Friendship, Trade, and Feast at Henricus Historical Park
Chester - November 25

Come join the English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters at Henricus for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia. Visitors will be immersed in the cooking, games and songs that were common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. This event will further interpret the history of the first “Thanksgiving” in English America – the one which happened in 1619 in Virginia! Join us for smells, sounds, and frolic of the 17th century past.

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Turkey Pardoning at the Virginia Living Museum
Newport News -  November 22
For the eighth year, the Virginia Living Museum will celebrate the long and healthy life of its wild turkeys during the annual Turkey Pardoning.  Wednesday, November 22 at 11am a city official will pardon the turkeys during a brief ceremony on the outdoor trail beside the Turkey/Deer Habitat.  There will be turkey-related crafts and objects on display.
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Caroling in the Caverns - Grand Caverns
Grottoes - December 2
Experience a special holiday memory with the rare opportunity to listen to musical performances and receive a Candle Light tour inside Grand Caverns, America's Oldest Show Cave.
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Breakfast with Santa at the Mariners' Museum
Newport News - December 2 & 9
Enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa Claus and take your own photos - Listen to "A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas" reading with Santa - Make ornaments and other holiday crafts
Tickets include admission to the Museum for the day
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Henricus Historical Park - Three Centuries of Virginia Christmas
Chester - December 9, noon to 5pm
Henricus interpreters will be demonstrating the changing traditions of English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864).
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Southwest Virginia Museum State Park Festival of Trees
Big Stone Gap - through December 31
Celebrate the annual Festival of Trees. Eighty-one trees will be decked out for the season as will doorways, banisters and mantels. Area businesses, schools, churches, civic groups and individuals pitch in by creating themed decorations. Guided tours for groups are available. The Festival of Trees will be available for viewing during the museum's normal operating hours.
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Winter Lights - Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga
Chantilly- November 17 through January 5
Experience our new seasonal addition that offers a warm inviting family atmosphere and a full evening of amazing fun. Visitors will be able to take a hayride or walk to view this nighttime adventure and enjoy some hot chocolate with S’mores around a bonfire. Proceeds fund preservation and development of the Botanic Garden.
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Highland for the Holidays - James Monroe's Highland
Charlottesville - through the month of December
Beginning the first weekend in December, visitors will find the entire house beautifully decorated for the holidays! Discover the magic of James Monroe’s historical property during the holiday season.
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Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel - Natural Tunnel State Park
Duffield - beginning November 24 - weekend evenings through December
As you ride on chairlift and make your way to the tunnel, you will be surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights and see movable Christmas displays. Once at the tunnel, stand by the warm fire while sounds and smells of the season fill the air. Hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, Christmas carols, and Santa are just a few of things you can expect to enjoy. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will also be on hand with period dressed historians telling stories of Christmas from 1775.
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