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Posted on: December 7, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Top things to do in Danville this weekend

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The holiday celebrations continue this weekend with events ranging from a free concert by the Danville Symphony Orchestra to the Historical Society’s holiday homes tour. And don’t miss the start of the Community Holiday Light Show. In chronological order, here is a list of some of the fun things happening.


When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8

Where: Historic North Theatre, 629 North Main St.

The Danville Comedy Club Show this month will feature an opening act and headliner Kevin Lee. He has appeared on national television shows such as "Showtime at the Apollo," HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," and Jamie Foxx's "Uptown Comedy Club." Lee was also voted “Washington D.C.'s Funniest Comedian" by Washingtonian Magazine. Tickets are $15. Alcohol is sold in the club setting of the Gallery. For more information, go to


When: Opens 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 (multiple dates and times, see below)

Where: Ballou Park, 760 West Main St.

Danville Parks and Recreation presents the fourth annual Community Holiday Light Show. The show is a drive-through event that is open nightly through Monday, Dec. 25 (closed on Christmas Eve). On Sundays through Thursdays, the event opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. On Fridays through Saturdays, the show opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Last year, 2517 cars and 31 buses carrying an estimated 9,600 people visited the park for the light show. The show is made up entirely of displays created by the community. The event also includes the Children's Village, which is included in the price of admission, and will be open until 9 p.m. through December 23. Snacks and beverages and free photos with Santa Claus are part of the village. During the two-week event, the public will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite display. A donation will be made to the winner’s choice of non-profit. The show itself is manned by volunteer groups, who earn a portion of the gate the night in which they work directing traffic through the park. Cost: $7 per car, $15 for buses and 15-passenger vans. Discount nights ($5 per car and $10 per bus and passenger van) will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, Tuesday, Dec. 12, Monday, Dec. 18, and Tuesday, Dec. 19. For more information, call the Danville Welcome Center at 793-4636 or visit


When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9

Where: George Washington High School Auditorium, 701 Broad St.

The Danville Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert featuring selections from "Charlie Brown Christmas," “The Nutcracker”- Pyotr Tchaikovsky; "White Christmas" - Irving Berlin; and more. Cost: Free, but non-perishable canned food and monetary donations will be collected at the entrance for God’s Storehouse. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10

Where: various sites, Danville

Enjoy the 45th annual Holiday Tour. View the past to see the future. See how old houses and buildings have been renovated and repurposed. Homes, museums, refreshment stops at Crema & Vine and Ballad Brewing, and a church concert on a piano once owned by Maya Angelou are on tour — 15 sites total. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 on day of tour. On tour days, tickets will be available at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History at 975 Main St., Langhorne House Museum at 117 Broad St. and Schoolfield Museum and Cultural Center at 917 West Main St. For more information, visit or call 434-709-8398.


When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily from Sunday, Dec. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 24, also Sundays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Ascension Lutheran Church, 314 West Main St.

Chrismons ornaments were originated and first made for use on the Christmas tree of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville in 1957 by Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer, a church member. Today, the tradition continues. See the 20-foot tree and hear the story of Christ as told through the uniquely beautiful ornaments. Groups may schedule day visits by calling 792-5795 or sending an email to Parking is available in the lot on the left side of the church at the back. Front entrance is accessible. Cost: Free. For more information, call 792-5795 or visit

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