choir will take place at 2:30pm. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park Street.  4:30pm & 7:30pm.  $tba.  Email: consort2@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-8444. 
 
December 6, Saturday
HANDMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Monticello.
Handmade for the Holidays is your holiday destination for one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts this season. Meet artisans, sample holiday treats, and shop for gifts made in Virginia. Craft demonstrations, beeswax candle making, and more. Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Museum Shop, Monticello.  12-4pm.  $Free .  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 6 & 13, 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.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  11am-2pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 6, Saturday
MCGUFFEY ART CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Visitors will be able to enjoy creating and working with the artists who will offer face painting, making potato prints, fashioning paper plate hats, dancing, coloring with crayons, a community sing-along, and more. Food will be available from vendors on the McGuffey lawn. McGuffey Art Center.  10:30am-3:30pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: McGuffey Art Center.  Email: mcguffeymedia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-7973. 
 
December 6, Saturday
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY CLASSIC 5K AND DECK THE HALLS KIDS DASH
Monticello.
This family-oriented 5k begins at the East Walk of Monticello and ends at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids Dash, a quarter mile loop around the West Lawn. Monticello.  7-9am.  $35 for 5k, $10 for kids dash.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9877. 
 
December 6, Saturday
SANTA AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Santa will be hanging out all day, taking photos and saying hi to the kids (and adults). It's a great opportunity for holiday photos. 11am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
December 6, Saturday
TRADITIONS AND YULETIDE LORE OF COLONIAL CHRISTMAS PAST
Backyard Revolution and the Louisa Historical Society.
Have you ever wondered what a Yule Log is? Or what the 12 Days of Christmas were really all about? Join Adrienne Young-Ramsey of Backyard Revolution for this festive program which will explore in a hands-on fashion the almost forgotten traditions and rituals of Yuletide celebrations in Early America. Stop by and enjoy Colonial refreshments. Sergeant Museum/Louisa County Historical Society, 214 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa.  10am-12pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Adrienne Young-Ramsey.  Email: Adrienne@backyardrevolution.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-8069. 
 
December 7, 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 holiday spirit. Maymont Mansion & Carriage House Lawn.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street.  12-5pm.  $Tours: $5; $4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides $5; $4 members and children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 310 804-358-7166, ext. 310. 
 
December 7, Sunday
CARING SANTA
Fashion Square Mall.
Caring Santa is an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a photo session with Santa. Extra care has been taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children so they can enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition. The program is sponsored by Simon Properties, The Noerr Programs, AbilityPath, and Autism Speaks. Please visit the website to book a reservation. Charlottesville Fashion Square.  8:45am-10:45am.  $No cost.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Fashion Square.  Email: Simon-4661@simon.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-9332. 
 
December 6 & 7, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers .
Through the years, these popular concerts have launched the holiday season with an array of music ranging from the peaceful to the joyous. Concertgoers young and old will recognize favorites. Free parking is available in the UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage located on Emmet Street. UVA's Old Cabell Hall.  8pm Saturday; 3:30pm Sunday.  $10-45, free for UVA students if reserved in advance.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
November 28-December 7
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP
Monticello.
These popular workshops produce a beautiful wreath to take home. Bring hand pruners. Monticello Visitor Center.  See website for times.  $75.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9881. 
 
December 7, Sunday
SANTA FUN RUN & WALK
Arc of the Piedmont.
This 1-mile course starts and finishes on the downtown mall and is family and pet-friendly. Santa costume for adults and elf ears for the kids included with registration. Proceeds benefit the Arc of the Piedmont. Downtown Mall area.  11am.  $10-20.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, Tuesday
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Paramount Theater.
Live performance for families of Charles Dickens' classic. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $19.50-$39.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 9, 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 for adults and $5 for students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
December 10, Wednesday
ANNUAL HOLIDAY YULETIDE EXTRAVAGANZA
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Fun for the whole family! Holiday music and hot chocolate with Santa and his elves arriving at 4pm. The event is free and full menu and kids menu will be available. Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton.  3-7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Martha Hayman.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
December 10, Wednesday
JIM BRICKMAN "ON A WINTER'S NIGHT" HOLIDAY TOUR
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  7:30pm.  $30-$50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 10, Wednesday
MAKE IT AND TAKE IT: SWEET FRIENDS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stop in and decorate gingerbread friends. One to eat and one to keep! Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  3-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
November 12-December 11
MASON'S TOY BOX
Mason's Toy Box's Annual Drive is underway. Celebrate the spirit of giving with Mason Clark Thomas, our Neuroblastoma angel, by donating new, unwrapped toys to girls and boys who are fighting for their lives - or sponsor a toy box in your home or business now through pick-up day, December 11th! All new, unwrapped toys will be delivered to children in Charlottesville and Richmond Hospitals - which they have to call home for the holidays. Contact: Kelley Kassay.  Email: masonstoybox@gmail.com. For more info call: 906-0950. 
 
December 12-13 & December 19-20, Saturday-Sunday
GINGERBREAD EXPRESS
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
This popular bus tour takes you to the best citywide holiday light displays and back. Purchase tickets in advance. 6pm, 7pm & 8pm with pick up at the Discovery Museum.  $5 per person.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073. 
 
December 12, Friday
LET THERE BE LIGHT: AN OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT AT PVCC
PVCC.
You are invited to an evening of light-centered artworks illuminating the outdoors as the longest night of the year approaches. The grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Directions: 501 College Drive.  6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5362. 
 
December 5-6 & 12-13, Friday & Saturday
A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
Celebrate the splendor of the holidays with family and friends by candlelight at Montpelier, featuring Santa's workshop, children's crafts, holiday music, and light refreshment. Montpelier.  Directions: Rt. 20, Orange.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
December 13, Saturday
ASH LAWN OPERA: AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
The Paramount Theater.
By popular demand, the perennial holiday favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors, returns. This hour long inspirational holiday story in English has made opera accessible and enchanted families for over 60 years. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  4:30pm and 7pm.  $12-$45.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 13, Saturday
HENRICUS COLONIAL CHRISTMAS & JAMES RIVER PARADE OF LIGHTS
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.  10am-5pm colonial Christmas, 6-8pm parade of lights.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1613. 
 
December 13, Saturday
HENRICUS COLONIAL CHRISTMAS CAMP
Henricus Historical Park.
Join in a Colonial Christmas including decorations, crafts, games and activities. Registration required by December 10. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  1-4pm.  $35.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-318-8797. 
 
December 13, Saturday
HOLIDAY HOUSES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Celebrate the sweetness of the season at the annual Holiday Houses event. Houses are pre-assembled by museum staff, so let your imagination run free as you create your very own candy-coated winter wonderland with an assortment of goodies. This is event is for children 4 and older, with an adult. Space is limited. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  10:30am & 2pm each day.  $8 members, $10 non-members (per person).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 13, Saturday
JINGLE BELL RUN
Arthritis Foundation.
Kids are invited to wear jingle bells or a holiday themed costume as they participate in this 5K race/1 mile walk. All ages welcome. 
 
December 12 & 13, Friday and Saturday
MICHIE TAVERN YULETIDE FEAST
Michie Tavern.
A Yuletide Feast in the Tavern's Ordinary decorated in festive 18th-century tradition. Strolling Tavern musicians will entertain guests dining by candlelight. The bill of fare features a banquet of Virginia favorites including country ham with raisin sauce, roasted turkey and giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and more traditional delectables. Michie Tavern.  Directions: 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  6pm & 8pm seatings.  $38.50 adults; $19.25 children 10 & under .  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1234. 
 
December 5 & 13, Saturdays
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club.
The UVA Glee Club performing seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall (Dec. 5) & First Presbyterian Church (Dec. 13).  8-9:30pm.  $15/general admission; $5/students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 14, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Enjoy the music of the holiday season at this annual concert, performed by the choirs of The Virginia Consort. Rockfish Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 5016 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  4pm.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
December 14, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT
Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
It's not Christmas in Charlottesville until the Municipal Band plays seasonal and traditional music at its annual holiday concert. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.  Directions: Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road.  3:30-5pm.  $Free (canned or non-perishable donations for the food bank accepted).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
November 30, December 7 & 14, Sundays
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
The Boar's Head Inn.
Spend a fun afternoon at The Boar's Head with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Boar's Head Pastry Chef designing and building your own edible masterpiece at this ever-popular event! All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. The Boar's Head Inn, Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  1-3pm.  $90 per house/up to 4 people per house/$25 per person beyond 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2231. 
 
December 6-7 & 13-14, Sunday & Saturday
MONTICELLO GINGERBREAD HOUSE FAMILY WORKSHOP
Monticello.
Fuel your creativity with hot chocolate and cookies as you work together to craft a hand-made addition to your home's holiday décor. Recommended for families with children ages seven and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Smith Woodland Pavilion, Monticello.  2-4pm.  $TBA.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 14, Sunday
PET PHOTO NIGHT WITH SANTA
Charlottesville Fashion Square.
Bring your furry friend to have his/her picture taken with Santa. Create true holiday magic with your pet and Santa Claus himself. Charlottesville Fashion Square.  6-8pm.  $Dependent upon photo package.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Fashion Square.  Email: Simon-4661@simon.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-9332. 
 
December 14, Sunday
SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Register today to reserve your spot for this yummy breakfast. Meet with Santa too! Virginia Discovery Museum.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Now through December 16
BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR
Home Instead Senior Care.
Each year Home Instead Senior Care spreads holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. At a participating location, pick a senior's ornament from the tree to purchase gifts for (gift suggestions are included on ornament). Then, return the ornament with the gifts to any of the participating locations. Find participating locations on website.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 17, Wednesday
BABY BOOT CAMP CHRISTMAS CLASS & PARTY WITH SANTA!
Kira Sullivan.
Special Christmas-themed class, complete with all of the verses to "12 Days of Fitness." Stay after for holiday cookies, socializing, and time with Santa. Dress your kiddo (and yourself?) in their most festive holiday attire. Church of the Incarnation.  9:20am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kira Sullivan.  Email: kira.sullivan@babybootcamp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-6888. 
 
December 18, Thursday
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Decorate a gingerbread house nice enough to make Hansel and Gretel incredibly jealous. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, December 4. For children ages 5+. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 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. Combine it with a carriage ride for the perfect holiday morning. The Boar's Head Inn.  9-11am.  $25/adult; $15/child ages 4-11.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2231. 
 
December 20, Saturday
ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
The Oratorio Society of Virginia's holiday concert has become a Paramount Theater annual tradition. The ensemble will perform selections to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  $15-$49.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1922. 
 
December 20, Saturday
ORNAMENT EXTRAVAGANZA
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
November 28-December 21, Fridays-Sundays
BOYS' HOME CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Boys' Home.
Choose from Norway Spruce, Eastern White Pine and Scotch Pine. Baling and loading available. Boys' Home Tree Farm.  Directions: 1118 Bear Wallow Flat, West Augusta.  10am-4pm, Friday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-939-4106. 
 
November 28-December 21
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Pre-order a Virginia tree to pick up after Thanksgiving and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths and swags. Santa stops by with his sleigh on Saturdays, 12-4pm. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 29-December 21
CLAYBROOKE FARM MARKET
Claybrooke Farm.
New sales location on Main Street. Christmas trees, wreaths and other products. Santa visits Dec 8 from 1-3pm. Main St., Louisa.  Mon-Wed 3-7pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12-7pm.  Email: claybrookefarm@verizon.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-872-3817. 
 
November 29-December 21
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. 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. 
 
December 5-21
GINGERBREAD TRAIL: VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS (CANCELLED 2014)
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Stroll down the Historic Downtown Mall, decked out in all of its holiday finery, and see gingerbread house displayed in some of the shop windows. The challenge is to find them all! Downtown Mall.  Email: morgan@virginiagingerbreadchristmas.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073 . 
 
December 21, Sunday
HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Crozet Mudhouse.
Join Chef Margot Diaz for an afternoon of Holiday cookie decorating. All ages are welcome and includes a tray of cookies and all the decorations you'll need. Crozet Mudhouse.  2-3pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
December 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Sweets and enjoy the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's score. This enchanting performance is sure to delight the whole family! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Piedmont Virginia Community College, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Drive.  Saturday 11am and 3:30pm, Sunday 2pm and 5pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
November 21-December 22
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, call ahead on Tuesday for available times.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3445. 
 
December 18-23
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Tour the museum by lantern light and see the holiday traditions of the past. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride from the Old World to the American farms. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  $15 adults; $8 kids.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 29-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. Hot chocolate and cider. Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Madison.  9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday; call for weekday hours.  For more info call: 540-547-2576. 
 
November 29-December 24
DAVIS CREEK TREE FARM
Davis Creek Tree Farm.
Choose and cut White Pines, Concolor Firs and Canaan Firs. Saw and twine available. Davis Creek Tree Farm.  Directions: Lovingston.  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8762. 
 
November 28-December 24
GREENE MEADOWS TREE FARM
Greene Meadows Tree Farm.
Choose from White Pine, White Spruce and Canaan Fir or fresh, pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir. Fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags and garland. Visit with lambs and calves in the petting zoo, sip a complimentary cup of cider or hot chocolate and enjoy a candy cane with a coloring book. Greene Meadows Tree Farm.  Directions: Stanardsville.  Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-1999. 
 
December 5-27
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. Children 3 and older are welcome but parental discretion for spooky noises and creepy faces advised. 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, 1-877-MUCH-ADO. 
 
December 12-13, 19-20, 21-23, 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Not recommended for children under age 6. Monticello.  5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm.  $55.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 23-31
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. Don't forget skiing, riding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
November 21-December 31, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of six-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  Check website for times.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
December 31, Wednesday
FIRST NIGHT VIRGINIA
Charlottesville First Night Virginia.
Celebrate the new year with a community arts fest with performers, a creation station and fun zone for kids and more! See website for full event schedule. Downtown Mall.  3pm-12am.  $various prices.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstnightva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-8269. 
 
November 24-January 1
GYPSY HILL PARK CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214 acre park aglow with charming night time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 21-January 4
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Closed Mondays. Maymont, Richmond.  12-5pm, half-hourly; last tour at 4:30pm.  $5 suggested donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
November 28-January 12
GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a sparkling tradition of more than half a million lights throughout the garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  5-10pm (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  $See website for admission costs.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 

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