Fairfax County Weekender

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Friday, Dec 3:  So Crafty!

Come enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the season at the renowned McLean Holiday Craft Show. This year's show features 80 American fine artisans from across the country as well as live holiday music to help you get into the holiday spirit. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Cost is $2/adults, $1/kids 13 and younger.

Also on Friday

  • Ponderings-Winter Survival.  See how animals found in the wilds of Fairfax County handle the cold winter months. This Hidden Pond Nature Center program includes a walk into wild animal habitat. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $4/child, ages 6 to 10 years. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

 Saturday, Dec. 4: Doggone Good...

People aren't the only ones who want to be "Home for the Holidays!" During the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's annual campaign, think about adding a new furry friend to the family. Many cats, dogs and other animals would love to find a nice warm bed in a new home this holiday season!  The shelter is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 703-830-1100 for more information.

Also on Saturday

  • Celebrate the Park Authority’s 60th Anniversary with seasonal festivities at Frying Pan Farm Park. Stroll through the farm enjoying live music, equestrian demonstrations and a farmhouse visit. Wagon rides, warming fires, carolers and holiday photo stations add to the festive atmosphere. 1 to 7 p.m. Official ceremonies held at 5 p.m. Admission is free; activities have fees. Call 703-437-9101.

  • The Wonder of the Nutcracker - Winter Open House at the Herndon Fortnightly Library. The Classical Ballet Theatre presents a reading of "The Nutcracker." Dancing snowflakes, little mice, a beautiful sugar plum fairy and more characters read in storybook form. Crafts. Refreshments courtesy of Herndon's Arts Council, Fortnightly Club and Friends of the Herndon Library. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages.

 Sunday, Dec. 5: Shop 'Til You Drop

The General Store at Colvin Run Mill is stocked with unique items in all price ranges for the annual Children's Holiday Shopping extravaganza. Volunteers help children find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. Free wrapping ensures surprises for family and friends. Call ahead for groups of six or more. Adults must wait on site. Noon to 4 p.m. (also 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday). Call 703-759-2771.

Also on Sunday:

  • Holiday Craft Workshop. Come make your own wreath or centerpiece from local greens, pine cones and other natural materials at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Potomac Overlook Regional Park. 1 to 2 p.m. $18. Call 703-528-5406

    • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website.

    • A complete list of county calendars is also available online.


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