With the most wonderful time of the year before us, remember to take time to enjoy it. Escape to Culpeper for a weekend of shopping, entertainment, or relaxation before Christmas Day arrives. Anchor your time with a special event or family fun. We have many great suggestions to help you plan.
December 1 – The Holiday Brass Quintet Concert will feature some of your holiday favorites and feature Jewell Tone Music’s chamber ensemble. Reserve your seat for $15 for a 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. showing at Jewell Boxx on Main Street.
December 3 – High-Heeled Happy Hour is everything women love: “Sip. Shop. Support. Socialize. Show off your shoes.” December’s hostess is Octavia Yates and will be held at Flavor on Main. More than an hour, thankfully, this special Holiday Happy Hour will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will benefit George Washington Carver Museum. Tickets are $10 each ($5 of each ticket goes to George Washington Carver Museum) and a raffle for a $100 shopping spree at Rusty Willow Boutique is available for an additional $10.
December 4 – Charlottesville Ballet is offering a mini performance of “The Nutcracker” followed by a free ballet class with Clara and her friends. Hosted by Culpeper Baptist Child Development Center, this is an event for ages 3 to 8 and will include photo opportunities with the ballerinas. Reservations are required.
December 7 – Pints & Pizza is a great way to unwind and enjoy something new and tasty from Old House Brewing Co. (the host) and 716 Slice (the pizza slingers). Come anytime between noon and 7 p.m.
December 7 – The Kids Instrument Petting Zoo is a unique experience for all who attend. Between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Culpeper Baptist Church you and your family can “pet” a variety of instruments from Jewell Tone Music. See if there’s a fit and have a blast with violins, trumpets, clarinets, electric guitars, and a ukulele. There’s no charge; just an invitation to have fun and discover the joy of music.
December 7 and 8 – The Blue Ridge Chorale of Culpeper Christmas Concerts feature inspiring, soothing songs of the season as performed by 70 local voices. The concerts are free but donations are welcome.
December 7 and 8 – An annual favorite, Gray Ghost’s Christmas Cork & Cheese Festival is your chance to see the world’s largest cork Christmas display and guess how many corks are on the newest cork decoration. Taste an array of cheeses and take home the 25th limited edition holiday wine glass. Admission of $25 includes live music, tasting, cheese plate, winery tours, and that collectible holiday glass. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 8 – The 2019 Culpeper Christmas Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. and rolls down Main Street to the delight of rosy-cheeked children and their families. Watch for a special guest to appear atop a float; he’s been keeping an eye on you. *wink*
December 13 and 17 – Drop in to Culpeper County Library for Christmas Crafts for Children. All ages are welcome, and parents are asked to assist their children with crafting. December 13 is 10:30 to 12 and December 17 is 6 to 7:30 p.m.
December 14 – Culpeper National Cemetery welcomes you to participate in Wreaths Across America Day starting promptly at noon. Help to lay wreaths on the markers of our fallen heroes. If you can’t lay a wreath, perhaps consider sponsoring a wreath.
December 14 – Loosen your pants a smidge before the holiday feasts that undoubtedly await when you participate in the Jingle Bell Trot 5k at Yowell Meadow Park. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. and all proceeds benefit the Culpeper Toy Chest. Registration is $30 and includes an event t-shirt if you register by November 29. Children 12 and under are free to run, and toy donations are accepted as well.
December 14 – A special concert by Ralph Stanley II will be held at Grass Rootes on Davis Street between 7 and 10 p.m. Limited VIP and general admissions tickets are available.
December 14 – The Library of Congrass Packard Campus Theater invites you to enjoy a free showing of Disney’s “Frozen,” starring every little girl’s favorites, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.
December 14 – Holiday Fun on the Farm at Inlet Farm and Stables is your chance to interact with the animals, enjoy fireside s’mores, and watch “The Grinch." Horse rides and hot cocoa are available for an additional fee, and admission is $6 per person.
December 14 – The Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is hosting a Living History Day which makes their hangar open to the public. Explore the planes at the Culpeper Airport at Brandy Station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
December 14 – Join in the fun at Endless Creations on W. Evans Street to create your own Fresh Christmas Wreath. Between 2 and 4 p.m. you’ll make your very own fresh wreath for a door.
December 15 – If you made a wreath or want to add something else beautiful to go with it, Endless Creations is also offering a Boxwood Tree Decorating Class. Each tree will last eight to 10 weeks with proper care.
December 21 – Turn back time at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater with a showing of the 1954 classic “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. This free showing is from the 35mm archival film; a nostalgic treat!
Is there anything sweeter than creating something by your own hand and giving it away? We think not. Pour a glass of wine at Wine & Design, then pour yourself into a treasured piece of art at one of their upcoming classes. Bring a sister, parent, or friend to create memories while making something memorable.
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