Charlottesville Insider


If you are looking for a fun and beautiful getaway for the holidays, then look no further than Charlottesville, VA. The shopping is phenomenal. The events are spectacular. And the decorations rival any big city. Join us for any or all of these events this season: (photo above courtesy of Rob Garland Photography)

Special Shopping

Martha’s Market – November 15-17 at Boar’s Head Pavilion

This annual event brings together craftspeople and artisans from near and far, giving you a chance to shop for all of your Christmas gifts in one place while supporting a great cause, women’s healthcare programs at Martha Jefferson hospital.

Shops at Stonefield – November 23rd

Shopping is always great here, but on November 23rd it will be even more festive with a craft fair, tree lighting (6:15pm), kids activities and more.

Craftacular – December 7th at Carver Recreation Center

Join Craft Cville for a great shopping experience featuring local handmade items.


Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade – December 1st at 3pm. Ends at the Firehouse.
Barracks Road Annual Holiday Parade – December 7th at 9:30am. Begins and ends in the Barracks Road Shopping Center


Scottsville Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 30th at 5:45pm at Canal Basin Square in Scottsville, VA.
Lighting of the Lawn – December 5th on the UVA Lawn with security gates opening at 6pm
Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination – December 6th, 4:30pm, at the Sprint Pavilion downtown

Events at Wineries, Breweries, and Cideries

Early Mountain Vineyards – Deck the Halls Holiday Fair – November 30th and December 1st, 12pm-5pm
Cardinal Point Winery – Meals on Wheels Santa Event and Holiday Gift Drive – December 7th, 1pm-4pm

Events at Historic Sites

Monticello – Holiday Open House – December 1st, 10am-4:30pm
Highland – Highland for the Holidays – December 9th through December 24th, 11am-5pm
Montpelier – Holiday Open House – December 7th, 9am-5pm


Robert Earle Keen: Countdown to Christmas – Jefferson Theater – December 8th at 7:30pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – John Paul Jones Arena – December 12th at 7:30pm.

Other Fun Events

Arc of the Piedmont – Santa Fun Run – December 8th at 11am starting at the Sprint Pavilion
Santa Pancake Breakfast – Discovery Museum – December 8th starting at 9am – Reservations requested.


And if you are coming into town for any of these events, find great places to stay on our Where to Stay page.

Know of a holiday event that we missed? Leave it in the comments to share with everyone!




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