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SEE THE LIGHT: THE CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR AT MONTPELIER IS A JOY! HOLIDAY MUSIC, WINE AND MORE. IT'S THIS SATURDAY. INFO, RESERVATIONS: 540/672-2728. ENJOY!
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Date published: 12/3/2009

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THURSDAY

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. Runs through Dec. 6. 540/547-4333.

CONCERTS

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. 8 p.m. $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Runs through Dec. 5. 540/341-0988.

THEATER

"Scrooge--The Musical," Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Riverside Parkway, Falmouth. Doors open at 6 p.m., performance begins at 8 p.m. Runs through Jan. 3. 540/370-4300.

"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.

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FRIDAY

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.


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GOD BLESS US, EVERY ONE:

It's the classic Christmas story--and when Riverside does it, you know it's going to be great. It's 'Scrooge: The Musical,' and it's only here for a limited run. Dates, etc: 540/370-4300, or riversidedt.com.