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December 13, Wednesday
COOKIES AND CRAFTS FOR A CLAUSE
Starr Hill Brewery.
Bring the kiddos for cookies, cocoa and crafts while you enjoy a local brew to help take a break from the holiday rush. Plus, get creative with a holiday backdrop and props for photos that can be accessed through a parents' password on Shutterfly. Starr Hill Brewery and Taproom, Crozet.  3pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ashley Patel.  Email: apatel@ahipva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-2447 x31. 
 
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
NORTHSIDE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come be a part of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Help create displays, plan programs and activities while earning volunteer hours. Enjoy snacks and meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  5-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 6 & 13, Wednesdays
STORYTIME AT SWEETHAUS
Sweethaus / Bright Birthing.
Adults can grab coffee and kiddos can play before settling in for a few books and at least one song. Sweethaus.  9:30-10:15am.  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
A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS
The Paramount Theater.
John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) will perform an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one man show. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively "putting the X in Xmas," developing a show for the open minded and slightly left-of-center audience. "The Pope of Trash" will give you a Joyeux Noel like no other. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 14, Thursday
ALBEMARLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Albemarle County School District.
Get involved in your local school and learn more about what the School Board is working on. Albemarle County Office Building.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
November 16 & December 14, Third Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books provided. Limit 10. Required registration is ongoing. JMRL- Central Library.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 14, Thursday
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books provided. Limit 10. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 14, Thursday
STAR WARS EP. VIII RELEASE PARTY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Get ready for The Last Jedi by watching The Force Awakens. Come in costume and get a surprise. Snacks provided. Northside Library.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 15, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 15, Friday
NEW CITY ARTS AND CRAFTS
New City Arts.
This monthly drop-in event for parents and kids at Welcome Gallerywill feature Grit coffee and snacks (for adults and kids), Tattly temporary tattoos (for adults and kids), and an ornament-making activity inspired by Kirsten Hemrich's Transient Places. Finish up with a story time. Welcome Gallery.  Directions: 114 3rd St. NE.  10-11am.  $5 donation to cover ornament costs.  All ages welcome.  Email: lindsey@newcityarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-5277. 
 
December 15, Friday
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS CHRISTMAS PARADE
Town of Elkton.
Join the Town of Elkton for the annual Christmas Parade along West Spotswood Avenue and North Stuart Avenue. The theme this year is Sights and Sounds of Christmas. Join the community in coming together this holiday season and celebrate one of the most joyful times of the year. West Spotswood Avenue and North Stuart Avenue, Elkton.  6pm.  $Free.  Contact: Charlotte Shifflett.  For more info call: 540-713-4062. 
 
December 16, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL ORCHARD WASSAIL
Potter's Craft Cider.
The wassail is the ancient ancestor of trick-or-treating and Christmas caroling, in which the townspeople would go orchard to orchard to sing to the trees and encourage a bountiful harvest. Help cast off evil spirits out of the orchard, announce the Wassail King and Queen, take a tour and enjoy tastings. Potter's Craft Cider, Free Union.  12-10pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 850-528-6314. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: NATIVITY & HANUKKAH STORYTIMES
Barnes and Noble.
Enjoy a Nativity storytime and then a Hanukkah storytime. Activities will follow both. Barnes and Noble.  1pm Nativity Storytime, 2pm Hanukkah Storytime.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: SNOWBALL MOON
Barnes and Noble.
With charming, retro illustrations and simple rhyming text, kids will love this warm winter picture book. Books will be available at the event and a book signing will be available after the reading. Barnes and Noble.  11am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BENGALI COOKING CLASS FUNDRAISER
The Haven.
Mahabuba will demonstrate how to prepare several authentic Bengali dishes from scratch, and participants will share what they prepared together in The Haven dining room. The Haven.  12-2pm.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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
The Shebeen Pub & Braai.
Parents and families come have breakfast with the big man. This will be a fun family filled time for all. Santa will be sitting around the Christmas tree ready to take pictures or find out what your little ones might want. There will also be a canned food drive supporting a local charity. Brunch will be served until 2pm. The Shebeen Pub & Braai.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast spread and lots of fun activities for all ages. Make sure to bring your camera to capture a photo with the big guy, listen to him as he reads a classic holiday tale, paint a Christmas ornament or even decorate your own Gingerbread house to take home. Gingerbread house craft is $35 in addition and will include a pre-assembled house and all the decorations you need. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  9-12pm.  $45 adult, $20 children (nonmembers).  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
November 25-December 16, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
The Boar's Head Inn.
Enjoy a traditional breakfast buffet as children whisper Christmas wishes in Santa's ear. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BRIDGING THE GAP BY CELEBRATING...KWANZAA
Crozet Act.
Come out and gain an appreciation for the African American experience through learning about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and understanding why those principles are so important to the growth, self development and sustaining of African Americans in America. There will be music, dancing, and food. This is a family-friendly event. Tabor Presbyterian Church, Crozet.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amanda Alger.  Email: amanda_alger@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday
CHEESE TASTING & S'MORES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Grayhaven Winery.
Hot mulled wine, Warm Apple Pie Sangria, International Cheese Tasting, Wine Tastings and make your own S'Mores all weekend long at Grayhaaven. Kids 17 and under attend free with a parent or grandparent so bring the whole family. Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring.  $15 cheese tasting, $5 wine tasting, free s'mores.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-556-3917. 
 
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 2 & 16, Saturdays
DROP & SHOP PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHTS
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Parents can drop off the kids for time to catch up on holiday shopping or maybe just to relax and indulge. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:45-9:45pm.  $30 members, $35 nonmembers.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
December 16, Saturday
FARM MARKET CLOSES FOR THE SEASON
Saunders Brothers Market.
Today is your last chance to pick up some apples to store in your fridge. When kept properly, they can last until the daffodils appear. Ask how to store them. Saunders Brothers Market.  Directions: Piney River.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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 2 & 16, Saturdays
INDOOR COMMUNITY MARKET
Nelson County.
The indoor community market features local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, plants, greenery, art and crafts. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
December 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. 
 
December 16, Saturday
KIDS NIGHT OUT AT ADVENTURE CENTRAL
ACAC.
The kids will have a lot of fun while parents enjoy a night out. ACAC Adventure Central.  6-8:30pm.  $Varies for members; $20 per family for non-members.  Email: erikat@acac.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
December 16, Saturday
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTMAS
Lighthouse Church.
Lighthouse Church is giving away clothing and toys for anyone in need and will be serving a free lunch as well. If you are in need or know someone who has a need let them know about this event. If you would like to donate to this event please contact Lighthouse Church 434-973-2711. There will also be toys to select from at this event among other household items. 3460 Worth Crossing.  12-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mike Bence.  Email: mbence@liberty.edu. For more info call: 540-435-7045. 
 
December 16, Saturday
MINI-MARKET
Citizen Burger.
A fun holiday event supporting local makers and the Charlottesville community featuring local makers, beer, food and music. Citizen Burger, Downtown Mall.  11am-6pm. 
 
December 15-16, Friday-Saturday
NIGHT OF 1000 LIGHTS
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
See Prospect Hill come to life amid the soft glow of more than 100 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider or cocktails. Santa will be entertaining and available for photos in his workshop. Bring a camera to capture the moment. Vendors will be selling homemade crafts and sweets in Santa's Marketplace. Proceeds from this event will go the Young Life Louisa. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  6-9pm.  $10 per car.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
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 2 & 16, Saturdays
RVCC'S 11TH ANNUAL WINTER MARKETS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Find local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, greenery, arts and crafts and live music. The market on December 2 coincides with RVCC's pancake breakfast. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Donna Kincaid.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1725. 
 
December 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 16, Saturday
TIS THE SEASON BENEFIT CONCERT
Children's Choir of Central Virginia / UVA Children's Hospital.
The Children's Choir of Central Virginia puts on a concert to benefit the UVA Children's Hospital. Crozet United Methodist Church.  2pm.  $10 online.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DAVIDSON
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
WINTER SOLSTICE RIVANNA RING RUN
Rick Kwiatkowski.
Join the Charlottesville area runners in a fun run along the Rivanna Trail with multiple distance options including the full 20+ mile loop. Run along the trail in the counter-clockwise direction. Be prepared for muddy trails and a wet river crossing halfway through the loop. Bring your own food/drinks. If the roads are icy, the run will be delayed as necessary. Starts and ends at Greenberry's at Barracks Road.  8am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9 & 16, Saturdays
WINTER VENDORLAND
The Sophisticates of Central Virginia.
Over 20 vendors available with something for everyone. Santa will visit from 12-1pm so bring the kids to take pics with Santa and get some shopping done all at the same time. Raffle prizes available, with raffle ticket proceeds going to the Angel Tree to help a needy family this Christmas. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
December 17, Sunday
BRIMS HOLIDAY SHOWCASE
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Blue Ridge Irish Music School students ages 5-adult perform Irish music, dance and song at this free and festive family event. Donations to the Haven will be welcome. The Haven.  2-3:30pm.  $Free (donations accepted).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
December 14-17, Thursday-Sunday
DISNEY ON ICE: DREAM BIG
Richmond Coliseum.
Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  Various times.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
December 15-17, Friday-Sunday
DOWNTOWN COSPLAY CRAWL
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Come downtown in costume for opening weekend of The Last Jedi at Violet Crown Charlottesville and enjoy an array of special deals & theme related offerings from participating retailers and restaurants. Downtown Mall.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5. 
 
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. 
 
November 24-December 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 17, Sunday
MOJO SWEET POTATO PIE CHRISTMAS SINGALONG & PIE SHARE
Glass House Winery.
Singalong music and fun holiday cheer. Bring a pie to share. Picnics welcome. Glass House Winery.  2-5pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-0094. 
 
December 16 & 17, Saturday & Sunday
ORNAMENT WORKSHOPS WITH CHIP HALL
McGuffey Art Center.
Blow your own glass ornament with glass artist Chip Hall. Private sessions are also available on weekdays and weeknights. McGuffey Art Center.  11am-5pm Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  Contact: Chip Hall.  Email: ragingbuffaloglass@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 18-December 17, Weekends
S'MORE HOLIDAY FUN AT CHILES
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Grab your beverage of choice and head out to the courtyard to sit by the firepit, make s’mores and take in the gorgeous late fall view. The kids can do some holiday crafts, enjoy the Hot Chocolate bar and dip their own caramel apple. Wagon rides will be offered, weather permitting. Before you leave, load up on apples, grab an apple pie and maybe a pumpkin milkshake for the road. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 17, Sunday
SIP AND SPLASH: SNOWY BARN
CrossKeys Vineyards.
Enjoy a fun afternoon of painting and drinking wine. This class is great for all level. Tickets include all supplies and a glass of wine. As a courtesy, please arrive 15 minutes in advance to select your complimentary glass of wine. Food orders will be placed during class. CrossKeys Vineyards.  1-4pm.  $45.  Email: info@crosskeysvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-234-0505. 
 
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
VALLEY DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
Wayne Theatre.
The Staunton-based Valley Dance Theatre presents Making Spirits Bright, a traditional holiday show, and is sure to get your whole family into that holly, jolly mood. Two shows: 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission $18/$12. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5:30pm.  $18, $12 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
November and December, first and third weekends
WELDING 101: INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
Albemarle County Public Schools / VA School of Metal .
This 16-hour course thoroughly covers the basics of MIG (metal inert gas) welding. Classroom discussion covers safety, the equipment and the principals of welding followed by hands-on practice. Students will create their first project that is theirs to keep at course completion. All materials are included in the class fee. It does not matter the level of experience or desired application. A waiver will be required. VA School of Metal.  12-1pm.  $300.  Reservations are required.  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 11-14, 16 & 18
EXAM CRAM AT CROZET LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reserved space and extended hours for high school students studying for midterms. Free snacks and beverages available. Contact the library to even reserve a group study room. Crozet Library.  4-9pm weekdays, 9am-5pm Saturday.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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 4-18, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
November 20-December 18, Mondays
STARRY NIGHTS STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Come in your jammies and cozy up with a lovey as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We'll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get ready for a good night's sleep. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
December 12 & 19, Tuesdays
DINNER WITH SANTA AT MASSANUTTEN RESORT
Massanutten Resort.
Come to Campfire Grill to have dinner with Santa. Don't forget to bring your camera to get a photo with Jolly Old Saint Nick. Campfire Grill, Massanutten Resort.  5-8pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
END OF SEMESTER PIZZA & SING-ALONG PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Celebrate the end of the semester with pizza and group karaoke. You choose the songs and everyone sings together with no embarrassment or judgment. Grades 6-12. Required registration. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
PASSPORT TO RETIREMENT
UVA Community Credit Union.
Learn how to assess the costs associated with retirement, determine your sources of retirement income, and improve your investment potential. Reduce your financial risk, and help preserve your estate for your heirs. You'll also learn how to fight the effects of inflation, avoid unnecessary taxes, and protect yourself from the potentially devastation costs associated with long-term care expense. Register by email or phone. Berkmar Branch - UVA Community Credit Union.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: UVA Community Credit Union.  Email: contactus@uvacredituion.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-2001. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SAVANNAH STATE
University of Virginia Athleticss.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Sign up for a 15-minute slot and bring a favorite book. For any young reader. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
SPECIAL NEEDS STAY-N-PLAY
Rock Star Therapy.
Parents of children with special needs can bring their child(ren) to Rock Star Therapy for 1.5 hours of awesomeness, while they take some time to themselves. Children will participate in fun, holiday-themed and sensory-based activities, led by high-quality, licensed therapists (SLP and OT), as well as special needs teachers/providers. Rock Star Therapy.  Directions: 875 Rio East Court, Suite A.  9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm.  $50.  Contact: Suzanne Dailey.  Email: info@rockstartherapycville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-1553. 
 
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 21, Thursday
HOLIDAY HOUSES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Celebrate the sweetness of the season with pre-assembled graham-cracker houses for you to decorate. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  4pm.  $15 (includes house/decorations, museum admission for 1 child/1 adult).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 21, Thursday
MIDWINTER TEA PARTY
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Celebrate the winter solstice with treats, wintery stories and a handmade lantern to light up your home. Ages 5+ with accompanying adult. Required registration starting December 4. Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 21, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MANHATTAN
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home against Manhattan. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 22, Friday
CAMPFIRE CAROLING
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Join local musician Jan Smith as she leads caroling around the campfire. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  Directions: Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, Roseland.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
December 16 & 17, 21 & 22
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet / PVCC.
The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara 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. Charlottesville Family is a proud sponsor! 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. 
 
December 1-22, Friday
MAKERS + SHAKERS HOLIDAY MARKETS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Every Friday leading up to Christmas come for a mini pop-up market on the Tasting Room Veranda featuring two local, independent artisans. See site for details on featured artisans. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.  12-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
December 22, Friday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. HAMPTON
University of Virginia Athleticss.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
December 23, Saturday
NATURAL ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP
Wintergreen Resort.
Participants will make three ornaments – pine cone owl, glass ball winter scene and hemlock cone wreath. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.  1-3pm.  $15.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8169. 
 
December 23, Saturday
PHIL VASSAR & KELLIE PICKLER: A CHRISTMAS TOUR
The Paramount Theater.
Lynchburg-native Phil Vassar returns to The Paramount with American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler on their first joint tour. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $29.75-$99.75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
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. 
 

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