Seasonal Fun - Holidays

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November 1-December 21, Thursdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament (traditional or glow-in-the-dark), blown by you. Ages 5 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Fridays in December until 7pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (540) 885-0678. 
 
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 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. 
 
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 17-21, Wednesday-Sunday
THE VILLAGE OF BETHLEHEM
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 yes...even live camels and wise men come to life. Hebron Baptist Church, Afton.  Directions: 66 Tanbark Dr.  6-9pm (opens at 5pm on Sunday, Dec. 21).  For details, please click this link. 
 
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 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. 
 
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 21, Sunday
HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Crozet Mudhouse.
Join Chef Margot Diaz for an afternoon of Holiday cookie decorating. All ages are welcome and includes a tray of cookies and all the decorations you'll need. Crozet Mudhouse.  2-3pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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 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. 
 
December 25, Thursday
CROZET 5K JINGLE JOG
Crozet Running, Crozet Pediatric Dentistry, Hamer & Hamer Orthodontics, Piedmont Pediatrics.
Pre-register at Crozet Running and Crozet Pediatric Dentistry between Dec. 19-24. Walkers, runners, strollers, bikes and pets on leashes are welcome. Old Trail Village, Crozet.  11am.  $donation for food bank or SPCA.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 27, Saturday
JOYOUS KWANZAA FILM AND DISCUSSION
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Free screening of the first feature film on Kwanzaa, "The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration" from Director M. K. Asante, Jr.. Discussion to follow film. This event is free and open to the public. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium.  3-5pm.  Contact: Mia Logan.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8722. 
 
December 29, Monday
LET IT SNOW! CRAFT TIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Learn to make beautiful paper snowflakes. Make some for home and some for the library. For grades K and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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.  $45.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
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 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. 
 
December 31, Wednesday
NEW YEAR'S AT NOON CELEBRATION
Amazement Square.
Wear your pajamas and ring in the New Year with a "bug drop" at 12 noon, complete with confetti, sparklers, party hats, noisemakers and a bubble wrap dance floor. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  10am-3pm.  $5 members, $10 non-members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
December 31, Wednesday
NOON YEAR'S EVE
Science Museum of Virginia.
Ring in the New Year at the Museum! Watch the ball drop (2,015 bouncy balls!), enjoy a juice toast, make your own noisemaker and much more. 2500 West Broad St, Richmond.  10am-1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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. 
 
January 1, Thursday
NEW YEAR'S DAY 5K
Charlottesville Track Club.
Celebrate the New Year with a 5K in Free Union! The race is a fairly flat, out and back 3.1 mile course. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Age group awards. Please bring a canned food item to benefit the Emergency Food Bank. Free Union.  Directions: see directions on website.  10am late registration, 11am race.  $15 through December 20; $20 December 21-31; $40 onsite registration.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charlottesville Track Club.  Email: training@cvilletrackclub.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 

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