New Years Eve 2014

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Ring in the New Year of 2014 in Fairfax County

If you think of the Washington, DC area as being buttoned up and Type A most of the time, you're right. But all that changes during the holiday season. The pace is slower, the mood is brighter and the welcomes are warmer as one year comes to an end and another begins.

In other words, it's the perfect time to visit. And the perfect place to stay is Fairfax County, VA! Not only are our hotels and restaurants affordable, but we've also got the best shopping in the region. And when it comes to the spirit of the season, we've got that covered, too.

Of course, another option is to come for a few days, visit an attraction or two, savor our best restaurants and just rest and renew before another year begins. However you like to mark the passing of another year, we hope you'll do it in Fairfax County. Happy holidays and best wishes for the coming year!

New Years Eve Events:

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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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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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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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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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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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.

The celebration features family-friendly activities and entertainment.


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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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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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