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20+ Can’t-Miss Opportunities This Weekend!


This first weekend of December boasts dozens of opportunities to experience the sights and the sounds of the season! Check out some highlights below, or peek at our comprehensive calendar or our Ultimate Guide to All-Things-Holiday!


Dec 1, 2017
Santa Lights Manassas
This magical evening includes musical performances, games, prizes, a photo booth, and so much more!

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Dec 1, 2017
Historic Leesburg’s Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting
Join your friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season at Leesburg’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony! The festive event will feature live performances and a holiday message.

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Dec 1-2
Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Visit Leesburg Animal Park this season as it’s 21-acres of fun and friends transform into a magical and mesmerizing Christmas Village! Enjoy photos with Santa Claus and live animals, a bonfire, and marshmallow roasting! Feast your eyes upon a Nativity scene, as well as the thousands of twinkling lights strung all around the park!

Like this? Then you might also enjoy: ZooLights


Dec 1-2, 2017
Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar
In its 47th year, this festival serves up a variety of beautiful Norwegian goods, and shoppers will enjoy a variety of traditional foods, including pea soup, rice pudding, pastries, and bread, as well as children’s books and toys, cooking demos, and weaving/fiber arts demonstrations.

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Ongoing
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Guaranteed to be so much more than a light show you’ll never forget, the Bull Run Festival of Lights features miles of holiday light displays and even a holiday village and carnival!

Like this? Then you might also enjoy: Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights


Dec 2, 2017
Wolf Trap’s Holiday Sing-a-Long
Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s Holiday Sing-a-Long! This annual musical celebration includes a beautiful performance by the United States Marine Band and a sing-a-long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area.

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Dec 2, 2017
Festival of Lights & Carols
The City of Fairfax comes alive at the Festival of Lights and Carols! Enjoy live holiday music and tastes of the season with s’mores and hot cider. Old Town Square will also host holiday caroling and the official Tree Lighting Ceremony, making your season merry and bright!

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Dec 2, 2017
Scottish Christmas Walk Parade
Enjoy bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, historical reenactments, Scottie dogs, dignitaries, classic cars, and much more! Plus, Santa Claus will also make an appearance, too!

While in the area, you might also enjoy: Holiday Boat Parade of Lights


Dec 2, 2017
Jingle on Lake Anne
Stroll and shop to live music from local elementary school choruses, let the kids enjoy cookie decorating and crafts, and then stick around for more live music on the plaza in the evening! Plus, don’t miss Santa’s arrival on a lake barge…he’ll be hanging out for the afternoon!


Dec 2, 2017
Christmas in Middleburg Parade & Day of Fun
Located in the heart of Virginia horse country, Middleburg, VA, is excited to host a day of Christmas-inspired festivities! Enjoy events and opportunities unique to Middleburg, including the Middleburg Hunt & Hounds Review, Christmas kids’ zone, Christmas parade, craft fair, and more!

More: 15+ Arts & Crafts Shows & Holiday Markets


Dec 2, 2017
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Your family will love seeing dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River along Alexandria’s historic waterfront. Part of a judged competition, boaters will compete in fun categories such as Best in Show, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box, and Hardiest Souls!

While in the area, you might also enjoy: Scottish Christmas Walk Parade


Dec 2, 2017
Frost Fest
This holiday celebration will feature a spectacular on-ice fireworks display with a special visit from Santa Claus! There will also be a DJ spinning music, strolling entertainment from local artists, ice sculptures, merchant food samples, and more!

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Dec 2, 2017
Children’s Holiday Workshop
Build holiday memories at Home Depot’s hands-on workshop where you and your child can put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year — no frosting required!


Dec 2-3, 2017
Photos with Santa at Sterling Volunteer Fire Company
Did you know the men and women of Sterling Volunteer Fire Company are really good friends with Santa? That’s why Santa Claus is visiting — to hang with them and take pictures with you!

Like this? Then you might also enjoy: All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department


Dec 2-3, 2017
Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Audrey Moore RECenter
Experience one of Northern Virginia’s longest running arts and crafts shows! Top-quality handmade arts and crafts will be offered by nearly 100 of the area’s finest artisans.

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Dec 2-3, 2017
Mount Vernon Candlelight Tours
A candlelit tour, complete with characters, caroling, and even 18th-century dancing await you this year. Tour the Mansion with character guides and enjoy festive fireside caroling while sipping cider and eating cookies. Aladdin the Christmas camel will be there, too!


Dec 2-3, 2017
Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park
Hop aboard the Holiday Express for a train trip through the park, experience the Snowman’s Wagon Ride, and warm yourself by the fire as you cook s’mores! Plus, guests are invited to take a spin on the Caroler’s Carousel and test their skills with Gingerbread Man’s Golf.


Dec 3, 2017
Christmas at Frying Pan Farm Park
Join the farm animals at Frying Pan Farm Park for an afternoon of Christmas-themed activities, including cookie decorating, games, crafts, and writing letters to Santa!

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Ongoing
ZooLights
More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo, making your visit spectacular!

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Dec 3, 2017
Herndon Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
This annual arts and crafts show will open their doors to the community with free admission and free parking! Plus, this year, don’t miss their new hands-on children’s art area (also free)!

Like this? Then you might also enjoy: 15+ Arts & Crafts Shows & Holiday Markets


Dec 3, 2017
Great Falls Celebration of Lights
Enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, choral groups singing songs of the season, and seasonal eats until (and after) Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive by antique firetruck to light the tree!

Like this? Then you might also enjoy: Tree Lightings & Illumination Events


Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this DullesMoms.com post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.


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