The Weekend Planner
Special events in the Fredericksburg region for the weekend of December 15 – 18, 2016. Click the links for more information.
Rappahannock POPS Celebrating Our Traditions Concert
Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
James Monroe High School Auditorium, 2300 Washington St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
$15 – $20; Children under 18, free.
Holiday Movies at The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater
Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Virginia
Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. – “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” (CBS-TV, 1971)
Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. – “White Christmas” (Paramount, 1954)
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. – “A Christmas Story” (MGM, 1983)
Friday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m. museum visit; 7 p.m. concert.
Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center and Historic Market Square, 907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
A Christmas carol sing-along featuring The Spotsylvanians. Santa’s arrival will close out the evening. Free hot chocolate.
Christmas Movie in the Park: “The Polar Express”
Friday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
Hurkamp Park, 500 William St. Fredericksburg
Bring blankets and lawn chairs and Fredericksburg Parks and Rec for the movie “The Polar Express.” Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages.
A 19th Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor
Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove, Va.
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield host their eighth annual Christmas at Ellwood Manor, with an open house, visits with Santa, refreshments, crafts, and music.
Free. Donations are always welcomed and appreciated.
The Holiday Project
Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Share the holiday spirit with others who may have no one else to share with them. Join volunteers in making cards and gifts to be given to residents at local long-term care facilities, delivered on Christmas Day.
Germanna Volkssport Association Holiday Walk
Saturday, Dec. 17, start between 3 and 5 p.m.; finish by 8 p.m.
Meet ast Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
Experience the lights and sights of the holiday season as you walk downtown Fredericksburg. Stop at our cookie checkpoint to enjoy homemade cookies and hot drinks. Choose from 3-mile or 6-mile trails.
There is no fee to walk the trails. If desired, AVA/IVV Credit is $3. Donations welcome. Event may be cancelled in severe weather (call 540-786-6550; 540 809-6227).
Second Annual Stafford County Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 17, 5 – 8 p.m.
From the intersection of Blackhawk Drive and Courthouse Road to the intersection of Stafford Hospital Drive and Courthouse Road, Stafford, Va.
Christmas at Chatham
Sunday, Dec. 18, 12 – 4 p.m.
Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Falmouth, Va.
Visit with Civil War Santa, learn how soldiers and civilians experienced Christmas during the Civil War, and participate in 19th Century Christmas traditions.
The Living Nativity
Sunday, Dec. 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
Spotsylvania Courthouse Village Merchants Square Pavilion, 9010 Old Battlefield Blvd., Spotsylvania, Va. 22553
Christmas comes to life at Spotsylvania Courthouse Village as you mingle with Nativity characters and real animals.
Ongoing through December 2016
Home for the Holidays at Gari Melchers
Friday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth
Enjoy the house decorated for the holidays in the spirit and style of the Melchers.
Included with museum admission.
Ignite the Night Village Laser Show
Through Saturday, Dec 24, 2016.
Friday evenings 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
Saturday evenings 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.
In the Village at Towne Center, across from Sephora, Spotsylvania Towne Centre Mall, 137 Spotsylvania Mall Dr.
Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village
Nightly through January 1, 2017, 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Meadow Event Park, 13048 Dawn Blvd., Doswell
Meadow Event Park presents Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village. The light show consists of hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio, and features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen, singing trees and Santas and festive decorations.
$25 cars; $55 limos and mini buses; $100 full-sized bus
Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Living Color
Nov. 25, 2016, through January 9, 2017 — closed December 24 and 25.
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va.
A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, fire pit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase), nightly family activities, and more.
$5 – $13
Merry Trees at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center
December 1, 2016, through January 5, 2017, 12 – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday
Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center,
The museum is displaying 10 small Christmas trees with different children’s literature themes. Hugh Mercer Elementary school classes selected a book, read it in class, and created a theme for their class tree. Each student designed and created an ornament relating to their story, and the ornaments adorn their class’s tree. The trees will be available for free viewing during the museum’s regular hours.
Paul’s Bakery Christmas Lights Display
Friday, Dec. 2, and continues nightly through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Paul’s Bakery parking lot, 2006 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, Va.
“My greatest passion has been to create one of the largest, home-made Christmas displays in the area,” Glancy said. He developed a “special way” of creating characters and objects with PVC, and brining them to life with lights.
Admission is free, but visitors are invited to bring a donation for Toys for Tots.
Gingerbread House Contest & Exhibit
December 4 – 30 (Closed December 24 and 25), Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m;. Sundays 12 – 4 p.m.
George Washington’s Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy., Fredericksburg
General admission to Ferry Farm and the exhibit: $8 adults, $4 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $4 adults, $2 students, under 6 free.
A Wee Christmas – Dollhouses and Miniatures Show
December 6 – 30 (Closed December 24 and 25) Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sundays 12 – 4 p.m.
Kenmore Plantation, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg
Admission to Kenmore and exhibit: $10 adults, $5 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $5 adults, $2.50 students, under 6 free.
Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue Santa Runs
Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be making Santa Runs through neighborhoods in the Chancellor area during December 2016, with help from members of Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management. Click the link for the schedule.
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Paul’s Bakery Christmas Lights Display
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Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue Santa Runs Schedule
Christmas at Chatham
Donate to Provide Christmas Gifts for Local Foster Children
Photos with Santa to Benefit Rappahannock United Way
Your Photos: Fredericksburg Christmas Parade 2016
Contribute to the Christmas Break Food Drive
Gift Box Drive to Benefit Local Head Start Students
Photos: Holiday Open House Weekend in Downtown Fredericksburg
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