FREE Holiday Events in the Northern Virginia Area 2011

There are so many events going on this holiday season in the Northern Virginia area.
I’ve highlighted the FREE things do with your family this season.
Here is a link to a long list of events that included paid admissions.  Click HERE.

 

Holiday Vendor Fair

Dec 2, West Springfield Elementary School Address: 6802 Deland Drive, Springfield, VA
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Contact: Jan Buetow
Admission: Admission to the vendor fair is free to the public.
Please join us for our first annual Holiday Vendor Fair! While you shop for holiday goodies know that you are helping to support our elementary school and some of the local businesses and artisans in the area. Vendors will feature various items that will help with your hectic holiday shopping by providing over 20 booths of various specialties in one convenient location. Whether you are looking for home accessories, kitchen wares, candles, scrapbooking supplies, clothing, purses, books, jewelry or some surprises — we will have it! Come and enjoy an evening of holiday shopping at West Springfield Elementary School.

City of Fairfax Festival of Lights & Carols

Dec 3, Old Town Fairfax Address: Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Times: See Website for Details
Phone: (703) 385-7858
Admission: FREE
The first Saturday in December, the Parks & Recreation Department holds its annual Festival of Lights & Carols. Activities will include Lunch with Santa (tickets need to be purchased from the Parks & Recreation office, limited number available), illumination of the street trees on Main Street in the downtown Historic District and lighting of the City tree. Lunch with Santa is held in Old Town Hall and the lighting of the City tree will be held in the Kitty Pozer Garden located behind Old Town Hall (3999 University Drive) in Old Town Fairfax. There is no charge to attend the lighting of the City tree.

Clifton Candlelight Tour

Dec 3, Historic Clifton
Address: Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 4pm-7pm
Contact: Jennifer Chesley
Admission: FREE

Begin celebrating the Holiday Season at Clifton’s Annual Candlelight Tour on Saturday, December 3rd.  All festivities take place in the Historic Town of Clifton, VA.   The Holiday Horse Parade and Contest, sponsored by the Clifton Horse Society, begins at 2 p.m.  Following the Parade and Contest, visit our Town shops and restaurants.  The Candlelight Homes Tour begins at 4 p.m. and includes five lovely Holiday Homes, two Churches with live music, the Clifton Caboose and the Masonic Acacia Lodge.  Also, enjoy the Dickens Carolers strolling around Town. Tickets are for sale in the Town of Clifton at A Flower Blooms, NOVA Music and T&K Treasures.  Also at Picket Fence in Burke and Banner’s Hallmark in Centreville.

Holiday Horse Parade & Santa Photos

Dec 3, Historic Clifton Address: Main Street, Clifton, VA
Times: 2pm-4pm
Admission: FREE
The Holiday Horse Parade, sponsored by Clifton Horse Society, includes festive horses and riders decorated for the Holidays.  They will parade down Main Street then Chapel Street for the contest.  Photos taken with Santa, by Robyn Witschey, will be available in Ayre Square on Main Street.

 

Dec 3, Truro Church Address: 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Times: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Phone: (703) 608-2231
Admission: Free Admission
Hosted by the Giving Circle of HOPE- Honor special people in your life by giving gifts that benefit others through local non-profit organizations. Make a donation to a special cause in their honor and receive an attractive card with a description of the charitable donation to give to your friend or loved one. Fair trade items will also be available for purchase. Gifts That Give Hope fairs give you the opportunity to choose meaningful gifts for people on your gift list while helping others who are not on anyone’s gift list.

Dec 3, Frying Pan Farm Park Address: 2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA
Times: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: Free
Enjoy strolling carolers, holiday music, warming fires, storytelling and children’s activities! Tour the decorated farm house, watch a blacksmithing demonstration and visit with the beekeeper. Purchase s’mores kits to make at a warming fire. Join farmers, friends and officials at 1:00pm for greetings, a holiday musical performance and drawing for 5 free turkeys. Get up close and personal with resident farm animals. See English and Western-style horseback demonstrations and watch dog agility trials. Pony rides available for $5. Photos with Santa in his sleigh for $5. Children’s Holiday Shopping in the Country Store from 12:30-3:30pm. Gifts are available in a wide range of prices.

Dec 3, Lake Anne Plaza Waterfront Address: 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, va
Times: 11am-3pm
Lake Anne Waterfront will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, December 3, 2011 with the return of Jingle on Lake Anne – a Holiday Celebration taking place from 11:00AM-3:00PM. Community organizers and plaza retailers will host a variety of festive activities ranging from the ever popular special visit from Santa (arriving on a lake barge), strolling carolers, a petting zoo, wine tastings, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookie decorating, holiday arts & crafts market, holiday entertainment and much more. The day will be filled with activities and holiday delights for all ages. The holiday event is sponsored and hosted by Lake Anne Merchants. Event Schedule: 11:00AM-3:00PM – Holiday Arts & Crafts Market Petting Zoo Cookie Decorating (until 2PM) Children’s Crafts Plaza Activities 12:00PM-2:00PM – Santa Arrival/Departure (Santa’s arrival time is 12PM Sharp) EVENT DETAILS What: Lake Anne Plaza – Jingle on Lake Anne When: Saturday, December 3, 2011 Where: Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) – 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190 Time: 11:00AM-3:00PM Website: www.lakeanneplaza.com Cost: Free, Rain or Shine

Dec 3, Herndon Town Square Address: 730 Elden Street, Herndon, VA
Times: 5pm
Contact: Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (703) 437-5556
Admission: Free
Carols, tree lighting and a visit from Santa.

Dec 4, Historic Freeman House and Museum

Address: 131 Church Street N.E., Vienna, VA
Times: Readings at 1:30pm and 3pm
Phone: (703) 938-5187

Historic Vienna, Inc. invites grade school children and their parents to a reading of “Lucy’s Cave” at the Little Library on the grounds of the Freeman Store, 131 Church Street, NE, Vienna, on Sunday, December 4 at 1:30 pm.  The story takes place in Vicksburg in 1863 and materials will be available to make a Civil War craft.  For information call 703-938-5187

Christmas in Camp with the 17th Virginia Infantry

Dec 4, Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim

Address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Times: noon-4pm
Phone: (703) 591-6728
Admission: FREE

Visit a Civil War camp during winter and learn about holiday customs from reenactors.

Dec 4, George Mason University Harris Theater Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 7 PM
Phone: (703) 993-1380
GMU’s guitar ensemble presents their concert.

Herndon Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Dec 4, Herndon Community Center Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 11am – 6pm
Contact: Herndon Parks and Recreation
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: Free
At this 33rd annual show, more than 100 arts and craft vendors offer unique gifts, decorations and handmade items. Refreshments available. Admission and parking are free.

Santa Paws!

Dec 4 – 11, Fair Oaks Mall

Recurring weekly on Sunday
Address: 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA
Times: Sunday December 4 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Phone: (703) 359-8300
Admission: Free admission (Photos with Santa and photo at the Ice Throne cost extra)

Dogs and cats, great and small are invited to have their photo taken with Santa! Fair Oaks Mall will offer guests four opportunities during the holidays to have their pets’ pictures taken with Santa. Dog lovers, mark your calendars!

  • Sunday, November 20 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.;
  • Sunday December 4from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.;
  • Sunday, December 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Set against the enchanted Ice Palace, the spectacular 1,200-square foot centerpiece of the Fair Oaks Mall holiday celebrations, dogs and cats with their owners will have the opportunity to pose for commemorative professional photos with Santa. For those purchasing a special photo package that includes 16 photos of various sizes, a hi-res portrait CD and complimentary 8×11 photo book from Snapfish, Fair Oaks Mall will donate $10 to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Dec 4 – 10, Historic Freeman House and Museum

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
Address: 131 Church Street N.E., Vienna, VA
Times: Sunday, December 4 and Saturday, December 10 from 1 to 3 pm.
Phone: (703) 938-5187
Admission: FREE

Santa Claus will visit with children at the Freeman Store, 131 Church Street, NE, Vienna on Sunday, December 4 and Saturday, December 10 from 1 to 3 pm.  Assisted by his elves, Santa will be upstairs in his traditional chair beside the Christmas tree, making for a perfect holiday photo.  The Freeman Store will be decorated with fresh greens and arrangements courtesy of the Ayr Hill Garden Club.  Free and open to the public.  For information call 703 938 5187

Dec 4, Franconia United Methodist Church Address: 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 4 – 6 PM
Contact: Ese
Phone: (703) 971-5151
Admission: Free – Donations
We invite you to join us for a special concert from the Celebration Singers on Dec 4 at 4 PM. They will perform “A Christmas Portrait”, singing many Christmas songs you all know and love. Franconia United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to the Franconia Elementary School, convenient to the Fairfax Connector routes 231, 232, and 310. Our church is handicapped accessible, and assisted listening devices are available.

Dec 4, Wolf Trap Filene Center

Address: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Times: 4pm
Phone: (703) 255-1900
Admission: FREE

Kick off the holiday season with family and friends at Wolf Trap’s 2011 Holiday Sing-A-Long! This annual musical celebration hosts a performance by the United States Marine Band and a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with choir and vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area.

Wolf Trap will be participating in Toys for Tots by collecting new, unwrapped toys at the entrance to the Filene Center before the Sing-A-Long. Donations are strictly voluntary and not a requirement. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Parking is free but limited so please plan on arriving early.

Bring a candle and join the tradition of exiting the Filene Center with a candlelight processional during the last verse of “Silent Night.” There will also be a “Jing-A-Long” during the singing of Jingle Bells so remember to bring a candle, a bell, and a new, unwrapped toy!

Dec 7, U.S. Geological Survey Address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA
Times: Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:00-8:00 PM
Contact: Melanie Gade
Phone: (703) 648-4748
Admission: FREE and Open to the Public
The 21st century brings a new set of water resource challenges. Even in normal water years, water shortages and use conflicts have become commonplace in many areas of the United States –– especially competition among crop irrigation, growing cities and communities, and energy production. Over the next 10 years, the USGS plans to conduct a new assessment of water availability and use. This national Water Census will address critical aspects of recent Federal legislation, including the need to establish a national water assessment program. FREE and Open to the Public Follow this event live @USGSLive Requests for accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting) require notice at least two weeks before the event. Please email jcorley@usgs.gov or call 703-648-7770.

Dec 8, George Mason University deLaski 3001 Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Times: 8 PM
Phone: (703) 993-1380
Come listen to GMU’s jazz combos in their last concert of the semester.Read More.

Dec 8, Centreville Regional Library Address: 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: 7:00pm
Phone: (703) 830-2223
Admission: FREE

Speaker Mr. Mark Trbovich discusses the “Battle of Dranesville, VA” at this special 150th anniversary lecture.  Event sponsored by the Bull Run Civil War Round Table.

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Dec 8, Reston Community Center-Lake Anne Address: 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA
Times: 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Contact: The Reston Museum
Phone: (703) 709-7000
Admission: FREE
Reston Historic Trust is continuing its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (Sesquicentennial) about events that occurred in the Reston area.  A program featuring the Battle of Dranesville will be presented on Thursday, December 8 at the Reston Community Center-Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free. The presentation will include:

  • The strategic significance of Leesburg Turnpike (Rt. 7)
  • The history and description of the Town of Dranesville in 1861
  • Movement of troops through present day Reston
  • Events that led to the clash of soldiers near the Church
  • The leading commanders and what happened to them after the war
  • What happened to the area of Dranesville and Reston during and after the war

The Battle of Dranesville, a combat that was fought on December 20, 1861, will be presented by John Waggoner and Jim Lewis.

Waggoner, local Civil War expert, is also a financial reporter for USA Today and a member of Dranesville Church of the Brethren, where the battle was fought.  He has conducted frequent tours of the battle area and spoken at numerous venues concerning the 1861 conflict. Lewis, a Reston resident, is a member of the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable and chief historian for the Hunter Mill Defense League.
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Bobbi Brown Mega Event

Dec 9 – 10, Lord and Taylor Fair Oaks Mall Recurring daily
Address: 1900L Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA
Times: 11am – 4:45 pm
Contact: Kat
Phone: (703) 691-0100
Bobbi Brown Mega Event Friday, December 9th – National Artist Saturday, December 10th – Regional Artist Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bobbi Brown with our national and regional artistry experts! The top tips and techniques to help you look your best. Spaces are limited and fill up fast. **10% off!! Friends and Family!!** Call Kat at (703) 691-0100 ext 246 to book your appointment or to place an order. Lord and Taylor Fair Oaks Mall 1900L Fair Oaks Mall Fairfax, VA 22033

Dec 10, Workhouse Arts Center Address: 9601 Ox Road, Campus-Wide, Lorton, VA
Times: 6-9pm
Contact: Marketing Department
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Free
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 120 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community. Guests can tour seven unique studio buildings, mix and mingle with artists, buy original works of art, experience ever-changing exhibitions and meet featured artists, all while enjoying light refreshments and music. The social atmosphere of the monthly art walk makes it the perfect destination for a date night or girl’s night out, as well as for art collectors and art appreciation groups alike. These monthly events are also perfect for family art outings. In the Associates Gallery located on the 1st floor of Gallery W-16, enjoy an exhibition reception introducing the new work of the Workhouse Associate Artists, and that of the group’s featured artist of the month.

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Dec 10 – 11, Village Green Day School Recurring daily
Address: 790 Walker Road, Great Falls, Virginia
Times: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact: Linda Jones
Phone: (703) 442-9251
Admission: Free
Great Falls Studios presents the Annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, 10 AM to 5 PM, at Village Green Day School, 790 Walker Road, in the center of Great Falls, Virginia. This year’s show includes paintings, pottery, photographs, jewelry, layered paper collage, art quilts, weaving, and woodcarving, plus artful gifts, and cards. All of the artwork is created by Great Falls artists, most of whom work out of their home studios. A drawing for four $50 “Art Bucks” door prizes will be held Saturday afternoon at 5 PM. A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the school. Admission is free. Call Linda Jones, 703-442-9251 for more information. Great Falls Studios is an organization of over 100 artists who create art in Great Falls, Virginia.

Dec 10, Frying Pan Farm Park Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 9am
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: FREE
Walk, trot, canter, beginner horse show.  Held indoors rain or shine.

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Dec 11, Franconia United Methodist Church Address: 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA
Times: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Contact: Ese
Phone: (703) 971-5151
Admission: Free
Franconia United Methodist Church invites you to our free Christmas Cantata, “The Gift of Christmas, Share the Hope”, performed by our Franconia Choir and the Franconia Chimes, on Dec 11, 11:00 AM. We are located at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to the Franconia Elementary School, convenient to the Fairfax Connector routes 231, 232, and 310. Our church is handicapped accessible, and assisted listening devices are available.

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Dec 18, Chatham Address: 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA
Times: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Phone: (540) 373-6122
Bring your children to see Santa Claus as he appeared during the Civil War. Festivities include music, refreshments, crafts, and a scavenger hunt.

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Dec 18, Franconia United Methodist Church Address: 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA
Times: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Contact: Ese
Phone: (703) 971-5151
Admission: Free
Franconia United Methodist Church invites you to our free Franconia Winds Christmas Concert on Dec 18, 11 AM. We will play many of your Christmas favorites. We are located at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to the Franconia Elementary School, convenient to the Fairfax Connector routes 231, 232, and 310. Our church is handicapped accessible, and assisted listening devices are available.

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Dec 18, Frying Pan Farm Park Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 9am
Phone: (703) 437-9101
Admission: FREE
Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes.  Held indoors rain or shine.

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Peace Service to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Dranesville

Dec 18, Dranesville Church of the Brethren Address: 11500 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, VA
Times: 7pm
Phone: (703) 430-7872
Admission: FREE
Dranesville Church of the Brethren will conduct a special candlelight peace service on Dec. 18, the Sunday closest to Dec. 20, at 7pm to commemorate the loss of life in the Battle of Dranesville.  At the beginning of the service candles are burning for each soldier that lost their life in the battle.  As each deceased soldier’s name is read aloud the candle is put out to honor their sacrifice.  The event is free and open to the public. Ironically, this one-time battleground is now occupied by a parking lot for Dranesville Church of the Brethren, a pacifist congregation descended from The Church of the Brethren that started in Germany in 1708.  The church’s roots are in the Reformation tradition that believed in adult baptism. Because Brethren immersed believers three times in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, they were given the name “Dunkers.”

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Dec 18, Sully Historic Site Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 5pm
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: Call for Details

Sully Historic Site is all decked out for a WWII era Christmas at home of Northern Virginia’s first congressman.
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Dec 28, Sully Historic Site Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 1pm and 2pm
Phone: (703) 437-1794
Admission: Call for Details

One of the top rated pan-Celtic groups in the world, IONA treats its audience to high energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals. House tour included. Refreshments served in the 18th century kitchen. Limited seating.  Call to register.
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Dec 31, ArtSpace Herndon Address: 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA
Contact: Herndon ArtSpace
Phone: (703) 956-6590
Ring in the new year at this family-friendly event. Bonfire, Musical Café, and midnight champagne toast. Visit website for times and ticket information.

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