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Weekend Planner: Holiday Night Walk, Christmas Carole Crawl, Train Exhibits and More

Weekend Events in the Fredericksburg area Dec. 14 - 16, 2012

Christmas Train Exhibit

  • When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Washington’s Ferry Farm
  • Why Go: View two model train sets, one of a 1930s Christmas Village, and the second of a winter of 1862 Confederate supply camp from the Rappahannock Model Railroad Club
  • Price: $8 adults; $4 students; FREE, ages 6 and under

Jingle Bell Carriage Rides

  • When: Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m.
  • Where: Fredericksburg Visitor Center
  • Why Go: Experience your own sleigh ride through the streets of downtown, complete with holiday music, cookies and the Christmas sites of Fredericksburg. 
  • Price: $100 - $120, tickets required

Friday Night Wine Tasting

  • When: Friday, Dec. 14, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Virginia Wine Experience
  • Why Go: New wine is featured each week, with the bottle sold at a discounted price
  • Price: FREE

A Christmas Carol

  • When: Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • Why Go: See this classic story performed by the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society
  • Price: FREE

Railroad Museum and Train Rides

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: 11700 Main Street
  • Why Go: Tour railroad cars, sit in the caboose and weather permitting take a ride down county tracks in a restored crew car. 
  • Price: FREE, donations accepted

26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Historic Kenmore
  • Why Go: Creative gingerbread houses will be on display, all made to the theme “Songs of the Holidays.” Choose your favorite and see the winner. 
  • Price: $10, adults; $5, students; FREE, under age 6 (includes tour of Kenmore). $5, adults; $2.50, students; FREE, under age 6 (exhibit only)

Open House - Dance Trance

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio
  • Why Go: Experience what Strictly Ballroom has to offer in this dance fitness class and get a great cardio workout. 
  • Price: FREE

Antonio Freeman Autograph Signing

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Where: Spotsylvania Towne Centre
  • Why Go: Meet Antonio Freeman, Virginia Tech and Green Bay Packer Football player and receive an autograph
  • Price: $40 for an autograph ticket

Visit With Santa at Ferry Farm

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Washington’s Ferry Farm
  • Why Go: Visit with Santa, see wooden toys made by his elves and visit the model train exhibit
  • Price: $8 adults; $4 students; FREE, ages 6 and under 

Holiday Night Walk

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.
  • Where: Walk begins at the Blarney Stone Public House
  • Why Go: Enjoy a walk through the streets of downtown Fredericksburg to view the lights and sights on this 3 or 6 mile route. Cookies and hot drinks will be available.
  • Price: FREE

Civil War Santa at Chatham Manor

  • When: Sunday, Dec 16, 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Lane, Stafford County
  • Why Go: Visit with Civil War era Santa, make decorations for the Chatham Christmas Tree, participate in games and a special holiday scavenger hunt, enjoy punch and cookies.
  • Price: FREE

Service of Lessons and Carols

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m.
  • Where: United Methodist Church
  • Why Go: Enjoy music of the season from “Come Ye Faithful,” arranged by Hal Hopson. Adult, Youth and Children Choirs will perform. 
  • Price: FREE

2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Carole Crawl

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
  • Where: F.W. Sullivan’s Old Town
  • Why Go: Participate in this Fredericksburg pub crawl and sing carols in holiday garb to support the Fairy Godmother Project
  • Price: $5

Sunday Night Bingo

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: 1114 Potomac Avenue
  • Why Go: Enjoy a Bingo night with proceeds going to local charities, as well as a chance to win cash prizes
  • Price: FREE entry, pay for Bingo cards at the door

Sunday Trivia

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Colonial Tavern
  • Why Go: Complete your weekend with a trivia night and compete to win cash prizes and more
  • Price: FREE

Arts

Beading Class at Artful Dimensions Gallery, Learn how to make a cuff bracelet using beads, buttons and other objects. Friday, Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m., $60.

December “Art Attack” at Liberty Town. Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 12 - 4 p.m., FREE

Picturing the Civil War at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 12 - 5 p.m., $7 for adults, $2 for students, children 6 and under, FREE

2nd Annual Jewelry Show at Ponshop Gallery. Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, 12 - 5 p.m., FREE.

All Member Holiday Exhibit at Art First Gallery. Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., FREE

“Artist Showcase” at Brush Strokes Gallery. Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., FREE

December Work at Tanya Richey Studio Gallery. Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 12 - 5 p.m., FREE

Holiday Show and “It’s Small” at Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Friday, Dec. 14, 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 12 - 4 p.m., FREE

December All Member Show at Artful Dimensions Gallery. Friday, Dec. 14, Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday Dec. 16, 12 - 6 p.m., FREE.

From Recycled Cereal Box to One of a Kind Art Journal at Artful Dimensions Gallery, Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m., $45.

Altered Books From Start To Finish at Artful Dimensions Gallery, Create a discarded volume into an individual work of art. Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m., $45. 

Music

Reunion Band at Yak-A-Doo’s. Friday, Dec. 14, 9 p.m., FREE. Mirage Band, Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m., FREE. 

True Soul at Shannon’s Bar and Grille. Friday, Dec. 14, 9 p.m., FREE.

Mercutio at Colonial Tavern. Friday, Dec. 14, 9 p.m., FREE. The Recliners, Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m., FREE. 

Open Mic Night at Carme Espresso. Saturday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m., FREE.

Bluesyerdaddy at Cheeseburger in Paradise. Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m., FREE. 

The Blues Buckets and Tough Deal at Hard Times Cafe. Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m., FREE.  

Have something to add to the list?  Tell us in the comments section below!

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Susan Larson (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Fredericksburg Ballet Centre presents the 'Nutcracker' Saturday, December 15 @ 2:00 & 7:30, Sunday, December 16 @ 2:00 at James Monroe High School. More information here: http://www.fredericksburgballet.com/

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