Fairfax County Weekender –Dec. 13-15, 2019

Dec. 13: Original Ornaments

Teen Fandom Ornaments: Create an ornament that shows off your favorite thing, be it Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Dr. Who, Marvel or something of your own creation. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Teens. Free. For more information, call 703-768-6700.

Also on Friday:

Winter Waterfowl Hike: Hike with a naturalist to search winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Celebration Station: When the sun goes down, we turn the lights up on select nights this holiday season! Burke Lake’s train station, carousel and train tracks will be festively lit for a unique experience. Train rides start at 6 p.m. and are scheduled every 20 minutes at Burke Lake Park. Please purchase tickets in advance; due to train capacity, walk-up tickets may not be available. The ticket includes one train ride and one carousel ride. Each passenger must purchase a ticket to ride the train. Children under 2 are free with a paying adult, but must ride in the adult’s lap. Children sitting alone require a ticket. $10 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Dec. 14: Santa’s Lil Helpers

Santa’s Critters & Craft: Come one, come all to meet Santa and his merry band of critters. Bring your camera to take a picture with Jolly Saint Nick, his elves and their animal friends. From 10 a.m. to noon at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 2 to 12. $10 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Also on Saturday:

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper: Get artistic this year! Transform plain white butcher paper into personalized gift wrapping paper using crayons, markers, stickers, glitter and more. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-573-1060.

EFT, HeartMath & Mindfulness: Join Neil Goodman, NCW, in a fun and light-hearted setting and learn ways to: reduce stress and tension with an introduction to HeartMath, support your physical and mental health and cultivate a mindset to support well-being. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-500-3883.

Caroling Wagon Ride & Campfire: Join us in song and exploration. Warm up with s’mores at the campfire. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 and up. $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy Festival: Play games and enjoy activities such as guided star gazing, looking through a telescope and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. Hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Turner Farm. Ages 3 and up. $10 per person. Register online. This event will be canceled if it’s raining or snowing. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Frosty: Join a young orphan named Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, as they discover that the real magic of Christmas is love. Performed by Barter Players Encore Company. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at McLean Community Center. All ages. $15 non-McLean/$10 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

“The Stars Looked Down”: Voce Chamber Singers present works for chorus, organ, brass, including Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” popular carols and contemporary seasonal works. 8 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Vienna.  Second show Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. All ages. Tickets required. General admission $25, seniors $20, student $10.  For more information, call 703-277-2444.

Dec. 15: Where’d Ya Get That Wreath?

Family Wreath Making: Make your own seasonal wreath out of vines decorated with greens, cones, dried flowers and ribbons. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. All ages. $15 per person. Register one adult to reserve the supplies for yourself and/or your family. One wreath per registrant. If additional wreaths are desired, register additional quantities. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Also on Sunday:

Tai Chi Class: While the Chen Man-Ching style has its roots in martial arts, the form is taught as a method of meditation and relaxation. It emphasizes posture, relaxation and smooth continuous motion. This beginner’s class is appropriate for those with little or no experience in tai chi. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-765-3645.

A Very Mason Christmas: Many of the Christmas traditions we celebrate today began in the 1850s. Join us for a celebration of Christmas the Mason family might have enjoyed. Taste a non-alcoholic syllabub, make your own luminary and create a Christmas decoration or small gift to bring home. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Ages 12 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Reston Town Center Holiday Performances: Enjoy holiday songs between Market Street and Democracy Drive.  From noon to 12:45 p.m. Northern VA Ukulele Society; 1 to 1:45 p.m. Northern VA Ensemble; 3 to 3:45 p.m. Rick Landers, guitar/vocals. Reston Town Center Promenade. Free. All ages. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

“Home for the Holidays”: The Main Street Community Band presents a wintry mix of seasonal and holiday favorites for the entire family, plus a visit from Santa at 4 p.m. at Lanier Middle School.  All ages. Free, but tickets required.  Limit four per person.  For more information, call 571-336-2322.

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