'Tis the season in Fairfax County! There are plenty of things to do in Northern Virginia in December. Check out these activities 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 2019 in the nation’s capital region.

Embrace the Holiday Season

Meadowlark Winter Walk of LightsImage courtesy NOVA Parks

From magical light shows in Fairfax County to Washington, DC seasonal traditions, the holidays are alive in the capital region. Feeling active? Lace up those skates at some of the area’s best ice skating rinks. If you’d rather stay warm and toasty indoors, here are a few activities you should add to your list. 

New Years Planning

New Years Eve

December 31 is right around the corner, which means the dawn of a new decade is upon us. Plan for an epic 2020 celebration at some of these New Years' Eve events in the area.

Holiday Markets

Workhouse Arts Center - shoppingImage courtesy Workhouse Arts Center

Gifts can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and locations. If you didn’t find what you were looking for on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, check out a couple of these holiday Christmas markets. Don’t delay, though – many of these markets are tied to specific December weekends!

Signature Holiday Events

Mount Vernon FireworksImage courtesy Mount Vernon

Who needs sugarplums when these annual events are what dreams are made of?! December 2019 has a big line-up of things to do, so add a few of these to your calendar:

Holiday Fun in the Parks

Sully Historic Site
Image courtesy Fairfax County Park Authority (Sully Historic Site)

Most people know about the Winter Walk of Lights and the Festival of Lights at two of the best regional parks in the area, but there are plenty of local parks getting in on the holiday celebrations. Here are a few events to look forward to:


candles - hanukkah - chanukah - menorah

The eight days of Hanukkah 2019 run from December 22 – December 30. Get into the spirit at these events in Northern Virginia:

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.