January Events

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Tuesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve. Champagne Day.

  • Meadowlark Garden Winter Walk of Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $8 – $13. Vienna.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights (drive-through) is open 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $20 – $25/car. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville.
  • New Year’s Eve Party 6:00 PM FREE
    Ring in the new year (and a new decade) at the Kennedy Center New Year’s Eve Party in the Grand Foyer. Performances by Brianna Thomas and Zach Cutler. Guests can also enjoy champagne bars (not free, ha ha) and a photo booth.
  • 25th First Night Alexandria Festival. 6 p.m. – Midnight. King Street, Old Town Alexandria. $30 – $35. This event is alcohol free and family friendly. 100+ live music performers/bands, food, fireworks at midnight.
  • New Year’s Eve Party. 6:30 p.m. Cocktails, dinner, band and party. Knights of Columbus, Arlington. $60 per person.
  • 22nd Watch Night Street Festival. 7 p.m – Midnight. West Broad Street. Falls Church City. Free shuttle from East Falls Church Metro station runs every 20 minutes, beginning at 7 p.m. This event is alcohol free and family friendly. A variety of live music at multiple venues on the blocked off street and at other locations nearby. Karaoke, rock-climbing wall, moon bounces. Food and souvenirs are for sale. A star is lowered at midnight from a crane.
  • The Legwarmers NYE Party (80s tribute band) Doors open at 7 pm. The State Theater, Falls Church. $50.
  • Jammin’ Java All Ages Show: 80s Dance Party. 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Do you love the 80’s? If so, put on your best 80’s fashion, grab your dancing shoes, and let’s ring in 2020 with a fresh, totally rad 80’s dance party: The Cure, Prince, Madonna, MJ, Wham, Run DMC, The Go Go’s, Rob Base, Bananarama, Human League, INXS, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Poison, The Outfield – all of your 80’s favorites and many, many more!!! Prizes will be given out for totally gnarly 80’s outfits and “Name that Tune” winners. Champagne toast at midnight, drink specials….plus….NYE party favors and glowsticks for everyone. Vienna. $30 -$40.

Wednesday, January 1, New Year’s Day. Happy New Year! Welcome, 2020!

  • New Year’s Day 5K. 10 a.m. Reston Town Center.
  • First Day Hikes and activities at Virginia State Parks.
  • Seasons Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Gardens Washington, DC. Model train and amazing flower displays. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Zoo Lights National Zoo, Washington, DC. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Lit animal silhouettes, musical light displays. This attraction is open on New Year’s Day.
  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. is open, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland. Special theme nights and discounts. $8 kids; $13 adults.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. 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 New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Tuesday, January 2

  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland. Special theme nights and discounts. $8 kids; $13 adults.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. 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.

Wednesday, January 3

  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland. Special theme nights and discounts. $8 kids; $13 adults.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. 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.

Thursday, January 4

  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland. Special theme nights and discounts. $8 kids; $13 adults.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. 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.

Friday, January 5

  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland. Special theme nights and discounts. $8 kids; $13 adults.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. 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.

Monday, January 6, Epiphany. The last day of the Christmas festival.

Cool Yule Tip: French-style King Cakes traditionally eaten on Epiphany are available for sale at La Madeleine bakery.

Thank you for joining Cool Yule for the holidays! See you in November 2020!