Celebrate Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination 2018

Charlottesville Grand Illumination

The City of Charlottesville, Ting and UVA Community Credit Union present Charlottesville’s 21st Annual Grand Illumination on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:30–7:30 pm at Central Place on the Downtown Mall!

The city’s signature holiday event features a holiday concert, kids’ crafts, fun activities, photos with Mrs. Claus and friends, face painting, balloons, City Market vendors, interactive projection displays, a visit from Santa, and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating Downtown Central Place!

After the lighting of the tree, the Paramount Theater will present a free showing of the classic holiday movie Home Alone at 8 pm on the big screen!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow @cvillegrand on Instagram and Twitter. Post a photo using #cvillegrand and watch it displayed on the Social Wall during the concert!


The City of Charlottesville is happy to provide complimentary parking after 4 pm at Market and Water Street garages on the evening of Grand Illumination.


2nd Street SW and 4th Street SE on the Downtown Mall will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 4:30–9 pm.


UVA Community Credit Union and Ting will present Grand Illumination 2018 along with the City of Charlottesville. This will be UVA Community Credit Union’s fourth year as presenting sponsor and Ting’s first.

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