Partly cloudy this weekend, 40 degrees as a high on Saturday and 47 on Sunday….
Holiday Model Train Show
750-A Center Street, Herndon
Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday Noon-4pm FREE
Model trains on display. Train caboose and Herndon Depot Museum, both located in Herndon’s historic
downtown, also open for tours. For more info, call 703-956-6590.
A Civil War Christmas
Sully Historic Site
2650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly
Saturday 5-8:15 pm, Sunday 5-7;15 pm
Meet costumed characters from the Civil War years. Listen for the jingle bells that adorn the robe of our Victorian St. Nicholas and receive a treat. Cookies and cider served. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $10 per adult and $7 per senior and child. Call 703-437-1794.
Civil War Santa
Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge
Saturday 11 am-4 pm, Sunday 11 am-3 pm
Enjoy light refreshments, help decorate the park’s Christmas tree and make some 19th century decorations for home. Cost for the program is $2 per person or $6 per family, plus parking fee of $5 on weekends at the park.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Christmas to Remember
130 E. Main Street 7 am-7 pm FREE
Join the town of Purcellville and its neighboring towns and villages for its 4th Annual “A Christmas Event to Remember.” The day-long celebration begins with breakfast with Santa, followed by a Christmas parade that includes dogs, horses, carriages, and floats, followed by traditional holiday entertainment, children’s activities, and shopping. The day ends with the lighting of the teardrop tree that has been decorated by the children in the town. For more info, visit http://www.purcellvilleva.gov.
Holidays at Lansdowne Resort
44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg 9 am-3:30 pm
Make a little magic and create holiday memories when you join the Lansdowne culinary team and learn how to decorate your very own Gingerbread House from 9 a.m.-Noon. The price includes one gingerbread house to take home for every two people and a disposable camera to capture the experience. Reservations required; call 703-729-8400 ext. 2107. Cost is $68.00 per house (maximum two people), $10/each extra guest working on the same gingerbread house, excludes tax. From Noon-3 p.m., join Santa for lunch at the Riverside Hearth at the resort and have your picture taken with him too! Santa will also be available for pictures in the Waterfall Terrace from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for visitors older than 13, $12 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and younger. Reservations required; call 703-729-8400 ext. 4105.
Old-fashioned Christmas at Occoquan
Historic Occoquan 10 am-6 pm FREE
The Occoquan Merchants Association invites you to join the Town of Occoquan for a fun day of live music, horse and carriage rides, Colonial costumed re-enactors and exhibits. For more info call 703-499-8809 or visit http://www.occoquan.org/.
Build a Wooden Gingerbread House
All participating Lowe’s 10-11 am FREE
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like a Gingerbread House! Build your own at Lowe’s! (Just don’t eat it!) Register online at https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/.
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling
Open Tues-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sunday Noon-5 pm
This week view new temporary exhibits: The winners of the Gingerbread Farmers Market Stand Contest (Dec. 11-Jan. 18) and Model Tractors and Farm Equipment: Objects from the Philip and Wanda Marshall Collection (Dec. 13-Jan. 18).Toys and replicas modeled on actual farm equipment from top manufacturers such as John Deere, Allis Chalmers, International Harvester, Case and Ford. More than 30 models on display. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 2-12.
Santa Paws Photo Event
Reston Town Center 11 am-3 pm
Pet Portraits with Santa, proceeds benefit GoodDogz.org to help homeless dogs and support rescue groups. By the Skate Shop. For more info call 571.233.4557 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Holiday Pet Photos With Santa
13866 Metrotech Dr. 11 am-4 pm
Santa, his reindeer and all of the elves will be dropping by Chantilly Petsmart to take the special holiday pet photos. Don’t forget because Santa, reindeer and the elves have many deliveries to make and have to return to the North Pole!
Purcellville Library 11 am and 2 pm FREE
Winter stories will be presented as part of the Town of Purcellville’s “A Christmas Event to Remember.”
The National Museum of Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle 11 am-6 pm FREE
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Northern Virginia International Plastic Modelers and the National Capital Model Soldiers´ Society will present a “Make and Take” for airplane models and military miniatures. From Noon-2 Pm, enjoy Chesty’s Theater Puppet Show — “Christmas Eve in Boot Camp. From 1-5 p.m., Bring the children to the gallery to give Santa their holiday wish list. Also be sure to bring your camera for those “once in a lifetime” shots, especially with the NMMC gallery as the backdrop.
IKEA Santa Lucia Celebration
2901 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge Noon FREE
St. Lucia Day is a holiday in Sweden. We’ll be celebrating in the store starting with a performance from the Prince William Community Choir at noon followed by a processional of this year’s Lucia and her court at 1:00pm in the IKEA Restaurant. Join us for singing with the choir and Swedish food sampling.
Hidden Pond Nature Center
8611 Greely Blvd, Springfield 1-2:30 pm
Create two wreaths of natural materials like straw, vines and pinecones at from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve, call 703-451-9588.
An Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration
Walney Farm, Ellanor Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 1-2 pm
Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family ! Enjoy hot apple cider and baked treats and learn about the gifts and holiday foods of a Virginia farm in 1850. Create your own historic holiday ornament. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve, call Ellanor E. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.
Burke Centre Library 1-2 pm FREE
For the holidays, learn to make your own decorative, reusable window cling! For ages 12-18. Register online or call 703-249-1520.
Town of Dumfries 34th Annual Holiday Parade
17755 Main Street, Dumfries 1-3 pm FREE
Join the Town of Dumfries as they celebrate the holidays with their annual Christmas Parade. Make sure to stop by Dumfries Shopping Center with the kids to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Bring the kids to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Not rated, 60 minutes. For more info, call 540-822-5824.
Make it and Take It Holiday Crafts
Rust Library 2 pm FREE
Materials will be provided to make amazing holiday crafts. For ages 7 to 10. Register online or call 703-777-0323.
Christmas Light Parade
General’s Ridge Golf Course
9701 Manassas Dr., Manassas Park 5:30 pm FREE
Spectators will enjoy watching the twinkling lights and beautiful scenery of this light parade. Watch for Santa at the end of the parade along Manassas Drive. Parade leaves General’s Ridge Golf Course at 5:30PM, continues down Manassas Drive and ends at the Manassas Park Police Station.
Machaya Klezmer Band with Jinny Marsh
Cascades Library 6 pm FREE
Enjoy a lively evening of klezmer music, ranging from joyful wedding music to soulful instrumentals and updated versions of traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe, vocals by Jinny Marsh. Dancing with Jay McCrensky rounds out the performance. Recommended for all ages.
Sunday, Dec. 14
Imaginations in Nature
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 10-11:30 am
Calling all junior builders, ages 5 to 10: Read Fairy Houses by Tracey Kane, collect building materials and build fairy houses. Take a picture of your fairy house home. Reservations are required. The cost is $7.50 per child with adult. 703-631-0013.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean 1-4 pm
In the dead of winter the apple trees need encouragement to bear well during the coming year. Gather in the Farm’s orchard to wassail the trees with singing, dancing and chants to ensure a “howling crop.” Enjoy hot spiced cider, sugar cakes, a bonfire and 18th century games. Weather permitting – call ahead at 703-903-9330. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-12.
The National Museum of Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle 1-3 pm FREE
Enjoy making holiday ornaments for your family tree
Golden Rod Puppets with Master Puppeteer Hobey Ford
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Well known for his storytelling skill and innovations in puppetry performance and craft, Hobey will bring magical Native American tales to life.
Teen Reading Buddies Storytime
Purcellville Library 2 pm and 2:30 pm FREE
One-on-one reading time for your children as they buddy up with teen volunteers from Loudoun Valley High School’s Literary Guild. Recommended for ages 3-5.
Children’s Holiday Concert
Alfred Street Baptist Church
301 South Alfred Street, Alexandria 3:30 pm
Celebrate the season with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra as we present a twist on a familiar favorite: Duke Ellington’s take on the “Nutcracker Suite.” After the performance, enjoy a reception featuring yummy treats, sweets, and holiday cheer! The program begins at 3:30 p.m. and tickets are $25. Purchase tickets online at http://www.alexsym.org or by calling 703-548-0885