Northern Virginia is packed with holiday-inspired fun — from illumination events to sleigh sightings! There's something for all families and all ages!

20+ Holiday Markets, Plus Arts & Crafts Shows –

From traditional holiday markets to juried craft shows and bazaars, it’ll be easy to find something for everyone on your list…

Santa & Holiday Train Ride Opportunities –

Enjoy a magical holiday train ride, often with Santa himself this season…

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Parties & Celebrations –

After the holiday celebrations, tack on some more family-friendly fun at these local and regional New Year’s Eve events…

Can’t-Miss Outdoor Holiday Illuminations –

‘Tis the season to visit these multi-week illumination events found in and around the DMV…

5+ Places to Get a Personalized Letter From Santa –

With the holidays as busy as they are, now is the time to plan ahead and have a little Christmas magic delivered to your mailbox…

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms

Family memories are made when you venture out to cut-your-own Christmas tree…

5 Places to Track Santa this Christmas

This year, kick your Christmas countdown up a notch with some clever and interactive Santa Trackers…


Due to the pandemic, these annual guides will not be updated for 2020.

Tree Lightings & Illumination Events –

From Christmas Trees and Menorah lightings to on-going opportunities to see thousands, and sometimes millions, of holiday lights…

Opportunities to See Santa & Friends –

Get up-close and personal with this year’s whole cast of holiday-themed characters…

Holiday Parades

Get in the holiday spirit at these DMV area holiday parades…

20+ Opportunities to Dine with Santa –

Join Santa as he fuels up to get ready for his big day…

Hanukkah Celebrations & Special Events

Check out these family opportunities to celebrate Hanukkah around NOVA….