Friday, Dec. 16: A Christmas Story (Or
Celebrate the holidays with lots of laughs as the Alden
Studio Rep performs
"The Most Amazing Christmas Play Series in the Entire
History of the World." This series of short plays
is sure to bring a little holiday merriment to your weekend.
8 p.m. (Also Dec. 17.) McLean Community Center's Alden
Theatre. $10 ($5/McLean Tax District residents.) For
more information call 703-790-0123.
Saturday, Dec. 17:
Hay There Santa!
Enjoy holiday music and cheer at Santa's Hayride and
Lakeside Winter Village. Warm up with a cup of hot
chocolate and settle in to hear classic winter tales told
around a toasty campfire. Also, visit with Santa and tell him
what’s on your wish list. Remember to bring a camera.
Well-socialized, leashed pets are welcome to join in the
photo. Dress for the weather and plan on a brisk walk from
the parking lot. Hayrides run every 30 minutes. 12:30 to 4:30
p.m. Lake Accotink Park.
$8/person (ages 2 and younger admitted free.) To register or
for more information call 703-569-0285.
Also on Saturday:
Air Heart: Daring aerial acrobatics are performed
atop a 12-foot spinning airplane sculpture by aerial-actor
Mara Neimanis as she brings to life legendary aviatrix Amelia
Earhart, who disappeared trying to fly around the world.
Through original script, historical fact and poetic
aerialism, Neimanis invokes Earhart’s mystery and final
flight. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center's CenterStage. $30
($15/residents.) For information call
Ballroom Social Dance: Dancing,
food and fun! Led by an instructor (with a pre-dance
mini lesson available, $5/person.) Complimentary
refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels are
welcome. Dress is casual. Doors open at 7 p.m., mini-lesson
from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available online.
For information call 703-495-0001.
Tours: Tour the 1794 home of Northern Virginia’s
first congressman, Richard Bland Lee. Hear seasonal music,
make an ornament, and sample sugar cookies. Hear 19th century
fiddling by Michael McDonnell. Witness Confederate officers
dining at Sully as JEB Stuart's cavalry did in December 1862.
See what goes into the Christmas box being packed for
soldiers in the field. Ladies make their own holiday
decorations. Watch as members of the 28th Virginia Infantry
cook Christmas dinner in the yard. 4:45 to 7 p.m. (Tours run
every 15 minutes.)
Sully Historic Site. $10/adults, $7/seniors and children.
For more information call 703-437-1794.
Barred Owls Campfire: Enjoy an evening hike and
campfire as you learn about owls and meet the resident barred
owl. Then return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows.
Participants must be at least 2 years old. 6 to 7:30
p.m. Ellanor C.
Lawrence Park. (Meet at Cabells Mill.) $6/person.
online or call 703-222-4664. For information call
Sunday, Dec. 18: A
Jolly, Happy (Naked) Soul
Snuggle up with snowman soup (hot cocoa) as you listen to
(naked) Snowman," an inspiring tale of
friendship and charity as read by local author Amy Tubbs.
Flakey donates all his clothes to the needy and his snow
people friends decide to celebrate the season by embracing
charity. Tubbs will demonstrate how she created scenes from
the book with 3-D models for the photographs, and will work
with children in creating their own 3-D snow people. Suited
for children ages 3 to 12. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature
Center. $7/child. Register
online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Also on Sunday:
Hanukkah: Get ready to kick off those
eight crazy nights with Yosi and the Superdads' mix of
kid-friendly klezmer, rock and ska. The Festival of Lights
get lit up as these children's music superstars take the
stage with a fun and funny interactive concert featuring
Hebrew and English sing-alongs, both traditional and
original. The Israeli-born Yosi and his group of
musician-dads have released five award-winning CDs and are
known for their high-energy performances and hilarious covers
of classic rock songs. 3 p.m. McLean Community Center's Alden
Theatre. $15/person ($10/McLean Community Center Tax
District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
Holiday Performance - Northern Virginia Ukelele
Ensemble: Performing traditional and non-traditional
holiday songs. 1 p.m. Reston Town Center South Market
Promenade. Free. For information call
The Weekender will not be distributed next week, Thursday,
Dec. 22. Look for a new edition the following week, on
Thursday, Dec. 29
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
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.