Orange has a lot to offer this season! Come spend time with us at the Holladay House (and check out the seasonal “Holladay” decorations, like the Chris-moose collection and the new owl tree!) as you enjoy a medley of events in the area: holiday movies, concerts, open houses, and, yes, opportunities to dress like Santa. There are some big things going on locally (the Moscow Ballet, anyone?) and some small-town-Christmas events to help you get into the holiday spirit. Not to mention, you’ll complete your Christmas shopping without having to ever set foot inside an overcrowded mall!
Little Women: November 21–December 14
Now playing at Four County Players in Barboursville. Tickets start at $8.
It’s A Wonderful Life: November 22–January 4
Now playing at the Riverside Dinner Theater in Fredericksburg. Tickets start at $45. A unique retelling, staged as a 40’s radio broadcast—including “commercials” and a live sound-effects artist.
Culpeper Holiday Open House: November 23
Admire the storefront decorations, watch classic Christmas specials at the State Theatre, enjoy live music, and take advantage of in-store specials as you start your holiday shopping! Ride the trolley, get your photo taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and lots more at Culpeper’s open house.
Monticello Holiday Events: November 28—December 30
Come see what it felt like to attend an evening holiday party at the Jeffersons. Participate in the 28th annual wreath-making workshop, make homemade beeswax candles, or construct your own Monticello out of gingerbread during the family-friendly workshop! See complete dates & reservations info here.
Candlelight Christmas Tour at Montpelier: December 5,6,12,13
Come out for a cozy tour of Montpelier by candlelight. The event includes crafts and activities for kids, plus entertainment and refreshments for all. Adult tickets from $25.
Historic Downtown Orange Holiday Tour: December 6
The shops in Orange are decorated for Christmas and stocked with unique, one-of-a-kind gifts!
Rappahannock Choral Society Annual Free Christmas Concert: December 6 & 7
Wonderful holiday concert performed by a 75+ voice, audition-only choral society, featuring a medley of Christmas, Hanukkah, and humorous songs.
Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show: December 6 & 7
A great place to shop for unique handmade gifts for loved ones (or yourself.) Featuring over 225 vendors. Tickets are $8 at the door. Get directions, advance tickets, and vendor info here.
The Great Charlottesville Santa Fun Run & Walk: December 7
Enjoy breakfast by Whole Foods, don a Santa costume, and run (or walk) a mile for charity. Donations benefit folks with intellectual & developmental disabilities, so it’s a great cause and lots of fun. Entry fee is $22 for adults, and includes the cost of the Santa suit. Sign up here.
Moscow Ballet Presents: The Great Russian Nutcracker: December 7
40 world-class dancers perform the Nutcracker at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. Premier Ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to go backstage before the show. Tickets start at $29.50.
Orange Christmas Parade: December 7
No driving required—just step outside the Holladay House and have a seat. The show comes to you!
Jim Brickman: On A Winter’s Night Holiday Tour: December 10
Featuring some of 2-time Grammy nominee Jim Brickman’s most popular hits. Coming to the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. Tickets from $30. Learn more here.
44th Annual Candlelight Tour: December 13 & 14
Come see some of Fredericksburg’s most historic homes by candlelight. Tickets are $30 for adults. See a complete list of houses here.
The Nutcracker Suite: December 13 & 14
Three performances over 2 days, produced professionally by the Charlottesville Ballet and performing at the Culpeper State Theatre. Tickets start at $20, and the show clocks in at 90 minutes.
A Christmas Carol: December 16
Performed at Culpeper State Theatre by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Tickets start at $29.50.
Bethlehem Village: December 17-December 21
A living nativity village, complete with working scribes, carpenters, weapon-makers, weavers, Roman guards, live animals, and a reenactment of Christ’s birth. It’s been running for over a decade, and enlists several hundred participants. Get all the details here.
The White House Band presents: Christmastime in Washington: December 19
An evening of Christmas music, performed by The White House Band at Culpeper State Theatre. Advance tickets $15, and going quickly!
13th Annual Christmas Party At Rapunzel’s: December 20
Rapunzel’s is a “funky” little coffee-shop/bookstore/recording studio built in a 100-year-old, renovated apple-packing shed. For 13 years now they’ve been doing a Christmas party featuring live music by popular local artists, and serving up local wines & microbrews. The party starts Saturday, December 20th @ 8PM. Bring along a $10-per-person donation.
Library of Congress Packard Campus Holiday Movies:
In the week leading up to Christmas, the Packard Campus will be screening a few lesser-known Christmas films (including “The Man Who Came to Dinner”).
Culpeper State Theatre Holiday Movies:
Culpeper State Theatre has a whole calender of really cool stuff going on that didn’t make the list. For the whole schedule, including concerts and even a whimsical “Classic Christmas Cartoons” screening, visit their website.