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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
December 10, Sunday
CROZET COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT
Crozet Community Orchestra.
A variety of holiday repertoire will be presented in collaboration with the Crozet Community Hand-bell Choir including the 2015 favorite Midnight Clear for Hand-bells and full orchestra. Crozet Baptist Church.  $Free.  Contact: Denise Murray.  Email: murrden@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 987-5517. 
 
December 2 & 10, Friday & Saturday
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S 76TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club/McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Glee Club performing seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall (Dec. 2) & First Presbyterian Church (Dec. 10).  8-10pm.  $15 general admission, $5 students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 11, Sunday
"JOY TO THE WORLD" CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The annual Joy to the World Christmas concert features six choirs from local churches and community that will present sacred Christmas songs. The concert will conclude with choirs and congregations singing selections from Handel's Messiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Directions: 1275 Timberwood.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Susan Roberts.  Email: susanofva@aol.com. For more info call: 985-2696. 
 
December 11, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
The Virginia Consort will sing Christmas favorites and a variety of pieces written in the past 500 years. Rockfish Presbyterian Church.  4pm.  $35.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
December 11, 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.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
December 14, Wednesday
"MORNING STAR" CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
The Christmas story is one of hope. The Chancel Choir of Aldersgate United Methodist Church will be proclaiming this hope with a Christmas Cantata entitled, Morning Star." This versatile musical, blending new and familiar Christmas melodies, ensures a meaningful experience. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1500 E. Rio Rd.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Aldersgate UMC.  Email: info@cvaumc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5806. 
 
December 17, 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.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1922. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
Exhibition Open Through Spring 2017
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
December 11, Sunday
SANTA VISITS THE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Bee and Trees Tree Farm.
Cut your own tree, enjoy hot drinks, shop for holiday decor and take a photo with Santa. Bees and Trees Tree Farm.  1:30-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
December 17, Saturday
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. Food trucks on site and music by Blue Ridge Irish Music School. Potter's Craft Orchard, Free Union.  12-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 850-528-6314. 
 
November 25-27 & December 3-4, 10-11 & 17
CLAYBROOKE TREE FARM
Claybrooke Farm.
Check the farm website and Facebook for special events, visits from Santa, food vendors, and demonstrations. Hayrides are provided continuously to and from the fields. Saws are provided along with cutting and loading assistance. Choose from Douglas, Canaan, Concolor, Norman and Korean firs, Blue and White spruce and previously cut large Fraser firs up to 12-feet. Claybrooke Farm, 912 Elk Creek Road, Mineral, VA.  10am-5pm.  Email: claybrookefarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-872-3817. 
 
December 17, 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 us how to store them! Saunders Brothers Market.  Directions: Piney River.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 25-December 17, 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 10-11 & 17-18
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Do your holiday shopping and stock up on your favorite products for the winter during Carter Mountain Orchard's Holiday on the Hill! Samples galore, great sales, and Christmas music to get your spirits in high gear. Avoid the crowds at the mall and shop local! Enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and decorate the pre-assembled gingerbread house! Workshop times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Registration recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  $Free admission and parking, some fee-based activities.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
November 25-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. Santa visits on November 26 and December 3! 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 25-December 23, Wednesdays-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 25-December 23, Fridays-Sundays
BOYS HOME CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Boys Home of Virginia.
Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm is a family-friendly Christmas Tree Farm in West Augusta, VA will have an Open House November 26. Starting November 25, Choose & Cut Christmas Trees: White Pine, Norway Spruce, and selected firs. Wreaths and garland also available. Full shop with Christmas decor and refreshments. Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: 1118 Bear Wallow Flat, West Augusta.  10am-4pm, Fridays-Sundays.  $Free.  Contact: Donnie Wheatley.  Email: info@boyshomeofva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-965-7700. 
 
November 20-December 23
FOXFIRE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.
Choose and cut Norway Spruces, Douglas Firs and a limited number of pines. For large trees come early. Wreaths, saws, twine, baling and loading available. Fresh wreaths and garland, too. Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Scottsville.  9am-5pm Wednesday-Monday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3445. 
 
November 25-December 23
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. Waynesboro.  10am-dark, seven days a week.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 25-December 23
STONEHEARTH CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.
Cut your own White, Scotch and Red Pines, and Canaan Firs. Also crafts, wreaths and garland for purchase. Saws, twine and tree shaker available. Kids get candy canes and a free coloring book. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and hot cider along with coloring books and candy canes for the kids. Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Madison.  9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday; call for weekday hours.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-547-2576. 
 
November 25-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 our Christmas shop stocked with wreaths, Christmas tree items, ornaments, stockings, miniature village houses and more! Cash or checks only. Spruce Rock Farm, Brightwood.  10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, by appointment Monday-Friday.  Contact: Tim & Doris Williams.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-543-2309. 
 
November 25-December 24
DAVIS CREEK TREE FARM
Davis Creek Tree Farm.
Choose and cut your choice of White Pine, Concolor and Canaan Fir. Davis Creek Tree Farm.  Directions: 4413 Davis Creek Lane, Lovingston.  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  For more info call: 263-8762. 
 
November 25-December 24
GREENE MEADOWS TREE FARM
Greene Meadows Tree Farm.
Choose from White Pine, Leyland Cypress and White Spruce, 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.  Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-1999. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
December 10, Saturday
CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Amazement Square.
The Children's Holiday Festival is a joyful family event! The magic, twinkle and tradition of this annual event continues to bring families and friends back year after year to enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, holiday crafts, cookie decorating, and more. The whole family is invited to celebrate the holidays, make memories and enjoy the magic of the season! Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  8:30-10:30am or 11am-1pm.  $20 child, $10 adult.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
December 31, Saturday
35TH 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 31, Saturday
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment and crafts. (Enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights in the evening from 5 -10 p.m.) Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  2-5pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
November 25-January 9
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
December 10, Saturday
COLONIAL CHRISTMAS AT HENRICUS
Henricus Historical Park.
Featuring first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th century. Experience holiday traditions of different socioeconomic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  12-5pm.  $Free.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
December 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday
MICHIE TAVERN YULETIDE FEAST
Michie Tavern.
A Yuletide Feast in the Tavern's Ordinary decorated in festive 18th-century tradition. Strolling Tavern musicians will entertain guests dining by candlelight. The bill of fare features a banquet of Virginia favorites including country ham with raisin sauce, roasted turkey and giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and more traditional delectables. Michie Tavern.  Directions: 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  6pm & 8pm seatings.  $38.95 adults; $19.50 ages 10 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1234. 
 
December 10, Saturday
PARADE OF LIGHTS AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park & James River Advisory Council.
View the procession of boats decorated with holiday lights and experience a colonial Christmas presented by historical interpreters at Henricus Historical Park. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  6-9pm.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1613. 
 
December 3-4 & 10-11, Saturdays-Sundays
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.  $55 4-member family pass.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 11, Sunday
YULETIDES AT AGECROFT: A CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Agecroft Hall.
Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1860, and Richmond in 1942. Charles Dickens will do a lively reading from his classic A Christmas Carol. Father Christmas will be ready to hear your Christmas wishes. It's outside and inside, so be sure to bundle up! Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Road.  12:30-5pm.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
December 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17, Thursday-Saturday
POPLAR FOREST HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR
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 Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  Directions: 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest.  5:30pm.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Email: educationcoordinator@poplarforest.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
December 3-23
HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Tour the house as it is beautifully decorated for the holidays! Ash Lawn-Highland.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
December 16-23
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. 
 
December 9-10, 16-23, 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.  5:15pm, 5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm.  $55.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 26-January 2
KIDS ARE FREE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
James Madison's Montpelier is offering free admission to all children ages 14 and under who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any daily tour. James Madison's Montpelier.  Opening Hours.  $Free.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
January 7, Saturday
PLAYING IN THE PAST
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Learn and play games from long ago with historic interpreters from the Frontier Culture Museum. Registration requested and begins December 19. Crozet Library.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 8 & 22, Sundays
GOSSIP AND GRANDEUR IN THE GILDED AGE AT MAYMONT
Maymont.
Missing Downton Abbey? Visit the Gilded Age showplace and step into the Dooleys' world of wealth and social influence. Elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen and members of household staff reveal social rituals, family dramas and important day to day concerns. Maymont.  12-5pm.  $7, $4 members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays, January-May & September-December
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
December 10, Saturday
WEIHNACHTSMARKT: CHRISTMAS MARKET #3
The Frontier Culture Museum.
The Frontier Culture Museum offers their version of the traditional, German-inspired Christmas Market with open-air booths selling handcrafted artisan gifts. Over 20 vendors will attend. The Frontier Culture Museum.  1-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 332-7850. 
 
December 10-11, Saturday & Sunday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT CROZET ARTISAN DEPOT
Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments while listening to live music. Door prizes and artisan food samples, too! Crozet Artisan Depot.  10am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
December 17, Saturday
GERMAN "CHRISTKINDLMARKT"
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Donna Kincaid.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
November 26-December 17, Saturdays
HOLIDAY CITY MARKET
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The City Market transforms for the holidays, featuring unique gifts & decorations to meet all of your holiday needs. All items are handmade, homegrown or home baked by local farmers, artists, or bakers. Second and Water Streets.  8am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: citymarket@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
November 25-December 18
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 admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
November 25-January 2, 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. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
December 10, Saturday
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION [PG-13]
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 8 & 10, Thursday & Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows if you'd like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Ages 2-6. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 10 & 12, Saturday & Monday
COAT OF MANY COLORS (2015)
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Two showings at the Nelson Memorial Library! Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30am Saturday, 5pm Monday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
December 17, Saturday
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Come see the 2016 hit at the library! Scottsville Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
December 20, Tuesday
COOKIES & COCOA UGLY SWEATER PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Wear your ugliest winter sweater and enjoy hot cocoa and an action movie! No ugly sweater? Use the provided supplies to "uglify" your outfit! Bring a plate of favorite cookies and swap and snack! JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 27, Tuesday
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011)
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
December 29, Thursday
A MARVELOUS MORNING AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Central.
He's back! Come join us for our annual showing of "The Snowman," based on the book by Raymond Briggs. For all ages. No registration required. Central Library.  10:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
December 16-23
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 22-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. 
 
September 30-February 12
ANN GALE: PORTRAITS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Portraits, painted from models in the studio, by American figurative painter Ann Gale, professor of Painting at the University of Washington. Largely composed of oil paintings, with a few preparatory sketches. The Fralin Museum of Art,The Fralin Museum of Art.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349061022. 
 
August 26, 2016-February 12, 2017
FRALIN PRESENTS NEW ACQUISITIONS: PHOTOGRAPHY
The Fralin Museum of Art.
New Acquisitions: Photography, which features photographic works acquired through significant purchases and gifts, highlights a commitment to reflect the diversity and evolution of photography as a medium. Featured works include Danny Lyons's pivotal Civil Rights Series; Shirin Neshat's contemporary and political portraits of loss; and Eadweard Muybridge's late-19th-century motion studies. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
Second Saturdays
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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Second Monday and Last Thursday of each month
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Volunteer guide Rachel Bush will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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December 11, Sunday
PVCC CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The PVCC Chorus presents an afternoon of holiday choral music! PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
December 15, Thursday
THE MARTIN FAMILY CIRCUS
The Wayne Theatre.
A vocal driven band of two parents and four kids ranging in age from 9 to 18. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7:30pm.  $15 adults, $5 students.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 16, Friday
WES ISELI MAGIC & ILLUSION SHOW
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and Jefferson School City Center.
The Wes Iseli Magic and Illusion Show visits the Jefferson School with a Las Vegas-caliber performance. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  7pm.  $15 adults, 10 kids.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8720. 
 
December 18, Sunday
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT HOLIDAY SHOW
The Wayne Theatre.
The Valley Dance Theatre's traditionally holiday show is sure to get the family in a holly, jolly mood! The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pm.  $18 adults, $12 students.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 17, 18 & 22
THE NUTCRACKER
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! V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC.  11am & 3:30pm Saturday, 2pm & 5:30pm Sunday, 3pm & 7pm Thursday.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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December 10, Saturday
'TIS THE SEASON PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Gingerbread Christmas & Kiwanis Club.
Enjoy pancakes for a good cause and see Santa, too! Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville, Martha Jefferson Hospital, The Piedmont Family YMCA Childcare Learning Center at the Jefferson School and UVA Children's Hospital. Hilton Garden Inn Pantops.  7-11am.  $5 minimum ticket donation.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Michelle Rene Ryan.  Email: mryan@piedmontymca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-0118. 
 
December 3 & 10, Saturdays
AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Celebrate the season with an evening of holiday traditions. Costumed staff will demonstrate Christmas traditions and customs of the past at England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America and 1850s America. Stroll through the Museum's exhibits after hours to view traditional Holiday Decorations and learn about traditions from the past in both the Old World and America. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 10, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Crozet YMCA.
Have breakfast with Santa at Crozet YMCA. Crozet YMCA at Claudius Crozet Park.  9-10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
December 10, Saturday
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Another great event for families traveling to Keswick. Keswick Hall, Ballroom.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
December 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday
MICHIE TAVERN YULETIDE FEAST
Michie Tavern.
A Yuletide Feast in the Tavern's Ordinary decorated in festive 18th-century tradition. Strolling Tavern musicians will entertain guests dining by candlelight. The bill of fare features a banquet of Virginia favorites including country ham with raisin sauce, roasted turkey and giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and more traditional delectables. Michie Tavern.  Directions: 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  6pm & 8pm seatings.  $38.95 adults; $19.50 ages 10 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1234. 
 
December 10, Saturday
PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.
Have breakfast with Santa and bring your camera to have your photo taken. Leave with a great holiday craft to decorate your home! Crozet YMCA/Hilton Garden Inn on Pantops.  9-11am.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-9622. 
 
December 10, Saturday
SON JAROCHO CULTURE AND MUSIC OF VERACRUZ, MEXICO
Luminaria Cville and The Virgina Foundation For the Humanities.
Two workshops and a performance presentation of Son Jarocho music, a traditional folk music from Veracruz that blends elements of African rhythms, Spanish poetry and melodies, and native Mexican culture. There will be a zapateado (rhythmic foot dance) workshop followed by a son jarocho rhythm and song technique workshop. Bring your guitars, mandolins, or ukuleles! Then watch a performance presentation of traditional and original son jarocho music. McGuffey Art Center Studio 11.  3pm dance workshop, 4pm instrument workshop, 7pm performance presentation..  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Wheelchair accessible via the elevator in the rear of hte building.  Contact: Estela Knott.  Email: luminariacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-8488. 
 
December 3-4 & 10-11, Saturdays-Sundays
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.  $55 4-member family pass.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 11, Sunday
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AT PHARSALIA
Pharsalia.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of stories, crafts and Christmas cheer. Professional photos with Santa and snacks are included. Pharsalia.  Directions: 2333 Pharsalia Road, Tyro.  1-4pm.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5231. 
 
December 11, Sunday
SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Enjoy a yummy breakfast and meet with Santa too! Virginia Discovery Museum.  9am, 9:20am, 11:30am, 11:45am.  $12 non-members, family 4-pack discounts.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 11, Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER
The Wayne Theatre.
Spice up the holiday season with the Nutcracker Suite performed by the Albemarle Ballet Theatre. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2-4pm, 5-7pm.  $12 advance, $18 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 10-11, Saturday & Sunday
WILDERNESS FIRST AID WORKSHOP
The Living Earth School.
Learn wilderness first aid skills that could save a life or learn how to handle a simple first aid issue competently. A blend of instruction, hands-on learning and scenarios. Adults and focused youth 10 and up. Living Earth School, Afton.  8:30am-6:30pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 99.  Email: info@one-forest.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7339. 
 
December 11, Sunday
YULETIDES AT AGECROFT: A CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Agecroft Hall.
Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1860, and Richmond in 1942. Charles Dickens will do a lively reading from his classic A Christmas Carol. Father Christmas will be ready to hear your Christmas wishes. It's outside and inside, so be sure to bundle up! Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Road.  12:30-5pm.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
December 12, 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. We'll provide the ornaments and an extravaganza of fun and festive decorating supplies, you provide the imagination and creativity! 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 14, Wednesday
MRS. CLAUS INVITES
Omni Hotel Charlottesville.
Sit down for a fun visit with Mrs. Claus and her friends. Enjoy an exciting afternoon of holiday magic! Omni Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: East Ballroom.  4-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 15, Thursday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Families are invited to make a non-edible gingerbread house. Great art can be messy, so come dressed to create at the library. We'll pull out all the glitter and glue for loads of fun. For kids up to age 12. Northside Library.  3:30-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 10, 14 & 17
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
An after hours holiday tour and open hearth cooking at the home of President James Monroe. This small-group program will be offered at twilight. Open hearth cook Pat Willis will lead participants in making an apple pie and steamed pudding, 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. Each session limited to 10 participants. 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: 293-8000. 
 
December 17, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  8-10am.  $45 adult, $20 children.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
November 26-December 17, 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.  9-11am.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
December 9-10 & 16-17, Friday-Saturday
GINGERBREAD EXPRESS LIGHT TOUR
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
This popular bus tour takes you to the best citywide holiday light displays and back. The Express picks up at the Virginia Discovery Museum on the Downtown Mall with 45-minute tours. Purchase tickets in advance at the Downtown Business Association's office. They sell out fast! 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm & 8pm.  $6.  All ages welcome.  Email: DBACville@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073. 
 
December 10 & 17, 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 17, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Enjoy drinks while the kids decorate ornaments and do crafts in the tasting room. Crafts are free. Food from Gourmeltz Food Truck available for purchase. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  11am-5pm.  $20.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-829-4633. 
 
December 17, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT PARTY
Carver Recreation Center.
Come make and take holiday crafts, enjoy holiday treats and 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 17, Saturday
KIDS CHRISTMAS MUSIC CONCERT AT RANDOM ROW BREWING CO.
A live concert for the kids! Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: kevin@randomrow.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 18, Sunday
ACAC HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR
ACAC Adventure Central.
Join in a fun-filled evening at acac Adventure Central! Before you embark on your bus tour of nearby homes decorated for the holidays, come on inside and enjoy visits with Santa, face-painting, hot chocolate bar, winter craft and more. All ages welcome! ACAC Adventure Central.  $Free-$20.  Contact: Aubrey Valorz.  Email: aubreyv@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
December 10-11 & 17-18
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Do your holiday shopping and stock up on your favorite products for the winter during Carter Mountain Orchard's Holiday on the Hill! Samples galore, great sales, and Christmas music to get your spirits in high gear. Avoid the crowds at the mall and shop local! Enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and decorate the pre-assembled gingerbread house! Workshop times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Registration recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  $Free admission and parking, some fee-based activities.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
December 19, Monday
LIFE-SIZE CANDYLAND
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate the start of winter vacation with a life-size game of Candyland. Fun for the whole family! 2-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 16-20, 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 yes...even live camels and wise men come to life. Hebron Baptist Church, Afton.  Directions: 66 Tanbark Dr..  6-9pm (opens at 5pm on Sunday, Dec. 18).  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, 9, 16 & 23, Fridays
CHRISTMAS STORIES AND S'MORES!
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
This is a terrific event for families. Guests and members bring their little ones who roast marshmallows over the fire and listen to stories told by our team. Keswick Hall.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-4363. 
 
December 24, Saturday
VILLA CRAWFORD: CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT KESWICK HALL
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Christmas Carols at Keswick Hall. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
December 25, Sunday
KESWICK HALL GRAND BUFFET
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Christmas buffet at Keswick Hall. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  11am, 1pm & 3pm.  $79 adult, $35 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
December 26, Monday
KWANZAA CELEBRATION
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
The term Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means first fruits in Swahili. This is a time when people of African ancestry celebrate their heritage. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium.  3pm.  Contact: Mia Logan.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8722. 
 
December 17-30
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.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
December 31, Saturday
FAMILY FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S EVE
Blue Mountain Brewery.
A pint-sized party for the whole family with two sparkling cider toasts (4:30 and 7:30) and countdowns to the New Year. Blue Mountain Brewery.  3-8pm.  $Free.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
December 31, Saturday
NOON YEAR'S EVE BASH
Science Museum of Virginia.
Ring in the Noon Year with a distinctive, quirky twist to the annual ball drop! Watch 2,017 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring the rotunda to life for a special ball drop and a toast with apple juice to celebrate the new year! Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St.  10am-1pm.  Email: info@smv.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
November 27-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.  Contact: Angel Cooper.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8660. 
 
November 25-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 25-January 2, 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 25-January 9
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. 
 
March 29-April 27, Wednesday or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Please register for only Wednesdays or Thursdays. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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December 10, Saturday
FREEDOM 5K
Freedom 5K.
Runners of all ages, walkers, leashed dogs and baby joggers, are welcome. Proceeds go to No Greater Sacrifice, providing college scholarship for the children of our nation’s fallen and wounded Service members, Parade Rest, Connecting arts, entertainment, and sporting event tickets to local military personnel, veterans and their families and Blue Star Families of Central Virginia, creating and shipping care packages to soldiers at war. Glenmore Country Club.  9am.  Contact: Michael Kaminski.  Email: Livebullish@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2752. 
 
December 17, Saturday
JINGLE BELL RELAY
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge.
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for a festive run! Bigs and littles, mothers and sons, grandfathers and grandkids, brothers and sisters, friends and teammates will run a fast one-mile course. Pavilion, Downtown Mall.  8am.  Email: info@blueridgebigs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0882. 
 
January 1, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K
Charlottesville Track Club.
Celebrate the New Year with a 5K in Free Union! The race is a fairly flat, out and back 3.1 mile course. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Age group awards. Please bring a canned food item to benefit the Emergency Food Bank. Free Union.  Directions: see directions on website.  10am late registration, 11am race.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Track Club.  Email: training@cvilletrackclub.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 5, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LOUISVILLE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Louisville. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 8, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. WAKE FOREST
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Wake Forest. John Paul Jones Arena.  8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-888-575-8497. 
 
February 1, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Virginia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 6, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LOUISVILLE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Louisville. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 15, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DUKE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Duke. John Paul Jones Arena.  9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 20, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MIAMI
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Miami. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 27, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NORTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against North Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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October 17 & 24, December 19, Mondays
BOOKS AT BEDTIME
JMRL - Greene.
Come in your pajamas, snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to bedtime stories! On October 24, wear your costume if you choose and enjoy refreshments! Ages 7 and under with siblings welcome! Greene County Library.  6:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
November 21-December 19, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 3-January 7, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. 3-4 year olds and their grownups The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
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December 3-11
BLACK BOX PLAYERS PRESENT "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"
Step back in time to December 1843. A beloved Christmas story brought to life with an original score and upbeat carols. Fun for the whole family! Burnley Moran Elementary School.  Varies.  $10.  Recommended for ages 4 to 18.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-9202. 
 
December 11, Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER
The Wayne Theatre.
Spice up the holiday season with the Nutcracker Suite performed by the Albemarle Ballet Theatre. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2-4pm, 5-7pm.  $12 advance, $18 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 17, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S "THE NUTCRACKER"
Sweeten your holiday season with the professional production of the classic holiday ballet! The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker as a holiday gift. With the help of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara journeys through Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets in a holiday celebration. This enchanting 90-minute performance is set to Tchaikovskys famous score and is sure to delight the entire family! V. Earl Dickinson Building .  11am & 3:30pm .  $20.00+.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nina Staeben.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
November 18-December 18
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Four County Players.
By Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson with stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. Directed by Jane Gargett and musical direction by Jim Niederberger. Four County Players Mainstage.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 832-5355. 
 
December 18, Sunday
MOSCOW BALLET PRESENTS: THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Paramount Theater.
Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. The Paramount Theater.  12pm, 4pm & 8pm.  $Prices Vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 19, Monday
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS LIVE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
A live Christmas musical recommended for grades K-5. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
The traditional holiday classic brought to life onstage. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market St., Staunton.  Various times.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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