Winter Survival Guide

Think outdoor dining or wine-tasting are out for the winter? Think again! Wineries and restaurants around Charlottesville know that a roaring fire does more than warm chilled fingers and toes; It creates ambience that make winter nights memorable. Here are some of our favorites.

2022 Holiday Fun in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is a wonderful home for the holidays. With so many vineyards, breweries and wonderful places that want to share the holiday cheer, you get a wealth of options for fun things to do. Take a look at our ever growing list of fun things to do for the holidays in December 2022.

Holiday City Market

Special holiday editions of the City Market every Saturday through December 17th. Shop handcrafted items from a wide variety of artisans, home décor, kitchen utensils, jewelry, textiles, and more. Additionally there will be a great selection of produce, meats, and other groceries. Saturdays November 26, 2022 - December 17, 2022
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
100 Water Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902Admission: FREE

Charlottesville's Grand Illumination

The Grand Illumination Holiday Concert brings seven exciting musical acts to the Ting Pavilion stage in celebration of the holiday season. Browse over two dozen Holiday Market vendors, kids-friendly bounce houses, face painting, games, a special visit from Santa and his North Pole friends! 7:25 p.m. starts the countdown to Charlottesville's Grand Illumination of the Holiday Tree. December 2, 2022
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ting Pavilion
700 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Admission: FREE

Holly Days

James Monroe's Highland hosts the Virginia Discovery Museum for Holly Days, a family holiday program featuring a merry morning of cozy crafts, artisanal activities, and some very special stories from holidays past! Stay warm with cider and donuts and enjoy ornament-making, foliage-foraging, and candle-dipping.
December 3, 2022 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
James Monroe’s Highland
2050 James Monroe's Highland
Charlottesville, VA 22902Admission: $18 per person. Children 1yrs and under are free.

Pro Re Nata Holiday Market

Pro Re Nata's 3rd Annual Holiday Market will host thirty vendors for a weekend of holiday sights, sounds, festive decorations, live music, photo stations, local artisans and regional small businesses, with a daily appearance by Crozet's original Santa! Hops Kitchen will be open daily with Holiday treats. December 3 & 4, 202211 AM to 6 PMPro Re Nata Brewery 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike Crozet, Virginia 22932
Admission: FREE

Santa Claus is Coming to the Dairy Market
Sleigh on over to the Dairy Market where Santa will be waiting for you in Brigid & Bess. Families can meet Santa, take photos, and make their Christmas wishes.
December 3, 2022 1:00pm-5:00pm December 10, 2022 10:00am-1:00pm Dairy Market
946 Grady Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Admission: Free

Crozet Holiday Market Hosted by Bluebird & Co.
Take Photos with Santa & the Book Trailer! Featuring over 20 vendors, staged at all of your favorite local Crozet businesses within walking distance.
December 10, 2022 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMBluebird & Co.
5792 Three Notched Road
Crozet, VA 22932
Admission: FREE

HOW TO LIVE AND WORK REMOTELY

Working from home has its perks, for sure. Throwing a load of laundry in while you’re on a conference call? Check. Wearing PJ pants all day? Sure. But you don’t have to be at your own home to do all that. If you need a change of scenery just for the day or for much longer, the Charlottesville area offers a slew of creative options to allow you to work and even live remotely for as long as you need.

PLACES TO GET TOASTY BY A FIRE

Think outdoor dining or wine-tasting are out for the winter? Think again! Wineries and restaurants around Charlottesville know that a roaring fire does more than warm chilled fingers and toes; It creates ambience that make winter nights memorable. Here are some of our favorites.

FUN WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE ALL WINTER

Even in the best of times, winter can be a long and unforgiving season. Shorter days and wind chill can make you feel like hibernating ’til it’s over, but it doesn’t have to be unbearable. In fact, our insiders have found some pretty sweet ways in and around Charlottesville to beat cabin fever and make the most of the season.

AMAZING COCKTAILS FOR WINTER NIGHTS

Cocktails on cold nights will warm you from the inside out, and who doesn’t enjoy that! Charlottesville restaurants are known for their amazing drinks from simple classics like gin martinis to craft cocktails with creative names. Whether you’re stepping out for the evening, or ordering in, there’s a drink that’ll fit your mood.