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Charlottesville Area Holiday Events: A Cornucopia of Fun!

Enjoy the Many Interesting Holiday Events in the Charlottesville Area

The following list of Charlottesville Area Holiday Events includes links and information about upcoming things to do and see.

photo of a cornucopia

Wow! As you will read below, there is a lot happening this year for the holidays in the Charlottesville area. Begin planning now to enjoy our wonderful community this season. Please visit the following websites for more information. Also included are seasonal events at churches, music venues, schools, many shops, markets and more. 


Upcoming Events for November

15th - 17th: 
26th Annual Martha's Market - a Martha Jefferson Hospital weekend event with artisan vendors from all over the country. Find holiday gifts while supporting a worthy cause!

"Run These Streets Pt. 2" Turkey Trot  - Vinegar Hill Race for the Community

5th Season Gardening Classes and Events - creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Centerpiece   

2019 Winterfest at Belk - Children's event with Santa and toy drive 

21st and 24th:
The Paramount Presents: Holiday Candlelight Tour  - decorative theater tour, family photos taken, and more. Also, on December 9, 11, and 20

Tree Lighting and Holiday Kick-0ff at The Shops at Stonefield - Santa, Cville Craft Market, Christmas trees and more

29th and 30th:
Wreath Workshops at Monticello begin - a vast variety of 75 materials to use. Also, on December 1,2,4,6,7, and 8

photo of making a Christmas wreath


29th - December 15th:
Chisholm Vineyards - Virginia Grown Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Sales and Wine Tasting in Earlysville

5th Season Gardening Classes and Events - Holiday Wreath Workshop

Lighting of the Lawn at UVA live music and lighting of the rotunda and surrounding pavilions

ALSO: Please read our post about Where to Buy Live Christmas Trees

December 1 - 10 Events

Holiday Open House at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - FREE tour of the house decorated for the season and more

1st - January 1st:
Highland for the Holidays - discover the magic at James Monroe's property


The Holiday Market at The Lodge at Old Trail - supporting the Yellow Door Foundation 

The Grand Illumination at the Sprint Pavilion - 22nd annual popular and family fun event in downtown Charlottesville

Virginia Gingerbread Christmas - create an item and enter the Ronald McDonald House Charities contest, also on December 7th

Earlysville Art and Craft Show - handcrafted artisan gifts at the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company

Eltzroth and Thompson Greenhouses - 2 wreath making workshops

Free Union Artisans Open House - fine crafts and more at Free Union Country Day School, also on December 8th

Home for the Holidays Artisan Market - gifts and more at Park Street Christian Church

Monticello Holiday Classic 5K Race - includes Deck the Halls Kids Dash

The Rivanna Garden Club Christmas Market - wonderful greenery and more at St. Paul's Church in Ivy, supporting non-profits in our area

The Barracks Road Annual Holiday Parade - featuring Santa Claus, marching bands, characters, and more

14th Annual Craftacular Handmade Holiday Showcase - at the Carver Recreation Center

The Paramount Presents: Christmas with Elvis - featuring Matt Lewis and Big Ray and the Kool Kats

Charlottesville Santa Fun Run - dress as Santa or an Elf and run for the Arc of the Piedmont

Paramount Presents: 3rd Annual Brew and Buddy Run and the ELF Movie - a 3 mile loop around the downtown area and more!

Charlottesville Opera Presents: A Three Phantoms at Christmas Concert - 3 Broadway Stars perform

DECEMBER 12 - 31 Events

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories - at the John Paul Jones Arena

5th Season Gardening Classes and Events - Creating the Perfect Holiday Centerpiece

Woodbrook Elementary Holiday Market - handmade gifts and food at Woodbrook Elementary School

Paramount Presents: The Vienna Boys Choir - Christmas in Vienna - a real musical treat!

The Moscow Ballet Presents: Great Russian Nutcracker - afternoon matinee and evening performances

Photo of a Nutcracker Perfomance

A Christmas Celebration with Jim Brickman - a piano concert with Special Guests


Make Your Own Wrapping Paper - Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at UVA

The Oratorio Society Presents: Christmas at the Paramount - including orchestra, soloists, and Local Choirs

Cirgue Dreams Holidaze at John Paul Jones Arena - Broadway Show Spectacular covering the upcoming holidays

31st: New Year's Eve:
First Night Virginia in Charlottesville - the 38th annual family fun event with music and magic with Festival of the Arts

In Conclusion

It is important to note that there are many more events that take place in the Charlottesville Area. There is so much to do and take part in that we could not list them all! After visiting the above and below sites, you will see how great it is to have so many choices. Finally, are we not truly blessed?

Charlottesville Events Calendar

Eventbrite Charlottesville Area Holiday Happenings

Happy Holidays!


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