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Happy Holidays


Ho! Ho! Ho! Have we got a sleigh full of holly, jolly holiday activities for you this year! We’ve made the list below and checked it twice.  From wreath-making workshops to a fantastic model train display at Colvin Run Mill and holiday hayrides at Lake Accotink, we’ve stuffed your stockings with family-friendly fun. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you can make your case to Santa in person in the parks! Looking for unique gifts to give? Stop by Audrey Moore RECenter’s annual holiday crafts show to peruse handmade items from over 120 artisans. Kids can get in on the spirit of giving during special children’s shopping programs at Frying Pan. What’s the holiday season without festive lights? Sully Historic Site’s past will be illuminated by candlelight, and the tree will be decorated in Victorian splendor all month. Whichever programs and events you attend, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

 Friday, December 19
Campfire Friday: Wintertime Warmth

Join naturalists for outdoor adventure and nature studies about how animals stay warm throughout the winter.  Cozy up to the campfire and enjoy the glow at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. S’mores are provided.  Child must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

 Saturday, December 20
19th Century Christmas by Candlelight

Holiday customs have evolved from elegant balls in the time of Jane Austen to family traditions of the Victorian era.  See Regency period dancers and be inspired by Sully’s 1885 Christmas tree. Make a tree decoration based on a Victorian original. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies.  House tours start every 15 minutes starting at 4:45 p.m. The final tour begins at 7 p.m. Outside festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

 Saturdays, December 20 & 27 and Sundays, 21 & 28
Holiday Model Train Display

Fun for all ages! Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature western town in the Colvin Run Barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call 703-759-2771.

 Tuesday, December 23
Magic Toy Shop Puppet Show

Bring your holiday guests and join master puppeteer Bob Brown in a holiday production of the Magic Toy Shop at Frying Pan Farm Park. Join the lively marionettes as they frolic in a magic shop full of toys. Shows will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $5 per person. After the show visit the animals or shop at the Country Store. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

 Monday, December 29
Holiday Concerts at Sully

In their annual holiday visit to Sully, IONA treats its audience to traditional Celtic music blending songs, dance turns and aires in a lively entertaining presentation. The performance features multiple fiddling styles, dynamic dancing, driving percussion, and strong vocals from all the Celtic nations, including America. A house tour is included in the cost of $12 per person. Refreshments are served in the 18th century kitchen. One-hour performances begin at 1 and 2 p.m. Limited seating is available. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

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