Insider Guide to Celebrating the Holidays in Charlottesville
The holiday season is upon us and there are so many ways to be jolly this time of year in Charlottesville! From sipping on Christmas spirits at special pop-up bars, to shopping for unique locally-made goods at holiday markets across the city, to channeling your creativity at various holiday workshops, there are an abundance of opportunities to #livelovelocal this time of year. We have rounded up ongoing festive events, one-time holiday highlights, along with a plethora of the holiday markets & workshops that will all help to make your season bright!
Ongoing Holiday Events & Pop-Ups
Jingle Bell Bar at Bobboo Spirits Bar at Quirk Hotel – Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 5-10pm & Friday and Saturday 5-11pm through December 31st
The Case Study Chalet & Lounge at The Forum Hotel – Friday & Saturday 5-10pm, December 1 – February 29
The Matterhorn Alpine Ski-Bar atop Common House – open to members & non-members, Monday through Saturday 5-10pm through January 27th
- Holly Trolley on the Downtown Mall – Saturday & Sunday, November 25th – December 23th 10am-2pm
- Selfies with Santa on the Downtown Mall – Saturday, November 25th & December 16th 10am-2pm
- Elves in Cville – pick up your North Pole Pass at Magpie Knits & Alakazam Toys or download the digital version.
- Peppermint Trail – Follow the trail of peppermints on the sidewalks of Downtown Charlottesville to discover all sorts of treats featuring the favorite red and white candy. Download your brochure here in advance & stop into Petite Marie Bette, The Quirk Hotel & many more locations.
- Best in Snow Windows – Your favorite downtown spots, including Magpie Knits, Agents in Style and Hedge Fine Blooms, are in a festive face off for the title of best holiday window decoration! Come down and vote for who you think has the jolliest windows.
- Hanukkah Celebration – December 10th
The Nutcracker performed by the Charlottesville Ballet – MLK Performing Arts Center, Saturday, December 2nd 11am & 3pm, Saturday, December 16th 11:30am & 3:30pm, Sunday, December 17th 12:30 & 4:30pm
Breakfast with Santa at Birch & Bloom at The Forum Hotel – Sunday, December 3rd, 10th & 17th 10am-2pm.
One Time Holiday Events
Holiday Open House at Brigid & Bess at the Dairy Market – Friday, December 1st 6-8pm
Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination at Ting Pavilion – Friday, December 1st 5-8pm
Lighting of the Lawn – Friday, December 1st 7-9:30pm
10th Annual Arc Piedmont Santa Fun Run/Walk at Ting Pavilion – Saturday, December 2nd 10-11am
Santa Paws Holiday Bazar Fundraiser at Castle Hill Cider – Saturday, December 2nd 9am – 3pm
Carriage House Christmas at King Family Vineyards – Sunday, December 3rd 10am-4pm
Holiday Open House at the Shops at Bellair Place – Saturday, December 9th 12-6pm featuring Be Just and the other fabulous shops in the Design Collective, stop by for festive libations, nibbles & holiday cheer!
Foxfield Balloon Glow featuring Monticello Country Ballooning, Thomas Jefferson Hot Air Ballooning & Blue Ridge Balloon Company – Wednesday, December 13th 2pm
Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard Winter Solstice Gala & Dinner – Friday, December 15th 6-11pm. Purchase tickets here.
Christmas at The Dairy Market – Sunday, December 17th 12-4pm – get your tickets for Gingerbread House Decorating today Gingerbread house decorating starts at 12pm alongside free holiday activities including pictures with Santa, arts and crafts, and the third annual Toy Drive! Toy donations can be delivered to the Krissy Cakes food stall.
Family Fun Night at King Family Vineyards – Wednesday, December 20th 4:30-7:30pm, Food Trucks from 4-7pm, Holiday Caroling at 5:30pm & Christmas Cartoons all evening.
Santa Specials at Agents in Style – Friday, December 22nd & Saturday, December 23rd, come shop for last minute gifts & holiday outfits and receive 15-50% off purchases.
Christmas Eve Heavy Hitter at pūrvelo – Sunday, December 24th 9:30am with Max & Robyn
Christmas Eve Bloody Mary Bar at Scarpa – Sunday, December 24th 10am-3pm
Christmas Eve Dinner at The Pink Grouse at Quirk – Sunday, December 24th
Christmas Dinner at Marigold by Jean Georges at Keswick Hall – Monday, December 25th 12-8pm. Reserve now.
New Year’s Eve Party at Quirk – Sunday, December 31st 9pm-1am. Ring in the new year at a chic NYE Bash at Quirk Hotel Charlottesville with a live band, dance floor, champagne toast, & more!
Charlottesville Holiday Market at City Market in the Water Street Lot- Saturdays 9am – 1pm through December 23rd
First Street Fair: Holiday Edition – Saturday, December 2nd 7am -12pm
Holiday Maker Market at Common House – Saturday, December 2nd 10am-3pm
Wine & Winter Market at Eastwood Farm & Winery – Saturday, December 2nd 12-5pm
Gordonsville on Main Holiday Market – Saturday, December 9th 10am-4pm – in addition the the fabulous vendor market there will be a dance performance (11am), Santa Visit (12-4pm) and Carriage Rides (2-5pm)
Crozet Holiday Market Crawl – Saturday, December 9th 10am-4pm
Sip & Shop Holiday Market at the Wool Factory – Saturday, December 9th 12-6pm & Sunday, December 10th 12-4pm
Holiday Market at the UVA Women’s Center – December 12th 1-5pm
Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard’s 1st Annual Outdoor Holiday Market – Saturday, December 16th 11am-5pm
Holiday Classes & Workshops
Be Just Wreath Workshop at Fat Cat Farm – Saturday, December 2nd & Sunday, December 3rd 1-3pm
Holiday Wreath Workshop at Hedge Fine Blooms – Saturday, December 2nd & Saturday, December 9th 5-7pm
Wreath Making Workshop at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards – Tuesday, December 5th, Wednesday, December 6th & Thursday, December 7th 9:30am & 1pm
Wreath Making Workshop at Brigid & Bess at the Dairy Market with Aisling Flower Farm – Wednesday, December 6th 6-8pm
Wreath Workshops at Castle Hill Cider with Aisling Flower Farm – Saturday, December 9th & Saturday, December 16th 12-1pm
Holiday Card Watercolor Class in the Greenhouse at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard – Tuesday, December 12th 11am-1pm
Poinsettia Watercolor Class in the Greenhouse at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard – Wednesday, December 13th 11am-1pm
Holiday Canapés Cooking Class at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard – Wednesday, December 20th 6-9pm