Charlottesville is a vibrant town, filled with things to do… how it could get any better? When the holidays arrive, of course! Right outside your Charlottesville apartment lies a magical world of wonder: delightful shopping experiences and unique gifts, the chance to create a special memory, and new ways to celebrate old traditions. Take a tour of the best of Charlottesville during the holidays with us…
To start the season properly, plan to attend the Grand Illumination on the Historic Downtown Mall. Start with delicious comfort food at The Pie Chest, and then get an early lead on your holiday shopping while the kids enjoy face painting and tell Santa about their holiday wish list. The event kicks off Charlottesville’s Holiday Market, an expansive group of vendors offering one-of-a-kind gifts, regional food, crafts, and so much more.
If you haven’t visited Monticello, the holidays are the perfect time to go! Imagine holidays from long ago during an intimate tour of the house after dark. The Monticello gift shop features more than mere tourist mementoes – beautiful, well crafted products and art from the property and local area can make memorable gifts or classic additions to your own home. Grab a traditional lunch among the rustic decorations at Michie Tavern on your way to Monticello for a special memory you’ll treasure.
Take a step back in time at James Monroe’s Highland during an after-hours tour of the hearth and home of President James Monroe. Follow the guided tour by candlelight as chefs prepare desserts for afterward, or make time for the grand holiday lunch buffet at the Boar’s Head Inn and spoil yourself amidst cheerful and lush holiday decor.
This is a season of giving, and many of us find the most joy in giving back during the season. There are so many volunteer programs in the Charlottesville area that will welcome your help during this busy season. Trusted organizations like the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, and Good Will are grateful for donations and volunteer during the holidays. The Ishan Gala Foundation is among a large group of organizations that allow you to help create a holiday for families with children suffering from disease.
Don’t forget Grandma!! Take the whole family to the historic Paramount theater for a screening of White Christmas and start a new tradition. Or enjoy the wonder and enchantment of the Charlottesville Ballet’s sparkling performance of The Nutcracker that will thrill old and young hearts alike with the magic of the season.
As the hurry and rush of the season begin to slow, we look forward to the new year and holiday parties that will commemorate the past year. Charlottesville’s renowned First Night Virginia is the perfect way to start the new year, a family-friendly extravaganza that features entertainers and artists to create an amazing display of talent. This Charlottesville favorite keeps the kids at the heart of the celebration as the whole family rings in the New Year!
When the kids are snug in bed, start 2019 with boogie in your heart by putting on your dancing shoes and going to the NY IX – Studio 54 at the Ix Art Park, a New Year’s celebration that will let you shake your groove thang! Enjoy a live band covering the music of Earth Wind and Fire and get up offa that thing with DJ hits from the late 70s. Disco ball glamour and costumes will help you forget 2018 and start 2019 on the good foot.
So make merry and celebrate the holidays – your Charlottesville apartment puts you in the heart of the season.