Holiday Events

Vadim Slatvitiskiy and Annabelle Luna in the Manassas Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" Photo by David Mattingly

It’s a busy busy busy time of year! But make sure to take time to enjoy the many holiday performances and activities for all ages your community has to offer. From Santa visits to light shows to parades to festivals, there’s plenty of holiday spirit in Fauquier County and nearby.

ONGOING

Christmas at Maple Tree Farm

Through the Holiday Season
Weekdays  6pm pm till 9:45pm, Saturdays & Sundays  – 5pm to 9:45, timed entry, advance tickets suggested, available on website. 
8275 Maple Tree Farm Lane, Warrenton
https://www.mapletreefarmva.com/
The Leonard family invites you to join them for an old-fashioned Christmas at Maple Tree Farm.  Bring the whole family for a stroll around the farm enjoying the trail of lights, music, and tummy warming treats. Check the calendar for special nights with Santa photos and Blue Ridge BBQ. Read our article at https://piedmontlifestyle.com/community/christmas-at-maple-tree-farm/

Bull Run Festival of Lights



Through January 2
Monday – Thursday nights, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday nights, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(Holidays include November 26, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).
$30 per vehicle online; $40 per vehicle at the gate
novaparks.com/events/bull-run-festival-of-lights
Load your family in the car for one of Northern Virginia’s favorite holiday activities. The route is 2.5 miles, illuminated by a wide array of holiday light displays. Be socially distant and drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn off your headlights and just follow the magical glow.


Tinsel!

Through January 22
45425 Holiday Dr, Sterling
Open nightly, 7 days/week – including holidays
Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Timed tickets start at $28
tinselva.com
Tinsel! is an immersive outdoor festival and interactive winter destination featuring light displays, food and drink, entertainment, and Washington Capitals experiences like a Capitals-themed Igloo experience, oversized Capitals-themed photo opportunities, and alumni and mascot appearances.


Nights of Lights

Through January 9, 6-10 p.m. daily
Prince William County Fairgrounds, Manassas
visitpwc.com/event/night-of-lights-on-the-fairgrounds/5274/
Nights of Lights features mesmerizing holiday light displays spanning over one mile. Visitors will then have the opportunity to visit the Interactive Christmas Village which features activities for the whole family. Visitors can join in holiday sing-a-longs, take a photo with Santa, shop local artisans, get lost in the mazes, find the perfect holiday selfie stations, and so much more. When they need a break, there will be local food favorites and food trucks on site to relax to watch it snow! A special addition to the Village will be the custom-designed Gingerbread Café. The café will feature gingerbread cookies, sweet treats, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, s’mores kits for the fire pits, and hot soups catered by a local bakery.


Holidays at the National Harbor

Various events through the holiday season
https://www.nationalharbor.com/events/annual-events/holidays/
Nightly tree light show, Saturday nights fireworks, I love Christmas movies, Gumdrop Tavern pop-up bar, Santa, holiday story times, and more


Gift of the Magi, The Musical

Weekends through December 12
Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton
fctstage.org
It’s Christmas in New York in 1905. Imagine the excitement of a busy street, bustling with shoppers and carolers singing joys of the season. Della, a stunning young woman, strolls along, looking in store windows, a bit saddened that she only has $1.87 to spend on a gift for her husband, Jim. Down the street, Jim does likewise; wistfully knowing that the items in the stores that he would love to buy for Della are beyond his means. You will enter a beautiful musical adaptation of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi which will thrill and inspire cast members and audiences alike.


Warrenton Farmers Market Holiday Market

Dec. 4, 11 & 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
21 Main Street, Warrenton
facebook.com/warrentonfarmersmarkets/
A great place to find holiday gifts and support local vendors!



DECEMBER 3-6

Warrenton Christmas Parade

Friday, December 3, 6 p.m.
Old Town Warrenton
FB: @WarrentonChristmasParade
The parade is back on Main Street this year, led by Santa in his horse and sleigh, and featuring lighted floats, bands, and kids and lots of holiday cheer! The parade will travel down Main Street from 5th past the Courthouse and down to Pelham Street. Christmas carols and the tree illumination at the Courthouse follow, then fireworks to usher in the season.


Marshall Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 4, 11 a.m.
Main Street, Marshall
FB: @MarshallParade


Remington Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 4, 5 p.m.
Remington
facebook.com/events/3066817060230320/
The Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department sponsors the parade, which features floats, bands, and more


GumDrop Square

Opens Friday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. (with a possible pause as Santa participates in the Warrenton Christmas Parade)
Fridays, December 3-17, 5-8 p.m., Saturdays, December 4 & 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat Dec 18, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Gloria’s, 92 Main Street, #204, Warrenton
oldtownwarrenton.org

By Becca Deardoff

GumDrop Square is a long-time Warrenton holiday tradition and photo-op for families. The visit provides a personal experience with Santa and a beautifully decorated backdrop including Christmas trees and a fireplace on the Gloria’s stage –the perfect spot to capture that traditional Santa photo. Experience Old Town Warrenton, who organizes GumDrop Square, made some adjustments to the 2020 event in the face of COVID-19 that they plan to keep this year. “Last year we needed to be socially distanced, and we thought hey, this really works well!” said Charity Furness, executive director of Experience Old Town Warrenton. Like last year, Santa will be on the Gloria’s stage, with the children sitting on a rug below, for their chat with Santa. “We found that the kids were a lot more comfortable with this setup and not so nervous. After they speak to Santa, they have the option to sit with him or stand next to him for a photo, and the children respond well to this.” The event is free; bring your camera as there is not an event photographer.

Another highlight of a visit to GumDrop Square is Santa’s Secret Shop, where children can purchase $2 tickets to buy gifts for family and friends without parents looking over their shoulder. “Some kids come in and buy just for mom,” Charity said. “some come in and have a big list – mom, dad, aunts, dogs, and more!” The gifts come wrapped and ready, so they stay a secret. “The kids come out and they are so proud,” she shared. GumDrop Square has been around long enough to see parents that visited the shop in their younger years now bring their kids there as well. And what is the most popular gift the kids buy for their families? “Typically, the classic gifts include the coffee mug,” Charity laughed. “We try to offer a variety, from coffee mugs, hats, small toy cars, little dolls, coloring books, flashlights; we buy things kids would give to their parents. But that coffee mug is always a favorite!” The shop sells dog toys for your favorite pal as well, plus you can purchase handcrafted GumDrop Square ornaments by Warrenton’s Earth, Glaze, & Fire.

There will be plenty of parking in the South 5th Street parking lot. “We offer GumDrop Square so families can come in, see Santa and take pictures, the kids can shop, and then parents can visit Main Street and shop local for the holidays,” Charity said. Donations to Experience Old Town Warrenton are encouraged.


Swing into the Holidays with the Silver Tones Swing Band

Saturday, December 4, 7 p.m.
Vint Hill Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton
General admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seniors (65 and older) and students (with ID) are $10 at the door. Kids 5 and under are free.
Silvertonesswingband.com
The Silver Tones Swing Band kicks off the holiday season swing concert and dance featuring your holiday favorites plus big band swing hits. The Vint Hill Community Center features a huge dance-floor with plenty of room to swing. There will be a beginner swing dance lesson with world-class swing instructor Ewa Burak at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be for sale.


Manassas Merry Old Town Kick-Off & Tree Lighting

Friday, December 3, 5:15 p.m., continuing throughout December
Historic Old Town Manassas
Visitmanassas.org
Santa has been lighting the Christmas tree in Old Town for over 27 years! Santa arrives at the Manassas Depot on the VRE train shortly after 6 p.m. and after Santa lights the tree, he takes time to visit with the children. Free horse drawn carriage rides will round out the evening and continue every Sunday in December from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and ice skating at the Harris Pavilion will be available throughout the season. Don’t miss the Gingerbread House Contest, where participants from three categories – Expert, Novice, Children – display their most festive efforts in the shops of Old Town Manassas for the public to vote on. “The gingerbread houses are so well liked, people love walking in Old Town and seeing the houses in the windows,” said Debbie Haight, executive director of Visit Manassas Inc. “It’s a great way to get professional bakers in front of people, too – their names are displayed next to their creations.” Votes will be tallied and winners will be notified by 5 p.m. Dec 18.


Christmas in Middleburg SOLD OUT

By Jay Hubbard

Saturday, December 4
Historic Middleburg
Christmasinmiddleburg.org, mccspto.org/breakfast-with-santa
Spend the day in historic and charming Middleburg as they host decidedly the most picturesque celebration in the region. Begin the day at 8 a.m. with breakfast and pictures with Santa and a silent auction at the Middleburg Community Charter School. Make your way to Washington Street at 11 a.m. for the Middleburg Hunt Review as approximately 150 horses, riders in hunting attire and dozens of hounds come through the town in spectacular style. Keep your spot for the 2 p.m. Middleburg Christmas Parade featuring an assortment of floats, troops, and musical groups, antique fire trucks plus horses, ponies, llamas, alpacas and a variety of dog breeds. The most classic Santa brings up the rear riding on a beautiful horse drawn coach.


Haymarket Christmas & Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Haymarket Town Hall, 15000 Washington Street
townofhaymarket.org
Join the Town of Haymarket for their Annual Christmas and Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting! Cookie decorating, craft and gift bazaar, holiday carols, s’mores by the bonfire, and local food vendors are featured, and of course a visit by Santa! This event is free, and everyone is welcome.


75th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. – Noon
Old Town Manassas
visitmanassas.org
Parade-goers line the streets of Manassas once again for the 75th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, this year with the theme Right Down Santa Claus Lane. Over 100 marching bands, floats, dancers, and more from local schools and groups will wind through Old Town to kick off the holiday season and mark the beginning of Merry Old Town.


Occoquan Holiday Fest Holiday Market and Sweets with Santa

By Jeremy Irvin

Dec. 4-5
458 Mill St., Occoquan
facebook.com/events/3092554947733933/
This year, River Mill Park in Occoquan gets transformed into a winter wonderland for a special shopping experience! Artisans and craft persons will offer original, handmade work in a full range of media, from handmade bath and body products, candles, gourmet food products and home décor to fine art and jewelry.
Visit with Santa while you are in town! The big guy will arrive by boat at the town dock at Mamie Davis Park on 12/4 at 10:30am. Kids of all ages are then invited to escort Santa to River Mill Park. He will be ready to visit with families from 11am to 2:30pm both market days.


The Piedmont Singers present “Christmas in Our Hearts”

Dec. 4, 7 p.m. 
Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains
https://www.gracetheplains.org/the-piedmont-singers/
Listen to classic Christmas Carols in the beautiful, historic church.


Centre Company’s The Nutcracker

Saturday-Sunday, December 4-5, 2021
Fauquier High School
705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton
etix.com/ticket/o/9056/centreperformingartscompany
Centre Performing Arts Company presents their annual Nutcracker, featuring dance students from the Lasley Centre alongside special guests and renowned principal dancers Cory Stearns and Hee Seo of American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Stearns and Seo, who are usually on the Kennedy Center stage when performing in the area, will dance the roles of the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy – quite the holiday treat for Fauquier! Reserved tickets are $25 (adults), $20 (12 and under), and free for children under 2.


Holiday Market

Dec. 4, 12 p.m. 
Old Bust Head Brewing Company
https://www.facebook.com/events/407106344401619/
Open air German-style Holiday Market. Shop and sip on craft beer or hot drinks, listen to festive tunes, and sample some German food and holiday confections.


Movie at the Meadow

Dec. 4, 5 p.m. 
The Plains Community League presents Elf as a drive-in movie at Great Meadow. Admission is free


Holiday Beertique

Dec. 4
The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
Local vendors, handcrafted items, Axe Throwing, drinks in heated pavilion, warm holiday drinks.
https://www.facebook.com/events/3990690621031078/


Christmas Market at Remington Community Garden

Dec. 4
150 West Bowen St., Remington


Gateau’s Fourth Annual Gingerbread Contest

Dec. 4-5
Gateau Bakery, Culpeper Street, Warrenton
Check out all the entries for the Gingerbread House Competition! They’re on display, and visitors are eligible to vote for their favorites!


Rappahannock Winter Wonderland at Avon Hall

Dec. 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m. 
22 Avon Lane, Washington, VA
Avon Hall in Washington will be transformed into Rappahannock’s Winter Wonderland on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Christmas parade may be on pause again this year, but rest assured all of the usual favorites will be on hand, led by Santa and Mrs. Claus with a gift for every child. Plus, there will be caroling, music from the RCHS band, kids storytime, the annual Artisans Market, and a bonfire.


Fauquier Community Band Annual Holiday Concert

Monday, December 6, 7 p.m.
Fauquier High School Auditorium, 705 Waterloo St., Warrenton
Come enjoy classical and popular holiday favorites like “Sleigh Ride”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “Merry Christmas Darling” with the Fauquier Community Band led by Paul Hicks and Katie Bryant.


Fauquier Community Theatre presents “The Gift of the Magi, The Musical”

Dec 2-4 and 10-11
4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton
fctstage.org
It’s Christmas in New York in 1905. Imagine the excitement of a busy street, bustling with shoppers and carolers singing joys of the season. Della, a stunning young woman, strolls along, looking in store windows, a bit saddened that she only has $1.87 to spend on a gift for her husband, Jim. Down the street, Jim does likewise; wistfully knowing that the items in the stores that he would love to buy for Della are beyond his means. Yes, you will enter a beautiful musical adaptation of O. Henry’s, The Gift of the Magi, which will thrill and inspire cast members and audiences alike.


Christmas Lights

Dec 4
Trinity Lutheran Church, 276 Cleveland St., Warrenton
Traditional holiday favorites with handbells, vocalists, percussion, and flute

 


Toys for Tots Drive-thru drop off

Dec. 4
https://www.facebook.com/events/632485741495210/



DECEMBER 9-11

Christmas in Music by The Warrenton Chorale

Dec. 9 & 10, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, 3 p.m.
Warrenton Presbyterian Church, 91 Main Street, Warrenton
warrentonchorale.org
For over 70 years, the Warrenton Chorale’s Christmas performance has been a Fauquier County tradition to ring in the season with a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that will bring back fond memories of yesteryear.


Haymarket Christmas and Holiday Event

Dec. 11, 2 p.m. 
15000 Washington St, Haymarket
https://www.facebook.com/events/1000842457159970/
Join us for our Christmas Event! We will have a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus, craft vendors, a craft make-n-take station for the children, live music, a bonfire and more!


Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 11, 9 a.m- 12 p.m.
New Baltimore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company
6550 Riley Road, Warrenton
https://www.facebook.com/events/288517109860464


2nd Annual Verdun Holiday Fest and European Christmas Market

Sat. Dec.  11,  12 PM – 7 PM
Verdun Adventure Bound, 17044 Adventure Bound Trl, Rixeyville
facebook.com/events/567910430969377


Fauquier Community Theatre presents “The Gift of the Magi, The Musical”

Dec 2-4 and 10-11
4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton
fctstage.org
It’s Christmas in New York in 1905. Imagine the excitement of a busy street, bustling with shoppers and carolers singing joys of the season. Della, a stunning young woman, strolls along, looking in store windows, a bit saddened that she only has $1.87 to spend on a gift for her husband, Jim. Down the street, Jim does likewise; wistfully knowing that the items in the stores that he would love to buy for Della are beyond his means. Yes, you will enter a beautiful musical adaptation of O. Henry’s, The Gift of the Magi, which will thrill and inspire cast members and audiences alike.


Prince William Little Theatre presents A Christmas Carol (Touring Version)

December 10-12 and 17-19
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas
Tickets: Adult $24, Military/Senior $21, Child $17 (includes fees)
pwlt.org/christmascarol.html
The classic holiday story of the mean-spirited, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life in this cautionary tale about money and happiness.


Piedmont Symphony Orchestra & The Silver Tones Swing Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 12, 3 p.m.
Highland School Center for the Arts, 597 Broadview Avenue
Piedmontsymphony.org
Join the PSO in their 25th Anniversary season as they collaborate with Warrenton’s Silver Tones Swing Band in a spectacular holiday concert. Hear your favorite festive tunes and hits from the era set to the energy of a swing band. Support the arts in Fauquier; tickets are $25-$35 and may be purchased on the website.



DECEMBER 16-19

Manassas Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

December 16-23, with evening and matinee performances
Hylton Performing Arts Center,
10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
manassasballet.org
Manassas Ballet Theatre, the resident professional ballet company of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, presents eight performances of everyone’s favorite holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. The magical story comes to life on the Hylton stage as Clara attends her family’s Christmas Eve party, where she receives the gift of a Nutcracker. Together they go on a dream adventure with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen, and other fantastical characters. Sure to delight all ages, gorgeous sets and costumes plus live music by the Manassas Ballet Theatre orchestra set the backdrop for a great family tradition. Tickets start at $35 (ask about a military discount) and are available at manassasballet.org or by calling the Hylton box office at 703-993-7759.


Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Dec. 17-18
https://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/christmas-illuminations-at-mount-vernon/
Online: https://www.facebook.com/events/236872235122317
Kick off the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River.


Breakfast with Santa at Airlie

Dec. 18, 9 a.m. 
Airlie, 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-207916372467?fbclid=IwAR1n6rZlm_TIj40Gc9RVI_nOo7tQOl592PWLn9WRIzYzpVrtO5OiMNjb4-U
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come to Airlie for a delicious breakfast made by our Executive Chef and his team. When you’ve finished dining, take the family upstairs to meet Santa Claus! The kids can tell him gifts they desire this Holiday Season and the families get a photograph keepsake to treasure.


Jolly Ol’ Confections (part of Merry Old Town, Manassas)

Sunday, December 19, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets: $10 online; $10 cash day of; $12 day of with card
visitmanassas.org/event/jolly-ol-confections-4/
The 5th annual Jolly Ol’ Confections brings Old Town Manassas to life with holiday treats for the whole family. Visit the multiple participating shops in Historic Downtown Manassas and enjoy unlimited samples of desserts created by local restaurants and amateur bakers, and then vote for your favorite. “This year, Jolly Ol’ Confections takes place in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday – this event used to get a bit lost when it was held on First Friday with the other festivities,” said Debbie Haight, executive director of Historic Manassas, Inc. “People can stretch their legs and get some treats! We are adding amateur bakers for the first time, so if you want to enter your mom’s favorite cake recipe, you can compete!” There will be cash prizes, with proceeds from ticket sales returned to the restaurants to defer costs. Dessert Taster passes with ballots may be purchased on the website or at the event.


Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 19
Orlean Volunteer Fire Department Company 11 Hall, Orlean
https://www.facebook.com/ovfrd


Celtic Christmas

Dec. 19, 3 p.m. 
Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, Delaplane
Celtic musicians and singers with Irish and Scottish seasonal songs.


Prince William Little Theatre presents A Christmas Carol (Touring Version)

December 10-12 and 17-19
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas
Tickets: Adult $24, Military/Senior $21, Child $17 (includes fees)
pwlt.org/christmascarol.html
The classic holiday story of the mean-spirited, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life in this cautionary tale about money and happiness.


Shakespeare Opera Theatre presents “Amahl & the Night Visitors”

Dec. 18, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
Grace The Plains Episcopal Church, The Plains
http://www.shakespeareoperatheatre.com



DECEMBER 20-31

Mini and Me Christmas Cookie Decorating

December 20
Christine’s Confections, 6403 Cedar Brook Lane, Warrenton
https://www.facebook.com/events/576865283606458/
Come decorate Christmas cookies with your littles, and sip on wine with the mommas! This event is best for ages 2-8. Each child will receive 6-8 cookies to decorate and a personalized apron to take home. Hot cocoa station and light snacks will be provided.


Drive-thru Christmas Story


Dec. 21-24, 5:30-7 p.m. 
Warrenton United Methodist Church, 341 Church St., Warrenton
Warrenton United Methodist Church is hosting their second annual Christmas drive-thru in the church parking lot. Last year over 650 people enjoyed the trip to Bethlehem from the comfort of their vehicles as they drove by 10 scenes that lead to the manger.
A combination of inflatables and wooden silhouettes portray Joseph, Mary, and Jesus, an angel, shepherds, animals, and the wise men, with a brightly lit star in the sky completing the picture. Upon arrival, you will receive a program to follow as you pause at each scene which explains the Christmas story as told in the book of Luke. Upon leaving Bethlehem, you will pass through lighted arches and enter into the North Pole and Santa’s wonderland.
At the end you are invited to park your car and follow the luminarias to the labyrinth where you can sit by the fire, enjoy a hot beverage and cookies, listen to music and watch a choreographed light show. Santa Claus himself might even be hanging around!
After the final journey on Christmas Eve, all are invited to attend a special Christmas Eve service in the labyrinth at 7:30. To learn more, call (540) 347-1367.


Roaring 20s NYE 2021 Bash with the Silver Tones Swing Band

December 31, 8 p.m.
Gloria’s, 92 Main Street, #104, Warrenton
facebook.com/events/767535757257061
This New Year’s Eve, step back in time with the powerful Silver Tones Swing Band, as they ring in 2022 in high fashion. Gloria’s quaint venue sets the stage for a sultry night of hot jazz in the speakeasy. Guests are invited to dress in elegant vintage 1920s attire. Entertainment will be provided by the Silver Tones 14-piece Gatsby band, The Silver Belles vocal trio, and the Dixie Tones. $50 admission includes light hors d’oeuvres and desserts. A speakeasy cash bar will provide libations.



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Warrenton resident Beth Luna has created content for a wide range of media outlets such as American Baby Magazine, New York Times Syndicate, Country Weekly Magazine, Piedmont Lifestyle Magazines, Parents, Boston Medical Center, Dalmatian Press (children’s books), Best Version Media (managing editor), Twang (managing editor), and an array of entertainment, arts, and retail client press releases, social media content, and websites. Beth is a long-time employee of TourDesign Creative/Live Nation, where she manages marketing asset projects for touring Broadway clients. She resides in Old Town with husband Mark, son Alex, daughter Annabelle, and mother Marilyn.

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