Highland for the Holidays - James Monroe’s Highland

Beginning the first weekend in December, visitors will find the entire house beautifully decorated for the holidays! Discover the magic of James Monroe’s historical estate during the holiday season. House tours are offered daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but tour times vary based on the day of the week. Please call 434-293-8000 to receive accurate tour times for the day you plan to visit. The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Breakfast with Santa at the Mariners' Museum
Newport News, December 10th, 10-11am
Enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa Claus, take your own photos, listen to A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas reading by Santa, and make ornaments and other holiday crafts! Admittance includes admission to the Museum for the day.
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Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas at Henricus
Chester, December 10, 12-5pm
Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christma will feature first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs, and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th-century. Experience holiday traditions of different socio-economic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital.
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Holiday on the Hill - Carter Mountain Orchard
Charlottesville, December 10-11 & 17-18,
A great time to do your holiday shopping or stock up on your favorite products for the winter! We'll have samples galore, some great sales, and Christmas music.
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Court End Christmas - St. John's Church Foundation
Richmond, December 11, 1-4pm
An annual holiday tradition! Nine historic sites in downtown Richmond, Virginia, open their doors for a day of free admission and holiday festivities. Carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children's crafts, gift shops and more. A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the event. Event is rain or shine.
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Festival of Trees - Southwest Virginia Museum State Park
Big Stone Gap, November 13 through December 31
Celebrate the annual Festival of Trees. Eighty-one trees will be decked out for the season as will doorways, banisters and mantels. Area businesses, schools, churches, civic groups and individuals pitch in by creating variously themed decorations. Guided tours for groups are available. The Festival of Trees will be available for viewing during the museum's normal operating hours.
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Snow Wonders - Children's Museum of Virginia
Portsmouth, Friday & Saturday evenings Nov 24 through Christmas
Snow will fall from the sky, music will fill the air and we hope that it brings back fond memories from other places you may have lived and enjoyed in the past.
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Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel - Natural Tunnel State Park
Duffield, Weekend evenings November 25 through December 23
Experience thousands of Christmas Lights as they light your way down the chairlift and out to the mouth of the tunnel. View movable displays of Santa, reindeer, and other critters. Enjoy the sounds and smells of Christmas by listening to local church choirs/performers entertain as you stand by the warm fire and sip hot chocolate or roast a marshmallow. If children have been good, they can talk to Santa Claus at the mouth of the tunnel. Mosey over to the Carter Cabin to hear what Christmas was like over 200 years ago. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trial Association will have period dressed historians telling stories about the time period of 1775 and talking about the history of the Carter Cabin.
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Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star - Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, through December, multiple dates and times
Since 1965, we have journeyed in the footsteps of the Magi, seeking the identity of a mysterious star which foretold the coming of a king. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archaeology has revealed new clues about the lands in which these events took place, and our understanding of who the Magi might have actually been has grown. The show was completely revised in 2008 to offer a truly immersive look at the journey of the Magi while examining the latest clues and seeking once more to understand the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem.
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