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A Very C’ville Christmas

our guide to jingling all the way

Though the sun is still shining, temps have finally dropped to a wintery feel here in Charlottesville. Now that UVA ‘Hoos have finished their finals and are packing up to go see family, the holidays are officially underway!

Charlottesville natives and locals know that the Downtown arts scene doesn’t slow down when the University does (though foot traffic on little road to campus does get a little lonely). If you’re still in town for the holidays or coming back to visit family here,we’ve got five outstanding event recommendations to get you in the spirit (and share an activity even your in-laws will love).

  1. Charlottesville Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite
    December 20th, 11am, at the V. Earl Dickson Building at PVCC
    Charlottesville’s local ballet company presents a professional production of the classic ballet every year. Bring the kids for a magical retelling of Clara and her treasured nutcracker, and read about the company’s work and inception here.
  2. It’s a Wonderful Life
    December 21st, 1:30pm, at The Paramount Theater on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall
    Watch Jimmy Stewart laugh, cry, and touch thousands of lives on the big screen in C’ville’s historic Paramount Theater. The movie tells the classic story of a man who wishes he’d never been born and the angel who grants his wish, and this special $4 screening will be held in a beautiful, gilded theater even more historic than the movie.
  3. Sons of Bill and Friends Christmas Party
    December 23rd, 7:30pm, at The Jefferson Theater on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall
    Local rock band Sons of Bill’s third album, Sirens, recently debuted at #12 on Billboard among new artists. Celebrate with the songs  dubbed” like southern gothic arena rock” by the musicians themselves when they perform live at The Jefferson Theater on the Downtown Mall. (Interested to know more? Check out C-VILLE Weekly’s cover story on the group here.)
  4. The Twelve Dates of Christmas
    December 24th, 5pm, at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton (recommended for mature audiences)
    Pay a visit to Blackfriar’s Playhouse, the East Coast’s only Shakespearean theater-in-the-round, and treat yourself to a hilarious one-woman play “abouthow much the holidays suck after you heart’s been crushed,” written by Ginna Hoden and performed by ASC veteran Stephanie Holladay Earl.
  5. Ice Skating at the Main Street Arena
    Daily through December, noon to 6pm, at the Main Street Arena on the Downtown Mall
    Okay, this suggestion isn’t an event per se, but we think you and your family will have a ball taking your turn on the ice in the heart of C’ville’s Downtown Mall. Twirl figure eights or clutch to the walls as you go. If you’ve got family at Oakhurst Inn, celebrate your success by grabbing a hot chocolate from the Cafe and cuddle up by one of fireplaces in the Inn’s public library space.

Still want more? Find a full listing of upcoming events (Christmas-themed and otherwise) on the official arts calendar of C-VILLE Weekly, our free alt-weekly newspaper.



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