Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
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 & 7, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers .
Through the years, these popular concerts have launched the holiday season with an array of music ranging from the peaceful to the joyous. Concertgoers young and old will recognize favorites. Free parking is available in the UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage located on Emmet Street. UVA's Old Cabell Hall.  8pm Saturday; 3:30pm Sunday.  $10-45, free for UVA students if reserved in advance.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
December 9, Tuesday
MESSIAH SING-IN
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Be there to participate in a UVa tradition that has lasted for over 40 years! The UVA Messiah Sing-In remains a simple and joyous event, relying on the University and Charlottesville community to come together to sing and perform one of the greatest oratorios ever written. Benefits UVA choral ensembles. Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia.  8pm.  $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
December 5 & 13, Saturdays
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club.
The UVA Glee Club performing seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall (Dec. 5) & First Presbyterian Church (Dec. 13).  8-9:30pm.  $15/general admission; $5/students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 14, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Enjoy the music of the holiday season at this annual concert, performed by the choirs of The Virginia Consort. Rockfish Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 5016 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  4pm.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
December 14, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT
Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
It's not Christmas in Charlottesville until the Municipal Band plays seasonal and traditional music at its annual holiday concert. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.  Directions: Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road.  3:30-5pm.  $Free (canned or non-perishable donations for the food bank accepted).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
December 19, Friday
ELLIS PAUL BOOK LAUNCH AND CD RELEASE
The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.
Come celebrate "The Hero in You" by award-winning singer-songwriter Ellis Paul. The Southern Cafe and Music Hall.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
December 20, Saturday
ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
The Oratorio Society of Virginia's holiday concert has become a Paramount Theater annual tradition. The ensemble will perform selections to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  $15-$49.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1922. 
 
March 29, Sunday
LAURIE BERKNER
The Paramount Theater.
Children's favorite brings songs like "We are the Dinosaurs" and "Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)" to town. The Paramount Theater.  3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
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
 
April-November 23, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
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 28-December 21, Fridays-Sundays
BOYS' HOME CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Boys' Home.
Choose from Norway Spruce, Eastern White Pine and Scotch Pine. Baling and loading available. Boys' Home Tree Farm.  Directions: 1118 Bear Wallow Flat, West Augusta.  10am-4pm, Friday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-939-4106. 
 
November 28-December 21
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT AMFOG
The Market at amFOG.
Pick up a fresh-cut Fraser Fir or White Pine tree or a holiday Boxwood wreath. The Market at amFOG.  Directions: 9264 Critzer Shop Road, Afton.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7100. 
 
November 28-December 21
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Pre-order a Virginia tree to pick up after Thanksgiving and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths and swags. Santa stops by with his sleigh on Saturdays, 12-4pm. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 29-December 21
CLAYBROOKE FARM MARKET
Claybrooke Farm.
New sales location on Main Street. Christmas trees, wreaths and other products. Santa visits Dec 8 from 1-3pm. Main St., Louisa.  Mon-Wed 3-7pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12-7pm.  Email: claybrookefarm@verizon.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-872-3817. 
 
November 29-December 21
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. 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 21-December 22
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, call ahead on Tuesday for available times.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3445. 
 
November 28-December 23
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Francisco Farms.
Cut your own Blue Spruce, White Pine, Canaan Fir or select from pre-cut Fraser Fir. 343 Bethel Green Rd, Staunton.  Mon-Fri 2-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-3008. 
 
November 29-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. Hot chocolate and cider. Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm.  Directions: Madison.  9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday; call for weekday hours.  For more info call: 540-547-2576. 
 
November 29-December 24
DAVIS CREEK TREE FARM
Davis Creek Tree Farm.
Choose and cut White Pines, Concolor Firs and Canaan Firs. Saw and twine available. Davis Creek Tree Farm.  Directions: Lovingston.  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8762. 
 
November 28-December 24
GREENE MEADOWS TREE FARM
Greene Meadows Tree Farm.
Choose from White Pine, White Spruce and Canaan Fir or fresh, pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir. Fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags and garland. Visit with lambs and calves in the petting zoo, sip a complimentary cup of cider or hot chocolate and enjoy a candy cane with a coloring book. Greene Meadows Tree Farm.  Directions: Stanardsville.  Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-1999. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
November 22, Saturday
WILD MUSTANG SANTA FUN DAY
Legacy Mustang Preservation.
Visit with rescued wild mustangs and enjoy storytime with Santa, live music, kids' corner and Ford Mustang car show. 1658 Evergreen Rd, Louisa.  10am-4pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-661-9990. 
 
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 . 
 
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. 
 
November 21-December 31, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN AT BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of six-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  Check website for times.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
December 31, Wednesday
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. 
 
November 28-January 12
GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a sparkling tradition of more than half a million lights throughout the garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  5-10pm (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  $See website for admission costs.  All ages welcome.  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
 
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 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. 
 
December 7, Sunday
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Maymont.
Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to Maymont Mansion to marvel at the grand Christmas tree, the beautifully decorated formal rooms and the traditions enjoyed by the Dooleys and their guests in 1893. Horse-drawn carriage rides, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and activities to fill everyone with old-fashioned holiday spirit. Maymont Mansion & Carriage House Lawn.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street.  12-5pm.  $Tours: $5; $4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides $5; $4 members and children 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 310 804-358-7166, ext. 310. 
 
December 5-6 & 12-13, Friday & Saturday
A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
Celebrate the splendor of the holidays with family and friends by candlelight at Montpelier, featuring Santa's workshop, children's crafts, holiday music, and light refreshment. Montpelier.  Directions: Rt. 20, Orange.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
December 13, Saturday
HENRICUS COLONIAL CHRISTMAS & JAMES RIVER PARADE OF LIGHTS
Henricus Historical Park & James River Advisory Council.
View the procession of boats decorated with holiday lights and experience a colonial Christmas presented by historical interpreters at Henricus Historical Park. Henricus Historical Park.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  10am-5pm colonial Christmas, 6-8pm parade of lights.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1613. 
 
December 12 & 13, Friday and Saturday
MICHIE TAVERN YULETIDE FEAST
Michie Tavern.
A Yuletide Feast in the Tavern's Ordinary decorated in festive 18th-century tradition. Strolling Tavern musicians will entertain guests dining by candlelight. The bill of fare features a banquet of Virginia favorites including country ham with raisin sauce, roasted turkey and giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and more traditional delectables. Michie Tavern.  Directions: 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway.  6pm & 8pm seatings.  $38.50 adults; $19.25 children 10 & under .  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1234. 
 
December 6-7 & 13-14, Sunday & Saturday
MONTICELLO GINGERBREAD HOUSE FAMILY WORKSHOP
Monticello.
Fuel your creativity with hot chocolate and cookies as you work together to craft a hand-made addition to your home's holiday décor. Recommended for families with children ages seven and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Smith Woodland Pavilion, Monticello.  2-4pm.  $TBA.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 12-13, 19-20, 21-23, 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
These small-group house tours, which include the Dome Room, offer visitors an intimate look at how the holidays were celebrated in Jefferson's time, plus the rare opportunity to experience Monticello after dark. Not recommended for children under age 6. Monticello.  5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm.  $55.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
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. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
April through November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Nov 22, 25-26 and Dec 19-24, 31
HOLIDAY SEAFOOD SALE
Anderson's Seafood.
Pre-order your holiday seafood and meats including lobster, crab, salmon, oysters, shrimp, turkey and soups. 1215 Seminole Trail.  10am-6pm.  Email: acfh199@cs.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 990-9176. 
 
November 23, Sunday
MISTLETOE MARKET
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Enjoy checking off your holiday shopping list in a festive environment featuring local merchants and artisans. Ticket sales benefit Junior League of Charlottesville charitable fundraising efforts. Cookies with Santa 2-3pm with $20 advance ticket. Boar's Head Inn.  10am-4pm.  $5 per advance ticket, $8 at the door, kids 10 & under are free.  Email: mistletoe@jlcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-2937. 
 
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. 
 
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 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
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
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. 
 
November 22-December 20, Saturdays
HOLIDAY MARKET
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The City Market transforms for the holidays, featuring unique gifts & decorations to meet all of your holiday needs. All items are handmade, homegrown or home baked by local farmers, artists, or bakers. Second and Water Streets.  8am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
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November 23, Sunday
WIZARD OF OZ
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4 youth, $6 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
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. 
 
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 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 14 & 21, Sundays
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount Theater.  Dec 14, 7pm. Dec 21, 2pm.  $4 youth, $6 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
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 18-23
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Tour the museum by lantern light and see the holiday traditions of the past. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride from the Old World to the American farms. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  6-8pm.  $15 adults; $8 kids.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fcmv.virginia.gov. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 21-January 4
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Closed Mondays. Maymont, Richmond.  12-5pm, half-hourly; last tour at 4:30pm.  $5 suggested donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA.  5-8pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
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. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
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 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 7, Sunday
MOSCOW BALLET PRESENTS: THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Paramount Theater.
Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The Paramount Theater.  12pm, 4pm & 8pm.  $29.50-$177.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 13, Saturday
ASH LAWN OPERA: AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
The Paramount Theater.
By popular demand, the perennial holiday favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors, returns. This hour long inspirational holiday story in English has made opera accessible and enchanted families for over 60 years. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  4:30pm and 7pm.  $12-$45.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Sweets and enjoy the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's score. This enchanting performance is sure to delight the whole family! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Historic State Theater of Culpeper.  Saturday 3pm and 7pm, Sunday 4pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
December 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Sweets and enjoy the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's score. This enchanting performance is sure to delight the whole family! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Piedmont Virginia Community College, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Drive.  Saturday 11am and 3:30pm, Sunday 2pm and 5pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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November 22, Saturday
WELLS FARGO HOLIDAY HERITAGE PARADE
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Celebrate our national and community history and culture with marching bands, floats, living history performers and more. Charlottesville Downtown Mall.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbacville@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073. 
 
November 23, Sunday
PET PHOTO NIGHT WITH SANTA
Fashion Square Mall.
Bring your furry friend to have his/her picture taken with Santa at Charlottesville Fashion Square. Fashion Square Mall.  6-8pm.  $Dependent upon photo package.  Contact: Charlottesville Fashion Square.  Email: Simon-4661@simon.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-9332. 
 
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 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! The festivities will also include the Winter Wonderland on 2nd Street. Winter Wonderland: 2nd Street SE; Grand Illumination: Central Place on the Downtown Mall.  5-7pm activities for children in Winter Wonderland; 6pm Grand Illumination.  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 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 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 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
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
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 10, Wednesday
ANNUAL HOLIDAY YULETIDE EXTRAVAGANZA
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Fun for the whole family! Holiday music and hot chocolate with Santa and his elves arriving at 4pm. The event is free and full menu and kids menu will be available. Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton.  3-7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Martha Hayman.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
December 12-13 & December 19-20, Saturday-Sunday
GINGERBREAD EXPRESS
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
This popular bus tour takes you to the best citywide holiday light displays and back. Purchase tickets in advance. 6pm, 7pm & 8pm with pick up at the Discovery Museum.  $5 per person.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073. 
 
December 12, Friday
LET THERE BE LIGHT: AN OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT AT PVCC
PVCC.
You are invited to an evening of light-centered artworks illuminating the outdoors as the longest night of the year approaches. The grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Directions: 501 College Drive.  6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5362. 
 
December 13 & 22
LIFE-SIZE CANDYLAND GAME
JMRL.
Celebrate the start of winter vacation with a life-size game of Candyland! The whole family can be part of this sweet event. Northside Branch (Dec 13) and Central Branch (Dec 22) 2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 14, Sunday
PET PHOTO NIGHT WITH SANTA
Charlottesville Fashion Square.
Bring your furry friend to have his/her picture taken with Santa. Create true holiday magic with your pet and Santa Claus himself. Charlottesville Fashion Square.  6-8pm.  $Dependent upon photo package.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Fashion Square.  Email: Simon-4661@simon.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-9332. 
 
December 14, Sunday
SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Register today to reserve your spot for this yummy breakfast. Meet with Santa too! Virginia Discovery Museum.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 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. Combine it with a carriage ride for the perfect holiday morning. The Boar's Head Inn.  9-11am.  $25/adult; $15/child ages 4-11.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2231. 
 
December 20, Saturday
ORNAMENT EXTRAVAGANZA
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 5-21
GINGERBREAD TRAIL: VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS (CANCELLED 2014)
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Stroll down the Historic Downtown Mall, decked out in all of its holiday finery, and see gingerbread house displayed in some of the shop windows. The challenge is to find them all! Downtown Mall.  Email: morgan@virginiagingerbreadchristmas.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9073 . 
 
December 23-31
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. Don't forget skiing, riding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
November 24-January 1
GYPSY HILL PARK CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214 acre park aglow with charming night time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
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November 22, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. MIAMI
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home! Scott Stadium.  TBA.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 23, Sunday
REAL GIRLS HALF MARATHON AND 5K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
A run for women, ladies, girlfriends, moms, daughters, dames, madams, chicks and girls of all kinds. Darden Towe Park.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 23, Sunday
SQUASH CANCER SQUASH TOURNAMENT
MJH Foundation.
A day of fun and friendly competition featuring singles and doubles play for men, women and teens. Open to the public and players of all abilities welcome. Boar's Head Sports Club.  Contact: MJH Foundation/Lauri Wilson.  Email: LTWILSON@sentara.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-8173. 
 
November 14, 21, 23
UVA WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
UVA.
Cheer on the Hoos at home against Virginia Tech (Nov 14-7pm), Georgia Tech (Nov 21-7pm) and Pittsburgh (Nov 23-1pm). Memorial Gym.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 16, 18, 21 and 25
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Norfolk State (Nov 16), South Carolina State (Nov 18), George Washington (Nov 21) and Tennessee State (Nov 25). John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
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. 
 
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 7, Sunday
SANTA FUN RUN & WALK
Arc of the Piedmont.
This 1-mile course starts and finishes on the downtown mall and is family and pet-friendly. Santa costume for adults and elf ears for the kids included with registration. Proceeds benefit the Arc of the Piedmont. Downtown Mall area.  11am.  $10-20.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 13, Saturday
FREEDOM 5K
Freedom 5K.
Runners of all ages, walkers, leashed dogs and baby joggers, are welcome. Proceeds go to Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships for children and spouses of military personnel killed or disabled in service to our country, and Blue Star Families of Central Virginia, which creates and ships care packages to soldiers. Old Trail Village, Crozet.  9am.  $10-$20 race.  Contact: Michael Kaminski.  Email: Livebullish@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-2752. 
 
December 13, Saturday
JINGLE BELL RUN
Arthritis Foundation.
Kids are invited to wear jingle bells or a holiday themed costume as they participate in this 5K race/1 mile walk. All ages welcome. 
 
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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November 4, 18 & 25
BLANKETS AND BOOKS EVENING STORYTIMES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Wear your pajamas and snuggle in for some great stories before bedtime. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
December 18, Thursday
SNOWY DAYS AND CRAFTY WAYS
Gordon Avenue Library.
Snuggle in for winter-wonderful stories and crafts. For ages 2 and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
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November 21-December 14
LITTLE WOMEN
Four County Players.
The March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, along with their beloved Marmee, are awaiting Father's return from the Civil War. They learn together that family is the greatest gift of all. Four County Players, Mainstage, Barboursville.  See website for times.  $16 adults, $15 senior/student, $14 children 12 and under, Fridays half-price for adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
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 7, Sunday
MOSCOW BALLET PRESENTS: THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Paramount Theater.
Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The Paramount Theater.  12pm, 4pm & 8pm.  $29.50-$177.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 9, Tuesday
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Paramount Theater.
Live performance for families of Charles Dickens' classic. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $19.50-$39.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 13, Saturday
ASH LAWN OPERA: AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
The Paramount Theater.
By popular demand, the perennial holiday favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors, returns. This hour long inspirational holiday story in English has made opera accessible and enchanted families for over 60 years. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  4:30pm and 7pm.  $12-$45.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Sweets and enjoy the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's score. This enchanting performance is sure to delight the whole family! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Piedmont Virginia Community College, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Drive.  Saturday 11am and 3:30pm, Sunday 2pm and 5pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
December 5-27
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. Children 3 and older are welcome but parental discretion for spooky noises and creepy faces advised. 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, 1-877-MUCH-ADO. 
 
December 5-January 10
LES MISERABLES
Live Arts.
The story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. The world's longest running musical will be deconstructed, reimagined, and rescaled to our intimate, 160-seat Gibson Theater. Gibson Theater.  Directions: 123 East Water Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177. 
 
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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