Oooh, the forecast calls for snow on Sunday! But if not, there are a couple of nature activities at Fairfax County parks that day…
Saturday, Dec. 20
Breakfast with Santa
The Dock at Lansdowne
19286 Promenade Drive, Lansdowne Town Center 9 am-Noon
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the restaurant while the kids visit with Santa and Mrs Claus. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids. To reserve, call 571-333-4747.
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 10:30 am FREE
Reindeer stories and activities. For all ages. Register online or call 703-689-2700.
Woodrow Wilson Library
6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church 10:30 am FREE
A naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center will present a program that includes specimens and activities. For ages 6-12. Register online or call 703-820-8774.
Holiday Shopping Afternoon
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 11 am-3 pm
Drop children off at for fun, food and holiday shopping! Activities held inside and outdoors. Create nature holiday crafts, shop at the gift shop, eat lunch and roast s’mores. Bring a bag and shopping money. This program is suited for children ages 6 to 11. Reservations are required. The cost is $20 per child. To reserve, call 703-631-0013.
Pet Pictures with Santa
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield 1-2 pm
Bring your pet for pictures with “Santa Claws” from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per pet. Prepaid registration is required. Pets must be leashed. Don’t forget your pooper scooper and treats for the star! To reserve, call 703-569-0285.
Christmas with Minnie Middleton
Sully Historic Site
3560 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly 1-4 pm
Gather round the Christmas tree as our costumed interpreter recalls a childhood holiday spent at Sully. Outside, visit with members of the re-created 54th Engineer’s Battalion and learn how soldiers celebrated Christmas during the early years of World War II. House tour included. Cost is $6/adult, $5/student, $4/senior and child. To reserve, call 703-437-1794.
Mr. Knick Knack a.k.a. Steve Rossi
43316 Hay Road, Ashburn 2 pm FREE
An energetic family concert with Mr. Knick Knack! Tickets required and may be picked up one half hour before the program.
Make a Gingerbread House
Centreville Regional Library
14200 St. Germain Dr. 2-3:30 pm FREE
Come build and decorate a gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Just bring your imagination – building and decorating materials will be supplied. For ages 6-10. Register online or call 703-830-2223.
Celtic Rhythm School of Dance
Leesburg Premier Outlet
241 Fort Evans Road NE 3-4 pm FREE
The Celtic Rhythm School of Dance returns for another entertaining holiday performance.
It’s a Hanukkah Happening
Patrick Henry Library
101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna 3:30 pm FREE
Interactive Hanukkah songs and stories for the whole family with singer/songwriter Carol Boyd Leon. For all ages. Register online or call 703-938-0405.
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield 3:30-8:30 pm
Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse-drawn wagon ride under the stars. Meet Santa. Bring a camera! Warm up with hot chocolate around a toasty campfire. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $8 per person; babies on laps ride free. To reserve your time, call 703-569-0285.
SuperSmash Bros. Brawl
44710 Cape Court #118, Ashburn 6:30 pm-Midnight
The next installment of the East Coast Regional Circuit. There is a $10 venue fee; $20 for singles, $30 for doubles. All money put into entering the tournament goes into the pot. Guaranteed payout to at least 7th place, with as much as 13th depending on the number of entrants. For more info call (703) 729-0985.
Sunday, Dec. 21
The National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle 1-3 pm FREE
Enjoy making holiday ornaments for your family tree.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce St., Annandale 1-2 p.m
Discover the facts and fantasy of the shortest day of the year. Make a luminary to take home. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.
Stream Side Salamanders
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 1-2:30 pm
Learn about these salamanders. This program is suited for ages 8 and older. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve, call 703-631-0013.
Model Train Display
Colvin Run Mill Barn, Great Falls 11 am-4 pm FREE
Free fun for all ages! Watch as G-gauge trains wind their way through a miniature western town. Call 703-759-2771 for more info.