BY KATHRYN WARDEN, POSH EVENTS EDITOR
MEADOWLARK’S WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS
November 10, 2017-January 7, 2018
5:30 pm-10:00 pm
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA 22182
Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is one of the most amazing light displays in the area. The Botanical Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland for the season. Light displays include a two story animated fountain, a blue flowing stream of lights complete with jumping fish, and the park’s beautiful trees elaborately wrapped in hundreds of lights. Be sure to check the events page before you purchase tickets because some nights include special activities such as holiday crafts, photo nights, and nifty nature night. Timed tickets are required. Cost: $8.00-$16.00 per person. Visit winterwalkoflights.com for tickets and more information.
ICE!® FEATURING RUDOLPH THE REDNOSED REINDEER
November 18, 2017-January 1, 2018
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
Enjoy hand-carved, colorful ice sculptures as favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are bought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of ice. Experience two-story ice slides and a stunning, crystal clear ice sculpture of the Nativity scene. Additional activities include a spectacular Christmas tree suspended over an indoor garden atrium, a Christmas shoppe, a carousel, miniature train rides, a gingerbread decorating corner, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Additional cost for many activities. Cost: $24.00- $32.00 per person. Visit ChristmasOnThePotomac.com for tickets and more information.
SEASON’S GREETINGS AT THE UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN
November 23, 2017-January 1, 2018
10:00 am-5:00 pm
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
See thousands of blooms from orchids to a stunning poinsettia display during the annual holiday show at the United States Botanic Garden. Every year they create a spectacular display of amazing plant based sculptures such as the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument. Model trains will be running above and below iconic roadside attraction sites from across America like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hotdog shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, and many more. Visit usbg.gov for more information.
November 24, 2017-January 1, 2018
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights is a free event that includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Other activities include snow tubing, a carousel, and a trackless train. Visit nationalzoo.si.edu for more information.
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE
November 30, 2017-January 1, 2018
10:00 am-10:00 pm
Presidents Park (White House)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500
The lighting of the National Christmas Tree has been an American tradition for ninety-three years. Every year, one-of-a-kind ornaments representing every U.S. state are created by people across America and displayed on smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree. Musical entertainers from Washington, DC and across the country perform holiday music throughout the season. Visit thenationaltree.org for more information.
HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS
December 2, 2017
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Every year, dozens of festively illuminated boats float past spectators on the docks of the Alexandria marina during the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The brightly lit boats are creatively decorated as they compete in front a panel of judges. The Torpedo Factory will hold its Holiday Open House offering a variety of festivities such as The Alexandria Choral Society and Braddock Brass Band, fresh baked cookies, and a hot chocolate bar – beginning at 2:00 pm. Santa will arrive by fireboat to visit with children dockside at the gazebo and will be available for photos. Visit visitalexandriava.com for more information.
JINGLE ON LAKE ANNE
December 2, 2017
8:00 am-2:00 pm
Lake Anne Plaza
1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190
Lake Anne merchants will host their annual family friendly holiday event, Jingle on Lake Anne. The holiday event will include a variety of festive activities such as strolling carolers, music, wine tastings, merchant specials, cookie & ornament decorating, holiday arts and crafts market, and much more! The event concludes with the ever popular special visit from Santa at noon, who will make his arrival on a lake barge. Visit lakeanneplaza.com for more information.
ROCKIN’ WITH RUDOLPH AND FRIENDS!
December 8, 2017
6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Ida Lee Park Recreation Center
60 Ida Lee Drive, NW Leesburg, VA 20176
Children eight years and younger are invited to join Rudolph and Frosty as they rock out to holiday favorites and other kid’s tunes while dancing the night away! Bring your camera and dancing shoes! Santa will be on hand for picture opportunities and to hear wish lists. Cost: $12.00 for children two years or older. $8.00 for children under two. Call 703-777- 1368 to register or visit leesburgva.gov for more information.
HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON
December 9, 2017
George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall
4373 Mason Pond Drive Fairfax, VA 22030 Celebrate the holiday season with Northern Virginia’s very own pops orchestra in its annual family concert of cheerful carols and cherished holiday tunes. The evening includes a program of sentimental favorites and culminates in a rousing sing-a-long in which the audience gets a chance to share in the experience. Cost: $16.50-$55.00. Visit cfa.gmu.edu for tickets and more information.
SAVVY BUSINESS NETWORKING HOLIDAY PARTY
December 13, 2017
5:30 pm-8:00 pm
19890 Belmont Chase Drive, #135 Ashburn, VA 20147 Enjoy this free networking event with delicious food, drinks, and unique holiday shopping with local business owners. Holiday gift for all attendees. Visit savvybusinessnetwork.com to register or for more information.
FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA
December 31, 2017
King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
First Night Alexandria is a celebration of the New Year through the performing arts. Coffee shops, retail stores, hotels, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional music. A scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, ThinkFun Family Game Room, storytelling, balloon animals, face painting, model boat building, puppet shows, children’s music, handbell music, carnival games, and so much more. Spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Cost: $15.00- $30.00 for adults, children 12 and under and active military get in for FREE. Visit firstnightalexandria.org for tickets or more information.
11TH ANNUAL ROCKNOCEROUS NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
December 31, 2017
11:00 am-12:00 pm
227 Maple Avenue East Vienna, VA 22180
Rocknoceros has been entertaining children in the Northern Virginia area with their fun up beat and educational songs for over a decade. Come join them as they countdown to the New Year at noon during their annual New Year’s Eve Party at Jammin Java. After the tot rock show at 11 am, they will ring in the New Year at noon with an apple juice toast. Cost: $10.00. Visit jamminjava.com for tickets or more information.
RESTON TOWN CENTER ICE SKATING
Reston Town Center
1818 Discovery Street Reston, VA 20190
From early November until March, the Pavilion floor is transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. Ice skates and other supplies are available inside the Information Center at the Skate Shop. Enjoy Rock ‘n’ Skate on Friday nights and cartoon skates on Saturday mornings. Cost $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for children, and $6.00 for skate rental. Visit restontowncenter.org for hours of operation or for more information.
January 9, 2018
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Road Chantilly, VA 20151
Bring your favorite cuddly friend and a blanket. Wear your pajamas and get ready for a rockin’ good time. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Meeting Room. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.
FAMILY MATH GAMES
January 13, 2018
10:30 am-12:00 pm
City of Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Build your children’s math and logic skills while playing games together. All ages. Meeting Room A. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.
WINTER ICE FEST
January 13, 2018
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Village at Leesburg
1602 Village Market Blvd., SE Leesburg, VA 20175
Bundle up and enjoy the annual Winter Ice Fest and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition at the Village at Leesburg. See world renowned ice carvers in action as they compete for prizes. Stroll the boulevard and enjoy music, s’mores, warming stations and take a picture by the larger than life Village at Leesburg signature sculpture in the Plaza. Come out early and watch the magic unfold; the competition begins at nine in the morning. Visit villiageatleesburg.com for more information.
DOGGIE DOODLES PUPPET SHOW
January 15, 2018
10:30 am-11:15 am
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Avenue Herndon, VA 20170
Children and parents are invited to join Herndon Parks and Recreation Department for a special performance with Bob Brown Puppets. Watch as silly pups perform with their buddy Samson-the strong man. This puppet show is full of doggie antics which are sure to delight your little one. Ages 2-10. Cost: $5.00. Visit herndon-va.gov for more information.
LET FREEDOM RING!
January 15, 2018 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F St., NW Washington, DC 20566
|Let Freedom Ring! is a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, hosted by The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University. The show will feature a special performance with a guest artist and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Georgetown University will also award the 14th annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award during the event. FREE. Visit kennedy-center.org for more information.
January 26, 2018
9:00 am-4:00 pm
NextStop Theatre Company
269 Sunset Park Drive Herndon, VA 20170
One day acting workshop when school is closed. Kids of all experience levels and ages can participate in this fun day of theatre games, fun characters, and imagination. Students should bring a nut-free snack and bagged lunch. Grades 1-8. Cost: $95.00. Visit nextstoptheatre.org to register or for more information.
MCLEAN CHOCOLATE LOVERS FESTIVAL
January 28, 2018
11:00 am-5:00 pm
McLean High School
1633 Davidson Road McLean, VA 22101
The McLean Chocolate Festival, managed by the McLean Rotary Club, is a family-based event that promotes McLean businesses and the Rotary Club of McLean. Vendors will be selling all things chocolate. American Heritage, a Mars Company, will have a demonstration of chocolate-making from colonial America, as well as a video on the history of chocolate. There will be a children’s game room with chocolate themed activities and additional children’s entertainment. Cost: $2.00 for ages three and older. Visit mcleanrotary.org for more information.
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