Five must-do wintery things in Charlottesville

By: Stephanie Thomas
December 26, 2022
The Indigo House
It’s our first winter in Charlottesville, and as we prepped to move into the new house, we tried to squeeze a few winter wonderland activities on the to-do list. Which one do you want to try?

Winter Wanderland at Boar’s Head Resort

The Winter Wander is a hard-packed trail that circles nearly one-half mile around Heritage Lake behind the main hotel at Boar’s Head Resort. Guests will experience multiple Instagram-worthy moments as thousands of festive lights illuminate the rolling landscape. With an “easy” trail rating, the trail is truly built for all walks of life and is one of the best things to do in Charlottesville in the winter. Bonus, you can enjoy a warm drink or food from their market by the glow of the fireplace while browsing the local vendor options.
The event runs through Jan 7 and you can book tickets here.

Veritas Illuminated in Afton

Speaking of lights, Veritas Illuminated is a ¼ mile-walking path that begins at the pergola near the entrance of the Tasting Room. Winding through the woods and among the vines, the lighted path is an immersive experience from the tops of the towering trees to the forest floor under your feet. Venture indoors for glasses of wine and mugs of hot cocoa next to the roaring fire. A special After Hours menu featuring s’mores, warming soup, and comfort foods will be available for purchase.

The event runs through Jan 8 and tickets can be purchased here.

The Plunge at Wintergreen Resort

The Plunge is Virginia’s largest tubing park. Imagine being on top of a ten-story building and looking out over a hill that’s longer than three football fields. Now imagine going downhill on a tube at speeds reaching 30 mph. That’s The Plunge!

More information about availability and age/height restrictions can be found on their website.

The Christmas Carol Experience at Lovingston Winery

Audience members will be transported back in time as an age-old Christmas tale is brought back to life by Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, all set in their charming 1906 farmhouse and barn, enveloped in centuries-old oak trees atop Josie’s Knoll.

The event runs Dec 8-30 and you can purchase tickets here.

The Christmas Carol Experience at American Shakespeare Center

American Shakespeare Center’s beloved holiday tradition A Christmas Carol returns to the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton December 1-30. Every performance begins with a rousing singalong of holiday tunes led by the cast, and then immerses the audience in Charles Dickens’ tale of transformation and joy, as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future take miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on the ride of his miserable, money-grubbing life.

More information can be found here.

For even more ideas in Charlottesville, check out The Ultimate Charlottesville & Albemarle County Winter Bucket List.


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