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The City of Charlottesville and UVA Community Credit Union invite you to experience Grand Illumination! on Friday, December 1st from 6pm–8pm at Central Place on the Downtown Mall!
This popular community event is free for all ages and includes live musical performances, fun kid crafts, character photos, a visit from Santa, a free movie screening, and of course... the grand illumination of the community tree!
COMMUNITY CARES AND CRAFTS (6PM–7:30PM)
Local businesses and organizations will provide craft tables for the kids along with helpful information. Toy Lift Charities will be on hand to exchange a raffle ticket for every toy dropped off from 6PM–7:30PM. Free face painting and concessions are also available as well as photos with Mrs. Claus and Friends!
HOLIDAY CONCERT (6PM–8PM)
The stage at Central Place will feature some amazing local musical talent including the Virginia Gentlemen, the Virginia Consort Carolers, Live Arts Players, DMR Adventures, and more!
GRAND ILLUMINATION! (8PM)
Join us as we count down to the lighting of the community tree and watch as Central Place buildings come alive with spectacular projection animation provided by the talented Jeff Dobrow!
SANTA AND FRIENDS (8PM)
Immediately after the lighting of the tree we'll be visited by Santa Claus and a few of his North Pole friends!
FREE FAMILY MOVIE - A CHRISTMAS STORY (8:30PM)
After the lighting of the tree, the Paramount Theater will offer a free screening of the popular family holiday movie A CHRISTMAS STORY with free popcorn.
TOY LIFT AND HOLIDAY MARKET
Before the Grand Illumination festivities begin, join us at City Hall Plaza (next to the Sprint Pavilion) from 9AM–4PM for the 2nd annual Downtown Toy Lift and Holiday Market!