Charlottesville's 20th Annual Grand Illumination!

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!

This popular community event is free for all ages and includes special musical performances, fun kids' crafts, face painting & balloons, photos with Mrs. Claus, a visit from Santa and friends, a free movie screening, and of course... the grand illumination of the community tree with over 20,000 LED bulbs!

For more information visit www.charlottesville.org/grandillumination and be sure to like us on Facebook @cvillegrandllumination (#cvillegrand). Here are a few of the evening's highlights...

COMMUNITY CARES AND CRAFTS (5:30PM–7:30PM)
Local businesses and organizations will provide fun activity tables for the kids along with helpful information about their organization. Other activities include free face painting, balloon art, and photos with Mrs. Claus and friends!

ALSO - 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!

HOLIDAY CONCERT (5:30PM–8PM)
The stage at Central Place will feature some amazing 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, and many more!

TREE LIGHTING WITH SANTA & FRIENDS! (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! Immediately after the lighting of the tree we'll be visited by Santa Claus and a few of his North Pole friends!

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

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!