Seasonal Fun - Holidays

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November 28, Saturday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET [NR]
The Paramount Theater.
Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic. The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly, and a snowy beard is hired as a Macys department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and he soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit...except for his boss, who's raising her daughter to not believe in Santa. The Paramount Theater.  3pm & 7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 27-29, Friday-Sunday
43RD ANNUAL MODEL RAILROAD SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia, guests will also enjoy seeing the classic scenes in the displays of clubs that have participated in previous Model Railroad Shows for decades. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  $14.50 adults, $13.50 youth/seniors, under 3 free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
December 3, Thursday
VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY & RAFFLE TO SUPPORT TOY LIFT
BRHBA, Craig Builders & Sherwin Williams Paints.
Enjoy BRHBA's first virtual Holiday Party & Raffle. Donate to Toy Lift Charlottesville, and you will be eligible to win some awesome prizes. Online - Blue Ridge Home Builders Association.  6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 5, Saturday
CLASS WITH CLARA @ HOME - VIRTUAL NUTCRACKER EXPERIENCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Charlottesville Ballet's Nutcracker on-stage experience goes virtual.Your child can experience the magic of "The Nutcracker" by taking a ballet class live from your living room with Clara. Participants learn introductory ballet steps and choreography from the ballet to the classic music of Tchaikovsky. Tickets include digital enrichment activities for your child to enjoy before or after the class together. Virtual.  4pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Emily Hartka.  Email: ehartka@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
December 5, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Louisa County Historical Society.
Directly following the downtown parade, come to the Sargeant Museum and Heritage Farm for some family-friendly fun. Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus after their ride in the parade. Learn how the holidays were celebrated over the centuries as you tour the property. Enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies in the 18th-century Michie House, make your own Victorian ornaments in the 19th-century Trevilians Schoolhouse, and enjoy popular 20th-century-holiday traditions in the 20th-century Sargeant-Pettit House. Complete a holiday-themed scavenger hunt and win a prize. The Sargeant Museum of Louisa County History & Heritage Farm Living History Site,The Sargeant Museum of Louisa County History & Heritage Farm Living History Site.  1-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Karleen Kovalcik.  Email: louisahistory@verizon.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-5975. 
 
December 4-5, Friday & Saturday
LET THERE BE LIGHT: LIGHT-BASED ART
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
PVCC's annual Let There Be Light celebrates the approach of winter solstice and the longest night of the year with light-based art installations and performances created by a selection of some of the most imaginative local and regional artists. Due to COVID-19, Let There Be Light will not be held on the PVCC campus this year. Art installations and performances will be in multiple locations throughout Charlottesville for two nights instead on the usual "one night only." 6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5362. 
 
December 5, Saturday
THE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Barracks Road Shopping Center.
The Christmas Market will feature a center-wide outdoor sidewalk sale with holiday promotions from various merchants. The day will also feature a Christmas tree sale and food drive to benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and live music. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 8, Tuesday
DISCOVERY WORKSHOP: DIY GIFTS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Deck the halls with handmade holiday decorations, or spread some cheer with a special gift for family and friends. Craft a jolly pine cone gnome, create a colorful paint-poured ornament, build a sparkling snowperson sensory bottle, and construct a snow-free "snowball" launcher perfect for some seasonal STEM exploration and warm indoor play. Online - Virginia Discovery Museum.  3-4pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 13, Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER: A VIRTUAL GALA EVENT
Charlottesville Ballet.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet's live virtual event - black tie NOT required. Join in as they bring together special guests, local musicians, and their company dancers near and far to create the magic of the theater in the comfort of your home. Virtual - Charlottesville Ballet.  4:30-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2555. 
 
December 17-20, Thursday-Sunday
2020 HOLIDAY PLAY
Live Arts.
A totally original and completely zany twist on A Christmas Carol. The 2020 holiday play has replaced MARAT/SADE and the holiday special for December programming at Live Arts. Live Arts.  $20/household.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4177. 
 
November 26- December 24
CHARLOTTESVILLE WALDORF HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Charlottesville Waldorf School is inviting local businesses, artisans, and shoppers to join for a simple, online event for their 2020 Holiday Bazaar. The CWS Holiday Bazaar School Store stocked with wonderful items from our classes and community, favorite Waldorf goods, and consignment items from local artisans and businesses. Online - Charlottesville Waldorf School.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-4946. 
 
December 11-12, 18-23, & 26-30
PRIVATE HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Enjoy the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark, historically decorated for the season. This tour offers an intimate look at how all people who lived on the Monticello mountaintop -enslaved and free - celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. Journey through public and private rooms including Monticello's iconic Dome Room. Monticello.  Tours start at 5:15pm.  $375 for up to 5 guests of any age.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 13-15, December 20-22, December 26-31
A VERY VON TRAPP FAMILY CHRISTMAS
Wintergreen Resort.
This holiday season join the stars of The Sound of Music as they reunite for an intimate cabaret of epic proportions as Brian Clowdus presents: A Very Von Trapp Family Christmas. Get to know the actors and their own stories as the curtain is pulled back on the sold-out mega hit in this heartwarming tribute to all our favorite things that truly make this the most wonderful time of the year. Wintergreen Resort.  Varies.  $50 and up.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
November 21-December 31
MCGUFFEY ART CENTER SHOW AND SALE
McGuffey Art Center.
Join McGuffey Art Center this holiday season for their annual Holiday Show, featuring two floors of art, and a fully stocked, seasonal shop in the Sarah B. Smith gallery. New this year is the addition of our online store, filled with home goods, original art, prints/cards, jewelry, and more. There is a variety of handmade works of art created by our artists. All purchases support the artists and McGuffey Art Center. McGuffey Art Center.  1-5pm.  $Free.  Contact: Charlene Cross.  Email: charlenedesigns@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-4794. 
 
November 21-January 3
CHARLOTTESVILLE TINSEL TRAIL
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Join the Junior League of Charlottesville and the Shops at Stonefield for the Charlottesville Tinsel Trail, a display of approximately 100 lighted live holiday trees sponsored and decorated by local organizations, families, groups and individuals. Shops At Stonefield Green.  For details, please click this link. 
 

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