The holidays this year will look a little different in Charlottesville, and that might be a very wonderful thing! While it’s true that we cannot gather together, Charlottesville has displayed some truly jolly ingenuity and creativity to provide opportunities to celebrate in brand new ways. You may even have the chance to enjoy activities you never thought possible! Use this handy guide to a safe and merry holiday season.
Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater has always been an integral part of the holiday, and this year is no exception. Check out their holiday offerings for a fun afternoon matinee with the kids. In addition to many of your holiday favorites, you can also see live broadcasts of the Royal Ballet as they perform The Nutcracker.
After your youngster has fallen in love with the classic holiday ballet, don’t forget to sign up for Class with Clara. Allow your budding ballet enthusiast to participate in a ballet class with Clara and her friends from the Nutcracker right in your own living room! Once your child has mastered all the moves, you can stream the Charlottesville Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without light displays to dazzle the senses, and the PVCC Let There Be Light display will not disappoint! Enjoy touring Charlottesville and viewing 23 light inspired installations that celebrate the season and the coming of the shortest day of the year. Use the handy map to safely tour this installation from your vehicle for a delightful family celebration!
The American Shakespeare Center is offering live streaming of their performance of A Christmas Carol. The Center offers a variety of ways to enjoy the performance, including packages with fun activities for the kids and workshops to keep the season joyful. You can even make the trip to Hull’s Drive-in to see the performance on the big screen!
For a truly unique holiday experience, head over to the IX Park to enjoy WTJU’s Unsilent Night event! Bring your mobile phone and Bluetooth speakers for a tour through Charlottesville that will provide a different experience for each and every user. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t want to miss.
Every year, the Waldorf School presents a beautiful Holiday Bazaar that gives you the opportunity to shop for some really special, one of a kind gifts for the holiday season, and 2020 is no different. This year, you can shop the bazaar online and support local small businesses from the safety of your couch. You won’t want to miss the outstanding selection available in this delightful local event.
A Charlottesville holiday just isn’t complete with an Evening Tour of Monticello. This year’s tour is private and must be scheduled in advance in order to experience the season as Jefferson and the residents of Monticello did. See how the residents, both free and enslaved, enjoyed the holidays. Finish up your trip with a stop in the gift shop that will make your holiday shopping really special.
However you choose to celebrate the holiday this season, remember to stay safe, wear a mask, and stay socially distanced in public and when you are around anyone who does not live with you. We like to bedazzle our masks and add some tinsel to make them merry and spread cheer!