December 8-10, 2017
Are you looking for holiday activities that celebrate the season? Do you need ideas for where to find unique gifts? Here are some fun things to do this weekend that involve both!
On Friday night after work, you can catch—for one night only—the 11th annual Let There Be Light art installation at PVCC. This tradition brings together local and regional artists to celebrate the proximity of the winter solstice—the longest night of the year—with art that plays with light. (Attendees are encouraged to bring a flashlight.) Alternatively, you can stop by The Garage downtown—the single car garage across from Emancipation Park on 1st Street—and join in their Carol Sing.
Saturday morning, rise bright and early to enjoy the Holiday Market, set up in the parking lot of the seasonal City Market between Water and South Streets. There you will find holiday wreathes, garlands, ornaments, and plenty of gift ideas, such as jewelry, clothing, and handcrafted goods.
Next, be sure not to miss the McGuffey Art Center’s Winter Celebration. This festive event features jugglers, live music, donuts, open art studios with hands-on art projects, and a holiday gift shop with original, local art for sale.
If you’d like to continue your holiday shopping, head over to C’ville Craftacular at the Carver Recreation Center in the beautiful, historic Jefferson School. A tradition for 12 years running, Craftacular’s holiday show highlights the best its participating vendors have to offer in handmade wares.
On Sunday, take a break from the hustle and bustle by enjoying a screening of Elf at the Paramount. Santa himself and Buddy the Elf plan to make an appearance at 2:00 p.m.
Whatever festivities you choose, we hope you have a lovely weekend in Charlottesville! Details of suggested events follow below.
Art Installation: Let There Be Light
Friday, December 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
V. Earl Dickinson Building, PVCC | 501 College Drive
The Garage Carol Sing
Friday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
1st Street, between Market and Jefferson Streets
Saturday, December 9, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
100 Water Street
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
McGuffey Art Center | 201 2nd Street NW
C’ville Craftacular Holiday Market
Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Carver Recreation Center | 233 4th Street NW
Elf the movie
Sunday, December 10
11:30 a.m. sensory friendly | 2:00 p.m. standard + visit from Santa & Buddy | 7:00 p.m. standard
The Paramount | 215 East Main Street