Fairfax County Seasonal Event Calendar

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Fairfax County Seasonal Event Calendar

There are many special events happening all around the county as the seasons change. Browse below to find one that speaks to you!

Featured Events

Great Falls Studios Holiday Show and Sale

Dec 13 - Dec 14, Wolf Trap Center for Education

Recurring daily
Address: 1645 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA
Admission: FREE

Great Falls Studios presents Great Falls Annual Holiday Art Show and  Sale. This annual show includes paintings, pottery, traditional and  digital photographs, jewelry, drawings, art quilts, and hand pulled  lithographic prints, plus artful gifts and cards. All of the artwork  is created by Great Falls artists, most of whom work out of their  home studios.


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One-Day Events

Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Nov 14 - Jan 4, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Recurring daily
Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA
Times: 5:00pm doors, 5:30pm show
Phone: (703) 255-3631
Admission: $13 adults, $8 children ages 3-12; Children under 3 are free.

Visit Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights from November 14th - January 4th to experience over 500,000 LED lights and displays that bring Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to life! Imagine the beauty of Meadowlark's renowned gardens transformed into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights. Marvel at the two story animated fountain, stroll past the Gingerbread Village, and explore the beauty of nature like you've never seen it. This event is sure to be the highlight of your holiday season!


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Santa HQ at Tysons Corner Center

Nov 14 - Dec 24, Tysons Corner Center

Recurring daily
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Visit Santa's Magical Workshop & Observatory, presented by HGTV - for photos and family activities, located in Fashion Court on level one between Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's - beginning November 14th.

Capture memorable photos with family & friends, scan yourself at the Naughty or Nice O'Meter, Snap and "Elfie" and star in your own video, experience Elf-Ray Vision in Santa's Observatory and much more!

Skip the line to see Santa...Reserve your space online.


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Bull Run Festival of Lights & Holiday Village

Nov 19 - Jan 4, Bull Run Regional Park

Recurring daily
Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sunday & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Phone: (703) 631-0550
Admission: Mon-Thurs, $15 per car ; Fri-Sun & Holidays, $20 per car

For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. This year's festival opens November 19th and runs through January 4th.  The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people! Bull Run Festival of Lights is located just off of Interstate 66 in Centreville, on Rt. 29 (Lee Highway), just 3 miles from historic Manassas Battlefield Park.

The Portal Wreath signifying the official start of the beautiful Bull Run Festival of Lights, this display has been part of the show since 2006. Each year a new ornament representing a display in the show will be added to this collection, and the portal wreath is the first in the series.

Santa's Enchanted Lights, with over 40,000 animated lights set to music! This great feature is merely a fraction of what you'll find at this season's Festival of Lights! 

 


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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Wildfire

Nov 27, Wildfire

Address: Tysons Galleria, International Drive, McLean, VA
Times: 10:30am - 8:30pm
Phone: (703) 442-9110
Admission: $44.95/person and $18.95 for children 12 and under
Bring your family and friends to Wildfire on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27!

From 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Wildfire at Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, will offer a special family style menu featuring spit roasted turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. The cost is $44.95/person and $18.95 for children 12 and under.

If you are entertaining family and friends at home, Wildfire will be offering Thanksgiving party platters for carryout. Each platter serves 8-10 people. Choose from platters of salads ($30.95-$35.95), main courses ($129.95 - $185.95), side dishes ($11.95- $21.95) and desserts ($19.95). Platters can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wildfire will be donating a portion of the day's proceeds to Food for Others, the largest distributor to free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia. In addition, Wildfire will be hosting a food drive on Thanksgiving Day - Sunday, November 30 to help restock the cupboards in time for the holidays. Please bring unopened cans or boxes of non-perishables. All contributions will benefit the pantry at Food for Others.


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Holiday Feast with an Italian Twist

Nov 27, Il Fornaio

Address: Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Phone: (703) 437-5544
Admission: $42/adults; $18/children under 12

Your family. Your tradition. Il Fornaio.

Join us for a Thanksgiving Holiday Feast with an Italian Twist. A la carte menu also available. Reservations online at 1-888-Italian. 


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Thanksgiving at Chima

Nov 27, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Address: 8010 Towers Crescent Dr, #100, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 1-8pm
Phone: (703) 639-3080
You can always find something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving at Chima. Regular menu (rodizio and salad bar) plus Thanksgiving favorites such as Roasted Turkey, stuffing, cranberry jelly, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cornbread!

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Thanksgiving at Trummer's On Main

Nov 27, Trummer's On Main

Address: 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA
Phone: (703) 266-1623
Admission: $64/adults; $32/children under 12.
THANKSGIVING
Celebrate the season of thanks with family and friends and leave the cooking up to us! Chef Austin Fausett is serving some traditional and some non traditional fare for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

Three Courses for $64.
Children 12 and under $32.


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Black Friday Holiday Celebration at the Workhouse

Nov 28, Workhouse Arts Center

Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 10am - 7pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
Explore the artwork of nearly 100 artists, join in interactive demonstrations and find that perfect gift while supporting local artists. Festivities will also include Doughnuts with Santa, fine-art projects for children, and holiday music and theatrical performances throughout the day.

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Christmas at Mount Vernon

Nov 28 - Jan 6, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Recurring daily
Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 9am - 4pm
Admission: Regular Estate admission.

Themed decorations (including 12 Christmas trees) and historical chocolate-making demonstrations will be offered.


Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. During Christmas at Mount Vernon, visitors can meet a camel on the grounds.

 


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Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Nov 28, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 5pm - 8pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: $22 adults, $15 children (11 and under)
Join "Mrs. Washington" as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours, fireside caroling, and hot cider and ginger cookies. Tours include dancing, merry music, and characters from the Washingtons' world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening at Mount Vernon.

Visitors will meet a cast of friends and family of the famous founding couple. In the kitchen, the final stop on the tour, guests will hear about 18th-century holiday cooking, see a reproduction of Martha Washington's Great Cake, and be given a complimentary copy of the recipe to try at home. Following the Mansion tour, guests are invited to stroll candlelit walks, join in fireside caroling, and visit Aladdin the Christmas camel.

Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under and go on sale October 27 at 10 a.m. at the Ford Orientation Center or at MountVernon.org.


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Reston Holiday Parade

Nov 28, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Times: 11:00am
Contact: Reston Town Center
Admission: FREE
RESTON TOWN CENTER • FREE • ALL AGES The 24th annual parade will celebrate Reston’s 50th anniversary and kick off the 25th anniversary of Reston Town Center in 2015. Come for a full day of community, charity and cheer including the Gingerbread Man Mile & Tot Trot, visits and photos with Santa, tree lighting, sing along, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

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Reston Holidays are Here Celebration!

Nov 28, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Times: 8am
Contact: Reston Town Center
Admission: FREE
Discover a day of community, camaraderie, charity and cheer to kick off the holiday season! Cheer on kids of all ages as they "run as fast as they can!" in the Gingerbread Man Mile and Tot Trot, and if mom and dad want to do some racing of their own stores open at 8 am! Then snag some snacks and a seat for the Reston Holiday Parade at 11 am.

After Santa gives his final farewell to parade spectators, he is available for visits and photos until 4:30pm - we recommend stopping by after you grab lunch, as the line is much shorter. Make your way around the ice, mark a few items off the list, marvel at the Hyatt Gingerbread Village in their lobby, do a bit of people-watching.

Then at 5 pm, wander over to Fountain Square to see "Santa's Frosty Follies," a performance by Metropolitan School of the Arts, and stay for the magic and merriment of the Tree Lighting & Sing Along at 6 pm. Finally, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage to end a day to remember!

While you go home with great memories, some local non-profits will go home with a smile too! The race benefits Neediest Kids, photos benefit SLHS Choir, and carriage rides benefit Volunteer Fairfax! Thanks for the support!


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The Thanksgiving Story

Nov 28, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-4101
Admission: $5/person
(3-adult) Children must be accompanied by a paid adult. Bring the family and holiday guests to this lively and interactive retelling of the Thanksgiving Story. Gleemania's Sue Cournoyer entertains and informs while engaging everyone. After the show, stroll the park and visit our animals or take a ride on our carousel or wagon rides. 

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Classical Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker

Nov 29 - Nov 30, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Recurring daily
Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: Saturday, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, 2pm
Contact: Kim Brummett
Phone: (703) 471-0750
Admission: $18-$25
Experience the magic of Classical Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker! This holiday classic includes stunning costumes, beautiful choreography, and Tchaikovsky's magnificent music. -- Share your holiday spirit by bringing a non-perishable food donation for LINK!

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Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight

Nov 29, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
Begin celebrating the holiday season with the rapturous voices of this revered a cappella ensemble. This critically acclaimed group comes to the Center for the first time to present a dazzling holiday performance — a candlelight Christmas concert with a popular mix of Gregorian chant, carols, motets, and contemporary favorites. Based in Miami, and under the direction of its founder and artistic director, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire’s reputation as an important vocal ensemble has been enhanced by two Grammy nominations, a top-ten appearance on the Billboard classical chart, and a number-one debut on the iTunes classical music charts.

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Sparkling Wine Tastings

Nov 29 - Dec 28, Paradise Springs Winery

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, Virginia
Times: 11am-7pm
Phone: (703) 830-9463
Admission: $20/person
Every year throughout the holiday season during the weekends we offer a unique sparkling tasting. Taste all three sparklings from Paradise Springs as well as a unique Pineapple Sparkling from Maui. 10% off all sparkling wines purchased for anyone who does the tasting.

Wines to Include:
Aprés (Sparkling Viognier
Blanc de Blanc
1991 Vintage Virginia Sparkling
Pineapple Sparkling from Maui

No reservations necessary as tastings will be done at our main tasting counter.


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"A Chanticleer Christmas"

Nov 30, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

A cherished annual tradition at the Hylton Center, Chanticleer kicks off the Christmas season with its Thanksgiving weekend concert, "A Chanticleer Christmas," on Nov. 30. This Grammy Award-winning male a cappella group displays its mastery of more than a thousand years of vocal literature by performing ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs and contemporary works, as well as a selection of festive American and European carols and spirituals.




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Family Advent Celebration

Nov 30, Burke United Methodist Church

Address: 6200 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, Virginia
Times: 4:00-5:30PM
Contact: Katie Webster
Phone: (703) 250-6100
Admission: FREE
Join us for a celebration of Advent for the whole family! We will make crafts, decorate cookies, and more! Don't miss this annual celebration - now at the beginning of the Advent Season!

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Annual Church Street Holiday Stroll

Dec 1, Vienna’s Historic Church Street

Address: Church Street between Lawyers Road and Mill Street, Vienna, VA
Times: 6 to 9 p.m.
Phone: (703) 938-5187
Admission: FREE

The annual Holiday Stroll on historic Church Street is held the Monday evening after Thanksgiving. Church Street is closed to vehicular traffic between Lawyers Road and Mill Street and visitors are invited to stroll along the street amid the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Santa Claus greets children at the Freeman House.


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"Snow Day"

Dec 3 - Dec 7, Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 10:30am
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $8
One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. 

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A Classic Brass Christmas

Dec 5 - Dec 6, Falls Church Presbyterian Church

Recurring daily
Address: 225 East Broad St., Falls Church, VA
Times: Friday, 8pm and Saturday, 5pm
Admission: $5 - $45
Our annual Christmas concert is a Washington-area favorite. With the American premiere of British composer Cecilia McDowall's A Winter's Night, our stunning candlelight processional, the popular conducting raffle, and an audience carol sing-along, we promise to start your holiday season off in spectacular fashion.

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Christmas Market & Winterfest

Dec 5 - Dec 14, Tysons Corner Center Outdoor Plaza

Recurring daily
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: Friday, 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-8pm

Located at Tysons Corner Center on the grand new Plaza at new mall entrances from the Silver Line Metro, the festival will include 30 vendors selling German holiday goods. Plus, mulled wine, German beer, German fare, hot chocolate and coffee. Also, enjoy the spectacular Christmas tree, entertainment, beer garden and other festive activities.


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McLean Holiday Craft Show

Dec 5 - Dec 7, McLean Community Center

Recurring daily
Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA - Virginia
Times: Friday, 11am-7pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday, 11am-4pm
Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children under 14
Enjoy a wide variety of arts & crafts and holiday music by local school groups. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under the age of 14.

Towne Square Singers Holiday Concert

Dec 5 - Dec 7, ArtSpace Herndon

Recurring daily
Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm ; Sunday, 2pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
The Herndon Towne Square Singers, which is sponsored by the Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, numbers 25 strong for the upcoming concert.  Many members hail from the Town of Herndon and others come from surrounding communities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.


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Annual Tree Lighting and Sing-Along

Dec 6, Town Hall Square

Address: 730 Elden Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 5-6pm
Phone: (703) 437-5556

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Breakfast with Santa

Dec 6, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Address: 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, VA
Times: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Contact: Joan Buscher
Phone: (703) 532-6617
Admission: Free
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to Breakfast With Santa on Saturday, December 6 from 9:30am-11:30am. Come enjoy crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa! Everyone is welcome! Free event! For more information, visit www.htluther.org or facebook.com/HTLuther. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 3022 Woodlawn Avenue, Falls Church, VA (at the intersection of Route 50 and Woodlawn Avenue, near I-495). Please contact us at 703-532-6617 or admin@htluther.org with any questions.

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Children's Holiday Shopping

Dec 6 - Dec 8, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, va
Times: Saturday, 10am-2pm; Sunday, 12-4pm; Monday, 1-4pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Cost of presents; free gift wrapping
Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. Volunteers help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping assures surprises for family and friends. Adults are invited to wait at the schoolhouse. Monday is for ages 8 years and older with self-shopping and wrapping (no volunteer helpers). No reservations required.

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Christmas with Fairfax Choral Society: Christmas Comes Anew Concert

Dec 6, National City Christian Church

Address: 5 Thomas Cir. NW, Washington, DC
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students Advanced Tickets: $30 for Adults, $15 for Students Door Tickets: $35 for Adulst, $15 for Students
Welcome in the holiday season with over two hundred voices of the Fairfax Choral Society as we present Christmas Comes Anew. This year’s concert features new and highly imaginative arrangements of many of your favorite Christmas carols, including Patapan, In the Bleak Midwinter, I Saw Three Ships and O Come, All Ye Faithful. The FCS Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, and Concert Choir will join together with the church’s magnificent five-manual pipe organ, a battery of percussionists, piano, harp, flute, oboe, cello and handbells to bring you traditional Yuletide carols as you have never heard them before! Invite your family and friends to join us for this popular celebration of Christmas. Season Subscription Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students Advanced Tickets: $30 for Adults, $15 for Students Door Tickets: $35 for Adulst, $15 for Students

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Festival of Lights and Carols

Dec 6, Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am-9pm
Contact: Mitzi Taylor
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: Most events are Free, Lunch with Santa - $8 per child, Celtic Christmas - $5 per adult
Come listen to live holiday music and enjoy s'mores and hot cider on the Civic Green in front of the Sherwood Community Center for FREE. Children ages 10 and under can enjoy lunch with Santa at the Sherwood Community Center. Three lunch seating will be offered - 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. $8 per child. At 7:30pm the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts sponsors the eighth annual Christmas concert. $5 Adults, Children 12 and under free.

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Herndon Holiday Homes Tour

Dec 6, Town of Herndon

Address: Herndon Homes, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am-4pm
Phone: 703-435-6800 x2222

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Historic Pohick Church Candlelight Dinner

Dec 6, Pohick Church

Address: 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA
Times: Reservations deadline is Nov. 22nd!
Contact: Charlotte Knipling
Phone: (703) 946-1031
Admission: Tickets are $75 a person.
Historic Pohick Church Candlelight Dinner Reservations deadline is Nov. 22nd Time is running out to make reservations for the Pohick Church Docent Guild’s Candlelight Dinner to be held on Saturday, December 6. Only a dozen seats remain. Do not miss out on this beautiful annual event! Tickets are $75 a person. Featured will be musical entertainment and a catered dinner of assorted hors d’oeuvres, beef tenderloin, roast chicken, side dishes and several desserts. Pohick Church is located at 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA 22079, on U.S. Route 1 between Telegraph Road and Pohick Road, www.pohick.org . For reservations and more information contact Charlotte Knipling at 703-946-1031.

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Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner

Dec 6, The Winery at Bull Run

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA
Times: 7-9pm
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Admission: $135

The Winery at Bull Run invites you to celebrate this holiday season with us at our Holiday Wine Pairing Dinner event! Check out the delicious menu put together by the talented chefs of RSVP Catering and the knowledgeable management of the Winery at Bull Run. A perfect early gift for your loved ones; this is an event you will not want to miss!


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Jingle on Lake Anne Holiday Event

Dec 6, Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront)

Address: 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Virginia
Times: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Admission: Free Rain or Shine
Lake Anne Plaza is inviting people of all ages to head down to the lake for some warm merriment and holiday cheer as they host their annual family friendly holiday event Jingle on Lake Anne. Community organizers and plaza retailers will host a variety of festive activities ranging from the ever popular special visit from Santa (arriving on a lake barge), strolling carolers, a petting zoo, music, wine tastings, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookie & ornament decorating, holiday arts & crafts market, holiday entertainment and much more. The holiday event is hosted by Lake Anne Merchants. Event Schedule: 11:00AM-2:00PM – Holiday Arts & Crafts Market Gifts from the HeART Exhibition (presented by the Reston Community Center - til 4PM) Petting Zoo Cookie Decorating Caroling Children’s Crafts Plaza Activities 12:00PM-2:00PM – Santa Arrival/Departure (Arrival time is 12PM Sharp)

Plantation Christmas

Dec 6, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 2pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: $15 adults, $5 children (6-18)
Let the Christmas Past become part of your Christmas Present!

Ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sip warm cider by the fire, and sample period food prepared in the hearth kitchen. Return to the 18th century as costumed characters greet you in the house and throughout the grounds. Visit with Santa!


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Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long

Dec 6, Wolf Trap - The Filene Center

Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 4pm
Phone: 877-WOLFTRAP
Admission: Free
"The President's Own"
United States Marine Band
Members of local choirs and vocal groups

Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap's 2014 Holiday Sing-A-Long! This annual musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area.

Wolf Trap will be participating in Toys for Tots by collecting new, unwrapped toys at the entrance to the Filene Center before the Sing-A-Long. Donations are strictly voluntary and not a requirement. Admission is FREE, and no tickets are required. Parking is free, but limited, so please plan on arriving early.

Bring a candle and join the tradition of exiting the Filene Center with a candlelight processional during the last verse of "Silent Night." There will also be a "Jing-A-Long" during the singing of "Jingle Bells," so remember to bring a candle, a bell, and a new, unwrapped toy!


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"Christmas in Camp" - Civil War Living History

Dec 7, Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 12pm - 4pm
Phone: (703) 591-0560
Admission: Free
Discuss Civil War-era holiday customs, make Victorian ornaments, and participate in camp drills with Company D, 17th VA Infantry, "Fairfax Rifles" C.S.A. Guided tours of Historic Blenheim House.

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American Girl Tysons at The Nutcracker

Dec 7 - Dec 21, Tysons Corner Center - American Girl Store

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (877) 247-5223
Admission: $110/person
Your experience begins with a delicious Brunch at the American Girl Bistro. Then, a private coach bus will take you to the historical Warner Theatre where you¹ll discover the timeless magic of The Nutcracker, performed by the Washington Ballet. Round-trip transportation from American Girl to the theatre will be provided.

Tickets: $110 per person
(Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable) (gratuity not included)

Reservations required; call toll-free 877-247-5223Call: 877-247-5223. 
For girls ages 8 and up.


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Christmas at the Farm

Dec 7 - Dec 14, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, va
Times: December 7: 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm; December 14: 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: $8/person
(2 years-adult) Enjoy a special holiday visit and take a wagon ride with Santa through the woods and fields. Activities include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather.

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Cookie Concert

Dec 7, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Address: 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church, VA
Times: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Contact: Joan Buscher
Phone: (703) 532-6617
Admission: Free
Join Holy Trinity's Bell and Vocal choirs for a night of Christmas and Advent music followed by a Christmas cookie reception, a tradition that dates back over 50 years! The program begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 7. For more information, visit www.htluther.org or facebook.com/HTLuther. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 3022 Woodlawn Avenue, Falls Church, VA (at the intersection of Route 50 and Woodlawn Avenue, near I-495). Please contact us at 703-532-6617 or admin@htluther.org with any questions.

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Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Dec 7, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am-4pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Free
Over 70 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show sponsored by the Town of Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation. A variety of handcrafted items and fine art will be on sale including wreaths, quilts, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass, and more. Visitors are encouraged not to bring strollers inside the building during show hours due to limited space.

Free admission and parking.  Additional parking at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course.

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Home for the Holidays Concert

Dec 7, Lanier Middle School

Address: 3801 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: 4pm
Admission: Free
Join the Main Street Community Band for a wintry mix of seasonal and holiday favorites for the entire family. Please bring a nonperishable food item to benefit Food for Others- feeding families in Northern Virginia.

Admission is free. Tickets are required. Reserve tickets using the print-and-mail order form. Ticket requests should be addressed and mailed to The Main Street Community Band Holiday Concert Tickets, P.O. Box 1306, Fairfax, VA 22038-1306. Please include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope with your request.


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Matinee Holiday Aca-Extravaganza w/ Pitches Be Crazy + Handsome Reward + Impitched + Kaila Mullady

Dec 7, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA
Times: 1:30pm
Contact: Mei - Jammin Java
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $10-$13
Pitches Be Crazy (PBC) Acappella returns to Jammin Java to host the first "Holiday Aca-Extravaganza" featuring local DC contemporary a cappella group, Impitched, the barbershop harmony pros, Handsome Reward and making a VERY special appearance, from New York City, the 2013 Beatsrhyme Champion and top ranked beatbox sensation Kaila Mullady. You don’t want to miss the afternoon of music that will make you move!

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McLean WinterFest Parade

Dec 7, McLean

Address: Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA
Times: 3:30pm

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Santa Breakfast

Dec 7, Tysons Corner Center

Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 8am
Join us Sunday, Dec. 7 at 8am to celebrate Santa and the holiday season. 

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Steven Gellman: "Songs of Winter's Cheer" album release concert

Dec 7, Jammin Java

Address: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (703) 255-1566
Admission: $15 advance, $18 at door
Contemporary folk tunesmith Steven Gellman brings holiday cheer to Jammin Java on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. for the Songs of Winter's Cheer album release concert. Jammin Java, one of the premier spots for live music on the East Coast, is located at 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, Virginia. Tickets for this all-ages show are available for $15 in advance or $18 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

With a voice to match John Denver and songs hailed by Billboard Magazine as "essential for fans of sensitive acoustic music," Gellman has performed his slice-of-life lyrics to audiences across the United States since the mid-90s. Now, Gellman brings his heartfelt vocals to Jammin Java for an acoustic concert featuring Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, as well as originals, performed by Gellman on guitar and vocals, Doug Poplin on cello, and Margaret Wolfe on harmony vocals. Gellman's new, playfully irreverent song about the holidays in Maryland - Jewish Christmas - is sure to delight the Beltway crowd.

Gellman broke onto the folk music scene in 1997 garnering critical acclaim for Photobook with a sound that Billboard Magazine compared to the Indigo Girls. Since then, he has continued his hallmark approach of capturing story in song through a string of indie releases. Gellman has received multiple nominations for Best Contemporary Folk Vocalist in the Washington Area Music Awards and his Peaceful World album was up for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Gellman has performed at premiere music venues including the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA and the Blue Bird Café in Nashville, TN and has had the honor to open shows for Dar Williams and Richie Havens among others.

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Hear The Angels Sing! Fairfax Choral Society Youth Concert

Dec 9, Annandale United Methodist Church

Address: 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students
The combined Youth Choruses of the Central Campus bring you all the voices of angels! From our youngest cherubs in our Da Capo Choir to the seraphic harmonies from our Master Singers, our young people will lift your spirits with the sounds of the season. The concert will conclude with a stirring new arrangement of Brent Adams', Hark! the Herald Angels Sing featuring the entire heavenly host in grand celebration. Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students

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Holiday Gingerbread House

Dec 11, McLean Community Center

Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: 6:30pm - 8pm
Phone: (703) 790-0123
Admission: $45/house
Families work together decorating a pre-assembled gingerbread house. Cost includes one preassembled gingerbread house, decorating supplies and candies. Note: Products may contain dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, corn, and peanuts.

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"3 Days 'Til Christmas!" - A New Holiday Musical

Dec 12 - Dec 14, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Recurring daily
Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia
Times: Friday, 8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12pm & 4pm
Admission: $19 - $23

 

It's three days ‘til Christmas and time to load the sleigh, but what has happened to all the toys? What folly has befallen the North Pole? Reginald. But why would the North Poles own self-proclaimed lawman hijack all the toys? And how did all the children get put on the naughty list? Will Comet ever be able to go super-sonic? It will take more than elves, reindeer, and a touch of ginger to get ready for Santa's late night flight. This Broadway-Style holiday musical, appropriate for audiences of all ages, is packed with fun and fanciful chaos that promises to warm your heart and have your toes tapping. Glorious scenery, amazing costuming and a phenomenal cast weave a festive and touching song and dance story that will appeal to audiences young and old.


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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Live on Stage

Dec 12 - Dec 21, NextStop Theatre Company at Industrial Strength Theatre

Recurring daily
Address: 269 Sunset Park Dr, Herndon, VA
Times: Varies
Phone: (703) 481-5930

 

For the first time, NextStop Theatre Company will be producing a full-scale holiday production featuring a cast comprised entirely of young performers. All roles are unpaid, but will be supported by a team of high caliber directors, designers and technical personnel from the professional company. Directed by Jennifer Lambert. (Based on the classic holiday TV special.)

 

 

 


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American Festival Pops Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season"

Dec 12, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

The joy and magic of the holiday season come alive when the American Festival Pops Orchestra takes the Merchant Hall stage under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello on Dec. 12 to present a festive concert titled "Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season," featuring cherished Christmas carols, holiday favorites, guest soloists and the popular audience sing-along.





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Holiday Celebration with The 5 Browns

Dec 12, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
In their Center debut, these virtuosic sibling pianists present a merry evening of music-making featuring everything from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite to selections from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Praised by Entertainment Weekly for their “scorching piano,” they first made headlines when all five were accepted at Juilliard simultaneously, and have since exploded onto the classical music scene. The Billboard chart-topping artists have appeared on The Tonight Show, Today, Oprah, and even in their own PBS special, but nothing can match the experience of enjoying these talents live onstage thundering away on five Steinways.

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Dec 12 - Dec 14, Dulles Expo Center

Recurring daily
Address: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive, Chantilly, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
Contact: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
Phone: (800) 210-9900
Admission: Adults: $8 online, $10 at the door; Children under 12: free; Parking: free
More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work in Chantilly, Virginia (outside Washington, DC) at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday, December 12, through Sunday, December 14 at the Dulles Expo Center. Jury-selected artists from around the country will present their stunning array of contemporary crafts in sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, leather, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art. Holiday shoppers can enjoy browsing and buying fine crafts and unique gifts for everyone on their holiday list. As part of the family-friendly atmosphere at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, visitors can watch the creative process of master artisans during ongoing craft demonstrations. Live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies available to sample and buy from dozens of specialty food vendors make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. For more information, including admission discounts, a list of artists participating in the show and discount hotel rates, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900. Free parking is available on site. High-resolution images of artist work are available at http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/pr/december_chantilly_photo.html

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American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops - Songs of the Season

Dec 13, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
Always a treasured holiday tradition at the Center, this gifted orchestra spreads holiday cheer and good tidings. This festive concert celebrates the season with cherished Christmas carols, holiday favorites, guest soloists, and a popular carol sing-along. Under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, this ensemble of 60 of the finest musicians from the D.C. area presents a jubilant evening full of joyful holiday favorites that is certain to create precious Christmas memories.

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Civil War by Candlelight

Dec 13, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Phone: (703) 437-1794
(5-Adult) Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns. Enjoy music by Evergreen Shade, make a 19th century holiday decoration, sample hot cider and homemade cookies. House tour is 45 min. outside festivities available until 8 p.m.

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Holiday Horse Drawn Hayrides at Lake Accotink Park

Dec 13, Lake Accotink Park

Address: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 22150, Va
Times: 11:30 to 2:30 pm
Contact: Lake Accotink Park Parktakes
Phone: (703) 222-4664
Admission: $10 per person (FREE for 2 and under)
It’s holly jolly family fun! Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse drawn hayride through the park. Warm up with seasonal treats available for purchase at our snack bar, and settle in to share stories around a toasty campfire. Also visit with Santa and tell him what’s on your wish list. Remember to bring a camera and make it your holiday family photo if you wish! Dress for the weather and plan on a brisk walk from the parking lot. To register: Please call 703-222-4664 or register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes. No refunds unless event is canceled.

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Join Santa on a Train Ride

Dec 13 - Dec 14, Lake Fairfax Park

Recurring daily
Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston, VA
Times: 12pm - 6pm
Phone: (703) 471-5414
Admission: $10
Kick off your fall with Pumpkins in the Park. Family activities include burlap sack slide, face painting, and carousel rides. Admission $7 includes a pumpkin.

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Santa at the Mill

Dec 13, Colvin Run Mill

Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 3-6pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
Admission: $5/person
No reservations required. 3-6 p.m.
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. $5/person.

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Winter's Muse Fairfax Choral Society Youth Concert

Dec 13, First Baptist Church of Herndon

Address: 681 Elden St., Herndon, Virgina
Times: 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students
Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music interwoven with short, winter proverbs and witty observations performed by our very own West & South Campus choristers. Season Subscription Tickets: $16 for Adults, $8 for Students Advanced Tickets: $20 for Adults, $10 for Students Door Tickets: $25 for Adults, $10 for Students

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"Four Centuries of Virginia Christmases"

Dec 14, Fairfax Museum

Address: 10209 Main St, Fairfax, VA
Times: 2pm
Phone: (703) 385-8414
Admission: Free
Join author Mary Miley Theobald to explore Virginia Christmas customs and their evolution from pagan, British, German, and Dutch precedents.

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A Storybook Holiday Brunch

Dec 14, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: $14
Bring your child to enjoy holiday fun. Children will prepare a craft, enjoy a visit from Santa and in addition, a special guest appearance who will read the ever popular Elf on the Shelf storybook. Fee also includes brunch for one parent and one child.

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm Wassail

Dec 14, Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Address: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
Times: 1-4pm
Phone: (703) 442-7557
Gather in the Farm's orchard to Wassail! ("wish good health to") the apple trees with singing, dancing, and chants to ensure a "howling crop" next year. Enjoy spiced cider, ginger biscuits, a bonfire and 18th century games. Regular admission fee.

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Clint Black - "A Clint Black Christmas"

Dec 14, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Country music legend Clint Black brings a heartwarming concert of original Christmas music and beloved hits from throughout his 25 years in country music to the Hylton Center with "A Clint Black Christmas" on Dec. 14. Black has won over countless country music fans with his authentic and traditional sound, as well as his numerous Triple Platinum-selling albums and Billboard chart-topping songs, including his breakout hit, "A Better Man."





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World War II Christmas at Home

Dec 14, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Phone: (703) 437-1794
(5-Adult) Soldiers on leave spent the holidays with family and friends dancing to big band music, singing carols and enjoying home cooking. Get in the spirit of a 1940s Christmas as you make an ornament to take home, learn about cooking with substitutions and hear the latest war news. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. House tour is 45 min. outside festivities available until 8 p.m.

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Dress Up Herndon for the Holidays

Dec 15, Homes in Herndon

Address: Homes in Herndon, Herndon, VA
Times: Judging 6-8pm
Phone: 7034356800x2222

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 17 - Dec 18, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Moscow Ballet's classic Great Russian Nutcracker returns!

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Jimmy's Annual Christmas Party and Casino Night for Charity

Dec 18, Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Address: 697 Spring St, Herndon, VA
Phone: (703) 435-5467

"A Kodachrome Christmas" by Pat Hazell

Dec 19 - Dec 21, The Alden

Recurring daily
Address: 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA
Times: Friday & Saturday 8:00 pm; Sunday 2:00 pm
Admission: $30/$20 MCC district residents
Welcome to an irreverent and hysterical holiday celebration! From the creator of “The Wonder Bread Years” and a writer for “Seinfeld” comes a one-woman, cable-access holiday special. Enter the colorful world of Earlene Hoople as she entertains with participatory bell ringing, cookie baking, a family slide show, some outrageous advice for surviving the holidays with relatives… and a whole lot more.

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"A Christmas Carol"

Dec 20, Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

Address: 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: $15 general admission; $10 seniors and students
NYC actor / playwright, Greg Oliver Bodine, comes to Fairfax to perform his critically acclaimed, one-man performance of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL for a limited, one-night only engagement. "Charming!" --Laurel Graeber, The New York Times

THE STORY: Charles Dickens' 1867 American Reading Tour is off to a rough start. Due to an inexplicable loss of his luggage, he regretfully announces that he will be unable to read from his beloved classic, "A Christmas Carol." All is not lost however; Dickens delivers what he promised by performing from memory the magical story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from miserliness to redemption with warmth and humor. This one-man play is based on the condensed version Dickens himself used on his historic reading tours of the United States and is adapted here to offer a unique theatrical experience. One actor. One hour! This show is rated G and is suitable for adults and children over ten (10) years of age. Please join us!


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19th Century Christmas by Candlelight

Dec 20, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Phone: (703) 437-1794
(5-Adult) 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 tour is 45 min. outside festivities available until 8 p.m.

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Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Dec 20, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Address: 3200 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: $30, adult; $20, youth (6-11); children under five are free.
Ring in the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River at George Washington's Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 20!

For the first time ever, Mount Vernon will open its doors for an evening of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs. Before the fireworks show at 8:45 p.m., Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon offers guests a chance to step back in time and experience a festive holiday evening at the first president's estate.

Stroll through the historic area while being serenaded by local choirs. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Visit a winter encampment and meet re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment.

Enjoy cider, cookies, and a bonfire while listening to the harmonious sounds of musicians performing 18th-century tunes. Impress holiday guests by learning 18th-century dance moves with costumed guides in the Greenhouse. Warm up in the blacksmith shop - a working reconstruction of Washington's blacksmith shop. Sip hot chocolate while watching a fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River.

"General and Lady Washington" along with a cast of costumed characters from the 18th century will be on hand to greet Mount Vernon's holiday guests. Learn more about the Washingtons' Christmas traditions during a tour the first and second floor of the Mansion.


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Christmas in Fairfax with Fairfax Choral Society & City of Fairfax Band

Dec 20, Fairfax High School

Address: 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, Virginia
Times: 7:00 p.m.
Phone: (703) 642-3277
Admission: FREE
Make our tradition your tradition. Join the Fairfax Choral Society and the City of Fairfax Band in a glorious selection of seasonal favorites in this free, annual concert which will feature the world premiere of a new selection by Radol Alan Bass. Christmas in Fairfax is a FREE concert, however tickets must be secured with the city of Fairfax Band here.

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Holiday Model Train Display

Dec 20 - Dec 28, Colvin Run Mill

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 11am-4pm
Phone: (703) 759-2771
Admission: Free
No reservations required. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fun for all ages! Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature western town in the Colvin Run Barn. FREE

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Jimmy's Annual Holiday Party for Kids!

Dec 20, Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Address: 697 Spring St, Herndon, VA
Phone: (703) 435-5467

The Angels Sang

Dec 20, Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Address: 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon, VA
Times: 8:00 PM
Contact: Voce Chamber Singers
Phone: (703) 277-7772
Admission: $20 gen'l admiss, college students $10 w/ID, under 18 free
Celebrate the holidays with Voce in this joyous program that includes Donald McCullough’s When Christ Was Born—a setting of medieval English texts for chorus, soloists, and harp. Harpist Marian Rian Hays, who commissioned and premiered the piece just last year, will join Voce for these performances. The program also includes music by choral superstar Eric Whitacre and a festive audience sing-along. Tickets are available online at www.voce.org. General admission tickets are $20; $10 for college students with ID; students under 18 admitted free. Call for group pricing. For more information, please call (703) 277-7772, or email VOCE at info@voce.org.

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Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

Dec 20 - Dec 21, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 4pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $50, $43, $30
This spirited performance by these remarkable Austrian youngsters features everything from ancient hymns and traditional Christmas carols to popular holiday favorites and songs from across the globe. Audiences and critics worldwide have praised these talented singers for their celestial voices, rapturous harmonies, pure tone, appealing demeanor, and, above all, a wide-ranging repertoire spanning centuries and genres. Dating back over half a millennium, the history of this choir has been associated with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart and Bruckner; Franz Schubert himself was even a chorister.

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World Children's Choir 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert

Dec 20, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Address: 4250 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA
Times: 7:00 pm
Contact: Sondra Harness
Phone: (703) 883-0920
Admission: $20 adults, $10 children
Performing for 25 years, the award-winning World Children’s Choir, based in Northern Virginia, will perform their 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert, December 20th, at 7:00 pm. At St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, Virginia. Tickets are available at the door, and also will soon be available on the Choir’s website and Facebook page. The 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert will feature international carols, Hanukkah, and New Year songs from around
the world. An audience sing-along concludes the concert. Of special note this year, alumni from throughout the Choir’s 25 year history will attend and perform with current members of the choir.

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The Angels Sang

Dec 21, Oakton United Methodist Church

Address: 2951 Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton, VA
Times: 4:00 PM
Contact: Voce Chamber Singers
Phone: (703) 277-7772
Admission: $20 gen'l admiss, college students $10 w/ID, under 18 free
Celebrate the holidays with Voce in this joyous program that includes Donald McCullough’s When Christ Was Born—a setting of medieval English texts for chorus, soloists, and harp. Harpist Marian Rian Hays, who commissioned and premiered the piece just last year, will join Voce for these performances. The program also includes music by choral superstar Eric Whitacre and a festive audience sing-along. Tickets are available online at www.voce.org. General admission tickets are $20; $10 for college students with ID; students under 18 admitted free. Call for group pricing. For more information, please call (703) 277-7772, or email VOCE at info@voce.org.

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Virginia Ballet Company and School - "Nutcracker" Working Stage Rehearsal

Dec 26, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike (corner of Wakefield Chapel), Annandale, VA
Times: 6:30PM
Contact: www.vaballet.org
Phone: (703) 503-5960
Admission: $10 plus a $2 fee per ticket
A limited number of general admission tickets is available for the Nutcracker Working Stage Rehearsal on December 26 at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $10 plus a $2 fee per each ticket and may be purchased online at www.vaballet.org. The tickets for the Working Stage Rehearsal must be purchased in advance. For additional information call 703 249-8227.

Virginia Ballet Company and School present the 65th Annual "Nutcracker"

Dec 27 - Dec 29, Richard J. Ernst Theatre, NVCC Annandale Campus

Recurring daily
Address: 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA
Times: 2PM and 7PM
Contact: www.vaballet.org
Phone: (703) 249-8227
Admission: $30 adults, $20 for children, students, & seniors, plus a $3 fee per each ticket
VIRGINIA BALLET COMPANY AND SCHOOL will present its 65TH season of the classic NUTCRACKER ballet, fully staged and costumed, on December 27, 28 and 29, 2014. The performances are at 2PM and 7PM each day at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $30 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus a $3 fee per each ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.vaballet.org. Group pricing for these 6 performances is available for groups of 10 or more for the same performance. For additional information and group rates please call 703-249-8227.

Herndon's New Year’s Eve Bonfire and Celebration

Dec 31, ArtSpace Herndon

Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Times: TBD
Phone: (703) 956-6590
ArtSpace Herndon will host Historic Herndon's traditional New Year's Eve celebration on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The New Year's Eve celebration is one of ArtSpace Herndon's signature events.

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New Year’s Eve Scramble

Dec 31, Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Address: 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (703) 471-5769

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Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Jan 17 - Jan 20, RCC Hunters Woods

Recurring daily
Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: Times will vary, depending on the day.
Contact: Kevin Danaher
Phone: (703) 390-6166
Admission: FREE
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ANNA DEAVERE SMITH Anna Deavere Smith will join us for three days of activities including a performance, the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address, and school performances. Professional Touring Artist Series Performance SNAPSHOTS: PORTRAITS OF A WORLD IN TRANSITION Sunday, January 18, 8:00 p.m. Ms. Smith has been listening to people across the country from all walks of life for the last several years, using Walt Whitman’s idea “to absorb America” as an inspiration. Keynote Address and Community Lunch RECLAIMING GRACE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY Monday, January 19, 12:00 p.m. The Keynote Address celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the power of kindness and the strength of imagination in hope. The address will be followed by our traditional Community Lunch.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration: "Snapshots: Portraits Of A World In Transition"

Jan 18, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston
Anna Deavere Smith Special Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Performance and Residency Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Best known for crafting onewoman, multi-character plays about American social issues, Smith has been awarded the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts, as well as the National Humanities Medal. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre – a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Ms. Smith has been listening to people across the country from all walks of life for the last several years, using Walt Whitman’s idea “to absorb America” as an inspiration. To illustrate her goal of bringing “people across the chasm” of what she calls the “complex identity of America,” Ms. Smith slips in and out of character during the course of her presentation, recreating a diversity of emotions and points of view on controversial issues.

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Todd Ellison: Love on Broadway

Feb 8, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 4 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy an evening of Broadway’s most romantic love songs performed by this outstanding pianist joined by some of Broadway’s finest vocalists. Todd Ellison has distinguished himself on Broadway as the first-rate music director for the Tony Award-winning productions of Spamalot, La Cage aux Folles, and 42nd Street. He was also music director for New York’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This delightful evening of music features favorites such as “It Had To Be You” and “The Way We Were”; Broadway gems from West Side Story, Carousel, and Wicked; an Elvis Presley Medley; and more!


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American Festival Pops Orchestra presents "Valentine's Day Pops"

Feb 14, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

American Festival Pops Orchestra returns once again for a concert of popular love songs to enjoy with your sweetheart on Feb. 14. Under the baton of Anthony Maiello, this acclaimed ensemble that includes some of the finest musicians from the greater D.C. area performs "Valentine's Day Pops," featuring timeless love songs and romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.







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Virginia Opera: Salome

Feb 14 - Feb 15, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Recurring daily
Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: Saturday, 8pm ; Sunday, 2pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $86, $72, $44
Richard Strauss’s chilling one-act opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s notorious play about the Bible’s wicked femme fatale, both shocked and thrilled audiences over a century ago with its extravagant debauchery; its rich, evocative score; and its infamous “Dance of the Seven Veils.” Salome, the beautiful yet troubled stepdaughter of Herod, has a perverse obsession with the imprisoned John the Baptist, who spurns her seductions. Meanwhile, her lecherous stepfather is willing to offer her whatever her heart desires if only she will perform a dance, until he learns of the extremity of her demands. Sung in German with English supertitles.

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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond"

Mar 1, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Address: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA
Phone: (888) 945-2468

Canadian fiddling couple Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy - who have each graced the Merchant Hall stage separately - team up for an exciting performance on March 1. "Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond" sees these two ferocious fiddlers and step dancers joined onstage by their children, demonstrating that this next generation has undoubtedly inherited many great talents.








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Danú: 20th Anniversary Tour

Mar 6, George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 pm
Phone: (888) 945-2468
Admission: $46, $39, $28
To celebrate 20 years of spirited music-making, this award-winning band from the Emerald Isle returns to our stage to perform an unforgettable night of lively Celtic music. Hailing from Ireland’s historic County Waterford, Danú has built a massive following worldwide due to its vibrant performances, and its mastery of traditional Celtic instruments such as flute, tin whistle, button accordion, and bouzouki, as well as striking vocals. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this celebrated band, along with two of its former band mates, perform a glorious blend of ancient Irish music and fresh new songs.


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Professional Touring Artists: Lúnasa

Mar 18, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 8:00pm
Contact: Paul Douglas Michnewicz
Phone: (703) 390-6167
Admission: $25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston
An RCC tradition returns to the CenterStage. This delightful group of Irishmen has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with Restonians for more than 20 years. Internationally acknowledged as one of the finest traditional Irish instrumental bands in recent times, they have performed more than 1,000 shows across the globe since 1997. Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.

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On-Going Events

Exhibit of Colorful Nutcrackers

Nov 22 - Jan 31, Sully Historic Site

Recurring daily
Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11am - 4pm; closed Tuesdays
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior or child
See an amazing array of nutcrackers, both old and new, in a colorful case exhibit at Sully Historic Site from November 22, 2014 through January 31, 2015. This special holiday exhibit is included in a guided tour of the 1794 house.

Did you ever wonder where the craze for collecting nutcracker dolls came from? Nutcrackers have a fascinating history. The first nutcrackers were produced to crack nuts more effectively and the oldest known metal example, on exhibit in Tarent, Italy, is from the third or fourth century B.C. The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Washington, shows a bronze Roman nutcracker dated between 200 B.C and 200 A.D. German nutcrackers, made as decorative pieces, were developed around 1500. Early nutcrackers were in the shapes of animals, birds and people. Later, they were made in the likeness of kings, soldiers, church leaders and ruling class figures. Fine wood carved nutcrackers were created across Europe, especially in France and England by the 15th and 16th centuries.

Nutcracker collectibles can be found in many parts of the world today with a huge variety of themes and images, mostly exhibited around Christmas time. The German nutcracker became widely popular in the U.S. in the 1950s. This was due partially to American soldiers stationed in Germany, who brought nutcrackers back as gifts. Russian composer Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the Nutcracker ballet in 1892. The ballet features the immensely lovable nutcracker prince as the champion of young Clara in this iconic story.
Sully, the home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia's first congressman, will be decorated for the holiday season from December 3 through December 28, including the Christmas tree trimmed according to the memories of an 1885 visitor.

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Festive Sully

Dec 3 - Dec 28, Sully Historic Site

Recurring daily
Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 11am - 4pm; closed Tuesdays
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior or child
Experience the Sully main house 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 require reservations.

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Reston Town Center Holiday Performances

Dec 6 - Dec 21, Reston Town Center

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 11900 Market St., Reston, VA
Contact: Kevin Danaher
Phone: (703) 390-6166
Admission: FREE
RESTON TOWN CENTER • FREE • ALL AGES SOUTH MARKET PROMENADE Between Market Street and Democracy Drive (across from Starbucks) Come and enjoy holiday songs outside at the Reston Town Center South Market Promenade. Performances will include holiday favorites by the South Lakes High School Chorus, small ensembles from the Reston Chorale, Tenor Tim McKee, and the Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble. Please check the RCC website in November for the schedule.

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