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10 Holiday Events the Weekend Before Christmas

Compiled by Susan Larson. Christmas at Chatham Manor photo courtesy of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park.

Weekend events in the Central Virginia region December 18 – 20, 2015.

The Manassas Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Thursday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday – Wednesday, Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23 at 3 p.m.
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas
Tickets range from $35 – $65

Merry Carols in Market Square
Friday, Dec. 18, 7 – 8 p.m.
Historic Market Square, 907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg
A free community holiday sing along sponsored by Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street Inc. with music by the Fredericksburg Blues Society and refreshments by Agora Downtown Coffee Shop.

A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor
Saturday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove
Open house, refreshments, crafts, music.
Free

Civil War Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge
See the park’s very own jolly Civil War era Santa in his handmade, festive suit. Enjoy period music, costumed interpreters and light refreshments. Make decorations as folks during the Civil War did. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. It’s $2 per person or $6 per family.

1st Annual Stafford Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 19, 5 p.m.
Courthouse Road, Stafford
Free

Rappahannock POPS Holiday Spectacular
Saturday, Dec. 19, doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Riverbend High School Auditorium, 12301 Spotswood Furnace Rd., Fredericksburg
Tickets $20; students and those 65+ $15; children under 18 free

Charlottesville Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Dr., Charlottesville
Tickets range from $20 – $75

Fredericksburg Ballet Centre Presents The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m.
James Monroe High School auditorium, 2300 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg
$16 in advance, $18 at the door $18

Christmas at Chatham
Sunday, Dec. 20, 12 – 4 p.m.
Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg
Join park staff and living historians for Christmas at Chatham. Visit with historic Knickerbocker Santa, learn about how soldiers and civilians experienced Christmas during the Civil War, and participate in 19th Century Christmas traditions.
Free

The Living Nativity
Sunday, Dec. 20, 5 – 7 p.m.
Merchants Square Pavilion in Spotsylvania Courthouse Village, 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd., Spotsylvania
Presented by Zion United Methodist Church and Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians.
Free

Want to take the family to see holiday lights? See our list of Christmas Light Shows 2015

See the Nutcracker! Ten different presentations.

Visit Holidays 2015 — our comprehensive list of events and volunteer opportunities.

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