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Central Virginia December 2007 Events
Through Dec. 24                                                          Richmond
LEGENDARY SANTA. This holiday season, come see Legendary Santa at the Children’s Museum of
Richmond, his permanent home since 2005. Yes, this is the beloved Santa who first appeared at Miller &
Rhoads in downtown Richmond in 1936. Generations of families from all over Virginia and even out of
state have made Legendary Santa part of their holiday tradition. Free; admission to museum is additional.
(804) 474-7000. Web site: www.c-mor.org.

Through Jan. 1                                                               Richmond
100 MILES OF LIGHTS—RICHMOND. Begin your holiday celebration at the annual downtown Grand
Illumination, where millions of lights and 100 whimsical reindeer will be lighted. Enjoy colorful light
displays and botanical decorations at GardenFest of Lights. Other Richmond traditions include the Fan
District Walking Tour, the James River Parade of Lights, Joy From the World, performances of The
Nutcracker and the Capital City Kwanzaa Festival. (888) 493-7386, (804) 783-7450, (888) 742-4666. E-
mail: info@100milesoflights.com. Web site: www.100milesoflights.com.

Dec. 1                                                                    Altavista
“FIRST SATURDAYS” IN ALTAVISTA. Find that one-of-a-kind item you didn’t even know you needed,
from clothing and tools to antiques and livestock. Trade Lot. (434) 944-5530, (434) 369-6665, (434) 369-
5001.

Dec. 1                                                                    Louisa
GREEN SPRINGS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND CRAFT SHOW. Celebrate the historic spirit as you
taste our wines and complete your holiday shopping. Relax by the warmth of the stove and fill up your
Christmas stocking. Items offered for sale include metalwork, stained glass, fiber art, soaps, jewelry,
blown glass, Christmas greenery, paper crafts, quilts, handbags, photography, blacksmithing, pottery, oil
paintings and handcrafted wines. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 967-WINE. E-mail: lew@greenspringswinery.com.
Web site: www.greenspringswinery.com.

Dec. 1, 8                                                             Barboursville
WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP AT BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS. Enjoy the festivities of the
season by creating your own boxwood wreath. Be sure to bring your hand pruners. $40/person;
reservations are required. Noon-3 p.m. (540) 832-3824. E-mail: bvvy@barboursvillewine.com. Web site:
www.barboursvillewine.com.

Dec. 1-2                                                                   Barboursville
HOLIDAY/CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT BURNLEY VINEYARDS. Taste our new releases, including
Riesling and hot mulled wine (Spicy Rivanna). Items to nibble will also be available. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
(540) 832-2828. E-mail: burnleywines@hughes.net. Web site: www.burnleywines.com.

Dec. 1-2                                                                      Glen Allen
JINGLE BELL WINE TRAIL AT JAMES RIVER CELLARS WINERY. Tour Central Virginia’s premier
wineries—Cooper, Grayhaven, Green Springs, James River and Lake Anna—and receive a souvenir
glass and a special gift for completing the trail. There will be wine tastings, tours and light fare at the
wineries. $. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (804) 550-7516. E-mail: winecellars@jrgm.com.
Web site: www.jamesrivercellars.com.

Dec. 1-2                                                                   Lynchburg
VICTORIAN HOME TOUR. Go back in time as you visit beautiful restored Victorian homes in the
Diamond Hill Historic District decorated in their holiday grandeur. Guides will be present to provide
historical and architectural information. $15. 2-5 p.m. (434) 847-0491, (434) 847-8409, (434) 847-6289. E-
mail: Newton_Chandler@Verizon.net. Web site: www.DiamondHill.org.




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Dec. 1-2                                                                    Petersburg
CENTRE HILL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Stroll through historic Centre Hill Mansion, built in 1823, to see
stately architecture and holiday decorations interpreting different eras. Enjoy live entertainment and light
refreshments and learn why two presidents visited here. $. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (804) 733-2401, (800) 368-
3595. E-mail: petgtourism@earthlink.net. Web site: petersburg-va.org.

Dec. 1-2, 8-9                                                               Afton
WINTER OPEN HOUSE AT AFTON MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS & WINERY. Sample a barrel tasting of
the new vintage with minestrone soup. Taste our entire selection of wine for holiday gifts, including our
sparkling wine. Light picnic fare is available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (540) 456-8667, (800) 282-8223. E-mail:
finewines@aftonmountainwinery. Web site: www.aftonmountainvineyards.com.

Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16                                                     Bedford
CHRISTMAS TIME’S A’COMING OPEN HOUSE AT PEAKS OF OTTER WINERY. Come join us by the
fire and taste warm Cinfulious (apple cinnamon) wine and cider in the wine tasting room. Gift packs of the
many beautiful bottles of wine and canned products will make wonderful Christmas gifts. Noon-5 p.m.
(540) 586-3707. E-mail: appleseed@earthlink.net. Web site: www.peaksofotterwinery.com/.

Dec. 2                                                                  Cumberland
WILLIS RIVER TRAIL RUN. What nicer way to enjoy a 10K run than trekking along a creek in beautiful
Bear Creek Lake State Park? Meet at the CMT trailhead. $. (804) 492-4410, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail:
bearcreek@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/bea.shtml.

Dec. 2                                                                     Lovingston
CHRISTMAS PARADE IN NELSON COUNTY. Get ready for the holiday season by bringing your family
to the annual parade, featuring floats, marching units, vehicles, animals and—best of all—Santa Claus.
Civic clubs and street vendors will be selling food and beverages. The parade travels north through the
village and ends at the old packing shed, where Santa visits with children of all ages. 3-5 p.m. (434) 277-
9149, (434) 263-7073, (800) 282-8223. Web site: www.nelsoncounty.com.

Dec. 2                                                                      Richmond
A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT MAYMONT. This charming holiday celebration features special
Maymont House Museum tours, designed for the entire family, that highlight the breathtaking decorations
and Victorian holiday traditions. New for 2007, mansion visits will also incorporate the second floor.
Father Christmas hosts the event, which also includes carriage rides, Victorian ladies and gentlemen, a
craft, carolers, hot cider and shopping. Noon-4 p.m. (804) 358-7166. E-mail: info@maymont.org. Web
site: www.maymont.org/events/annual.asp.

Dec. 7                                                                    Richmond
FIRST FRIDAYS ART WALK. See Richmond’s thriving arts and cultural community showcased at art
galleries, creative venues and restaurants along Broad Street and in historic Jackson and Monroe wards.
Free. 6-10 p.m. (804) 344-1508. E-mail: curatedculture@comcast.net. Web site:
www.firstfridaysrichmond.com.

Dec. 7                                                                    Richmond
PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY. Join us at the Virginia War Memorial in the outdoor
Shrine of Memory to honor those killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, which
resulted in the United States entering World War II. Free. 11 a.m.-noon. (804) 786-2060, (804) 786-2050.
E-mail: cshelton@vawarmemorial.org. Web site: www.vawarmemorial.org.

Dec. 7-14                                                                    Richmond
MAYMONT BY MOONLIGHT. Horse-drawn carriages transport arriving guests down the luminary-lit lane
to Maymont House Museum, where “Victorian” ladies and gentlemen host special visits through the
beautifully decorated home of Major and Mrs. James Dooley. The magical evening continues with living
history, holiday shopping, carol singing and light Christmas treats. $; registration is required. 5:30-8 p.m.
(804) 358-7166. E-mail: info@maymont.org. Web site: www.maymont.org/events/annual.asp.
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Dec. 8                                                                    Huddleston
FLOTILLA FOR TOYS. As lavishly decorated boats float by, enjoy hot apple cider, roasted marshmallows
and fellowship by the fire. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a local youngster and Smith Mountain Lake
State Park will waive the parking fee. 7-9 p.m. (540) 297-6066, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail:
smlake@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml.

Dec. 8                                                                   Midlothian
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT WOODLAND VINEYARD. Celebrate the holiday season with wine tasting,
light hors d’oeuvres, our signature mulled wine and holiday cheer. We also have hot cider and cookies for
the kids. $. Noon-5 p.m. (804) 739-2774. E-mail: info@woodlandvineyard.com. Web site:
www.woodlandvineyard.com.

Dec. 8                                                                      Orange
HOLIDAY MARKET ON EAST MAIN. Come to the Train Depot for a traditional holiday market with a
poinsettia sale, holiday crafts and foods, decorating events for children and adults at the Arts Center and
pictures with Santa. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (540) 672-2540. E-mail: info@orangedowntownalliance.org. Web site:
www.orangedowntownalliance.org.

Dec. 8                                                                     Richmond
VIRGINIA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY. Join us as we mark our tenth year
with a huge celebration. There will be live music, entertainment, food and drink. $. 6-11 p.m. (804) 257-
5400. E-mail: info@va-holocaust.com. Web site: www.va-holocaust.com.

Dec. 8-9                                                                   Charlottesville
OAKENCROFT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. The holiday season is approaching and Oakencroft wines
make a great holiday gift. Avoid the crowds and sample some of Virginia’s best wines while doing your
shopping. Snacks will be available and we will offer special holiday discounts. $, includes souvenir
wineglass. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (434) 296-4188. E-mail: mail@oakencroft.com. Web site: www.oakencroft.com.

Dec. 8-9                                                                 Rice
CIVIL WAR SANTA. Here’s your chance to learn about traditional holiday arts and crafts and have a
snapshot taken with an old-time Santa. Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park. $. Sat., opens at 10 a.m.;
Sun., opens at noon. (434) 392-3435, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail: twinlakes@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site:
www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sai.shtml.

Dec. 8-9                                                                 Richmond
FAN DISTRICT HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR. The 45th annual tour will take place in the largest intact
Victorian neighborhood in the U.S. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased
online. 1-5 p.m. (804) 254-2550. E-mail: housetour@fandistrict.org. Web site: www.fandistrict.org.

Dec. 8-9, 15-16                                                          Nellysford
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT HILL TOP BERRY FARM & WINERY. Come in out of the cold and enjoy
fruit wines and meads as well as food pairings, hot soup and hot mulled wine. Find a unique gift for
someone special from our gift shop or wine selection. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. (434) 361-
1266, (800) 282-8223. E-mail: hilltop1@ntelos.net. Web site: www.hilltopberrywine.com.

Dec. 8-9, 15-16                                                               Richmond
WISHING YOU A MAYMONT CHRISTMAS. Experience the grace and gentility of a Victorian Christmas
on this special family-friendly 40-minute tour. A “Victorian” lady will describe the traditions and decorations
that made Maymont House—the elegant home of James and Sallie Dooley—one of the most dazzling
homes in Richmond during the Christmas season of 1893. $. 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. (804) 358-
7166. E-mail: info@maymont.org. Web site: www.maymont.org/events.




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Dec. 14                                                                     Petersburg
FRIDAY FOR THE ARTS IN OLD TOWNE PETERSBURG. Experience this arts gala for yourself. Most
art galleries, stores and restaurants have exhibitors, music and specials. Come early, park free, have
dinner and then experience the best of the arts. Walk or ride the free arts bus. 6-10 p.m. (804) 733-4495.
E-mail: info@oldtownepetersburg.com. Web site: oldtownepetersburg.com.

Dec. 14-16                                                                 Glen Allen
JAMES RIVER CELLARS’ HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. ’Tis the season for celebrating with friends, family
and, of course, our seasonal wines. Who is naughty and who is nice? Find those perfect last-minute gifts,
taste our award-winning wines and visit with special craft vendors to pick up some unique holiday gifts.
Stock up on wine, gifts and holiday cheer. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (804) 550-7516. E-mail: winecellars@jrgm.com.
Web site: www.jamesrivercellars.com.

Dec. 21-31                                                                 Wintergreen
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS AT WINTERGREEN RESORT. Celebrate the most magical time
of the year with horse-drawn carriage rides, lunch with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year’s
Eve celebrations. (800) 266-2444, (434) 325-2200. E-mail: info@wintergreenresort.com. Web site:
www.wintergreenresort.com.

Dec. 23                                                                 Wintergreen
WINTERGREEN RESORT FREESTYLE RAIL JAM. Boarders and skiers are welcome at this thrilling
competition on the rails. (800) 266-2444, (434) 325-2200. E-mail: info@wintergreenresort.com. Web site:
www.wintergreenresort.com.

Dec. 28-29                                                             Wintergreen
WINTERGREEN RESORT FREESTYLE DEMO DAYS. Test out the hottest ski and snowboard
equipment on the market today. (800) 266-2444, (434) 325-2200. E-mail: info@wintergreenresort.com.
Web site: www.wintergreenresort.com.

Dec. 28-31                                                             Glen Allen
WINTER OPEN HOUSE AT JAMES RIVER CELLARS. Come in out of the cold and warm up. Did you
run out before the New Year? Then stop by and sample our award-winning wines and restock. The
perfect indoor ambience sets the scene for a warm and cozy winter season wine tasting. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
(804) 550-7516. E-mail: winecellars@jrgm.com. Web site: www.jamesrivercellars.com.

Dec. 31                                                                    Barboursville
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER AT BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS. Celebrate the New Year with us at
Palladio Restaurant. Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Melissa Close and expertly paired with
six Barboursville wines. $, reservations are required, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. (540) 832-7848. E-mail:
book@palladiorestaurant.com. Web site: www.barboursvillewine.com.




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