The Fairfax County Park Authority offers plenty of festive fun in the parks this season! Enjoy a magical ride through a park, take in a holiday show or take a trip back in time to see how previous Fairfax County residents celebrated the holidays. If green is more your color this season, head to our golf courses or covered ranges. Or give the gift of time in the parks with our Park Authority gift cards! Check out the list below or bookmark this page.
Seasonal Fun in the Parks
December is full of festive fun in the park. Check out this handy guide to our seasonal events. A Parktakes account will be needed to register for programs. Programs subject to cancellation; please call or check the website to check on program status.
Winter Wonderland & Celebration Station at Burke Lake Park
Winter Wonderland returns to Burke Lake Park during the next two weekends! Join us during the day on Saturday and Sunday for train and carousel rides, visits with Santa, Gingerbread Man’s Mini-Golf, hot cocoa and more. Or join us after dark on select Fridays and Saturdays for Celebration Station! Enjoy a train ride through a forest of twinkling lights, a spin on the carousel, and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa before you leave.
Enjoy a wagon ride through a magical winter light show as the campground at Lake Fairfax Park undergoes a dramatic holiday makeover. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a festive holiday light display before warming up with hot chocolate and s’mores at a fire pit.
Make gift-giving easy and support local artisans! Shop for top-quality handmade arts and crafts offered by nearly 100 of the area’s finest artisans. Don’t miss the 42nd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Audrey Moore RECenter. It’s Northern Virginia’s longest-running arts and crafts show.
Gardeners’ Holiday Open House at Green Spring Gardens (Dec. 8)
Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun in the gardens featuring decorations and seasonal displays, live music, holiday breads, ornaments for sale and free refreshments. This festive day is for gardeners of all ages. Bring the children to a holiday puppet show at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. ($5/person for the puppet show; advance registration recommended).
From children’s shopping to wagon rides to a puppet show, there’s plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season at Frying Pan Farm Park. And don’t miss our popular Christmas on the Farm event where you can enjoy Christmas-themed activities including cookie decorating, games, a craft, and writing letters to Santa. Enjoy a holiday wagon ride with Santa as your driver.
Celebrate the holidays in the home of Northern Virginia’s first representative to Congress! Enjoy hot cider, special cookies, and seasonal music. Craft an ornament to take home, and experience other engaging pursuits that bring the past to life in the gracefully decorated 1794 Lee home.
Want a gift that won't end up in a landfill? Give the gift of time in the parks! Fairfax County Park Authority gift cards can be used for classes, trips, RECenter visits, Water Mine passes and so much more!
Don’t let cold temps affect your game! Practice in our heated bays at Burke Lake or Oak Mar driving ranges. Improve your swing with the TrackMan 4 Indoor Golf Simulator at Pinecrest Golf. Take advantage of off-season rates to play a round. Or gift your loved ones with gift certificates for rounds, range balls, pro shop and food and beverage purchases.
Sometimes the weather turns frightful. Snow Day Camps provide fun childcare options for school-age children at select RECenters during extended Fairfax County Public School closures. Our full inclement weather closure and cancellation policy is available online.