The first week in December offers several holiday activities and events in addition to storytime and other activities. The weather will be great with temperatures forecast to be unseasonably warm so be sure to plan some time outdoors this week too.
Lunch at The Crown may be on your menu this week. Crown Sterling was once Lynchburg’s most exclusive restaurant before closing several years ago. An earlier attempt to bring the fine restaurant back to life failed.
However, the crown jewel of Lynchburg has reopened and will begin serving lunch this week. One of the new co-owners began his working life as a dishwasher at the original Crown Sterling in the late ’80s. Several former waiters have returned and the original menu has been brought back. Visit the website at the link above to see menus for lunch and dinner and to make reservations. Just in time for the holidays, The Crown will be selling their famous Crown Sterling Parfait Sauce in a gift set.
Storytime at the Lynchburg Public Library continues this week with Tales for Twos on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Preschool Pizzazz for toddlers ages 3-5 on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Born to Read Storytime on Friday at 10:30 a.m. for infants and toddlers up to 24 months.
If you haven’t picked up an advent calendar yet, your kids can visit the Activity Village website during the month of December to open a special door each day. Advent, which began on Sunday, is celebrated in many Christian faiths during the four weeks preceding Christmas as a time to prepare your heart for the season of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ.
Each door on the special online Advent calendar reveals a special Christmas coloring sheet and other fun holiday activities that the kids will love. You will also find coloring worksheets and activities for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa at this site.
Our Jewish brothers and sisters will begin their celebration of Hanukkah this week. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, starts Dec. 8 and lasts eight days to celebrate the Miracle of the Oil. In the year 165 B.C., a lamp which was lit with enough oil to last one night stayed lit for eight days. This holiday is celebrated with eight candles in a Menorah, one lit each night. People give each other small gifts each day and give to the poor. You can read more about Hanukkah at the website above. You can find Menorahs and Hanukkah candles locally at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
There will be a special puppet show on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church on Timberlake Road. Puppets Alamode is a special theater program for special needs individuals. All ages are welcome and the event is open to the public.
Amazement Square will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays this month to allow some extra fun time for kids. The children’s museum will hold Toddler Tales on Tursday at 10:30 a.m. and on Saturday at 6 p.m. during their family fun night from 4-7 p.m. The Children’s Holiday Festival will be held on Saturday with two sessions, starting at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visit the website for more information about all of these fun activities.
FunQuest Family Entertainment Center will hold Tot Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with special prices. Toddlers can bring their favorite riding toy to ride on the skating rink surface. Be sure to plan ahead and mark your calendar for next week’s Tot Thursday when Santa visits FunQuest during the Tot Holiday Party. There will also be cookie decorating next week.
Liberty University Concert Choir will present “A Service of Lessons and Carols” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Towns Auditorium. All ages are welcome to attend.
Randolph College’s jazz and pop ensemble, Touch of Harmony, will hold their winter concert on Thursday at 8 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall.
Lynchburg College’s Orchestra and Wind Symphony will present their winter concert with two performances. The event will be held Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall on campus.
These college concerts are fun for the entire family and are a great way to introduce kids to the musical sounds of the season.
A somber remembrance will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7 around the country. On this date in 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese warplanes in the early morning hours. This event propelled the United States into World War II. You can read more about this event on the History Channel’s website.
Friday is First Friday in Lynchburg with select art galleries, the Lynchburg Community Market and downtown vendors open late. The Art Trolley will transport you and your family between the galleries.
Lynchburg Museum offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. on First Friday each month so come on out and enjoy learning more about our local history.
Plan ahead for the Hobbit Party at Givens Books & Little Dickens, 2236 Lakeside Drive, on Dec. 8. The event will last all day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and features Hobbit Stew and spiced cider, a costume party, games and prizes, music, live combat performances and more.
There are plenty of events to bring out the holiday spirit on the calendar this week. If you’re still planning to purchase a cut Christmas tree, visit Holy Cross Regional School on Langhorne Road for your tree, wreath or garland. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday from 3-8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Check out the links below for more information about other tree lots in Lynchburg, Advent, the flavors of the season and fun ways to deck the halls. Have a great week in Lynchburg.