'Tis the season in Fairfax County! There are plenty of things to do in Northern Virginia in December. Check out these things to see and events in the Washington, DC area that embrace winter and the holidays. Whether you want to be inside staying warm or enjoying the extra twinkle outside, here is your go-to guide for enjoying December 2020 in the nation’s capital region.

*Note: Be sure to follow state and local covid regulations and double-check availability prior to making plans.*

It's Time for Some Happy

We've been working on something BIG. 2020 has been a year like no other, and right about now everyone deserves a little extra happiness in their lives. We've curated a helpful list of events, gift ideas, activities, and more that you can explore each day in December to experience the best of the holiday season here in Fairfax County. We'll unveil one item each day throughout the month so bookmark this page and check back daily to see each new suggestion

Choose Your Christmas Tree

Merrifield Garden Center

Thanksgiving is officially over, and for many families, that only means one thing: it's time to decorate! What better way to bring the merriment of the holidays into your home than to kick off the season with a fresh-cut Christmas tree? We've rounded up all the best places to find your Christmas tree in Fairfax County

Holiday Shopping

Tysons Corner CenterImage courtesy Tysons Corner Center

The days of gifting are rapidly approaching! Luckily, Fairfax County has a TON of options to help you find that perfect gift. Looking for something truly unique? Shop local at these unique gift shops to find one-of-a-kind presents that'll stand out from the bunch (and support local businesses!). Need other ideas? Why not gift one of these 5 Local Authors' Books or grab a bag of locally-roasted coffee beans at one of these coffee shops. You can also pre-order some delicious chocolate gift boxes from these Fairfax County chocolate shops Or, head to the Town of Vienna's Shop and Stroll to experience live, socially-distant entertainment and community while you shop! 

Be Dazzled By Light Displays

Get into the holiday spirit and be dazzled at one of the area's two magnificent light shows run by NOVA Parks. Every year, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and Bull Run Regional Park illuminate the skies with elaborate light displays. Get the full breakdown of our holiday light shows here. 

Get Moving at the Ice Rink

Reston Ice Skating

Lace up those skates at one of the area ice rinks. Reston's famed ice skating pavilion is open for an outdoor experience of gliding across the ice. You can also skate at Mount Vernon Ice Arena and Fairfax Ice Arena. See other area rinks in the region here.

Enjoy Signature Holiday Events

Mount Vernon FireworksImage courtesy Mount Vernon

Who needs sugarplums when these annual events are what dreams are made of?! December 2020 has a big line-up of things to do, so add a few of these to your calendar:

  • Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long From Home - Two shows streaming starting December 5 & 19
  • Christmas at Mount Vernon – November 27 - December 31
  • Winter Glow at Mount Vernon - December 11-13 & 26-28
  • McLean Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair (Virtual) - December 5 - December 6
  • Winterfest Holiday Market at the Workhouse Arts Center - December 12

See Santa Claus... and The Grinch!


Santa's magical powers can make him preeeetty hard to spot. Luckily, the team at Visit Fairfax has some connections at the North Pole! We've tracked him down to these locations in Fairfax County. Be sure to check ahead of time to secure your reservation, and snap a photo with Saint Nick himself! But Santa's not the only star of the season - take an exclusive visit to the Grinch's Grotto for another postcard-worthy photo opp!


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The eight days of Hanukkah 2020 run from December 10 – December 18. Get into the spirit:

Check back soon for our full round-up of Hanukkah events!


What are your favorite Fairfax County holiday traditions? Tell us in the comments below or share with us on social media using #FXVA or @VisitFairfax.