Friday, Dec. 13: Lovely Lights
Run Festival of Lights: For more than 12 years, the
Festival of Lights has drawn thousands of
visitors to celebrate the winter holiday season with a
magnificent display of lighted wonders. This year's festival
is open through Jan. 5 at
Bull Run Regional Park. Monday -Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30
p.m., Friday - Sunday and holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Admission fee. For information call 703-631-0550.
Also on Friday:
Walk of Lights: This enchanted world is open seven
days a week through Jan. 6. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. at
Meadowlark Gardens. Timed tickets required. Weekday rates
(Monday - Thursday excluding holidays): age 13+/$12, age
3-12/$7, children under 3 are free. Weekend and holiday
rates: age 13+/$13, age 3-12/$8, children under 3 are free.
online. For information call 703-255-3631.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Timeless
Civil War by Candlelight: Experience a Civil War
Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field
and fire the Christmas guns. Hear mid-19th century tunes
performed by Evergreen Shade and make a holiday decoration
reminiscent of a time when families had few resources but
indomitable spirit. Forty-five minute house tours start every
15 minutes from 4:45 to 7 p.m. at Sully Historic
Site. Outdoor festivities continue until 8 p.m.
online. For information call 703-437-1794.
Also on Saturday:
Skating Show: Watch talented figure skaters show off
their moves. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon
RECenter's Holiday Ice Show. The RECenter's most
experienced skaters as well as beginners of all ages will
perform. Free, no registration required. For information call
and Lakeside Winter Village: Enjoy holiday music and
merriment on a horse-drawn wagon ride through one of the most
scenic outdoor parks in the area. Rides every 20 minutes from
noon to 3 p.m.; call ahead to reserve your spot
(tractor-pulled wagon available for those without reserved
spaces on the horse-drawn hayride). Fee includes the wagon
ride, a visit with Santa in the covered pavilion (bring your
own camera) and sharing stories around a toasty lakeside
campfire. From noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park.
Seasonal treats available for purchase at the snack bar.
$10/person; ages 2 and under free. Holiday attire welcome!
Pre-registration ends at 1 p.m. the day before. For more
information or to register, call 703-569-0285.
Holidays at Walney Farm: Celebrate the winter
holidays with the Machen family and learn about the gifts and
foods of an 1850 Virginia farm. Create your own historic
holiday ornament. Enjoy hot apple cider and baked treats. The
90-minute program is offered at 1 and 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park's
Walney Farm. $8/person. Register
online. For information call 703-631-0013.
Family Fun - Winter Solstice Workshop: Learn how
people in the past celebrated the winter solstice. Then
create an evergreen centerpiece, complete with beeswax
candle, to warm and welcome friends and family to your table.
From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring
Gardens. $10/person. Register
online. For information call 703-642-5173.
Santa at the
Mill: Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun, visit
Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with
Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia
Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast
marshmallows and make a family craft. From 3 to 6 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill
Historic Site. $5/person; pay at site. For information
Cocoa Wagon Rides: Learn what the holidays were like
on a farm during the 1920s and 1930s. Your one-hour journey
will lead you past fields and farmland while you relish the
beauty of the season and breathe the fresh air. After the
wagon ride, relax by the campfire and warm up with a cup of
cocoa and s'mores. Rides are scheduled on the hour between 5
and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Frying Pan Farm
Park. $8/person. Find departure times and registration
online or call 703-437-9101.
2nd Saturday Art Walk: Find unique holiday gifts by
touring seven studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists,
experience ever-changing exhibits and meet featured artists,
all while enjoying light refreshments and music. From 6 to 9
p.m. at the Workhouse
Arts Center. Free admission. For information call
The Sixth Generation – A Wintertime Sock Hop:
Award-winning rock-‘n’-rollers, The Sixth Generation,
perform live with plenty of room to dance the night away.
This dynamic band plays hits from the 1960s as well as
original songs about the era. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in W-16
McGuireWoods Gallery at the Workhouse
Arts Center.Beer, wine and concessions sold on-site (no
outside alcoholic beverages). $10/person in advance;
$15/person at the door. Buy tickets
online. For information call 703-584-2900.
Sunday, Dec. 15: Sounds and Sights
of the Season
McLean Symphony Holiday Family Concert: Delight in
holiday music from around the world. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at
Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $25/adult,
$20/senior, $15/student with ID.Buy tickets online.
For information call 703-790-0123.
Also on Sunday:
Making Nature Gifts Workshop: Parents can enjoy
shopping at the mall while their young ones (ages 5 to 10)
make gifts and wrap them for their families. Kids will enjoy
a range of activities from meeting live animals to watching
16mm movies to seeing a puppet show. Bring a snack. Children
create their own gifts using natural items and nature themes
and gift wrap them with the help of naturalists. They'll
enjoy games, crafts, and nature walks and talks. From 1:30 to
3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature
Center. $15/child. Register
online. For information call 703-941-1065.
Music and Candlelight: Musician Jody Marshall
delights with the mellow sound and fascinating story of the
hammered dulcimer. From 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Historic Green
Spring. $35/person includes an English tea program. For
information and to make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.
Christmas in the Time of Jane Austen: See how
Virginians celebrated the traditional 12 days of Christmas.
Elegant dancing, rich foods, gaming and travel made the
season exciting. Learn the latest dance steps, play a game of
chance and take home a recipe for a great cake. Forty-five
minute house tours start every 15 minutes from 4:45 to 7 p.m.
at Sully Historic
Site. Outdoor festivities are available until 8 p.m.
online. For information call 703-437-1794.
Information was correct at time of publication.
Please contact individual event sites to confirm
programs are being held as scheduled.
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. Additionally, the
towns of Herndon
and Vienna as well
as the city of Falls Church offer
many arts, entertainment and recreational
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.