From small-town parades to symphonies, craft shows to historic home open houses, holiday spirit is everywhere during Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley. Here are several ways you can enjoy all there is to experience of Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley…
Sunday Nov. 22, 10am-4pm
Boars head Inn Convention Center, Charlottesville
Hosted by The Junior League of Charlottesville, the Mistletoe Market is an annual tradition that ushers in Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley. For an $8 ticket (or $20 for the cookies with Santa kids event from 11am-2pm), you’ll get to browse the festive wares of artisans, craft makers and vendors from Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Door prizes and refreshments at the Claus Café round out the day’s events.
Sunday Dec. 6, 1pm & 5pm
The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. It’s a Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley tradition.
Originally a movie palace, The Paramount Theater opened in 1931, closed in 1974, and reopened in 2004. It now presents a variety of arts, education, and entertainment events, such as London’s National Theatre, The Lyric Opera Virginia, comedians, musicians, and more. The Moscow Ballet’s elegant Nutcracker performance is an annual highlight.
Dec. 12 & 13
First Candlelight Tour at 4:30pm
Last Candlelight Tour at 7:30pm
Discover the splendor of Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley at James and Dolley Madison’s Montpelier!
Learn about 19th-century Christmas customs in the early American republic with costumed characters James and Dolley. This year’s festivities will feature Santa, children’s crafts, holiday entertainment, refreshments, and special candlelight tours of the Madisons’ beloved home.
U.Va. Lighting of the Lawn
December 2015 @ 7:30pm (day TBD)
In December, the University of Virginia community comes together for a night to celebrate the holiday season and “Light the Lawn.” The night includes speeches, a capella performances, and a light show!
Family Holiday Concerts at U.Va.
Saturday Dec. 5, 8pm
Sunday Dec. 6, 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall
The U.Va. University Singers put on the ultimate festive musical show to celebrate Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley. The programs have yet to be announced, but they’re always a treat.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is a cultural hub in the region, so it’s no surprise it also hosts a number of programs to celebrate Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley. Here’s this year’s seasonal lineup:
November 28-30 & December 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
These ever-popular workshops, in their 29th year, produce a gratifying and tangible end product: a beautiful holiday wreath.
Holiday Open House
Sunday Nov. 29, 9am-4:30pm
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Monticello’s Second Annual Holiday Open House. Be among the first to see Monticello decorated for the holidays as you stroll through the first floor of the house at your own pace. Discover unique holiday gifts at the Museum Shop at Monticello. FREE!
5th Annual Monticello Holiday Classic 5K and Deck the Halls Kids Dash
Saturday Dec. 5, 7-9am
This family-oriented 5k begins at the East Walk of Monticello. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids Dash, a quarter mile loop around the West Lawn!
Holiday Evening Tours
December 11-12 18-23, 26-30 at 5:15pm, 5:30pm & 5:45pm each evening
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.
Monticello Gingerbread House Family Workshop
December 5, 6, 12, 13, 2-4pm
Embrace your inner architect during our Monticello Gingerbread House Family Workshop. Kids and grownups alike will enjoy this icing intense program. Try your hand at creating your own architectural masterpiece, just like Mr. Jefferson!
As you can see, there’s loads of ways to celebrate Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley. Book your stay at Prospect Hill now to enjoy the seasonal treats our region has to offer. Download our Vacation Guide to learn more about the area.