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November 19-January 1, 2019
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.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8660. 
 
November 30 & December 1, Thursday & Friday
SENSITIVE SANTA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
These evenings with Legendary Santa are designed exclusively for the families of those with special needs. Attending is free but does require advance registration. Children's Museum of Richmond.  5:30-8pm.  $Free .  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7003. 
 
Now-December 3
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 him or her (gift suggestions are included on ornament). Then, return the ornament with the gifts to any of the participating locations. Home Instead Senior Care, Roanoke.  Directions: 6349 Peters Creek Rd.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-218-2257. 
 
November 23-December
CHRISTMAS TREES AT CHISHOLM VINEYARDS AT ADVENTURE FARM
Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm.
Come get your tree and wreaths starting on Black Friday. Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm Tasting Room.  12-6pm Thursdays-Sundays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-8796. 
 
November 23-December
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: Somerset.  10am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November-December
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Long Meadow Tree Farm.
Choose from Pines, Spruces and Firs. Pre-cut Firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Stop by the new market and pick up winter vegetables and other goodies, too. Check website for days and times. Long Meadow Tree Farm, Waynesboro.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
December 20, Thursday
POLAR EXPRESS AND A VISIT FROM SANTA
Wayne Theatre Alliance.
Catch the Christmas classic as part of the Wayne Theatres Christmas Movie series, and visit with Santa in the theatre lobby one hour before the movie starts. The Historic Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  Directions: 521 W. Main St.  9am & 1pm Visit with Santa, 10am & 2pm Movie screenings.  $Pay what you will.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 21, Friday
WHITE CHRISTMAS
The Paramount Theater.
Two successful song and dance men trail after a pair of up-and-coming female performers, clambering after them to a Connecticut inn owned by the men's former World War II commanding officer. Crosby and Kaye's cross-dressing take on "Sisters" is hysterically funny (mainly because the two men clearly have a good time), and Mary Wickes as the inn's housekeeper nearly steals the show. The Paramount Theater.  3pm & 7pm.  $5 youth (12 and under), $7 adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 22, Saturday
AN A CAPPELLA CHRISTMAS CARD CONCERT
First United Methodist Church.
The "Jingle" vocal quintet will be presenting "An A Cappella Christmas Card" concert at First United Methodist Church in the sanctuary. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Reception to follow program. First United Methodist Church.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrew Shelden.  Email: gnomlich@gmail.com. For more info call: 530-598-8557. 
 
November 24-December 22, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
The Boar's Head Inn.
Let your holiday spirit soar as you glide on a horse-drawn carriage through the resort to admire holiday décor. Enjoy a traditional breakfast 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: 434-972-2230. 
 
November 23-December 22
FOXFIRE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.
Choose from and cut down Norway Spruces, Douglas Firs and a limited number of pines. For large trees, be sure to come early. Wreaths, saws, twine, baling and loading are available, as well as fresh wreaths and garland. Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm, Scottsville.  Directions: 451 Foxfire Rd.  9am-5pm Wednesday-Monday.  $37.50-$45.00.  All ages welcome.  Email: oxfirefarm@nccwildblue.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-3445. 
 
November 24-December 22, Saturdays
HOLIDAY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
An extension of the weekly city market, the holiday market offers a variety of unique gifts, decorations, food and crafts prepared by local farmers, artists and bakers. Second and Water Street parking lots.  8am-1pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: cityman@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
November 24-25, December 9, 16 & 23, Select Weekend Dates
5TH ANNUAL VINEYARD WONDERLAND: CARRIAGE RIDES AT TRUMP WINERY
Trump Winery.
Celebrate the holiday season with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Vineyard Wonderland. The picturesque 1,300 acres will be on display as a horse-drawn carriage takes you on a scenic journey through the expansive vineyard, making stops for scenic photo opportunities. Trump Winery Pavilion.  12-4:15pm, 20 minutes per ride.  $$129, up to 4 guests.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@trumpwinery.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3895. 
 
November 23-December 23, Thursdays-Sundays
BEES & TREES FARM
Bees & Trees Farm.
Cut your own tree, then enjoy complimentary cider while you browse the Christmas shop. Choose from Canaan and Fraser Firs, White, Blue and Norway Spruce, Leyland and Carolina Sapphire Cypress, and Scotch and White Pines. 18028 Carrico Mills Rd, Elkwood.  Check online..  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
December 20-23, Thursday-Sunday
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.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  Varies.  $20-$75.  All ages welcome.  Email: tickets@CharlottesvilleBallet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
November 25-December 23, Sundays
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
The Boar's Head Inn.
Spend a fun Sunday afternoon at The Boar's Head with Santa and Mrs. Claus designing and building your own edible masterpiece. All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. Light refreshments and Boar's Head homemade hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  1-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 855-220-6620. 
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, Saturday-Sunday
TEA WITH SANTA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Another long-standing tradition, Tea with Santa offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety of seasonal beverages and light snacks while singing along with Santa and the Singing Elf in an intimate setting. Experience a special storytime with Santa, too. Hilton Richmond Downtown.  Directions: 501 E. Broad St.  2pm.  $37/members, $45/non-members.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
November 23-December 24
CUT-YOUR-OWN TREE AT SPRUCE ROCK FARM
Spruce Rock Farm.
Cut your own Blue Spruce, Canaan and Douglas Firs, and Concolor Fir 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 Saturdays & Sundays, by appointment Monday-Friday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-543-2309. 
 
November 23-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond and celebrate an 82-year local tradition. Sunrise, Sunset and Tea with Santa services go on sale Thursday, 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. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7009. 
 
December 4-26
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 on Tuesday, December 4 and Sunday, December 9. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St .  Varies by date.  $20-57.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
December 14-15 & 28-29, Fridays and Saturdays
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Enjoy an after hours holiday tour and open hearth cooking. Open hearth cooks will lead participants in making Monroe-era desserts, which guests can munch 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.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
December 4-30
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
Don't miss this beloved holiday classic brought to life onstage. Experience the traditional tale with new twists, turns and surprises, and enjoy a festive production filled with music and cheer fitting for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St.  Varies by date.  $20-$57.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-23 & 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. The tour, lasting about 1.5 hours, is mot recommended for children under 6. Monticello.  5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm each evening.  $60.  Special Needs Accommodation: Tours not handicapped-accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
December 31, Monday
37TH ANNUAL FIRST NIGHT VIRGINIA
First Night Virginia, Inc.
Ring in the New Year at this popular community arts fest featuring performers, a bubble wrap stomp, a kids' fun zone and more. See the website for the full event schedule. Downtown Mall.  4pm-12am.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstnightva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-8269. 
 
December 31, Monday
ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
Live entertainment, elegant five-course dinner prepared by Chef Elpidio. Champagne toast at midnight also included. Lodging discounts available. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  7:30pm.  $100.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
December 1-31
B&O'S MAGICAL HOLIDAY EXPRESS
B&O Railroad Museum.
This magical holiday wonderland features a 30-foot Christmas tree that you can stand inside of or walk through, operating model train layouts, indoor carousel rides, interactive kids' crafts, weekend train rides & visits with Santa or Frosty the Snowman, appearances by Mrs. Claus, and live entertainment and performances. Train and carousel rides additional fee. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.  Vary.  $20 Adults, $17 Seniors (60+), $12 Ages 2-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
December 21-31
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-style celebrations. Don't forget skiing, silent disco dancing, snow boarding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
December 31, Monday
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
Ring in 2018 at Wintergreen and watch stunning fireworks glimmer over the slopes. This party is perfect for everyone, including the kids. Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen.  Directions: 39 Mountain Inn Loop.  TBD.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
December 31, 2018
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy an afternoon full of fun family activities, including a party hat crafting session, a concert with the Ululating Mummies and an unforgettable parade. Stick around for the Dominion Energy GardenFest from 5-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Ave.  2-5pm.  $Free members and children (under 3), $8 children (3-12), $10 military (with ID), seniors (55-plus), $13 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: ContactUs@lewisginter.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
December 31, Monday
NEW YEAR'S EVE MASKED BALL
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Ring in the New Year with a lavish five-course wine-paired dinner, mingling and a midnight buffet. Bring your mask and dancing shoes. Black tie optional. Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Afton.  Directions: Saddleback Hall, 151 Veritas Lane.  7pm-1am.  $175 per person.  Email: contact@veritaswines.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000 x108. 
 
December 31, Monday
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 2,018 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring the Rotunda to life. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St.  9am-1pm.  $Varies (see website for details).  All ages welcome.  Email: info@smv.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
December 31, Monday
NOON YEAR'S EVE FAMILY DANCE PARTY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the new year a few hours early with a family-fun dance party. Music and snacks will be provided by the library at this all-ages event. JMRL - Northside Library.  11:15am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 1, Tuesday
FIRST DAY HIKE
Monticello.
Celebrate 2019 with the first hike of the season! Take a two-hour trek on the Saunders-Monticello rustic trails and explore areas off the beaten path. Space is limited, and email registration is required. The Trail at Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: trail@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
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 23, 2018 -January 1, 2019
ZOOLIGHTS
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. The event 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 Ave., N.W.  5-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-8743. 
 
November 17-January 5, 2019, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
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 16-January 6
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Take a guided tour to observe the mansion up-close in all its splendor. Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day. Maymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm, with tours available every half-hour (last tour at 4:30).  $5 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 329. 
 
November 23, 2018-January 7, 2019
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. Closed December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
December 9, 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, Tyro.  Directions: 2333 Pharsalia Rd.  1-5pm.  $40 first child per family, $10 each additional.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 

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