Charlottesville is a thriving town with so many things to do, it’s hard to imagine how it could get any better… until the holidays season, that is! A magical world of wonder lies right outside your Charlottesville apartment: delightful shopping experiences to find unique gifts, chances to create special memories, and opportunities to celebrate an old tradition in a new way. Take a tour with us to see some of the best of Charlottesville during the holidays…
Kick off the season properly by planning to go to the Grand Illumination on the Historic Downtown Mall. You can enjoy divine comfort food at The Pie Chest before you get a start on holiday shopping. The kids can enjoy face painting and tell Santa what they are hoping to find on Christmas morning. The event marks the opening of Charlottesville’s Holiday Market, an impressive collection of vendors featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, regional food, crafts, and so much more.
The holidays are the perfect time to take that visit to Monticello you’ve always wanted to make! Invoke the spirit of long ago holidays with an intimate tour of the house after dark. The Monticello gift shop offers so much more than tourist mementoes – beautiful, high quality products and arts from the property and local region make outstanding gifts or additions to your own home. Enjoy a traditional meal among the rustic decorations at Michie Tavern on your way up the mountain for a special memory you’ll always treasure.
Pause to look back in time at James Monroe’s Highland and enjoy an after hours tour of the hearth and home of President James Monroe. Enjoy a guided tour by candlelight while chefs prepare desserts to enjoy afterward, or try the grand lunch buffet for the holidays at the Boar’s Head Inn and indulge yourself while surrounded by cheerful and gorgeous holiday decor.
Many of us find that giving back during this season brings us the greatest joy. There is a wide range of volunteer programs in the Charlottesville area that need your help during this busy season. Organizations like the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, and Good Will are very appreciative of donations and volunteer efforts during the holidays. The Ishan Gala Foundation is just one of many organizations that allow you to help create a holiday for families with children suffering from disease.
Remember to include Grandma!! Gather up the whole family and head down to the historic Paramount theater for a screening of White Christmas. The Charlottesville Ballet embodies the enchantment of the holiday with a sparkling performance of The Nutcracker that will fill old and young hearts alike with the magic of the season.
As the hustle and bustle of the season begins to fade, we look forward to the new year with holiday parties that commemorate the past year. Start the year with Charlottesville’s renowned First Night Virginia, a family-friendly spectacle that includes entertainers and artists to create an amazing showcase of talent. This Charlottesville favorite lets you keep the kids at the heart of the celebration as you ring in the New Year!
Once you get the kids to bed, start the new year off with boogie in your heart by putting on your disco dress 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 live music covering Earth Wind and Fire and get up offa that thing with DJ hits from the late 70s. Costumes and disco ball glamour will help you forget 2018 and start 2019 on the good foot.
So deck the halls and enjoy the holidays – your Charlottesville apartment puts you in the middle of the celebration.