From tree lighting to train rides, our area has plenty of holiday fun for families!

Fauquier County

Warrenton Christmas Parade
Main Street, Old Town Warrenton
Friday, December 1, 6 p.m.
The Warrenton Christmas Parade is an annual festive event. Participants in the parade will traverse down historic Main Street, with illuminated floats for all to enjoy. Mayor Powell Duggan and a special guest will treat all present to an enchanting display as the Christmas tree is lit for the season. Concluding the parade and lighting of the tree, a spectacular fireworks display will occur.

Bealeton Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2, 1 p.m.
The Bealeton Christmas Parade is an annual event that celebrates the season with floats, antique cars, performers, animals and more. Immediately following the parade, the festival opens and will be held at CK Home & Hardware and will feature free refreshments, children’s activities, crafts stations, and other family fun. In the event of rain, the parade will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 1 p.m.

Marshall Christmas Parade
Main Street, Marshall
December 2, 11 a.m.
The Marshall Christmas Parade is hosted by the Marshall Business & Residents Association. This annual event will begin the parade lineup at 10 a.m. and will begin traveling down Main Street at 11 a.m. Parade participants will be judged and trophies will be awarded. Join in the fun of the holiday season.

Swing Into the Holidays with the Silver Tones Swing Band
Marshall Community Center, 4133-A Rectortown Road, Marshall
Saturday, December 2, 7-9:30 pm
Best of Warrenton winner Silver Tones Swing Band teams up with another Best of Warrenton Winner Elizabeth Lawrence of the Elizabeth Lawrence Band to present a fun filled evening of swing dancing to Big Band classics. 
Songs will include a wonderful mix of 1940s hits and holiday favorites. Refresher/beginner swing dance lesson offered at 7 p.m.

Living Christmas Tree
Warrenton United Methodist Church
341 Church Street, Warrenton
Thursday, December 7 – 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 8 – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9 – 4 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 10 – 4 & 7 p.m.
The Living Christmas Tree by Warrenton United Methodist Church touches many hearts with its timeless message of everlasting joy, peace, and unconditional love.


Prince William County

Merry Old Town Christmas Celebration
Historic Old Town Manassas
Friday, December 1 through Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
A Prince William holiday tradition: Santa’s arrival at the train depot and the Christmas tree lighting (Friday 5 p.m.), the Christmas Christmas Parade (Sat. 10 a.m.), and downtown merchant open house (Sun. 12-5 p.m.).

Haymarket Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
Washington Street, Haymarket
December 2, 3-6 p.m.
This free annual celebration is the perfect way to begin the holiday festivities! Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas carols, performances, traditional holiday treats, and much more. The Town Museum will be open with a special holiday themed exhibit.

Cork and Fork Wine Tastings and Classes
Virginia Gateway, Gainesville
Holiday themed classes including pinot noir and champagne for Christmas (Dec. 16) and sparkling wine for the New Year (Dec. 30).

VRE Santa Train Ride
9451 West St., Manassas
December 9
Ride a VRE train and meet Santa and his helpers who will be handing out candy canes and coloring books.

Winter Wonderland Model Train Show
Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas
December 13-17
Relive the wonder of childhood holidays at the Winter Wonderland Model Train Show. The National Capital Trackers set up their O gauge trains amid an elaborate winter fantasy background for the annual display.

Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
Performances throughout December
There’s something for everyone at the Hylton Performing Arts Center this holiday season. Performances include Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Silver Passport, The Nutcracker, Clara’s Christmas, American Festival Pops Orchestra, Manassas Chorale: Around The World, It’s Christmas, Dailey & Vincent: Spirit of Christmas, and A Christmas Chaos presented by Prince William Little Theatre.

Holiday Concerts at Historic Brentsville Union Church
12229 Bristow Road, Bristow
Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m.
Join the Brentsville community for two holiday concerts filled with seasonal music performed by the Brentsville District High School Choir while enjoying hot cider and cookies by a warm bonfire.



Bull Run Festival of Lights
Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville
Through Jan 7, 2018
A holiday tradition for many, drive this 2.5 mile route of magical holiday light displays followed by rides, refreshments, and photos with Santa Claus at the holiday village.

Christmas at Oatlands
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg
November 17 – December 30
Oatlands Mansion is decorated for Christmas in fabulous holiday style and open for walk-through tours. Holiday Teas are offered on select days, as well as visits from Santa.

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Pam Kamphuis
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