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MEADOWLARK’S WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS
November 9 – January 6, 2019
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens,
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Virginia 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. Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot beverages by the fire. Special events occur on some nights. Meet a friendly amphibian on Nature Nights, create a holiday decoration on Craft Night, or take a photo for your family holiday card on Funny Photo Nights. Timed tickets are required.
Cost: $8.00-$16.50. Visit novaparks.com for tickets and more information.
ICE!® FEATURING A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
November 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center,
201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland 20745
Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the meaning of Christmas as the beloved story unfolds through two million pounds of ice sculptures and displays. Experience a two-story ice slide, and a stunning, crystal clear ice sculpture Nativity scene. Additional activities include a spectacular Christmas tree suspended over an indoor garden atrium, Christmas shoppe, carousel, miniature train rides, gingerbread decorating corner, and of course a visit with Santa. Additional cost for many activities. Cost: $24.00- $38.00 per person. Visit ChristmasOnThePotomac.com for tickets and more information.
November 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Smithsonian National Zoological Park,
3001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, a trackless train, snowless tubing and the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland—complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Visit nationalzoo.si.edu for more information.
SANTA CLAUS MAGICAL TOUR
December 1, 2018 – December 20, 2018
1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Town of Vienna
Watch for Santa Claus as he is chauffeured around the town of Vienna on an antique fire engine and makes his annual magical tour to spread holiday cheer through the month of December. Santa will be driving around the town’s residential streets, so when you hear the sirens and music and see the flashing lights, come outside to say hello and receive a candy cane from one of his honorary elves. Santa usually starts around 5:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm on weekends. Visit vvfd.org for his schedule or for more information.
WEGMANS COOKING WITH KIDS: GINGERBREAD DREAM HOUSE
December 1, 2018
Wegmans Fairfax, 11620 Monument Drive,
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Decorate a pre-made gingerbread house with plenty of sweet decorations provided for your little architect to make a take-home dream house. While the kids decorate, they’ll enjoy holiday cookies and hot cocoa. Cost: $15.00. Visit wegmans.com to register or for more information.
NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE
December 1, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Presidents Park, 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20500
The history of the lighting of the National Christmas Tree is intertwined with the history of America. Through peace and war, from national celebration to national mourning, Americans have gathered together and celebrated the season at this holiday event for the past ninety-six 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.
THE WASHINGTON BALLET’S NUTCRACKER
December 2 – December 31, 2018
513 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
Enjoy this Washington, DC holiday tradition. The ballet beautifully details the journey of a young girl on Christmas Eve with heroic toy soldiers, swordfighting mice, the glittering Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and crowd-pleasing waltzes. This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington, King George III and other historical figures, along with the traditional Nutcracker characters. Cost: $32.00-$200.00. Visit warnertheatredc. com for tickets and more information.
AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA: HOLIDAY POPS-SONGS OF THE SEASON
December 8, 2018
George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall,
4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Celebrate the holiday season with the American Festival Pops Orchestra for their annual holiday concert. The evening includes favorite classics, the ever-popular carol sing-a-long, and fun musical surprises. Don’t miss this heartwarming evening of seasonal music performed by this extraordinary orchestra. Cost: $33.00-$55.00. Visit cfa.gmu.edu for tickets and more information.
DISCOVERY THEATRE: SEASONS OF LIGHT
December 12, 2018
10:15 am & 11:30 am
The Ripley Center,
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20004
This signature Discovery Theatre show celebrates the history and customs of Diwali, Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Santa Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, and Christmas, in an interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. Ages 5-10. Cost: $3.00-$8.00. Visit discoverytheatre.org for tickets or more information.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOURS
December 14, 2018
Purcellville Town Hall,
221 South Nursery Avenue, Purcellville, Virginia 20132
Purcellville Parks and Recreation is offering free bus rides throughout the town to view the holiday decorations and lights. While you wait, warm your hands by the fire pit and enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores. Tickets are free and will be handed out on a firstcome, first-served basis with tickets for each tour available the hour before it starts. They will be also offering rides December 16, starting at 5:00 pm. Visit purcellvilleva.gov for more information.
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
December 20-23, 2018
2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
MGM National Harbor,
101 National Avenue, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
Over three hundred imaginative costumes, twenty astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrate Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s in this two-hour breathtaking spectacle. Audiences of all ages will marvel at soaring acrobatics, gravitydefying feats, and extravagant theatrical productions. Cost: $29.00-$90.00. Visit cirqueproductions.com for tickets or more information.
December 24, 2018
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront,
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Watch this unique Christmas waterskiing show including flying elves, the jet skiing Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and, of course, Santa Claus as they spread holiday cheer across the Old Town Alexandria waterfront. The show can be viewed anywhere from the Torpedo Art Factory to Point Lumley Park. After the show Santa and his merry crew stop at the pavilion, on the waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory, for about thirty minutes to greet children and take pictures. Visit waterskiingsanta.com for more information.
FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA
December 31, 2018
2:00 pm – 12:00 am
King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 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, clowns, face painters, magicians, and storytelling amuse children. Musicians and classical performers entertain adults. The evening finishes with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street. Cost: $25.00-$35.00 for adults, children 12 and under and active military get in for free. Visit firstnightalexandria.org for tickets or more information.
NOON YEAR’S EVE AT MONKEY JOE’S
December 31, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
23521 Overland Drive, Suite 120, Sterling, Virginia 20166
Even the youngest kids can get in on New Year’s fun at Monkey Joe’s. In addition to the usual fun on the giant inflatables and arcade games, there will be a fun “bubble wrap stomp” at noon. There also will be New Year’s favors for the kids, while supplies last, and prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Cost: $12.99 per child. Visit monkeyjoes.com for more information.
FALLS CHURCH WATCH NIGHT
December 31, 2018
7:00 pm – 12:00 pm
100 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia 22046
Ring in the New Year in downtown Falls Church at this annual family-friendly event. Live music, orchestra with swing dancing, karaoke, inflatables for all ages, face painters, a balloon artist, puppet shows, a climbing rock wall, a bungee jump, a fire truck obstacle course, food trucks and much more. Free popcorn, hot chocolate, and soup while supplies last. Fire pits and fireplaces for warming. Free balloons for the countdown wave. Visit watchnightfallschurch.com for more information.
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: INCREDIBLES 2
January 5, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Patrick Henry Library,
101 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, Virginia 22180
Enjoy a family friendly movie with crafts and, of course, popcorn. Mom is called upon to lead a campaign to bring the “Supers” back, while dad navigates the daily life at home with the children and baby Jack- Jack, whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov/library for more information.
FULL S.T.E.A.M AHEAD
January 15, 2019
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Chantilly Regional Library,
4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math (S.T.E.A.M) concepts with age appropriate stories and activities. Ages 5-7. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov/library for more information.
January 19, 2019
2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
George Mason University Center for the Arts, Concert Hall,
4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past of Chinese culture featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms, classical Chinese dance. Along with patented scenographic effects and original orchestral works, Shen Yun is keeping this precious heritage alive on stage. Cost: $80.00. Visit cfa.gmu.edu for tickets and more information.
WINTER ICE FEST
January 19, 2019
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Village at Leesburg,
1602 Village Market Blvd SE, Leesburg, Virginia
The Village at Leesburg is inviting the community to enjoy some frosty fun at their annual Winter Ice Fest and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition. Watch world renowned ice carvers in action as they compete for prizes. Bundle up and stroll the boulevard, complete with an iceless ice skating rink, music, and warming stations. Take pictures with the gigantic Village at Leesburg signature sculpture in the plaza and other custom sculptures outside the boutiques and stores. Visit villageatleesburg.com for more information.
January 25-27, 2019
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Dulles Expo Center,
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Jurassic Quest brings you a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. The dinosaur exhibit displays over eighty realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them, and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. Also young paleontologists can uncover dinosaur bones in a fossil dig area, bounce on the several dinosaur themed inflatable mazes, get their face painted, create some dinosaur themed crafts, and much more. Visit dullesexpo.com for tickets or more information.
MCLEAN CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
January 27, 2019
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
McLean Community Center,
1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, Virginia 22101
This chocolate festival features dozens of vendors providing chocolate samples and items for sale. Watch a demonstration of how chocolate was made in Colonial America, and learn the history of chocolate. The event also has a children’s room with games and bluegrass music performed by local singer Mike Mitchell. The event is sponsored by the local Rotary Club. Cost: $2.00. Children under three, free. Visit mcleanchocolatefestival.org for more information.
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