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November 26-December
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Choose from White and Scotch Pine, Norway and Blue Spruce, Concolor and Douglas Firs. Pre-cut Fraser firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Waynesboro.  10am-dark, seven days a week.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 27-December 23, Wednesdays-Sundays
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. Santa visits Dec. 14, 1-4pm. 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.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
November 27, Thursday
BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS
Grace Episcopal Church.
Enjoy a brief blessing ceremony, which includes bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses. Enjoy cider and donuts and the beginning of the hunt afterward. No pets allowed on church grounds. Grace Episcopal Church.  Directions: Route 231, Keswick.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: gracekeswick@earthlink.net . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3549. 
 
November 27, Thursday
EARLYSVILLE 5K TURKEY TROT & FREE HALF MILE KIDS RUN
Start off your holiday with a 5k run! Kids can participate in a free half mile race, and walkers are also welcome to take part in the festivities. Strollers welcome at the back of the pack. No dogs please. Benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. 600 Earlysville Forest Drive, Earlysville.  Directions: 3-way intersection of Earlysville Road, Reas Ford Road and Earlysville Forest Drive.  8:30am kid's race, 9am 5k.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 27, Thursday
THE BOAR'S HEAD TURKEY TROT
Boar's Head Inn.
Before your big feast, unite with friends and family to run or walk the 5k course to raise money for the UVA Children's Hospital. No pets, please. Only 1400 spots available so early registration is recommended. Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Route 250 West.  9am.  $see website for registration costs.  All ages welcome.  Email: wendy_hudspeth@boarsheadinn.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2237. 
 
November 28, Friday
BARRACKS ROAD ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE
Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Enjoy this annual hometown parade with costumed characters, antique cars, live animals, colorful floats, local celebrities, marching bands and more! A Charlottesville tradition for over 40 years. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  9:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0100. 
 
November 28, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION
City of Charlottesville, Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Kick off the holidays by watching the grand illumination of the community's Christmas tree and Mall-length holiday lights! Performances, live music and more in the patio in front of Zocalo. Winter Wonderland: 2nd Street SE; Grand Illumination: Central Place on the Downtown Mall.  4:30-7:30pm, tree lighting 6:25pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbacville@gmail.com .com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073 . 
 
November 28, Friday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Boar's Head Inn.
Self-guided Christmas tree tours throughout the resort, spa discounts, shopping specials, tree lighting with Santa at 5:30pm, free carriage rides 6-8pm, and more. Boar's Head Inn.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2253. 
 
November 29, Saturday
DECK THE HALLS
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Festive music, mulled wine, homemade chili, photos with Santa, 30 local exhibitors and crafters and horse-drawn wagon rides around the vineyard. 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
November 1-29, Saturdays
MAGIC TREE HOUSE: SPACE MISSION
JMU Planetarium.
Full-dome film presentation of Jack and Annie's journey through the universe, constellation starball, plus solar telescopes outside. James Madison University, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  11am & 1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-568-6211. 
 
November 28 & 29, Friday & Saturday
POINSETTIA OPEN HOUSE
Milmont Greenhouses.
Find a gorgeous selection of poinsettias and enjoy brunswick stew, homemade donuts, door prizes and more. Milmont Greenhouses.  Directions: 48 Milmont Drive, Waynesboro.  8am-5:30pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
November 29, Saturday
STORYTIME
New Dominion Bookshop.
Enjoy readings by local author Jen Downey. 11:30am "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." 2pm "Ninja Librarians." New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main Street.  11:30am and 2pm.  Email: mitziware@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
November 30, Sunday
GOODNIGHT SONGS JAMMIES PARTY
Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery.
Emily Gary and Tom Proutt will sing soothing bedtime songs from previously unpublished songs and poems by Margaret Wise Brown. They'll also be presenting the beautifully illustrated collection of the songs and poems, GOODNIGHT SONGS. Jammies welcome! Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Rd., Crozet.  6:30pm.  Contact: Anne.  Email: anne@overthemoonbookstore.com . Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
November 30, Sunday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Visit with Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker), see the house decorated for the holidays and enjoy live music in the parlour. Monticello.  1-5pm.  $free.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
November 1-30, Saturdays & Sundays
SLAVERY AT MONTICELLO TOURS
Monticello.
Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 11am & 1pm.  $Included with admission.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
November 26-30, Wednesday-Sunday
THANKSGIVING ON THE MOUNTAIN
Wintergreen Resort.
Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and more family fun. Wintergreen Resort.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
December 2, Tuesday
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - WALL-E
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 3, Wednesday
BUILDING A BUDGET
UVA Community Credit Union.
Discover how tracking spending can help you find ways to save. Learn to set short-and long-term financial goals, explain how to audit your progress and revise your goals as needed. Seating is limited. Berkmar Branch - UVA Community Credit Union.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: UVA Community Credit Union.  Email: contactus@uvaccu.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-2001. 
 
December 3, Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT
CHS.
The renowned CHS Orchestra presents its winter concert, free and open to the public. Come hear great music! CHS/MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3278. 
 
December 3, Wednesday
HOLIDAY TREATS
Northside Library.
Laurie Blakey of Pearl's Bake Shoppe will teach you to make your own holiday treats. Registration required. For teens and adults. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 3, Wednesday
PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 3, Wednesday
STAR IN THE OPERA!
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Ash Lawn Opera's teaching artist takes you behind the scenes of "Amahl and the Night Visitors". For grades 2 and up. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
December 4, Thursday
ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR
The Paramount Theater.
Get holiday presents for loved ones that keep on giving! Instead of a traditional gift, donate to one or more of Charlottesville's beloved non-profits, including organizations dedicated to energy, poverty, animal rescue, nature, the arts, education, and innovation. The Paramount Theater.  12-7pm.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 4, Thursday
ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE LAWN
University of Virginia.
Join community members on the UVA Lawn for illumination of this historic spot, music and other festivities in celebration of the winter holidays. UVA Lawn.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 4, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Charlottesville School District.
Come listen to the discussions, debates and decisions of the city school board. Charlottesville High School.  Directions: Booker T. Reaves Media Center.  5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2400. 
 
December 4, Thursday
HOW TO STAY COZY & SAVE ON ENERGY BILLS THIS WINTER
UVA Community Credit Union.
Get tips from a professional Energy Coach on the benefits and choices of insulation and heating system upgrades, air and duct sealing, door and window weather stripping and other DIY options. Also learn about the "90 Days of Cozy" cash rebate from the Credit Union on low-cost Power Saver Loans to help pay for your home improvements or repairs. Berkmar Branch - UVA Community Credit Union.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: UVA Community Credit Union.  Email: contactus@uvacreditunion.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-2001. 
 
November 1-December4
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION (CANCELLED FOR 2014)
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
CANCELLED FOR 2014. Email: dbacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 5, Friday
ELF
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $4 youth, $6 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 5, Friday
HARRY POTTER YULE BALL
Crozet Library.
Enjoy a magical winter celebration and showing of the fourth movie. Costumes of all wizarding types are encouraged. Registration required. For grades 6-12. 5:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
November 7, 14, 21, and December 5, Fridays
TODDLER TIME WITH MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Enjoy an introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through story time, crafts, and special activities In this four-week series of 45-minute programs. For children age 18 months-3 years with adult companion. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9:15-10am.  $TBA.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
December 5, Friday
TOY LIFT
Kids Lift Foundation.
Bring an unwrapped new toy or make an online donation to help make a local child's holiday bright! Fashion Square Mall.  7am-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@kidslift.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-8697. 
 
December 5, Friday
WHOLE FOODS HOLIDAY MARKET
Whole Foods Market.
Local vendors showcase gift-giving ideas, beer and wine tastings, Christmas tree decorating class and more holiday fun. 1797 Hydraulic Rd.  5-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4900. 
 
December 6, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL SCOTTSVILLE CHRISTMAS FAIR
Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Free fire truck rides, visit with Santa from 10am-1pm, holiday vendors and more. Scottsville Community Center, 300 Page St, Scottsville.  10am-2pm.  $free.  Email: jpierce@scottsvillefire.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-566-4219. 
 
December 6, Saturday
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Shop local artisan and hand knit gifts for the holidays. Activities will include jump-rope making, leather stamping, Secret Garden, candle-dipping, puppet show, raffle, and much more. Sneak preview for adults 6-9pm on Friday, December 5. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: 120 Waldorf School Road.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: cwsoffice@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
December 6, Saturday
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CONSORT
The Virginia Consort.
The annual candlelight Christmas concert of the Virginia Consort with the Youth Chorale. Recommended for school-aged children and older. A special pre-concert performance by the children's Prelude Choir will take place at 2:30pm. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park Street.  4:30pm & 7:30pm.  $tba.  Email: consort2@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-8444. 
 
December 6, Saturday
HANDMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Monticello.
Handmade for the Holidays is your holiday destination for one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts this season. Meet artisans, sample holiday treats, and shop for gifts made in Virginia. Craft demonstrations, beeswax candle making, and more. Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Museum Shop, Monticello.  12-4pm.  $Free .  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 6 & 13, 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.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  11am-2pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 6, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
In-store specials, learn best practice packing strategies and ask your general travel questions of Travel Consultants. Visit website for details. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters, 1043 Millmont St.  Contact: Lindsay Craig.  Email: lindsay@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
December 6, Saturday
MCGUFFEY ART CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Visitors will be able to enjoy creating and working with the artists who will offer face painting, making potato prints, fashioning paper plate hats, dancing, coloring with crayons, a community sing-along, and more. Food will be available from vendors on the McGuffey lawn. McGuffey Art Center.  10:30am-3:30pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: McGuffey Art Center.  Email: mcguffeymedia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-7973. 
 
December 6, Saturday
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY CLASSIC 5K AND DECK THE HALLS KIDS DASH
Monticello.
This family-oriented 5k begins at the East Walk of Monticello and ends at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids Dash, a quarter mile loop around the West Lawn. Monticello.  7-9am.  $35 for 5k, $10 for kids dash.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9877. 
 
December 6, Saturday
SANTA AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Santa will be hanging out all day, taking photos and saying hi to the kids (and adults). It's a great opportunity for holiday photos. 11am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
December 6-7, 12-14
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Black Box Players.
The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. Based on the hilarious and heartwarming book by Barbara Robinson, the Christmas story is retold in a way you will never forget. Burnley Moran School Auditorium.  Dec 6, 12-14 7pm. Dec 7 &13 3pm.  $9.  Email: maryanne@blackboxplayers.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 6, Saturday
TRADITIONS AND YULETIDE LORE OF COLONIAL CHRISTMAS PAST
Backyard Revolution and the Louisa Historical Society.
Have you ever wondered what a Yule Log is? Or what the 12 Days of Christmas were really all about? Join Adrienne Young-Ramsey of Backyard Revolution for this festive program which will explore in a hands-on fashion the almost forgotten traditions and rituals of Yuletide celebrations in Early America. Stop by and enjoy Colonial refreshments. Sergeant Museum/Louisa County Historical Society, 214 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa.  10am-12pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Adrienne Young-Ramsey.  Email: Adrienne@backyardrevolution.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-8069. 
 

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