Caroling wagon rides, Christmas teas and more this weekend

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You won’t run out of ideas to do this weekend! There are free concerts, holiday celebrations, workshops and special teas. You’re bound to find something you love to do. Who has time for shopping? Have some fun, instead! 🙂

Friday, December 13. Hot Cocoa Day.

  1. Movie: Meet Me in St. Louis (great Christmas scene!) and coffee. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library. Springfield.
  2. City of Fairfax Holiday Market in Old Town Square. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Shop at the market of craft vendors, enjoy live holiday music, hot drinks, gourmet treats and more. Historic Downtown Fairfax covered in holiday lights. 10145 North Street, Fairfax.
  3. Millenium Stage free performance: Handel, Hamilton and Holiday Songs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
  4. CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators children’s play, 4 and older. Encore Stage. Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA. 7:30 p.m. $12/$15.
  5. Rock the Rink ice skating to rock music 8 pm – 10 pm Reston Town Center. Fee + rental.

Saturday, December 14. Gingerbread Decorating Day.

  1. National Wreaths Across America. All veterans cemeteries.
  2. Make Your Own Wrapping Paper (adults, teens, kids). 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thomas Jefferson Library. Falls Church.
  3. Holiday Open House. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reston Public Library. Reston.
  4. CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators children’s play, 4 and older. Encore Stage. Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA. 11 a.m. $12/$15.
  5. City of Fairfax Holiday Market in Old Town Square. 12 pm – 6 pm. Shop at the market of craft vendors, enjoy live holiday music, hot drinks, gourmet treats and more. Historic Downtown Fairfax covered in holiday lights. 10145 North Street, Fairfax.
  6. Lindsey Hirshfeld, guitar performance. 12 noon. Reston Town Center.
  7. Herndon Wintrmarkt. German-style Christmas market. 12 noon – 8 p.m. Town Hall Square. Town of Herndon.
  8. Caroling Wagon Ride and Campfire. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. E.C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly. $8.
  9. Make Break DIY Christmas T-Shirt. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.
  10. Xaverian High School presents Caroling in the Rotunda, 1:30 and 2:30, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
  11. Holiday Desserts with Chef Cal. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly (reserve in advance online).
  12. Christmas Tea at the Harrisons. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Historic Huntley, Alexandria. $28
  13. CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators children’s play, 4 and older. Encore Stage. Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA. $12/$15. 3 p.m.
  14. Rick Landers, guitar perfomance. 3 p.m. Reston Town Center.
  15. Christmas Candlelight Tea. 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Historic Green Spring, Alexandria. $48.
  16. Yuletide by Candelight Old Town Alexandria Event – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Your ticket provides you entry to four historic sites, with seasonal refreshments, music, decorations and activities at each site: Gadsby’s Tavern, Carlyle House, Apothecary Museum, Lee-Fendall House, $8/children and $30/adults.
  17. Millenium Stage free performance: Sweet Heaven Kings (gospel) Holiday concert. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

Sunday, December 15, Third Day of Advent

  1. Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker (encore recording of a previous live performance) 12:50 p.m. AMC Theater. Tysons Corner; also other movie theaters throughout the area. $18.
  2. City of Fairfax Holiday Market in Old Town Square. 12 pm – 4 pm. Shop at the market of craft vendors, enjoy live holiday music, hot drinks, gourmet treats and more. Historic Downtown Fairfax covered in holiday lights. 10145 North Street, Fairfax.
  3. Northern Virginia Ukulele Society Holiday Concert. 12 noon. Reston Town Center.
  4. Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble Concert 1 p.m. Reston Town Center.
  5. Calmus Vocal Ensemble presents Carols from around the World 3:30 p.m.West Building, West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
  6. DIY Bubbles and Bath Salts with essential oils. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Hambrock Holistic Healing Center. Herndon.
  7. CSI: Christmas Scene Investigators children’s play, 4 and older. Encore Stage. Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA. $12/$15. 3 p.m.
  8. Rick Landers holiday performance. 3 p.m. Reston Town Center.
  9. Christmas Candlelight Tea. 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Historic Green Spring, Alexandria. $48.
  10. A Very Mason Christmas. 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Historic Huntley, Alexandria. $10.

Recurring Holiday Events

  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. November 8 – January 5th, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, two-story animated fountain, and Gingerbread Village. $8 kids; $13 adults.
  • Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly. November 15 – January 5, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Admission to village is $5. Skating is additional $8 plus $4 for rental.55×80’ Real Ice Rink, 20’ Walk thru Tree, 100’ RGB Lighted Tunnel, lit trees and winter displays, Fire Pits, Heated Igloos, Wreath Photo Op, Bling & Things Retail Shop, Slice & Ice- Pizza, donuts & more.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. November 22 – January 5. 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Two and half mile drive-through light display and walk-around winter carnival and Holiday Village with attractions, s’mores and Santa Claus. $20 – $25 per car; 15 or more passengers, $50. This attraction is open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Seasons Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Gardens Washington, DC. Model train and amazing flower displays. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. November 28 – January 5, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Concerts and Conservatory (only) open extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December 6 pm – 8 pm.
  • Zoo Lights National Zoo, Washington, DC. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Nov 29 – January 1. Not open December 24, 25, or 31. Parking is limited and is $25!; take Lyft, Metro, instead etc. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, winter treats, holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland! New in 2019: enjoy dozens of large, glowing animal lanterns and stroll through thousands of reflecting lights as part of the interactive art exhibit called “Entre Les Rangs.” Attractions for a fee include Panda virtual reality show on select nights, ZooTubes, Carousel and Train.
  • Norwegian Christmas at Union Station. Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sundays Noon – 6 p.m. December 4 – 31. Union Station. Pay parking is available at the station or take metro (Union Station, red line). Washington, DC.  The model trains do not run on Christmas Day. Tip: look for the snow monster!
  • Gingerbread Village exhibit. Made from real gingerbread. It smells and looks delicious. Hyatt Hotel Reston lobby. Reston Town Center.
  • Millenium Stage Concerts at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. 6 p.m. nightly. The holiday concerts are free but certain ones require tickets, which will be distributed beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of States. Check the calendar for requirements. You can also watch them for free, live, online on the Kennedy Center website.
  • The National Christmas Tree and nightly Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse: The National Christmas tree will be lit on December 5. Nightly musical performances, December 5 – January 1. Weeknight performances are 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and weekend performances take place from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The National Tree and state trees may be viewed until 11 p.m. There is also a Nativity scene and a roaring Yule log fire. Just adjacent is the National Menorah.
  • The Capitol Tree December 4 – 31. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. Washington, DC. There is very little parking, but the Capitol South metro station (Orange, Silver and Blue lines) is nearby.
  • City of Fairfax Holiday Market in Old Town Square. Fridays: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Saturdays: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Sundays: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. December 6 – 22. Shop at the market of craft vendors, enjoy live holiday music, hot drinks, gourmet treats and more. Historic Downtown Fairfax covered in holiday lights. 10145 North Street, Fairfax.
  • The Christmas Story in Art 90 minute tour, December 17, 19, 20, 23, 24 at 1 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall.

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