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Happy Holidays 2016

Make Holiday Memories in the Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority offers dozens of affordable, fun events and programs to celebrate the season. Escape to a Winter Wonderland, celebrate with the animals at Christmas at the Farm, or visit the past at Sully’s Candlelight Tours - the entire family can look forward to making holiday memories right here in Fairfax County! Take a look at all we have to offer and be sure to register early.

All Month Long

 Wednesday, November 30 - Monday December 26
Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Closed Tuesdays. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, December 6 through Sunday, December 11

 Tuesday, December 6
Getaway Trip: Lewis Ginter Garden Fest of LightsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get into the holiday spirit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. The GardenFest of Lights features beautiful botanic displays and more than a half million lights arranged in botanical themes throughout the gardens, including an orchid and model train display. This holiday adventure departs Green Spring Gardens at 2 and returns at 10:45 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. This program is designed for participants age eight to adult. The $112 trip cost includes motor coach, driver tip, entrance fee, garden tour and semi-private buffet dinner. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

 Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, December 8, 10 & 11
Candlelight Tea: A Very British Christmas
Take a break from the shopping, wrapping, mailing and general craziness of the holiday season and relax at a candlelight tea with a British flair at Historic Green Spring. Adults can discover distinctly British Christmas and New Year traditions as Green Spring puts a focus on holiday customs across the pond. Learn about Boxing Day, Hogmanay, mince pies and more. Sample delicious staples of the British Christmas table and take home a special “favour.” Tea time is 4:30 to 6 p.m. each of the days. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

 Saturday-Sunday, December 10-11
Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December, also being held December 3 and 4, with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowman’s Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Caroler’s Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Man’s Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good you’ve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast s’mores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

 Saturday, December 10
Santa at the Mill
Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. 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. This event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and is ideal for those ages three to adult. The cost is $5 per person, and no reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

 Saturday, December 10
Holidays at Walney FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family at Walney Farm in this ongoing program. Participants age two to adult can learn about the gifts and foods of an 1850 Virginia farm, create their own historic holiday ornament, take a wagon ride through the trails, and enjoy hot apple cider and treats around a campfire. The program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

 Saturday, December 10
Civil War by CandlelightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns. Participants age five to adult can enjoy music, make a 19th century holiday decoration, and sample hot cider and homemade cookies. The house tour is 45 minutes with start times every 15 minutes from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Outdoor festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

 Saturday, December 10
Holiday Horse Drawn HayridesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse-drawn hayride through Lake Accotink. Warm up with seasonal treats available for purchase at our snack bar. There is no charge to visit Santa for hayride ticket holders. Feel free to take photos as a holiday souvenir of your visit. Dress for the weather and plan on a brisk walk from the parking lot. Register for ride times starting at noon and ending at 2:40 p.m. The cost is $12 per person; age two and younger free. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

 Saturday, December 10
Ride the Holiday Train at Lake FairfaxClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a break from the rush of the holiday season and take a ride around Lake Fairfax on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. Santa will be stopping by the park to visit. Participants age three to adult can see the lighted Christmas tree and inflatable seasonal decorations, make a holiday project to take home, gather round the campfire and hear holiday music, and enjoy warm drinks and treats from the food vendor from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-471-5415 to reserve a specific ride time.

 Saturday, December 10
Skiing Penguins and Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create crafts and activities to keep or share at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Build and race penguins and create snowmen. Create a gift bag to take home your fun creations. This program for children age three to nine costs $7 per child. Children should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

 Sunday, December 11
Christmas at the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special holiday visit to Frying Pan Farm Park and take a wagon ride through the woods and fields with Santa. Activities for participants age two to adult include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Register for an hour-long time slot at 10 or 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 or 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

 Sunday, December 11
Floral Workshop: Williamsburg Centerpiece Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Make a beautiful Williamsburg-style Christmas centerpiece at Green Spring Gardens complete with greens, fruit and dried material. Florist Chuck Mason shows you the techniques and leads you through the take-home project from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost of this workshop for participants age 16 to adult is $38 for the program and $25 for supplies. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

 Sunday, December 11
Open Kidwell Farm House
Twinkling lights, wreaths, and special treats will capture the imagination at Kidwell Farm House at Frying Pan Farm Park. Visitors will experience an old-fashioned family celebration! The farm house will be open Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays, December 4 & 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Saturday, December 17

 Saturday, December 17
Victorian Candlelight TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants five and older will enjoy Victorian-era traditions as you meet Sully's Santa, hear a reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas and see the Christmas tree decorated according to an 1885 memory. Make a tree decoration based on a Victorian original, see Sully's own puppet show and enjoy cider and sugar cakes. Tours begin at 4:45 with a new tour starting every 15 minutes. The last tour begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Please register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

 Saturday, December 17
Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Even if there is no snow on the ground, children age 3 to 12 will celebrate the cool snowman by crafting their own, enjoying stories and sipping on snowman soup (hot chocolate) at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Hear the tale of charity, “Flakey the (naked) Snowman,” as read by author Amy Tubbs. This program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

 Saturday, December 17
Holiday Ice Skating Show
Get ready to chill out and have some fun when the popular Holiday Ice Show returns to Mount Vernon RECenter. This annual show features group routines performed by students of all ages and abilities who are enrolled in the ice arena’s group lessons, as well as solo skate routines by other rink skaters. There will also be an appearance by a very special guest. Admission to the show is free. Performances run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-768-3224.

 Saturday, December 17
Santa Paws and the Holiday Express at Clemyjontri

Wednesday, December 21

 Wednesday, December 21
Nutcracker Fantasy Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your holiday guests and join master puppeteer Bob Brown in a holiday production of the Nutcracker fantasy at Frying Pan Farm Park. Join the lively marionettes as they frolic in a magical winter wonderland of snow. After the show, stroll the park and visit our animals or shop at the Country Store. Show times are 10 or 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the show, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, December 28

 Wednesday, December 28
Holiday Concert – IONAClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Music lovers age five to adult are invited to Sully Historic Site to hear one of the top rated pan-Celtic groups in the world. IONA treats its audience to high energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals. Performances are at 1 and 2 p.m. Seating is limited. The cost is $12 per person and includes a house tour. Refreshments will be served in the 18th century kitchen. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Plan Your Holiday Party
 Plan Your Holiday Party
From elegant events to friendly golf outings, find the perfect venue for celebrating, while availability lasts! Save when you reserve a banquet hall Mon. through Friday.
Golf Course Events, Receptions, Meetings and Banquets

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park

Sully Historic Site

Frying Pan Farm Park

Family Fun

Story Telling at Sully

General Store at Colvin Run Mill

Children's Shopping at Frying Pan Farm Park

Wreath Making at Green Spring Gardens

Snowman Fun at Hidden Oaks

Puppet Show at Green Spring Gardens

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