Some things are inescapable in Charlottesville—Thomas Jefferson, his home, and the noble university he founded; the Paramount Theater and its iconic marquee; and history. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a community with great food, abundant spirits, lively arts and entertainment, and tantalizing stories of yesteryear.
Holiday time brings out the best in C’ville (the town’s moniker) as jovial celebrations abound. Thousands gather before the Rotunda at the University of Virginia for the Lighting of the Lawn and candlelight tours are among the special events at Jefferson’s plantation, Monticello. The city’s Grand Illumination tree lighting inaugurates the season at the Historic Downtown Mall.