What’s Up? December 18 – 24

Thursday, December 19
SJGF’s 7th Annual Christmas Caroling Celebration
12601 Braemar Parkway, Bristow | 5 – 6:30pm

Caroling and gift-giving at Christmastime are traditions many families enjoy. But for The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation (SJGF), these traditions are elevated into one of the foundation’s signature celebrations. The yearly gathering, and other SJGF events throughout the year, gives our community a unique opportunity to show support to local families facing a medical crisis with their child.

This year SJGF has chosen a very special Gainesville family that is currently in the midst of a storm, and will SHOWER some major Christmas JOY onto them. Bring your family and friends to show this family how much their community cares.

Participants will tailgate with hot cocoa, practice a few songs, then walk as a group from Cedar Point Elementary to surprise the family.

Learn more about the foundation at www.facebook.com/sweetjuliagrace and www.sweetjuliagrace.org.


Friday, December 20
Drum & Strum Holiday Celebration at Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance
92 Main Street, Suite 104, Warrenton | 7 – 10pm

HoHoHo! Gloria’s is pleased to present the 29th Drum & Strum Music Holiday Celebration. Enjoy an evening of music, stories, and memories being made as Drum & Strum instructors, students, and special guests lead guests and listeners through an evening of song, celebration & maximum festivity. Refreshments, and light fare will be provided. All are welcome and the party starts at 7pm!


Friday, December 20
Are You Ready to Meet Santa at Gumdrop Square
2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton | 6 – 9pm

Santa will be greeting his special guests at GumDrop Square and HO HO HO boy is Experience Old Town Warrenton excited to invite you to visit GumDrop Square. Children will get to meet Santa, get a photo taken, and then the kids can go shop in Santa’s Workshop to check off their lists. Gifts can be purchased for $2 each.


Friday, December 20
Holiday Concert at CMC
4410 Costello Way, Haymarket | 7 – 9pm

CMC’s Annual Holiday Show features local artists Bobby Thompson and Maddi Mae playing a mix of holiday songs and original, local music! Joining them will be CMC’s own Kong & Maddie and Summer Pittman, direct from Nashville!


Saturday, December 21
Screaming Monkeys and Ugly Sweater Contest
5615 Wellington Road, Gainesville | 9:30pm – 1:30am

This high-energy rock band is a staple in our region. There will also be a ugly sweater contest with cash prizes.


Sunday, December 22
Brunch with Santa at Morais Vineyards
11409 Marsh Road, Bealeton | 9:30am – 3pm


Join Morais Vineyards for their annual Santa Brunch for a memorable day the whole family will enjoy! They are offering two brunches so you and your family won’t miss out on meeting Santa! A delicious brunch will be catered by the Chef’s Table Catering.

During brunch, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be around to take pictures with all his little and big elves! So bring your camera and take a complimentary picture with Mr. Claus himself!

Complimentary pictures with Santa provided by Heather Frable Photography!

*Children age 3 and under are free.


Sunday, December 22
Chanukah Community Celebration
7375 Atlas Walk Way, Gainesville | 5:30 – 8:30pm

The Chabad of Gainesville, Va invites you to Chanukah at Virginia Gateway. Meet on the Plaza at The Atlas Walk* for the grand menorah lighting with local dignitaries, music, kids crafts, hot latkes and Chanukah treats, and fun raffles.

*The event is located near Rockwood and across from Starbucks.


Sunday, December 22
Rock Your Onesie Party at Rockwood VA
7505 Iron Bar Lane, Gainesville | 9pm – 2am

Rockwood is taking Sunday Funday to the next level! Dress to impress with your favorite ONESIE and party the night away. There will be a live DJ, craft cocktails, and featured drinks. Tell your friends and make this a night to remember!

Christine Craddock
About Christine Craddock 116 Articles
Christine Craddock is a writer, editor, photographer, wife, and mother of two adorable children. She is a faithful contributing writer for Haymarket Lifestyle magazine and has resided in Haymarket since 2006.

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