'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 2021 in the nation’s capital region.

It's Time for Some Happy

We've been working on something BIG. 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 shopping 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. Need other ideas? Check out these local bookstoresindie record shops, or even a selection of handcrafted items specifically Made in Fairfax! For those who enjoy edible gifts, you can also find plenty of chocolate shops and local coffee roasters who offer unique blends.

Be Dazzled By Light Displays

LuminoCity Festival

Light up your holiday season by visiting one of the area's magnificent light shows! NEW this year in Fairfax County is the LuminoCity Light Festival, an immersive wonderland of larger-than-life light art sculptures at Roer's Zoofari. Also, be sure to check out these beloved favorites that draw crowds each and every year: 

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights –  November 11, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022

Bull Run Regional Park’s Festival of Lights – November 11, 2021 through January 2, 2022

Holiday Lights on the Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park - Fridays-Sundays, November 27 through December 19, 2021

Get Moving at the Ice Rink

Reston Ice Skating
Image courtesy Reston Town Center

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 2021 has a big line-up of things to do, so add a few of these to your calendar and keep reading for a special lineup of Christmas and Holiday Concerts:

  • Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long From Home - Two shows streaming starting December 4 & 18
  • Jingle on the Runway - December 4
  • Chanukah Celebration at Mosaic - December 5
  • McLean Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival - December 3 - 5
  • Mosaic Holiday Village - December 4 - 5
  • Fairfax City Holiday Market - December 3 - 5, 10-12
  • Holiday Market & Winter Village at The PARC at Tysons - December 4, 11, & 18
  • Herndon WinterMarkt - December 11
  • Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon – December 17 & 18

​For more holiday fun, keep tabs on our main Events Calendar at www.fxva.com/events. Events are always being added!

Christmas and Holiday Concerts

Elf on a Shelf Blog Header
Image courtesy Capital One Hall

The Nutcracker, electroluminescent puppetry, Christmas carol sing-a-longs, and more! There are a variety of upcoming holiday shows in #FXVA to bring the spirit of the season to all ages! Mark your calendars and start planning your festivities with our latest round-up of local Christmas and Holiday Concerts.

See Santa Claus


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! 


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.