Dec. 6: Get Crafty!
McLean Holiday Crafts Show: The three-day, indoor, juried show features fine, handcrafted arts and crafts works from both established, high-quality, seasoned artisans, as well as new artisans exhibiting innovative concepts. The show includes pottery, glass, jewelry, holiday decorations, mixed media, fashion accessories, wood, fine art, artisanal foods, soaps, skincare and more. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at McLean Community Center. (Runs through Sunday). All ages. $7 per person (good for all three days of the show). For more information, call 703-790-0123.
Also on Friday:
Puppet Show Extraordinaire: See your favorite children’s stories come to life with our colorful collection of puppet characters who will tell stories, sing and rhyme. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Preschoolers. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
North Pole Winter Wagon Ride: The campground at Lake Fairfax Park is transformed into a magical winter light show for you and your family. Enjoy a wagon ride through the festive holiday lights. Afterward, warm yourself by the fire, sip hot chocolate and make s’mores. From 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Ages 2 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-471-5414.
Dec. 8: Walking in a…
Winter Wonderland: All aboard for a train ride on the Holiday Express. Take a spin on the Carolers Carousel, play Gingerbread Man Golf or warm yourself by the fire and cook s’mores as you usher in your holidays. Visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes. Pick up passes at the ice cream parlor the day of the event. No refunds unless the event is cancelled. Children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children younger than 2 ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. From noon to 5 p.m. at Burke Lake Park (also on Sunday). Ages 2 and up. $20 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.
Also on Saturday:
Ritorno a Musica: Enjoy a free concert by Ritorno a Musica, formerly The Annandale Strings. From 11 a.m. to noon at George Mason Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-256-3800.
Mystery Authors Extravaganza: Authors from the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime will present their 2019 novels and short stories. Books available for sale and signing. Seating is limited so come early. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Award-Winning Children’s Author Hena Khan: Join Hena Khan for an author talk, Q&A and signing for her new middle-grade novel, “More to the Story.” From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. RSVP online. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
A Taste of the Holidays with Chef Cal: Join Chef Cal as he discusses the special recipes that are sure to be a hit at your holiday celebration. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library. Teens and adults. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Family Fun – Excellent Evergreens: Learn about the wonderful world of evergreen trees and plants that really stand out this time of year. Enjoy a seasonal walk through the gardens and make an evergreen craft to decorate your home. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 5 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Winter Wreath Workshop: Create a beautiful winter wreath to take home for your front door after Green Spring staff members demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. We provide greens, forms, ribbon and cones. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 14 and up. $39 per person, plus $25 for supplies. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Gifts from the HeART Shopping Event: Beautiful original artwork, remarkable ceramics, stunning jewelry and many other one-of-a-kind items sold by the artists themselves. This event takes place in conjunction with the 21st Annual Gifts from the HeART Exhibit, which showcases original works of art in a variety of media in a wide range of sizes and prices. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reston Community Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-390-6187.The Wonder of the Season: The Reston Choral presents holiday classics featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with soprano Meagan Sill, plus holiday favorites with two performances, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Reston Community Center. All ages. Buy tickets online. $25 adult/$20 senior and free to active duty military and children under 17. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-834-0079.
Dec. 8: Down on the Farm
Christmas at the Farm: Celebrate the holidays with Santa and company with a variety of Christmas-themed activities including cookie decorating, games, a craft and writing letters to Santa. Enjoy a holiday wagon ride with Santa as your driver. From 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 and up. $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Register online. Meet at the visitor center. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Also on Sunday:
42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Show: Find unique holiday gifts at one of Northern Virginia’s longest-running arts and crafts shows. Shop for top-quality handmade arts and crafts offered by nearly 100 of the area’s finest artisans. Door prizes too. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Audrey Moore RECenter. $2 per person; children 12 and under admitted free. For more information, call 703-321-7081.
Gardeners Holiday Open House: Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun featuring decorations and seasonal displays, live music, holiday breads and ornaments for sale and free refreshments. From noon to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. All ages. Bring the children to a holiday puppet show at 1 or 3 p.m. ($5 per person, register online). The open house is sponsored by Friends of Green Spring. For more information, call 703-643-5173.