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Cville's Grand Illumination!

Location:

Community-Wide

Event Type(s): Special Events / Holiday, Arts / Theatre / Music
Organization: City of Charlottesville
Description: The City of Charlottesville and UVA Community Credit Union present the 20th annual Grand Illumination on Friday, December 1st beginning at 5:30pm at Central Place on the Downtown Mall!

Charlottesville's premier holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features special musical performances, fun kids' crafts, character photos, a visit from Santa and friends, over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating Downtown Mall Central Place, and so much more!

After the lighting of the tree, The Paramount Theater will present a free screening of the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Story" along with free popcorn!

We hope you can join us for an evening of celebration, music, and goodwill at Charlottesville's Grand Illumination!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

HOLIDAY CONCERT (5:30PM–8PM)
Join Andrea Copeland-Whitsett and Antonio Rice at the stage at Central Place as they host an amazing set of local musical talent, including: The Oratorio Society of Virginia, Black Voices, The Virginia Gentlemen, The Virginia Consort Carolers, The Children's Choir of Central Virginia, DMR Adventures, and many more! (CLICK HERE for performance schedule)

NEW FOR 2017!
SOCIAL MEDIA WALL (Provided by Ting and The AV Company) - During the concert be sure to get out your smartphones, take a picture using #CVILLEGRAND, and then look for yourself on the giant on-stage display!

COMMUNITY CARES AND CRAFTS (5:30PM–7:30PM)
Kids can get creative with fun activity and craft tables provided by local businesses and organizations while parents can collect helpful information. Enjoy free face painting, balloon art, and photos with Mrs. Claus and friends as well!

PLUS - Toy Lift Charities will be on hand to exchange a raffle ticket for every toy or cash donation dropped off between 5:30PM and 7:30PM for a chance to win gift certificates to participating downtown businesses!

COUNTDOWN TO GRAND ILLUMINATION! (8PM)
Join us as we count down to the lighting of the community tree with a spectacular projection mapping display produced by the talented Doc Jim and then watch as over 20,000 LED bulbs turn Downtown Central Place into a glowing wonderland! Immediately afterwards we'll be visited by Santa Claus and a few of his North Pole friends!

THE PARAMOUNT THEATER PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS STORY (8:30PM)
At 8:30pm The Paramount Theater offers a free screening of the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Story" with free popcorn!

DOWNTOWN TOY LIFT AND HOLIDAY MARKET (10AM–5PM)
Before the Grand Illumination festivities begin, join us at City Hall Plaza (next to the Sprint Pavilion) for the 3rd annual Downtown Toy Lift and Holiday Market!

Address: 201 E. Main St.
Downtown Mall Central Place
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Contact Name: Joe Rice
Contact Phone: 434-409-8226
Contact Email: ricej@charlottesville.org
Date: Friday, 12/1/2017
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
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