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Top 25 Ways to Experience December in DPC

November 22, 2017

Annual Christmas in Historic Chatham - Town Illumination and Festival of Carols

  • Friday, December 1, 7-9 p.m. 
  • Town of Chatham
  • The entire town will be twinkling with Christmas lights, including lanterns, trees and orbs! There will also be Christmas carols sung by local civic and church groups, with the crowd participation! And don’t miss the annual lighting of the Yule log, introduced by the Hargrave Highlanders (bagpiping corps), followed by cider and ginger snaps by the fire - a real old-fashioned, small town, Christmas celebration
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Owen Farm Winterfest

  • Friday, December 1, Saturday, December 2, Friday, December 8, Saturday, December 9, Friday, December 15, Saturday, December 16, Friday, December 22, Saturday, December 23: 5-9 p.m.
  • Owen Farm Tours, 1668 Silver Creek Rd Danville, VA 24540
  • 434-685-4123
  • Owen Farm Winterfest is holiday fun for the entire family! Come enjoy a hayride to see Santa, activities in the Loft for the children, roast s'mores, enjoy hot cider, hot chocolate, hot dogs, ribbon fries and more.
  • Hayride cost is $8 for all ages, kids receive a treat from Santa (under 2 is free).
  • Night time hayrides will take place Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 5-8:30 p.m.
  • Cookie decorating, ornament making, coloring station are an additional $3.50 for all inclusive activities... if done individually the cost is $2 each.
  • We also have fresh cut Frasier Fir Christmas Trees for sale, ranging from 5-11 ft.
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Dan River Region Bluegrass Association Annual Christmas Concert

  • Friday, December 1, 7-10 p.m.
  • Danville Community College, 1008 South Main Street Danville, VA 24541
  • Celebrate the Christmas season at the annual Christmas concert held by the Dan River Region Bluegrass Association! Bluegrass & Gospel music followed by fellowship and food for all the attendees! Plan to come early because it usually sells out!
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Christmas Bazaar at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex

  • Saturday, December 2, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, 19783 U.S. Hwy. 29 South Chatham, VA 24531
  • 434-432-8026
  • Our First Annual Christmas Bazaar, featuring local crafters, artisans, bakers, food vendors, music, hot cider, hot cocoa and specialty items, will be held in our indoor conference center.
  • The FFA Christmas tree sale will also be onsite, as well as the DKC Agility Trials Dog Show in our arena. Come join in the festivities, shop for unique gifts and get ready for the holidays!
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The Polar Express in the Digital Dome

  • Saturday, December 2: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
  • Danville Science Center, 677 Craghead St Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-791-5160
  • The holidays are fast approaching and we are close to our first Polar Express Pajama Party! Put on your favorite pajamas and enjoy this holiday classic in our digital dome theater.
  • Tickets are $15 ($12 for members) and include movie ticket, family photo and admission to the Danville Science Center that day. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.
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Annual Christmas in Historic Chatham - Chatham Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 2, 1-2 p.m.
  • Town of Chatham
  • 434-250-1634
  • The annual Chatham Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 2nd, at 1 p.m. and will follow the parade route along Main Street from Hurt Street to Depot Street.
  • Join us and enjoy the marching bands, school groups, community organizations, churches and others in celebrating the Christmas season!
  • Take a tour of all the new businesses in town, both before and after the parade, to get a jump on your shopping list! From beauty products at Studio 29 to local art and food items at Reid Street Gallery, you’ll find something for everyone on your list!
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Christmas Open House at The Homeplace Vineyard

  • Saturday, December 2, 4-8 p.m.
  • The Homeplace Vineyard, 568 Rigney Circle Chatham, VA 24531
  • 434-432-9463
  • The Homeplace Vineyard will have a Christmas Open House on December 2nd from  4-8 p.m. Music will be by Nobody's Business, playing some jazzy tunes along with your favorite Christmas songs. Refreshments will be provided as a thank you to our guests for your support over the past year.
  • Our Christmas present to our guests this year is our release of the long awaited Cabernet Franc. It is oh so delicious! Please join us for this special evening!
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Annual Christmas on the Plaza

  • Saturday, December 2, 4-6 p.m.
  • Main Street Plaza, 209 Main Street Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-791-0210
  • The River District Association invites you to join us for the official lighting of the Main Street Plaza, hot chocolate, cookies, selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus and performances by local musicians and school groups.
  • Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army and be entered into a drawing to win free tickets to the River District on Ice skating rink.
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Annual Holiday Market & Breakfast with Santa

  • Saturday, December 2, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Danville Community Market, 629 Craghead Street Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-797-8961
  • Visit the Danville Community Market for a special Holiday Market featuring everything you need to get ready for your holiday parties and gatherings!! The 2017 Holiday Market will offer live locally grown Christmas trees, baked goods, wreaths, jewelry, artwork and other unique gifts.
  • We will also have the Annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, pictures and visits with Santa!
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Luminaria Trail Walk

  • Saturday, December 2, 6-8 p.m.
  • Main Street Plaza, 209 Main Street Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-799-5150
  • Join Danville Parks and Recreation for its annual Luminaria Trail Walk along the Dan River from Main Street Plaza to The Crossing. Luminaries will show you the way while carolers will add a little magic to your walk. Enjoy a warm hot chocolate and holiday treat on us.
  • This event is free and will follow River District Association's tree lighting on the Plaza. The ice rink will also be open at the Crossing.
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River District on Ice

  • Saturday, December 2-Tuesday, January 2: Monday-Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 12-9 p.m.
  • Danville Community Market parking lot, 629 Craghead St. Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-791-0210
  • The River District Association, in partnership with the City of Danville Parks and Recreation and the Danville Regional Foundation, will bring a season of ice skating to the River District this year! We aim to provide a fun activity for all to enjoy throughout the month of December.
  • River District on Ice will open on Saturday, December 2nd and remain open through January 2nd, 2018. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 12-9 p.m. The synthetic ice skating rink will be located in the back parking lot at the Community Market.
  • Cost to skate is $2 per person, cash only, for a 20-minute session; ice skate rental is included in the cost. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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Danville Christmas Parade

  • Sunday, December 3, 3-5 p.m.
  • Main Street Danville
  • 434-793-4636
  • The Annual Danville Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade is a fun way to spread the Joy of Christmas! This year's theme is "Peace on Earth."
  • For more information, contact the Danville Welcome Center.
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Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit

  • Sunday, December 3, 5-6 p.m.
  • Roosevelt Mattox Park, 533 Pocket Rd Hurt, VA 24563
  • 434-324-4411
  • Hurt’s second annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at Roosevelt Mattox Park (adjacent to Town Hall) on Sunday, December 3 at 5 p.m.
  • New Prospect Baptist Church children’s choir and the Hurt Elementary School Chorus, Jammers, and Flaggers are scheduled to provide a variety of holiday music as the town’s new Norway spruce is illuminated.
  • Following the short program, light refreshments will be served immediately afterward in Council Chambers, where Santa Claus will be on hand for kids of all ages to bring their lists…
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Annual Christmas in Historic Chatham - Chatham Concert Series - Holiday Favorites

  • Sunday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 66 North Main Street Chatham VA 24531
  • Chatham Concert Series, Holiday Favorites Concert, with David Stewart Riley, pianist and conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and Kevin and Bryan Matheson on strings.
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Decorated Trees for a Cause

  • Tuesday, December 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, 150 Slayton Ave Danville, VA 24540
  • 434-766-6700
  • Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Come to the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research to view over 50 decorated trees! Help us support local causes and charities by making monetary donations for your favorite tree!
  • Refreshments will be provided.
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Bark the Halls

  • Thursday, December 7, 6-8 p.m.
  • Ballou Park, 760 W Main St Danville, VA 24541
  • From the people who brought you Yappy Hour and Barktober Fest comes an entirely new Christmas event! "Bark The Halls" will take place on the light-testing night of The Community Holiday Light Show and is your opportunity to walk through the lights with your pet.
  • Enjoy live music, hot cocoa, crafts and FREE pictures with Santa.
  • Enter your dog into the Tacky Christmas Sweater contest to win a prize! Dogs must be registered by 6:45 p.m. and the contest will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Admission is free, but dog product donations are encouraged (dog food, toys, water bowls, etc.).
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Ballad's First Annual Tropical Vacay Holiday Party

  • Saturday, December 9, 12-10 p.m.
  • Ballad Brewing, 600 Craghead St. Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-799-4677
  • Bring your Hawaiian shirts, leis, and grass skirts because Ballad Brewing is ready to celebrate the holidays like we were all transported to the tropics. 
  • Live Music, a brand new Tropical Vacay IPA, food, fun and more.
  • A Tropical Claus/Hawaiian T-Shirt Contest will be held for prizes. Extra points for Mrs. Tropical Claus, elves or classic tropical pop culture icons.
  • Music by Shiloh Hill and Food by Backporch BBQ.

Janie's Christmas at the Mansion

  • Saturday, December 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History,975 Main St Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-793-5644
  • “Janie’s Christmas” 2017 is a special Holiday Tour of the Sutherlin Mansion, as seen through the eyes of 9-year-old Janie Sutherlin, (affectionately known as Janie 2) during the Christmas of 1859/1860. Guided through period vignettes, visitors will complete the event with the Christmas of 1881 and that Victorian winter in the life of 9-year-old Janie Sutherlin Smith, (also known as Janie 3).
  • Tours are on the half-hour and rotate until the last tour, which begins at 3 p.m. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • You must call to reserve your tour time at the Museum (434)793-5644. The Museum is taking reservations on a first-come first-served basis. Tour groups are limited to 15 people per group.
  • The frist tour begins promptly at 1 p.m., second tour at 1:30 p.m., third tour at 2 p.m., fourth tour at 2:30 p.m., and final tour begins at 3 p.m. This event is free to the public, but you must call to reserve your spot on the tour.
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Community Holiday Light Show

  • Saturday, December 9-Monday, December 25: Sunday-Thursday: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday:  6 p.m.-10 p.m
  • Ballou Park, 760 West Main St. Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-793-4636
  • Drive through Ballou Park this December as holiday lights fill atmosphere. The show is made up entirely of displays created by the community. Over 9,600 people attended in 2016 in 2,517 cars and 18 buses and this year promises to be even better. Registered non-profits will be eligible to receive prize money for the “Best in Show” award. Monetary prizes will be awarded for first through fourth place. This year’s show will be limited to the first 40 displays.
  • The Children’s Village, which is included in the price of admission, will be open through December 23 until 9 p.m. Join us for free photos with Santa, holiday crafts and hot chocolate.
  • Admission fee: $7 cars, $15 van and mini-buses. Show is closed on Christmas Eve.
  • **Southeast Tourism Society named Danville Parks and Recreation Community Holiday Light Show one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for December.**
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Holiday Celebration Concert

  • Saturday, December 9, 8-10 p.m.
  • George Washington High School Auditorium, 701 Broad St Danville, VA 24541
  • The concert is free to public. We are asking to bring two or more of non-perishable canned food and/or monetary donation for God's Storehouse. We will be collecting donations at the entrance.
  • Farandole from L’Arlesienne – Bizet, Three Selections from Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky, Santa’s Reindeer Team – Milholland, - David “Hutch” Hutchinson, Narrator, Festive Sounds of Hanukah - Arr. Holcombe, Sleigh Ride – Anderson, Bugler’s Holiday - Anderson, Feliz Navidad - Rican & Feliciano, A Christmas Song - Torme, Still, Still, Still - Luboff, White Christmas - Berlin, - Quartet: Susanne Martin, Charlotte Litzenberg, Joe Northern, Raul Wes, Charlie Brown Christmas, and more . .
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2017 Holiday Tour

  • Sunday, December 10, 1-5 p.m.
  • Historic Danville
  • 434-709-8398
  • View the past to see the future! See how old houses and buildings have been renovated and repurposed.
  • Advance Tickets - $20 per person
  • 111 Lady Astor Street, 1031 Main Street, 868 Green Street, 608 Holbrook Ave, 315 Lynn Street - #305 Smith Seeds Building, 600 Main Street - Historic Danville Hotel Lobby, Calvary Baptist Church - 218 Holbrook Street (see and hear the piano once owned by Maya Angelou), Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History*, Langhorne House*, Schoolfield Museum*, Fire Department Museum*
  • *On tour dates, tickets sold here for $25.
  • Refreshments: Crema & Vine 1009 Main Street, Ballad Brewing 600 Craghead Street
  • Model Homes: 221 Jefferson Ave, 120 Chestnut Street
  • Tickets available: www.danvillehistory.org, The Ginger Bread House - 1799 Memorial Drive, Karen's Hallmark - Danville Mall Level 2, Rippe's - 559 Main Street, Vintages by the Dan - 312 Main Street
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Gretna Christmas Parade

  • Sunday, December 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Town of Gretna
  • Join us for the 2017 Gretna Christmas Parade!
  • This year’s theme is 250 Stories: Pittsylvania County’s Sestercentennial Anniversary
  • Lots of fun for all – fire trucks, floats, music and, of course, SANTA!!
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Christmas Storytime

  • Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Brewed Awakening, 610 Craghead St Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-483-2138
  • Join us for storytime, holiday activities and hot chocolate. Local authors will read to children from their original works.
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Fourth Annual Ugly Sweater Party

  • Saturday, December 23, 7-11 p.m.
  • 2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co., 209 Trade St Danville, VA 24541
  • 434-549-2739
  • Pick out your ugliest sweater and join us at 2 Witches for our 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Party! This is a great time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones!
  • DJ Drake will be spinning the tunes so everyone can get their Jolly ON!
  • Back Porch BBQ will also be on-site serving their delicious food!
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Numerous Holiday Painting Classes