A free community tree lighting event and holiday concert

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 a special holiday concert, fun kids’ crafts, character photos, face painting, food vendors, a visit from Santa and friends, and over 20,000 LED lights illuminating Downtown Mall Central Place!

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 music, celebration, and goodwill at this year’s Grand Illumination!
Free parking will be available at the Market Street Garage after 5pm and at all metered street parking locations for the entire day.
Downtown Mall vehicle crossings at 2nd and 4th streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 4:30PM-10PM.
UVA Community Credit Union has joined the City of Charlottesville as Presenting Sponsor of the Grand Illumination for three years in a row and has been a tremendous partner for the City’s signature holiday event.

Gold Sponsors include The AV Company, Ting Charlottesville, and the Paramount Theater.