2017 Christmas Events in Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia is a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas as many cities host special holiday events from small town Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to holiday parades, holiday market, tours to lively holiday music. The whole family can enjoy a wide selection of Christmas events and activities. Here are a few events guide to help you enjoy the season and make this year one to remember. Be sure to take some time out to make some special Christmas memories with your family.
City of Fairfax 1st Annual Holiday Market: December 15th – 17th
The City of Fairfax starts a new holiday tradition with an Old Town holiday market, during the first three weekends of December. Enjoy live holiday music, drinks and gourmet treats and more while you shop for crafts and unique holiday gifts. Vendors schedule will vary each weekend. Friday 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
Alexandria Del Ray Fine Art & Craft Holiday Market: December 15th -17th
Del Ray Artisans’ annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, and features different artists each weekend. Choose from wall art, pottery, photography, jewelries, glass, and more. The market is open Fridays at 6:00pm – 9:00pm and weekends at 11:00am – 6:00pm.
Alexandria Christmas Illumination at Mount Vernon: December 15th -16th
Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music. Take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs and learn 18th-century dance moves from costumed guides in the Greenhouse. Fee of $34/$24 adult/youth with mansion tour at 5:30pm – 9:00pm.
Arlington National Cemetery Wreaths Across America: December 16th
Join other volunteers in laying wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. There is no sign-up required, no age limit, just show up if you would like to participate. Gates open to volunteers at 8:30am but screening begins at 7:00pm and wreath-laying begins at 9:15am.
Leesburg Animal Park Christmas Village:  December 15th-16th, December 22nd -23rd
Leesburg Animal Park in Loudoun celebrates December weekends at 6:00pm – 9:00pm with a nativity scene with live animals, pony rides, animal encounters, holiday crafts, a bonfire, holiday lights and more. Fee of $9.95 and free for two and under. 
Alexandria Waterskiing Santa: December 24th
Gather at Alexandria’s Potomac River waterfront for a spectacular show by the Waterskiing Santa and his wakeboarding reindeer, plus flying elves, the Grinch and his friends, Frosty the Snowman and Jack Frost. This event is free. 

We hope you will enjoy these Christmas events this year. Whichever December 2017 events you choose to attend, we wish you a happy and fun-filled month full of holiday cheers and festivities.


Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

Planning on a renovation project for your home? If you’re thinking about remodeling your home next year, whether you’re planning to DIY or will be hiring a pro, now might be a good time to start planning. These are the trends that made the list from the websites that offers home remodeling and decoration projects tips that we expect to see most frequently in 2018.
Trend #1: Vibrant Colors Are Coming Back
As we all expect, neutral colors such as gray, beige and the new favorite paint color “greige,” are still the trendiest colors in terms of home design and décor. The appeal of neutral colours is not going away and is becoming more sophisticated. However, brighter colors are picking up steam in 2018. Paying attention to brighter colors throughout the home can make your furniture and decorative items pop. Floral prints and colors have always been popular as well and expect to see more floral designs that use contrasting colors next year.
Trend #2: Metallic Accents
Another trend that’s ramping up now and is destined to carry over until next year is that of metallic accents anchoring a room. It may take a more dominant role, with furnishings like coffee tables and dining tables. However, it’s very easy to overdo it when it comes to shiny surfaces. The best way is to keep things basic, such as hanging a silver-accented mirror on a wall or buying some copper end tables. Metallic touches are one of the home décor trends right now and will continue well into 2018.  
Trend #3: High-Class Kitchen Elements
Today’s quartz truly delivers in style, design, and flair. It’s a popular choice for countertops as well because it goes with so many different styles. Quartz counters, lower and upper cabinets in different finishes, appliances in fun colors, layouts that promote ease of use, cement tile backsplashes will be one of the kitchen trends next year. Vintage lighting fixtures, like aged copper pendant lights, sinks made with materials like stone, copper, concrete, and granite are making a comeback and more likely to become popular in 2018.
Trend #4: Geometric Patterns
Geometric patterns are trending up in the interior design space, with fascinating wallpaper prints leading the charge. There are so many ways you can incorporate geometry into your decor; it’s one of the most approachable trends and you can choose from within a price range that will work for most budgets. It can also start small with pillows or throws in geometric prints. 
Trend #5: Minimalist Furniture 
Minimalism, or at least its spirit, has found its way to the design world. Simple, elegant furniture pieces have been a trending home design feature for years. In 2018, the emphasis is on “clean lines, comfort and ease of use as well as finishes that are easy to care for and use. Minimalism certainly isn’t for everyone. In fact, it probably isn’t for most people. But thinking like a minimalist can be a fun little thought-experiment. For couches and chairs, look for pieces made with vinyl or faux suede fabric. 
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