Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
December 10, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
From classic Christmas tunes to magnificent Classical masterpieces, this concert will surely lift your spirits and get you ready for the Holiday season. Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford.  4pm.  $35.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
December 10, Sunday
ANNUAL "JOY TO THE WORLD" CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Come enjoy the annual Christmas Choir Concert and hear five wonderful community choirs, including the Albemarle High School Patriot Singers, sing selected sacred Christmas songs. This is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebration. Refreshments and Nativity displays provided. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel,The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel.  7pm.  $Free and open to public.  Contact: Larry Sidwell.  Email: lws66@comcast.net. For more info call: 434-973-8407. 
 
December 10, 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. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Emergency Food Bank. 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 16, Saturday
THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
Join The Oratorio Society of Virginia for this beloved Charlottesville tradition and family favorite. Music Director Michael Slon conducts a 90-person chorus composed of some of the community’s finest singers. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  $25, $10 kids and students.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
CHRISTMAS WITH THE RICHMOND POPS
Altria Theater.
A premiere holiday tradition in Richmond, the Richmond Pops perform. Altria Theater, Richmond.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: info@smgrichmond.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
Now-December 31
JULIE GOUGH: HUNTING GROUND
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition is comprised of two video installations and 10 prints by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough. Gough is interested in how, if and why tragic events are remembered, and from whose perspective. Her residency in late October and November will explore these questions, offering parallels between her experience in Tasmania and local Charlottesville controversies around confederate statues. 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 16, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL ORCHARD WASSAIL
Potter's Craft Cider.
The wassail is the ancient ancestor of trick-or-treating and Christmas caroling, in which the townspeople would go orchard to orchard to sing to the trees and encourage a bountiful harvest. Help cast off evil spirits out of the orchard, announce the Wassail King and Queen, take a tour and enjoy tastings. Potter's Craft Cider, Free Union.  12-10pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 850-528-6314. 
 
December 16, Saturday
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 how to store them. Saunders Brothers Market.  Directions: Piney River.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 25-December 16, Fridays & Saturdays
PICK OUT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Saunders Brothers Market.
Both cut and live trees. Canaan fir, Norway spruce, blue spruce, white and Scotch pines available. Saunders Brothers Market.  1-4pm Fridays, 10am-5pm Saturdays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5455. 
 
December 17, Sunday
MOJO SWEET POTATO PIE CHRISTMAS SINGALONG & PIE SHARE
Glass House Winery.
Singalong music and fun holiday cheer. Bring a pie to share. Picnics welcome. Glass House Winery.  2-5pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-0094. 
 
November 18-December 17, Weekends
S'MORE HOLIDAY FUN AT CHILES
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Grab your beverage of choice and head out to the courtyard to sit by the firepit, make s’mores and take in the gorgeous late fall view. The kids can do some holiday crafts, enjoy the Hot Chocolate bar and dip their own caramel apple. Wagon rides will be offered, weather permitting. Before you leave, load up on apples, grab an apple pie and maybe a pumpkin milkshake for the road. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 24-December 20
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Pre-order a Virginia tree and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths and swags. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 24-December 21
FOXFIRE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.
Choose and cut Norway Spruces, Douglas Firs and a limited number of pines. For large trees come early. Wreaths, saws, twine, baling and loading available. Fresh wreaths and garland, too. Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Scottsville.  9am-5pm Wednesday-Monday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3445. 
 
November 24-December 23, Thursdays-Sundays
BEES & TREES FARM
Bees & Trees Farm.
Cut your own tree, then enjoy complimentary cider while you browse the Christmas shop. Enjoy s'mores around the fire pit and photo ops in the historic sleigh. Choose from Canaans, fresh-cut Frasers, Norway Spruce, Leyland Cypress, and Scotch and White Pines. Wreaths and garlands made on the spot. 18028 Carrico Mills Rd, Elkwood.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
November 24-December 23
CHRISTMAS TREES AT CASTLE HILL CIDER
Castle Hill Cider.
Christmas trees from Willow Springs Tree Farms will become available the day after Thanksgiving. Also enjoy a continued celebration of cider, state championship cycling races, food trucks, and Christmas tree sales! Castle Hill Cider.  Directions: 6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 20-December 23
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Long Meadow Tree Farm.
Choose from White and Scotch Pine, Norway and Blue Spruce, Concolor and Fraser Firs. Pre-cut Fraser firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Stop by the new market and pick up winter vegetables and other goodies, too. Long Meadow Tree Farm, Waynesboro.  10am-dark, seven days a week.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 24-December 23
STONEHEARTH CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.
Cut your own White, Scotch and Red Pines, and Canaan Firs. Also crafts, wreaths and garland for purchase. Saws, twine and tree shaker available. Kids get candy canes and a free coloring book. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and hot cider along with coloring books and candy canes for the kids. Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Madison.  9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday; call for weekday hours.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-547-2576. 
 
November 24-December 24
CUT-YOUR-OWN TREE AT DAVIS CREEK TREE FARM
Davis Creek Tree Farm.
Choose and cut your choice of White Fir, Concolor Fir, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce and White Pine. Davis Creek Tree Farm.  Directions: 4413 Davis Creek Lane, Lovingston.  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8762. 
 
November 24-December 24
CUT-YOUR-OWN TREE AT SPRUCE ROCK FARM
Spruce Rock Farm.
Cut your own Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, and Douglas Firs, or select from pre-cut Fraser firs. Free tree shaking, baling, hot cider and chocolate. Browse around in the Christmas shop stocked with wreaths, Christmas tree items, ornaments, stockings, miniature village houses and more. Cash or checks only. Spruce Rock Farm, Brightwood.  10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, by appointment Monday-Friday.  Contact: Tim & Doris Williams.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-543-2309. 
 
November 24-December 24
GREENE MEADOWS TREE FARM
Greene Meadows Tree Farm.
Choose from White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Canaan, Frazer or Concolor Firs and Red Cedar, or pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir. Fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags and garland. Visit with lambs and calves in the petting zoo while you sip a complimentary cup of cider or hot chocolate. Greene Meadows Tree Farm.  Directions: Stanardsville.  10am-5pm Friday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-1999. 
 
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, Saturdays & Sundays
MANGHAM WOOL FARM ANNUAL OPEN BARN & WAREHOUSE SALE
Enjoy hot cider, cookies and holiday shopping. Warm socks, hand knit sweaters, blankets, hats and yarns. Everything will be displayed in the rooms of the 18th century home. Hike around the property and even mingle with the 250 friendly girls in the flock. Mangham Wool Farm.  Directions: 171 Little Mountain Farm.  12-5pm.  Email: info@wool.us. For more info call: 973-2222. 
 
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 31, Sunday
36TH ANNUAL FIRST NIGHT VIRGINIA
Charlottesville First Night Virginia.
Celebrate the new year with a community arts fest with performers, a creation station and fun zone for kids and more. See website for full event schedule. Downtown Mall.  3pm-12am.  $various prices.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@firstnightva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-8269. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FROLIC
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Family activities in the afternoon with live entertainment, music, parade and crafts. Stay on and enjoy Dominion GardenFest of Lights later from 5-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  2-5pm.  $Regular Garden Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
November 24-January 8
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
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, 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 hear your Christmas wishes. Help decorate, enjoy Victorian carols and dances, watch Morris Dancers and enjoy craft activities. 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 1-2, 7-9 & 14-16, Thursday-Saturday
POPLAR FOREST HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOURS
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Ring in the holidays with a magical candlelit tour of Mr. Jefferson's cherished villa retreat dressed for the holidays with 19th-century panache. Times vary per day, check website for details. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  Directions: 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest.  5:30pm & 6:30pm.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Email: educationcoordinator@poplarforest.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-534-8120. 
 
December 15-17 & 21-23
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Tour the museum by lantern light and see the holiday traditions of the past. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride from the Old World to the American farms. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  $15 adults, $8 children.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 8-9, 15-23 & 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS
Monticello.
Experience Monticello after dark, historically decorated and illuminated for the season. Guests meet their guide at The Shop at Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. The tour offers a look at how the enslaved and free celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. See public and private rooms, including the iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musical performances in the Parlor. Monticello.  $60.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Tours not handicapped-accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
December 1-31
HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
James Monroe's Highland.
Tour the house as it is beautifully decorated for the holidays. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
December 26-January 1
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.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
January 7 & 21, Sundays
GOSSIP AND GRANDEUR IN THE GILDED AGE AT MAYMONT
Maymont.
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 (last tour begins at 4:30pm).  $5 donation.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
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. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! 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, Sunday
GIRLS DAY OUT SHOPPING BOUTIQUE
The Sophisticates of Central Virginia.
Enjoy a great afternoon of shopping with over 15 vendors, including several LuLaRoe retailers, Pure Romance, Mary Kay, Paparazzi and more. There will be raffles for prizes donated by the vendors. Raffle proceeds will go to benefit the Angel Tree to help a family in need this Christmas season. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
December 10, Sunday
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE
Hometown Christmas.
Come shop for the holidays from local retailers, artisans and crafters. Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center.  11am-4pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 3 & 10, Sundays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAYS AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Local vendors will fill the tasting room. There will be all kinds of gifts for every size, shape and age person. Each of the vendors will have items that will be priced at $5 or less, so that childen can also do their holiday shopping. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
December 16, Saturday
HOLIDAY MAKERS' MARKET
Jefferson Choral Society.
Artwork, crafts, jewelry, baked good and Christmas decorations by over 40 local artists and vendors are for sale. Both breakfast and lunch from concessions are available. Moose Lodge 715, Lynchburg.  Directions: 2307 Lakeside Dr.  9am-2pm.  Email: elsie.lemke@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2 & 16, Saturdays
INDOOR COMMUNITY MARKET
Nelson County.
The indoor community market features local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, plants, greenery, art and crafts. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
December 16, Saturday
MINI-MARKET
Citizen Burger.
A fun holiday event supporting local makers and the Charlottesville community featuring local makers, beer, food and music. Citizen Burger, Downtown Mall.  11am-6pm. 
 
December 2 & 16, Saturdays
RVCC'S 11TH ANNUAL WINTER MARKETS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Find local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, greenery, arts and crafts and live music. The market on December 2 coincides with RVCC's pancake breakfast. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Donna Kincaid.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1725. 
 
December 9 & 16, Saturdays
WINTER VENDORLAND
The Sophisticates of Central Virginia.
Over 20 vendors available with something for everyone. Santa will visit from 12-1pm so bring the kids to take pics with Santa and get some shopping done all at the same time. Raffle prizes available, with raffle ticket proceeds going to the Angel Tree to help a needy family this Christmas. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Melissa Bibb.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
December 3, 10 & 17, Sundays
THREE NOTCH'D CRAFT KITCHEN & BREWERY HOLIDAY MARKET
Three Notch'd Brewing Company.
Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery.  12-5pm, 5:15pm tree lighting.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 1-22, Friday
MAKERS + SHAKERS HOLIDAY MARKETS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Every Friday leading up to Christmas come for a mini pop-up market on the Tasting Room Veranda featuring two local, independent artisans. See site for details on featured artisans. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.  12-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
November 25-December 23, Saturdays
HOLIDAY MARKET
DBAC.
An extension of the weekly City market, the holiday market offers a variety of unique gifts, decorations, food, and crafts made by local farmers, artists and bakers. Plus, parking will be free in the Market Street Parking Garage on weekends. Second and Water Street parking lots.  8am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Now-December 24
GIFT FOREST
The Bridge PAI.
Gift Forest is a holiday pop-up shop featuring artists, designers, makers, and collectors from across the region. It's a direct way to support creative culture in Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding area. 70% of sales go back to vendors. The remaining 30% funds program expenses. The Bridge PAI.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-5669. 
 
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, Saturdays & Sundays
MANGHAM WOOL FARM ANNUAL OPEN BARN & WAREHOUSE SALE
Enjoy hot cider, cookies and holiday shopping. Warm socks, hand knit sweaters, blankets, hats and yarns. Everything will be displayed in the rooms of the 18th century home. Hike around the property and even mingle with the 250 friendly girls in the flock. Mangham Wool Farm.  Directions: 171 Little Mountain Farm.  12-5pm.  Email: info@wool.us. For more info call: 973-2222. 
 
November 24-January 1, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over eight-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
December 10, Sunday
ELF AND THE 1ST ANNUAL BREW & BUDDY RUN
The Paramount Theater / Champion Brewing Co. & Three Notch'd Brewery.
A sensory-friendly (lower sound levels, house lights) and regular screening will be followed by the 1st annual Brew & Buddy Run at 5p where participants will be making a 3-mile loop around the Downtown area, the Brew Run includes stops at Champion and Three Notch’d for a beer at each brewery before returning to The Paramount for Elf on the Big Screen at 7:00PM. Registration fees for the run include a 16 ounce cup which will get you $1.00 off your beer during the movie! The Paramount Theater.  11:30am sensory-friendly film & 2pm film; 5pm Brew & Buddy Run & 7pm movie.  $5 youth 12 and under, $7 adult; $25 Brew & Buddy Run.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 14, Thursday
STAR WARS EP. VIII RELEASE PARTY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Get ready for The Last Jedi by watching The Force Awakens. Come in costume and get a surprise. Snacks provided. Northside Library.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 17, Sunday
WHITE CHRISTMAS
The Paramount Theater.
Two successful song and dance men trail after a pair of up-and-coming song and dance ladies to a Connecticut inn owned by their former World War II commanding officer. Crosby and Kaye's cross-dressing take on "Sisters" is hysterically funny (mainly because the two men were clearly having a good time); and Mary Wickes as the inn's housekeeper nearly steals the show. The Paramount Theater.  2pm & 7pm.  $5 under 12, $7 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 18, Monday
IT'S A WONDERFUL COOKIE EXCHANGE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring treats to share and swap with your neighbors before settling in to watch It's A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm. Bring a copy of your recipe to share. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 28, Thursday
MARVELOUS MORNING MATINEE
JMRL - Central Library.
Come see the library's annual showing of The Snowman based on the book by Raymond Briggs. 10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
December 28, Thursday
MOVIE ON OVER TO CROZET LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
An afternoon movie rated G or PG. JMRL provides the popcorn and you bring a friend and some comfy pillows. Registration is requested. Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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 AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
December 15-17 & 21-23
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Tour the museum by lantern light and see the holiday traditions of the past. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride from the Old World to the American farms. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  $15 adults, $8 children.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 17-December 31
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Closed Mondays. Maymont, Richmond.  12-5pm, tours available every half-hour.  $5 suggested donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
Now-December 31
MCGUFFEY ART CENTER HOLIDAY SHOW
Mcguffey Art Center.
This show is cash and carry so you can take your art with you when you buy it, which also means that new art will be rotating so keep visiting. In December, the center will be open on Mondays as well to make it easier for everyone to visit. McGuffey Art Center.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: McGuffey Art Center.  Email: mcguffeymedia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-7973. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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 Mondays and Last Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist volunteers will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
January 6, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Enjoy an early morning bird walk with Jenny Gaden of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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 10, Sunday
ALBEMARLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
The Wayne Theatre.
This 1 hour and 15 minute "Nutcracker Suite" is perfect for the entire family, children, adults and seniors. Proceeds from this show, co-produced by Studio for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)3, support its local need-based scholarship program. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pmA 1-hour 15-minute "Nutcracker Suite" is perfect for the entire family, children, adults, and seniors..  $20 adults, $14 child/seniors/military.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 17, Sunday
BRIMS HOLIDAY SHOWCASE
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Blue Ridge Irish Music School students ages 5-adult perform Irish music, dance and song at this free and festive family event. Donations to the Haven will be welcome. The Haven.  2-3:30pm.  $Free (donations accepted).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
December 14-17, Thursday-Sunday
DISNEY ON ICE: DREAM BIG
Richmond Coliseum.
Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  Various times.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
December 17, Sunday
MOJO SWEET POTATO PIE CHRISTMAS SINGALONG & PIE SHARE
Glass House Winery.
Singalong music and fun holiday cheer. Bring a pie to share. Picnics welcome. Glass House Winery.  2-5pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-0094. 
 
December 17, Sunday
VALLEY DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
Wayne Theatre.
The Staunton-based Valley Dance Theatre presents Making Spirits Bright, a traditional holiday show, and is sure to get your whole family into that holly, jolly mood. Two shows: 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission $18/$12. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5:30pm.  $18, $12 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 16 & 17, 21 & 22
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet / PVCC.
The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara in an enchanting performance set to Tchaikovsky's famous score. Charlottesville Ballet's 90-minute production is sure to delight the entire family. Following select performances, children ages 3-8 can take a ballet class on stage with Clara and her friends. They will learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet dancers. Class size is limited, so reserve soon. Charlottesville Family is a proud sponsor! The V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC.  Varies.  $25-$75.  Contact: Laura Carstensen.  Email: cvilleballetstaff@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2555. 
 
November 29-December 26
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
American Shakespeare Center.
This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics and then some. Pay what you will performances November 30 and December 2. Thursday performances followed by discussion. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street .  $25-49.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
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, Sunday
31ST ANNUAL COURT END CHRISTMAS
The Valentine First Freedom Center.
This fun community event includes kids activities, carriage rides, performances, refreshments, gift shops, music and tours. The Valentine, Richmond.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Sunday
BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
Enjoy a gourmet brunch, hands-on crafts and Christmas cookie decorating. Bring a camera and capture your child on Santa's lap. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  11:30am-1:30pm.  $25 ages 10 and up, $20 ages 2-9.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
December 10, Sunday
ELF AND THE 1ST ANNUAL BREW & BUDDY RUN
The Paramount Theater / Champion Brewing Co. & Three Notch'd Brewery.
A sensory-friendly (lower sound levels, house lights) and regular screening will be followed by the 1st annual Brew & Buddy Run at 5p where participants will be making a 3-mile loop around the Downtown area, the Brew Run includes stops at Champion and Three Notch’d for a beer at each brewery before returning to The Paramount for Elf on the Big Screen at 7:00PM. Registration fees for the run include a 16 ounce cup which will get you $1.00 off your beer during the movie! The Paramount Theater.  11:30am sensory-friendly film & 2pm film; 5pm Brew & Buddy Run & 7pm movie.  $5 youth 12 and under, $7 adult; $25 Brew & Buddy Run.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 10, Sunday
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Charlottesville Fashion Square.
Bring your pet and have their photo taken with Santa Claus himself. Please use the mall entrance near Red Robin and Sears. All animals must be on leash and/or container. No exotic animals, reptiles or aggressive breeds. Charlottesville Fashion Square.  6-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-9332. 
 
December 8-10, Friday-Sunday
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Altria Theater.
Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2017-2018 season, a brand new production of The Sound of Music is here. Altria Theater.  Varies per day.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
December 10, 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.  1-5pm.  $35 first child per family, $10 each additional.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 277-5231. 
 
December 10, Sunday
SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Enjoy a yummy breakfast and meet with Santa too. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Virginia Discovery Museum.  9am, 9:20am, 11:30am, 11:45am.  $15 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 10, 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 hear your Christmas wishes. Help decorate, enjoy Victorian carols and dances, watch Morris Dancers and enjoy craft activities. 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. 
 
November 8-December 11
FALL ART SHOW
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Come see art, ceramics, crafts, digital media and photography from Western Albemarle High School students. An opening reception will take place November 8 from 5-6pm. Crozet Library.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 13, Wednesday
COOKIES AND CRAFTS FOR A CLAUSE
Starr Hill Brewery.
Bring the kiddos for cookies, cocoa and crafts while you enjoy a local brew to help take a break from the holiday rush. Plus, get creative with a holiday backdrop and props for photos that can be accessed through a parents' password on Shutterfly. Starr Hill Brewery and Taproom, Crozet.  3pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ashley Patel.  Email: apatel@ahipva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-2447 x31. 
 
December 13, Wednesday
MRS. CLAUS INVITES
Omni Hotel Charlottesville.
Sit down for a fun visit with Mrs. Claus and her friends. Guests will enjoy an exciting afternoon of singing, dancing, storytelling, craft-making and cupcake decorating. A wonderful memory for kids of all ages. Advance ticket purchase is required. Omni Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: East Ballroom.  4-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
The Shebeen Pub & Braai.
Parents and families come have breakfast with the big man. This will be a fun family filled time for all. Santa will be sitting around the Christmas tree ready to take pictures or find out what your little ones might want. There will also be a canned food drive supporting a local charity. Brunch will be served until 2pm. The Shebeen Pub & Braai.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Enjoy a delicious holiday breakfast spread and lots of fun activities for all ages. Make sure to bring your camera to capture a photo with the big guy, listen to him as he reads a classic holiday tale, paint a Christmas ornament or even decorate your own Gingerbread house to take home. Gingerbread house craft is $35 in addition and will include a pre-assembled house and all the decorations you need. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  9-12pm.  $45 adult, $20 children (nonmembers).  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
November 25-December 16, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
The Boar's Head Inn.
Enjoy a traditional breakfast buffet as children whisper Christmas wishes in Santa's ear. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BRIDGING THE GAP BY CELEBRATING...KWANZAA
Crozet Act.
Come out and gain an appreciation for the African American experience through learning about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and understanding why those principles are so important to the growth, self development and sustaining of African Americans in America. There will be music, dancing, and food. This is a family-friendly event. Tabor Presbyterian Church, Crozet.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amanda Alger.  Email: amanda_alger@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
CAROLING IN GYPSY HILL PARK
Staunton Recreation Parks.
Brave the winter elements and listen to local choirs including Valley Harmony Chorus, Harrisonburg Harmonizers and the Staunton Choral Society as they spread Christmas cheer. Bring the family out for free hot chocolate, cookies and a photo with Santa. There will be a cozy bonfire, wagon rides around the park, too. Please bring donated items for the Valley Mission. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  4-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3945. 
 
December 9 & 16, Saturdays
CHILDREN'S WOODLAND ORNAMENT WORKSHOPS
Monticello.
Bring your child to craft unique ornaments from natural materials gathered from the woods of Monticello. Take home your ornaments or decorate gift boxes to give to your loved ones. Fuel your creativity with hot chocolate and cookies. Recommended for children ages five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  11am-12pm & 1-2pm.  $30 per child/parent pair.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 9 & 16, Saturdays
HOLIDAY BRUNCHES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Music, white lights, greenery & poinsettias, plus Santa and his sleigh! Space is limited.  The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 16, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT PARTY
Carver Recreation Center.
Come make and take holiday crafts, enjoy some hot chocolate and have a visit from Santa. Carver Recreation Center.  1-3pm.  $Free.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
December 16, Saturday
KIDS HOLIDAY CRAFT DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Bring the kids out for tons of fun holiday crafts. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine while their kids decorate ornaments and more in the tasting room. Horton Vineyards.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville.  11am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-829-4633. 
 
December 15-16, Friday-Saturday
NIGHT OF 1000 LIGHTS
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
See Prospect Hill come to life amid the soft glow of more than 100 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider or cocktails. Santa will be entertaining and available for photos in his workshop. Bring a camera to capture the moment. Vendors will be selling homemade crafts and sweets in Santa's Marketplace. Proceeds from this event will go the Young Life Louisa. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  6-9pm.  $10 per car.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
December 15-17, Friday-Sunday
DOWNTOWN COSPLAY CRAWL
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Come downtown in costume for opening weekend of The Last Jedi at Violet Crown Charlottesville and enjoy an array of special deals & theme related offerings from participating retailers and restaurants. Downtown Mall.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5. 
 
November 24-December 17
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.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 18, Monday
IT'S A WONDERFUL COOKIE EXCHANGE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring treats to share and swap with your neighbors before settling in to watch It's A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm. Bring a copy of your recipe to share. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 15-19, Friday-Tuesday
BETHLEHEM VILLAGE LIVE NATIVITY
Village of Bethlehem.
The Village of Bethlehem is a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem complete with reenactment of Christ's birth, singing angels, roman guards, an olive press, working looms, carpenter's, weapon's and scribe shops, and even live camels and wise men come to life. Hebron Baptist Church, Afton.  Directions: 66 Tanbark Dr.  6-9pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 12 & 19, Tuesdays
DINNER WITH SANTA AT MASSANUTTEN RESORT
Massanutten Resort.
Come to Campfire Grill to have dinner with Santa. Don't forget to bring your camera to get a photo with Jolly Old Saint Nick. Campfire Grill, Massanutten Resort.  5-8pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 22, Friday
CAMPFIRE CAROLING
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Join local musician Jan Smith as she leads caroling around the campfire. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  Directions: Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, Roseland.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
December 24, Sunday
CHRISTMAS EVE AT KESWICK HALL
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Fossett's and Villa Crawford & Bar will be open. Fossett's, Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  11am-11pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-3440. 
 
December 25, Monday
KESWICK HALL GRAND BUFFET
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Christmas buffet at Keswick Hall. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  11am & 1pm.  $83 adult, $35 ages under 12 (nonmembers).  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-2266. 
 
December 8 & 9, 29 & 30
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
An after hours holiday tour and open hearth cooking. Open hearth cooks will lead participants in making Monroe-era desserts, which guests will enjoy by candlelight. While the desserts are cooking, guests will visit the Presidential guest house and museum spaces decorated for the holidays. James Monroe's Highland.  4:30-6:30pm.  $28.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
Saturdays in December
SNOW'S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Snows Garden Center.
Enjoy hot cider and holiday cookies by a warm campfire. Snows Garden Center.  Directions: 1875 Avon Street.  8:30am-5pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-2159. 
 
December 31, Sunday
BALLOON DROP NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
Random Row Brewing Co..
Ring in the new years with a 6pm balloon drop, sparkling cider for the kids and a catered dinner by Chef Hannah Matarazzo. Parents can relax with a selection of our craft beers in Random Rows family-friendly space featuring board games, large screen TVs and games for the kids. Each adult ticket includes two pints, and a fully catered dinner. Kids 5 and under are free! Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Avenue.  4-7pm.  $40 adult, $15 ages 5-12, Free under 5.  All ages welcome.  Email: kevin@randomrow.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16-31
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the most magical time of year at Wintergreen with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year's Eve celebrations with fireworks. Don't forget skiing, riding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
December 31, Sunday
FAMILY FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S EVE
Blue Mountain Brewery.
A family-friendly celebration with two sparkling cider toasts and countdowns to the New Year (4:30pm and 7:30pm). Blue Mountain Brewery.  3-8pm.  $Free.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
Now-December 31
MCGUFFEY ART CENTER HOLIDAY SHOW
Mcguffey Art Center.
This show is cash and carry so you can take your art with you when you buy it, which also means that new art will be rotating so keep visiting. In December, the center will be open on Mondays as well to make it easier for everyone to visit. McGuffey Art Center.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: McGuffey Art Center.  Email: mcguffeymedia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-7973. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
Ring in 2018 at Wintergreen. There's a party for everyone, including the kids. Teen and kids' parties, live entertainment and fireworks. Wintergreen Resort.  Varies.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NOON YEAR'S EVE BASH
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Ring in the New Year with a countdown to noon, Seymour parade, special activities and more. All Children's Museum of Richmond Locations.  10am-2pm.  $Free with museum admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
December 31, Sunday
NOON YEAR'S EVE BASH
Science Museum of Virginia.
Ring in the Noon Year with a countdown to noon to see a dramatic and quirky version of the traditional ball drop. Kick off the New Year with science on your side and watch 2,017 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring the Rotunda to life for a special ball drop and apple juice toast to celebrate the New Year. Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St.  9:30am-1pm.  Email: info@smv.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
November 24-January 1, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over eight-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
November 20-January 1, 2018
GYPSY HILL PARK CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214-acre park aglow with charming night time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  Contact: Angel Cooper.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8660. 
 
November 24-January 1
ZOOLIGHTS
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a dazzling light show set to music. National Zoo, Washington, D.C.  Directions: 3001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.  5-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-8743. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 30 & January 4, 2018
GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Bring your furry friends to enjoy the holiday lights as you walk through Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. This event is included with regular GardenFest admission, however, a $2 suggested “pet admission” benefits the Richmond SPCA. All dogs must be leashed and current on a rabies vaccinations. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5pm.  $13 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+), $8 children (ages 3 – 12).  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887 x334. 
 
January 6, Saturday
GRANDPARENTS CLASS
UVA Healthy System.
A class for expectant grandparents and family members. Prepare for the addition to your family by learning what's new in labor and delivery and baby care. Review basic safety tips and the latest in baby gear and also learn how to help the new family in the first year. UVA Hospital, Room 8614.  10am-12pm.  Email: prenatalclasses@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-9920. 
 
November 24-January 8
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
January 6, 20 & 24, Saturdays & Wednesday
TOUR THE PARAMOUNT THEATER!
The Paramount Theater.
Join us for a free historical backstage tour! Learn about The Paramount's beginnings in 1931. Discover the movers and shakers behind The Paramount's construction, movie palace architecture, and the behind the scenes details of the two-year long restoration! See the backstage Wall of Fame, where hundreds of artists have left their autographs and more. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. The Paramount Theater.  11am Saturdays, 12:30 & 5:30pm Wednesday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 1-February 1, 2018
17TH ANNUAL GOLDEN APPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture.
Nominate your favorite teacher at a public or private school in Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville! One winner will be selected from each school. Deadline February 1. Schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5820. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. 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. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@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. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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December 10, Sunday
THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
John Paul Jones Arena.
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-4960. 
 
December 16, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DAVIDSON
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
WINTER SOLSTICE RIVANNA RING RUN
Rick Kwiatkowski.
Join the Charlottesville area runners in a fun run along the Rivanna Trail with multiple distance options including the full 20+ mile loop. Run along the trail in the counter-clockwise direction. Be prepared for muddy trails and a wet river crossing halfway through the loop. Bring your own food/drinks. If the roads are icy, the run will be delayed as necessary. Starts and ends at Greenberry's at Barracks Road.  8am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SAVANNAH STATE
University of Virginia Athleticss.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 21, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MANHATTAN
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home against Manhattan. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 22, Friday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. HAMPTON
University of Virginia Athleticss.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 28, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. PITTSBURGH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Pittsburgh. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 30, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 31, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SYRACUSE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Syracuse. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
January 6, Saturday
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.  12pm or 1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 7, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. CLEMSON
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home against Clemson. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 9, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SYRACUSE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Syracuse. John Paul Jones Arena.  8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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December 6 & 13, Wednesdays
STORYTIME AT SWEETHAUS
Sweethaus / Bright Birthing.
Adults can grab coffee and kiddos can play before settling in for a few books and at least one song. Sweethaus.  9:30-10:15am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 16, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: SNOWBALL MOON
Barnes and Noble.
With charming, retro illustrations and simple rhyming text, kids will love this warm winter picture book. Books will be available at the event and a book signing will be available after the reading. Barnes and Noble.  11am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598. 
 
December 4-18, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
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. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Now-March 31, 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. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 6-May 5, First Saturdays
TUNES & TALES
JMRL- Northside Library.
Families are invited for stories, music and movement. Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  10am Fridays, 12pm Saturdays.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
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. 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
December 8-10, Friday-Sunday
BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Louisa Arts Center.
This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling young adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the country. Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs. 7:30pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Saturday & Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2-10, Friday-Sundays
BLACK BOX PLAYERS PRESENT CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Black Box Players.
Willy Wonka decides to hold a contest where five lucky golden ticket holders will get to tour his world famous chocolate factory on Christmas Eve. This original adaptation features a talented cast of children, teens and adults, an upbeat musical score by Jim Asher and some very favorite Christmas songs. Burnley Moran Elementary School.  Varies.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 1-10, Fridays-Sundays
GORILLA THEATER PRODUCTIONS TEEN TROUPE PRESENTS: ARSENIC & OLD LACE
Gorilla Theater Productions.
Come see a modern take on the vintage macabre comedy of errors that inspired the Cary Grant film featuring Gorilla Theater Productions' youth ensemble. Gorilla Theater Productions .  Directions: 1717 Allied Lane Ste 2B.  8pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $15, $10 students/seniors.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 11 & 12, Monday & Tuesday
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.  7:30pm.  $28-$175.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
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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