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.