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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
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 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 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 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. 
 
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 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 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 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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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 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 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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
December 24, Sunday
CHRISTMAS EVE AT KESWICK HALL
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Fossett's and Villa Crawford & Bar will be open. Fossett's, Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  11am-11pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-3440. 
 
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. 
 
Now-December 24
GIFT FOREST
The Bridge PAI.
Gift Forest is a holiday pop-up shop featuring artists, designers, makers, and collectors from across the region. It's a direct way to support creative culture in Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding area. 70% of sales go back to vendors. The remaining 30% funds program expenses. The Bridge PAI.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-5669. 
 
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. 
 
December 25, Monday
KESWICK HALL GRAND BUFFET
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Christmas buffet at Keswick Hall. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  11am & 1pm.  $83 adult, $35 ages under 12 (nonmembers).  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-2266. 
 
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 31, Sunday
36TH ANNUAL 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. 
 
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 31, Sunday
BALLOON DROP NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
Random Row Brewing Co..
Ring in the new years with a 6pm balloon drop, sparkling cider for the kids and a catered dinner by Chef Hannah Matarazzo. Parents can relax with a selection of our craft beers in Random Rows family-friendly space featuring board games, large screen TVs and games for the kids. Each adult ticket includes two pints, and a fully catered dinner. Kids 5 and under are free! Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  $40 adult, $15 ages 5-12, Free under 5.  All ages welcome.  Email: kevin@randomrow.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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 31, Sunday
FAMILY FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S EVE
Blue Mountain Brewery.
A family-friendly celebration with two sparkling cider toasts and countdowns to the New Year (4:30pm and 7:30pm). Blue Mountain Brewery.  3-8pm.  $Free.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
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. 
 
Now-December 31
MCGUFFEY ART CENTER HOLIDAY SHOW
Mcguffey Art Center.
This show is cash and carry so you can take your art with you when you buy it, which also means that new art will be rotating so keep visiting. In December, the center will be open on Mondays as well to make it easier for everyone to visit. McGuffey Art Center.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: McGuffey Art Center.  Email: mcguffeymedia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-7973. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
Ring in 2018 at Wintergreen. There's a party for everyone, including the kids. Teen and kids' parties, live entertainment and fireworks. Wintergreen Resort.  Varies.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment, music, parade and crafts. Stay on and enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights later from 5-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  2-5pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA AT PROSPECT HILL
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
Live entertainment, elegant five-course dinner prepared by Chef Elpidio along with signature cocktails and an array of party favors. Champagne toast at midnight also included. Lodging discounts available. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  7:30pm.  $95.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NOON YEAR'S EVE BASH
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Ring in the New Year with a countdown to noon, Seymour parade, special activities and more. All Children's Museum of Richmond Locations.  10am-2pm.  $Free with museum admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NOON YEAR'S EVE BASH
Science Museum of Virginia.
Ring in the Noon Year with a countdown to noon to see a dramatic and quirky version of the traditional ball drop. Kick off the New Year with science on your side and watch 2,017 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring the Rotunda to life for a special ball drop and apple juice toast to celebrate the New Year. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St.  9:30am-1pm.  Email: info@smv.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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. 
 
January 1, Monday
NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K
Charlottesville Track Club.
Celebrate the New Year with a fairly flat, out and back 3.1 mile course. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Age group awards. No dogs or strollers allowed on race course. Please bring a canned food item to benefit the Emergency Food Bank. Free Union.  Directions: see directions on website.  11am race.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Track Club.  Email: training@cvilletrackclub.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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