What You’ll Do: Nov. 19-Nov. 22

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Learn how to plant and grow herbaceous peonies at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden this weekend. (Courtesy WBG)
Learn how to plant and grow herbaceous peonies at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden this weekend. (Courtesy WBG)

With only one weekend left before Thanksgiving, there are plenty of opportunities to get in the holiday spirit a little early around the Historic Triangle in the coming days.

Head downtown for Colonial Williamsburg’s annual employee craft show, check out Walsingham’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or grab the family and enjoy a spin around one of the area’s two ice rinks opening this weekend. It is shaping up to be a fun-filled holiday season in the Historic Triangle.

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Bazaars, Craft Shows and Markets

Verena at the Reserve is hosting a Holiday Extravaganza at 3 p.m. Thursday. Visitors can come pick out the perfect gifts for the holiday season while enjoying live music, hors d’oeuvres and spiced cider at this premiere senior living facility. The fun starts at 3 p.m.

There’s something for everyone at the Edgehill Association Holiday Craft Show this weekend. From jewelry to baked goods to home décor, stop by and pick up some unique gifts and enjoy homemade barbeque while you are there. The show will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday – and rumor has it Santa may be stopping by Saturday. Head over and check out the fun, located at 700 Cockletown Road in Yorktown.

The Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts & Crafts Show is slated for Saturday and Sunday and will feature the handmade crafts of employees, volunteers and retirees. Homemade jams, handmade jewelry and more will be available; stop by to get some great gift ideas. Head over to herald in the holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Queens Lake Middle School PTA is holding its ninth annual holiday arts and crafts bazaar at 10 a.m. Saturday. More than 60 vendors will be present and offering up handmade crafts and unique holiday gifts, plus there will be food, music, raffle prizes and a special “Kid Zone” stocked with fun activities. Kids can even shop for their own holiday gifts from among a selection of inexpensive items in Santa’s Workshop. Don’t miss your chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping and help support the PTA.

Stop by the Toano Farmers Market on Saturday to pick up all your produce for the week. While you’re there, choose from a variety of items available at Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs and Heidi’s Home Grown. The market will begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up around noon.

Check out the Williamsburg Farmers Market this week to peruse the wares of more than 35 vendors offering a variety of local products, among which are fresh seasonal produce, meats, seafood, herbs, potted plants, baked goods, honey, cheese, cut flowers and more. The Market accepts cash, credit cards, SNAP, and W&M Express. Enjoy chef demonstrations, listen to live music, and learn while you shop.

Music and Theater

Bruton High School will be performing “Mrs. California,” the story of four women battling it out in a 1955 “homemaker contest” that includes such daunting tasks as table setting, sewing and ironing. This hilarious tale is sure to have you in stitches. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased as the door. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band Proclamation Brass will take the stage at St. Bede Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Friday. Come out and enjoy this free concert, which will include a variety of different musical selections. Admission is free.

Walsingham Academy will be presenting the holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adapted from the beloved novella by Charles Dickens, this production is the perfect opportunity to get in the Christmas mood and reflect on what the holidays are truly about. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults, so catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday or a 2 p.m. show Saturday.

Ken Kolodner, one of the world’s most accomplished hammered dulcimer artists, will be performing at the Williamsburg Regional Library at 7:30 p.m. Friday. His music has been featured on numerous national broadcasts and he boasts an impressive repertoire of traditional music. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for friends of the library and students and $8 for kids 17 and under.

King of Glory Lutheran Church is celebrating its 25th anniversary Saturday with a Christian music concert. The public is invited to come out and enjoy a show featuring choir, handbells, brass, organ and piano pieces. This free program begins at 7 p.m.

The Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra, a 16-piece authentic big band, will be giving a concert jam-packed with the hits of the 1930s and 1940s swing scene. They will also be bringing down the house with a number of contemporary big band arrangements, so do not miss your chance to see a lively and fun show. Tickets are $18 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Educational Programs

Bruton Parish will conclude its 300th anniversary educational series with “The Mystery of America’s Civil War” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Dr. Edward L. Ayers, noted historian and retired University of Richmond president, will speak at the Parish house on this fascinating topic. A 7 p.m. reception will precede the program, and this lecture is free and open to the public.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburgis hosting Royal Palace food historian Marc Meltonville on Friday. Learn about the work done by the food historians of the historic royal palaces in England, and find out what it’s like to cook for a king. The program begins at 5:30 p.m., and admission is included with a museum ticket.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow herbaceous peonies? Stop by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden this Saturday for a lesson from Mike Lockatell of Roots & Blooms, LLC. You’ll learn all about how to plant, maintain and care for this drought-tolerant and deer-resistant perennials. This class will take place at 10 a.m. and it is free and open to the public.

Everything Else

Colonial Williamsburg’s all-new “Liberty’s Ice Pavilion” is opening Friday, and you are invited to come skate on the area’s only real-ice ice rink. Bring your own skates or rent some, buy a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a show from costumed historical interpreters as they take to the ice. The rink opens at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain open daily through Feb. 29.

James City County’s Iceburg Skating Rink opens Friday at Mid County Park. From Nov. 20 through Jan. 31 the skating rink will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so head over and enjoy a family skate on a synthetic ice rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair and hit the ice starting at 5 p.m. Admission varies daily and season passes are available.

Get moving this weekend with a boot camp from Philips Energy to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. This 30-minute workout will take place on the lawn of Philips Energy location on the George Washington Memorial Highway. For $10, come on out and get your fitness on for a good cause 9 a.m. Saturday.

New Town is hosting a field day and Zumbathon this Saturday at starting at 9:30 a.m., complete with 12 different fun-filled events. Men and women of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to come out and compete for prizes in each category. The grand prize is a one-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge. Admission is free with a donation to FISH.

Join the football team at 11 a.m. Sunday in Kaplan Arena for a watch party of the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.