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.


Eat, Drink and Celebrate Thanksgiving in Northern Virginia

Few more days before Thanksgiving and restaurants in Northern Virginia are preparing special feasts for the big day. Don’t want to spend Thanksgiving in the kitchen stuffing your turkey? Luckily, NOVA is packed with restaurants offering buffets, variety of meals and relaxing alternatives to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. From family feasts to romantic candlelit dinners for two, check out these few restaurants that will be open for business on Thanksgiving 2017.
Top 5 DC Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving
Top 5 Arlington Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving
Top 5 Fairfax City Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving
Better go ahead and book your tables now as they could fill up quickly! Whichever restaurant you choose, let us all be grateful for our countless blessings not only this Thanksgiving Day but every day. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

What Are We Really Thankful For This Thanksgiving?


Thanksgiving is a special day of festivity, family reunions and lavish feasts that typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. To others, it’s a day of parades, gatherings, traditional football games on television and shopping but the meaning of this holiday has broader significance. Sometimes, we are too busy with our lives, too focused on making a living and holidays often become commercialized that we fail to reflect on the real meaning they hold for us. We should re-examine ourselves why we are celebrating this day. 

Thanksgiving Day gives us time to ponder upon what lessons we learnt and how we can spread happiness around as there are many things to be grateful in life every day. Rather than rushing to the store and loading up on twice what you need or can afford, why not go back to the basics this year and make this holiday reflective. Have quality moments with your children, maybe write up a list and think together, asking them what they are thankful for. Invite someone over and offer up a seat at your dinner table this Thanksgiving and consider visiting a retirement community or perhaps a charitable institution and find ways to give back. 
There are many ways to positively impact the lives of others and this holiday don’t have to be expensive to be memorable. We should always remember that not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day should be a time for family, reflection, and gratitude. This coming Thanksgiving, let us take a moment and reflect. Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone!

2017 Halloween Events Around Northern Virginia


It’s almost Halloween and whether you are looking for a haunted house or candy for the kids, Northern Virginia area has plenty of activities for every families. Every year, ​Northern Virginia Halloween events offers an amazing array of trick, treating and terrors for all ages​. Events were hosted by local businesses and towns and ​truly​ a good place to spend the Halloween​.
We gathered few of some amazing Halloween events in Northern Virginia that​ includes good places to Trick or Treat​, Ghost Talks and Walks and haunted houses.
Potomac Mills Mall Trick-or-Treating
October 31, 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
You can hit the racks of 70 participating stores while your little ones goes in search of candy. Location will be at Potomac Mills Mall, 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge.
Trick-or-Treating at Carlyle House
October 31, 5:00 -7:00 p.m
The Carlyle House is welcoming guests this Halloween 2017. This fun 18th century Halloween event for kids will feature superheroes, princesses, ghosts, goblins and trick-or-treating. Definitely all for free! Event will be at Carlyle House: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria.
Great Falls Halloween Spooktacular and Pet Parade
October 31, 5:00 -7:00 p.m
Children are invited to walk through haunted houses at the Great Falls Shopping Center and enjoy a 15-minute pet parade and snack on Halloween treats, popcorn and apple cider. This fun event will be at the Great Falls Shopping Center: 754-C Walker Road, Great Falls.
Halloween Bar Crawl in Clarendon
November 4, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m
On its 3rd Annual Halloween Bar Crawl, the Clarendon event goers should come in costume to gain access to a number of area bars, including the Clarendon Grill, Whitlow’s, Pamplona and Oz. Foods, drinks and souvenir mugs are also featured so don’t miss this one! 
Haunted House at Captains Cove
October 31, 4:30 -7:00 p.m
Old Town Alexandria’s Hotel Indigo is transforming this Halloween into a pirate-themed haunted house. Trick-or-treaters are also welcome and will be luckily offered a pirate-themed goodie bags. This event is for free, but a donation to Act for Alexandria isn’t required but encouraged. Event location will be at Hotel Indigo, 220 S. Union St., Alexandria.
Madhaunter’s Madhouse at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton 
October 31, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Northern Virginia’s scariest haunted attraction returns to the  Workhouse Arts Center. Madhaunter’s Madhouse is an indoor and outdoor maze of terror that will get you jumping out of your skin at every turn, complete with heart pounding scares and custom made special effects. The madhouse will have a minimal fee of $20.
We hope you will enjoy these Halloween events this year. Whichever event you choose, we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween 2017!