Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Dec. 27: Winter Whimsy

Snow Show: Bring your holiday guests and join master puppeteer Bob Brown in a holiday production of the Snow Show. See the lively marionettes frolic in a magical winter wonderland of snow. After the show, stroll the park and visit the animals or shop at the Country Store. This 40-minute program is offered at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $4/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-9101.

Also on Friday:

Holiday Concert: One of the top rated pan-Celtic groups in the world, IONA, will perform a high energy concert featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion, vocals and dancing. Refreshments served in the 18th-century kitchen. One-hour concerts start at 1 and 2 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. A house tour is included in the $12/person fee. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.

Wild Things Puppet Show: Children will enjoy three puppet shows plus hear the Native American legend of how butterflies came to be, including live animals highlighted in the stories. From 10 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 to 10. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Snake and Turtle Feeding: Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by animal caretaker staff. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Learn to identify the county's only venomous snake, the northern copperhead, and learn what makes a reptile different from an amphibian. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

 Saturday, Dec. 28: Stretch Your Body and Mind

Free Art of Movement Classes: Make movement your goal over the holidays to work off that extra eggnog or fruitcake. Take part in mind body skills from 8 to 9 a.m.; hula dance from 9 to 10 a.m.; mat Pilates from 9 to 10 a.m.; or yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. in the W11 Building at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free; no registration required. For information call 703-584-2965.

Also on Saturday:

Dino Puppet Show and Activities: Dinosaurs once roamed the earth in places far and near. How do we know they were here? Find out from a puppet show along with fun fossil facts. From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk Astronomy: What's new in the night sky? Join naturalists as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. From 5 to 7 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

 Sunday, Dec. 29: All Aboard!

Holiday Model Train Display: Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature Western town in the barn. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Admission is free. For information call 703-759-2771.


  • 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 opportunities.  
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