NoVa Weekend Dec. 4-7

The weekends begin Thursday during this holiday season, apparently! Thankfully, no rain forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the temps will be in the high 30s.

WEEKEND (starting Thursday)

38th Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria
Thursday Noon-5 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm
A weekend honoring Alexandria’s Scottish heritage with homes decked out for the holidays, a market place with sale of traditional heather and greens, and the popular Scottish parade winding through Old Town. Christmas Marketplace, with café, boutiques and sale of heather and greens at Masonic Memorial. Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at Masonic Memorial. Scottish Walk parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Old Town with more than 100 Scottish clans dressed in tartans and playing bagpipes, living history units, dog clubs and antique cars.

Redskins Autograph Signing
Favorite Washington Redskins players will be on hand to sign autographs on the following days:
Thursday, Dec. 4: Lorenzo Alexander, Dulles Town Center 7-9 pm FREE
Friday, Dec. 5: Santana Moss, Tysons Corner Center 7-9 pm Autograph fee of $65
Saturday, Dec. 6: Mike Sellers, Dulles Towon Center 1-3 pm Autograph fee of $25
For more info call 703-433-2204 or 703-448-1701; or visit www.psgamegear.com

Children’s Holiday Shopping
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon
Saturday 12:30-3:30 pm and Monday 1-4 pm
Volunteers help children shop for everybody on their holiday list at the Country Store. Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. A wide variety of unique items in all price ranges is available. Free wrapping service included. Adults are invited to wait at the schoolhouse. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Children’s Holiday Shopping
Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls
Saturday 10 am-2 pm, Sunday noon-4 pm, Monday 1-4 pm
The Colvin Run Mill General Store will be stocked with unique gifts for all ages at reasonable prices. Volunteers help children shop. Free wrapping service included. Adults are required to wait on site. Call ahead for groups of six or more. Call 703-759-2771.

Country Christmas at Sky Meadows
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the holiday season in the peaceful countryside. Join us as we clebrate a traditional country Christmas with holiday music,craft demonstrations, and Old Saint Nick. The historic Mount Bleak House is decorated for the season, and unique made-in-Virginia gifts will be on sale inside and out. Special Musical Performances in the Mount Bleak Parlor.Special Candlelight tours will be given on Saturday evening at 5pm and 6:15pm. For more information call (540) 592-3556 or visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov.

Holidays in Leesburg
Downtown Leesburg
Friday 6-7 pm, Saturday 5-8 pm FREE
The Town of Leesburg’s 2008 Annual Holiday Celebration begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony on the town green on Friday at 6 p.m. Local choirs, including the Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir, will add their musical touch to the evening by serenading the public with holiday tunes. On Saturday, enjoy a traditional carriage ride through historic neighborhoods, visit Santa and his friends; make children ‘s crafts and play carnival games; enjoy refreshments from our food vendors; join the roving entertainers for carols and pictures; and celebrate the season with the Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. Parade runs through Historic Leesburg from Ida Lee Park to Fairfax Street.


Friday, Dec. 7

DIY Holiday Gifts
Centreville Regional Library   6-8 pm FREE
Make a fleece scarf, locker/refrigerator magnet or painted glassware for the holiday season. All materials provided. Seasonal music and munchies! For ages 12-18. Register online or call 703-830-2223.

Town Tree Lighting
Lovettsville Town Square   7:30 pm FREE
Everyone is invited to this Lovettsville tradition. Students from Lovettsville Elementary School will sing seasonal songs and the Lovettsville Business Association will provide refreshments.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Ducks at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project
Sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy 8 am FREE
Join Phil Daley and Paul Miller as they visit the Dulles Greenway Wetlands looking for the many waterfowl species who visit there during the winter months. The wetlands has proven to be an important winter stopover for many ducks and geese as they flee from their northern breeding areas. Meet at the wetlands gate along Route 650 at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars and scopes, dress for the weather, and wear shoes/boots that are waterproof. Limited number of participants. Registration required; sign up online or contact Phil Daley at 540-338-6528 or pdaley@loudounwildlife.org.

Christmas in Middleburg   
Washington Street, Middleburg  8 am-4 pm 
Enjoy this special holiday celebration in the quaint capital of horse country that includes two parades, breakfast with Santa, live music, arts and crafts, food, and much more. At 11am, the local hunt club parades down Washington Street, creating a spectacular scene of hounds followed closely by nearly 100 horses and riders in red riding coats. At 3 p.m., enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade that ends with the arrival of Santa Claus. Fee for breakfast with Santa; call 540-687-8888 for more info.

Festival of Lights and Carols
Old Town Fairfax    9 am-5 pm
Share holiday cheer, shop at the Museum Gift Shop and sample cookies made from recipes in the Fairfax Elementary School Favorites Cookbook, published in 1964. Other activities include decorating a gingerbread house, lunch with Santa and photos with Santa. Visit Web site for a complete schedule of the festivities.

Orienteering – Through the Woods
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly 10 am-Noon
Following a short lesson on basic orienteering skills, find your way through the woods with park-provided maps and compasses. This program is suited for anyone 10 years and older. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person. To register, call 703-631-0013.

Greater Manassas Christmas Parade
Historic Manassas Visitors Center    10 am-12:30 pm
Celebrate the holidays as we honor the 63 year-long tradition of the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. The parade marches through Old Town with amazing floats, local celebrities, live performances, marching bands, equestrians, animated characters, giant balloons and Santa. Parade begins at Mathis Ave. and continues down Center St. through Old Town Manassas.

Christmas in Old Town Warrenton
Main Street in Old Town Warrenton  FREE
Main Street Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. beginning at 5th and Main. GumDrop Square is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the John Barton Payne building. Here you’ll find Santa and his elves A live nativity, Christmas music, a food drive and more. For more information call (540) 349-8606, or visit http://www.partnershipforwarrenton.org.

Burke & Herbert Holiday Boat Parade of Lights   
Alexandria’s Historic Waterfront
Foot of Cameron Street  Starts at 4 pm
Alexandria’s harbor lights up when more than 50 brightly lit sailing and powered leisure boats cruise along the Potomac River at the City’s historic waterfront. Festivities, including pictures with Santa for kids and canines, begin at 4 p.m.; parade at 6 p.m. 

Christkindlmarkt
Lovettsville Game Protective Club
16 South Berlin Pike 11 am-7 pm
The Lovettsville German Society is hosting its first traditional German-style Christmas market, with a Lovettsville flavor. Food such as wurst (sausage) and kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), hot beverages of Gluhwein(mulled wine) and Kinder punch (spiced juices), Christmas decorations, gifts, crafts and special Christmas foods are available for purchase by patrons. Rain date is Dec. 13. For more info, visit www.townoflovettsville.com.

Santa Arrives by Barge    Dec. 6
Lake Anne Village Center, Reston   11 am-1 pm FREE
Lake Anne welcomes the holidays with a tradition of festive family fun, musical entertainment, vendors, and a petting zoo. Event begins at 10 am with craft-making for kids, then Santa arrives by barge at 12:30 pm to meet the children on the plaza.

Zany Brainy Game Days
Sterling Library 11 am FREE
Play fun cool games, like Bingo, or crosswords, or assassin. Recommended for ages 8-12. Register online or call 703-430-9500.

Madama Butterfly” presented by the Washington National Opera
Chantilly Library 11 am FREE
General introduction to opera with a hands-on workshop. Children must be ages 4-10 and accompanied by an adult. Register online or call 703-502-3883.

Solar System Exploration
Oakton Library   11 am FREE
Join us for a multimedia program on NASA’s use of robotic spacecraft to explore our solar system. Cosponsored by the NASA Solar System Ambassador Program. Age 6 & up. Parents welcome. Presented by Neil Cronin of NASA. Register online or call 703-242-4020.

Herndon Fornightly Library
Winter Open House 11 am-1 pm FREE
Winter celebration with live music, holiday treats and seasonal crafts by the Council for the Arts of Herndon.

A Soldier’s Christmas
Carlyle House
121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria   Noon-4 pm
The “Soldier’s Christmas” program will feature re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, as well as costumed interpreters from the Carlyle House and will highlight colonial life in Alexandria during the holidays at the time of the American Revolution. Some of the activities visitors will see include demonstrations of military drill, fife and drum music, gaming, cooking, and more. The Regimental surgeon will be discussing Continental Army medicine and demonstrating 18th-century surgical instruments in the basement, while officers and ladies entertain guests in the dining room. For more info call the Carlyle House at 703-549-2997.

Ornament Decorating Workshop for Families
Alexandria Archaeology
Third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria 1-4 pm FREE
Be inspired to decorate take-home, artifact-shaped dough ornaments based on colors and patterns from the Alexandria Archaeaology Museum’s collection of excavated artifacts. For more info, call (703) 838-4399.

Deck the Halls
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna 2-4 pm FREE
Help decorate the children’s section just in time for the holidays. There will also be crafts and refreshments. For ages 9-12. Register online or call 703-938-0405.

The Cosmos, Large and Small
Potomac Regional Overlook Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington 2 pm FREE
Delve into worlds great and small through a multimedia presentation, Google Earth, the MiScope, hands-on activities, and a “walk of patterns!” We will discover patterns of form and function that pervade the universe on many scales. Finally, through the lens of the Gaia Theory, we will explore the importance all of this has here on our living Earth. Adults and children ages 8 and up. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.

Storytime Matinee
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Stories, songs, a video storybook and a craft. December’s Video Storybook is Gingerbread Boy. Recommended for ages 3 – 6.

Nutcracker Ballet presented by the Ashburn Academy of Ballet
Cascades Library 2 pm FREE
Celebrate the holiday season with this beautiful presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet by the students of the Ashburn Academy of Ballet. Recommended for all ages.

Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Play the Nintendo Wii, including Wii Sports, Wii Play, Mario Party 8 and more while eating pizza. Recommended for ages 12-18. Limited to 15. Register online or call 540-822-5824

Too Human In Concert
Sterling Library 3 pm FREE
With vocals, guitar, percussion and an upright bass, Roger and Ellen’s music has a jazzy-bluesy feel with a lot of heart. Recommended for the family.

Burke & Herbert Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Alexandria’s Historic Waterfront at the foot of Cameron Street
Starts at 4 pm
Alexandria’s harbor lights up when more than 50 brightly lit sailing and powered leisure boats cruise along the Potomac River at the City’s historic waterfront. Festivities, including pictures with Santa for kids and canines, begin at 4 p.m.; parade at 6 p.m.

Herndon Christmas Tree Lighting and Singalong
Herndon Town Hall Square  5 pm FREE
Join the community for the annual tree lighting, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa.

Merry Old Town Manassas
Manassas Train Depot 6 pm
Make time to enjoy old-fashioned family fun at this holiday celebration in Old Town Manassas when Santa arrives via VRE Train. Children can visit with Santa at the Harris Pavilion Gazebo. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be at 6:30 at the Manassas Museum (stay for cookies and music)! Live Concert on the lawn of the Museum and carriage rides.

Calling All Flying Squirrels
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 6-7 pm
Learn about these amazing night-gliders and join a naturalist to look for them at roosting boxes. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Prepaid reservations are required. This family program is suited for children ages 4 and up. Cost is $6 per person. 703-941-1065.

Halo 3 Tournament
C3 Cyberclub
44710 Cape Court #118, Ashburn   Starts at 6:30 pm
C3 Cyberclub sponsors the final round of the Halo 3 Mid Atlantic Circuit. Only players with wired controllers will be admitted to the tournament. If you do not have a wired controller you may use a wireless controller with an empty battery pack and a play and charge battery pack ( this will make your controller act as if it is wired). Must register before Friday, Dec. 5; cost is $30 per person. For more info, call 703-729-0985.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Princess Tea
The Ritz Carlton
1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean   11 am and 2 pm
Enjoy tea and a magical theatrical production featuring three Disney Princesses as they get ready for their Holiday Ball. Belle and two of her princess friends, Cinderella and Snow White are planning the first ball since Belle married her prince and they are so involved in the food, the guest list and the decorations that they almost forget the real meaning of the holiday season.  Join the three princesses for a fun, song-filled performance with humor, dancing and many favorite songs. Cost is $68 per person. Reservations are required; to reserve a space, visit the Web site or call 703-506-4300.

Holiday Crafts Workshop
Potomac Regional Overlook Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington 1 pm
A perennial favorite! Come make your own wreath or centerpiece from local greens, pinecones and other natural materials. Cost is $10. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.

Santa Claus Visits   
Freeman Store and Museum
131 Church Street N.E., Vienna   1-3 pm and 2-4 pm
Join us in welcoming Santa Claus! Its a wonderful way to get away from the shopping malls and traffic congestion and enjoy your visit in a relaxing atmosphere.

The Hurry Monster Visits Santa’s Workshop
Reston Regional Library   1:30-2:10 pm FREE
Puppet show presented by KayDee Puppets. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. For all ages.Register online or call 703-689-2700.

Chinese Dance Program
Arlington Central Library
1015 North Quincy Street   2 pm FREE
The “Asian Community Service” dance company will perform classical Chinese dances, including the Fan Dance, The Mongolian Bow Dance and the Lion Dance.

Poetry & Short Story Workshop
Ashburn Library   2 pm FREE
Play with words, write and share poetry and short stories. Recommended for teens 12-18. Register online or call 703-737-8100.

Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting Event
Brambleton Town Center Plaza   5:30-7:30 pm FREE
Brambleton Town Center merchants sponsor this first annual event.

Pet Photo Night
Dulles Town Center Lower Level    7:30-9 pm
Start a family four-legged tradition and bring your pet to our special photo night. Please have them leashed or crated.

Pet Photo Night
Fair Oaks Mall 8-10 am and 7:30-9:30 pm
Pets and their owners are invited to visit Santa in the Grand Court for the perfect photo opportunity. Fair Oaks will donate $10 to the Fairfax Animal Shelter for each Santa Paws photo package “A” purchased.

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