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Virginia's Holiday Lightfest, Patriot Park, 5710 Smith Station Road. Dazzling illuminated drive-through holiday experience featuring larger-than-life displays. 6-10 p.m. $8 weekdays, $12 weekends. Benefits American Red Cross. Runs through Jan. 1. 540/840-6504; virginiaholidaylightfest.com.
Gingerbread House Contest/Exhibit: "George Washington Slept Here," George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, Stafford. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $5, ages 6-17 and anyone with a student ID $3, under age 6 free. Runs through December. 540/370-0732.
Holidays With the Melchers Tours, Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth. Adults $10, ages 5 and older $5. Runs daily except Wednesdays through Dec. 31. 540/654-1844; garimelchers.org.
Thursday Poems, University of Mary Washington, Combs Hall, Room 139. Poetry reading by faculty and students. 5-5:30 p.m. Free. 540/654-2124.
Movie, Library of Congress' Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper. "Manhattan" (1979): A writer in New York falls for his best friend's girl. Rated R; no one under 17 admitted without parent. Stars Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. 7:30 p.m. Free. Reservations, 540/827-1079, ext. 79994; loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html.
The Festival of Trees, Culpeper Depot. Wreaths and trees for purchase through a silent and live auction. Sponsored by Windmore Foundation for the Arts.
Holiday Pops Concert: "Christmas Then and Now," UMW, Dodd Auditorium. UMW-Community Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Free. Runs again Dec. 4. Tonight's concert preceded by Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo, 5:30-6:30 p.m., where musicians meet with kids who wish to try the instruments. Free. 540/654-1024; umw.edu/orch.
Warrenton Chorale: "Christmas in Music," Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St.
"Scrooge--The Musical," Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Riverside Parkway, Falmouth. Doors open at
"The Servant of Two Masters," Mountain View High School, 2135 Mountain View Road, Stafford. Presented by the drama department. 7 p.m. Adults $7, students $5. Runs through Dec. 5. 540/658-6840, ext. 2104.
Festival of Trees, Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Decorated trees available for auction, wreaths, mini-trees, gift boutique. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $7, seniors $5, ages 2-12 $2. Benefits Hope House. Runs through Dec. 12. 540/371-0831.