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 our campfire and warm up with a cup of cocoa and s'mores. The cost is $8 per person. Find departure times and registration information online or call 703-437-9101.
Garden Sprouts: Welcome Winter
Three to five-year-olds tour Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon to see the changes that winter brings. Learn why some animals stay and others migrate or hibernate. Make a winter landscape to take home and a pinecone feeder for the birds. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Kids Korner: Fall
Children ages three to six with an adult explore bird at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft is included in the $5 fee. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on 12/12 and 10 a.m. on 12/14. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Holiday Ice Skating Show
Watch talented figure skaters show off their moves at Mount Vernon RECenter's Holiday Ice Show from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The RECenter's most experienced skaters, as well as beginners of all ages, will perform. Admission is free for this popular neighborhood event. For information, call 703-768-3224.
Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight
Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in calling in these amazing gliders of the night from 5 to 6 p.m. and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Build Your Own Birdhouse
Make your backyard a bird friendly one. Learn about bird friendly plants and build your own bird house at Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Build Your own Bat House
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. This two-hour program at Riverbend Park starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $12. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Family Fun: Winter Solstice Workshop
From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 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. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Santa Hayride and Lakeside Winter Village
It's holly jolly family fun at Lake Accotink Park from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse-drawn wagon ride through one of the most scenic outdoor parks in the area. Rides run every 20 minutes from noon to 3 p.m. Call ahead to reserve your spot! A tractor-pulled wagon will be available for those without reserved spaces on the horse-drawn hayride. The $10 fee includes the wagon ride, a visit with Santa in the covered pavilion (bring your own camera), and sharing of stories around a toasty lakeside campfire. Seasonal treats will be available for purchase at the snack bar. Ages two and under are free. Holiday attire is welcome! . Pre-registration ends at 1 p.m. the day before. To register, call 703-569-0285.
Santa at the Mill
Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 3 to 6 p.m. 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. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-2771.
Holidays at Walney Farm
Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family at E.C. Lawrence Park's Walney Farm. Learn about the gifts and foods of an 1850 Virginia farm. Create your own historic holiday ornament. Enjoy hot apple cider and baked treats. This 90-minute program is offered at 1 and 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Civil War by Candlelight
Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns at Sully Historic Site. 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. Outdoor festivities continue until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.