Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Dec. 6: Classy Crafts

31st Annual McLean Holiday Crafts Show: Looking for unique gifts for the special people in your life or perhaps yourself? Come see amazing wares from 80 artisans from across the country at this much anticipated juried show featuring fiber arts, wood, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, glass, holiday décor, gourmet foods, paintings and much more. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the McLean Community Center. Admission: $3/adult and $1/ages 13 and under. Take $1 off adult admission with ad. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Saturday, Dec. 7: Holiday Happenings

36th Annual Arts and Crafts Show: Come shop at one of Northern Virginia's largest holiday shows with plenty of great gifts. Top-quality handmade arts and crafts by nearly 120 of the area's finest artisans. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at Audrey Moore RECenter. Admission is $2/person; children ages 12 and under are free. Door prizes will be awarded. For information call 703-321-7081.

Also on Saturday:

Children's Holiday Shopping: Volunteers help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping ensures surprises for family and friends. Adults can wait at the schoolhouse. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at Frying Pan Farm Park. (Monday is for ages 8 and older with self-shopping and wrapping, no volunteer helpers.) Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. For information call 703-437-9101.

Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration: Celebrate holiday festivities by strolling the 1930s working farm and enjoy live music, watch equestrian demonstrations and visit the farmhouse. Bring the family to children’s holiday shopping at the Country Store and enjoy a wagon ride, warming fire, carolers and holiday photo opportunity with Santa in his sleigh. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Park admission is free; some activities have fees. For information call 703-437-9101.

Mission Space — Constellations: Children ages 3 to 6 learn about the different planets and stars in the sky and the many shapes and patterns they make. From 4 to 5 p.m.at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Winter Wonder Campfire: Bundle up and discover animal strategies for surviving winter. Meet some exhibit animals and learn their strategies. Enjoy s’mores. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy Festival: Enjoy guided stargazing. Look through the telescope and listen to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. Other activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $5/person online or $6 at the door. For information call 703-759-9018.

Cabaret Series – Home for the Holidays: Hop into the sleigh and enjoy the ride featuring some of the most memorable songs from the holiday season. The cabaret cast will start your holiday season on the right note. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center. $25/person, includes planche campagnarde; cash bar available . Buy tickets online (advance reservations recommended as previous shows have sold out prior to performance date). For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, Dec. 8: Seasonal Sights

Gardeners Holiday Open House: A festive day for gardeners of all ages. Watch a puppet show and see a model train display. Whimsical gingerbread houses, imaginative holiday decorations, holiday greens and crafted ornaments available for purchase. Visit the gift shop for unique holiday gifts and enjoy seasonal drinks and snacks at the Horticulture Center and Historic House. From noon to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Admission is free; the puppet show is $3/child (see below). For information call 703-642-5173.

Also on Sunday:

Gardeners Holiday Puppet Show: A festive holiday puppet show by a professional troupe. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 3-7. $3/child. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Flakey the Snowman: Snuggle up with snowman soup (hot cocoa) and listen to an inspiring tale of friendship and charity as read by local author Amy Tubbs. Make a craft based on the story. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 12. $7/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

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 between 5 and 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $8/person. Find departure times and registration information online or call 703-437-9101.

Cool Cow Comedy Presents Jared Logan: A West Virginia native, Logan first made his mark as a comedian in Chicago. His contagiously giddy and cartoonish stand-up act has been wowing audiences in the Windy City and beyond since 2004. A la carte cash bar, soft drinks and concessions sold before performance (no outside alcoholic beverages). Due to material, patrons must be 18 and older. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person in advance; $20/person at door (cash only). Tickets available online. For information call 703-584-2900.

  • 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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