What’s Up? December 4 – 11

Friday, December 6
2019 Warrenton Christmas Parade
Old Town Warrenton | 6 – 7:30pm

Come join the Town of Warrenton for the magical Christmas Parade down Main Street. There are twinkling lights, fire trucks, pups in costume, trumpets and drums playing the sounds of the holiday, elves with candy, and fireworks!


Saturday, December 7
74th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade
Historic Downtown Manassas | 10am – 12pm

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a kickoff to the holiday season in the community for 73 years! It has become one of the largest holiday parades in Northern Virginia with over 100 units-marching bands, floats, high-flying balloons, and more! We have approximately 2,000 participants and over 300 volunteers. The parade has become a family tradition with multiple generations lined up to watch! The theme this year is a “Christmas Stories”!


Saturday, December 7
Christmas & Holiday Celebration
Haymarket Town Hall | 15000 Washington Street, Haymarket | 3 – 6pm

Join the Town of Haymarket for their annual Christmas and Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting! The event includes cookie decorating, craft and gift bazaar, holiday carols, s’mores by the bonfire, local food vendors, and of course a visit by Santa! This event is free and everyone is welcome!


Saturday, December 7
Holiday Market at Old Bust Head Brewing Company
7134 Farm Station Road, Warrenton | 12 – 8pm

Get your gift shopping done early this year at this German-style Holiday Market! Old Bust Head Brewing is bringing local artisan vendors to this indoor/outdoor market held at the brewery right in front of the production facility. While you shop, sip on craft beer and hot drinks, listen to festive tunes and sample some of the food on-site including bratwurst, sauerkraut, gourmet tater tots, French food with a Virginia accent, + baked goods and confections.


Saturday, December 7
Raptors in Winter at Wild Birds Unlimited
7998 Crescent Park Drive, Gainesville | 1 – 2:30pm

Nikki from Bird in The Hand Conservancy returns for another afternoon of educational fun. How do raptors survive the inhospitable Winters in the North East?Which species will be migrating through or staying to winter with us? Nikki will discuss the adaptations that allow these birds to survive through the frigid winter and our interaction with these wonderful birds of prey. Where are the best places to find the raptors of winter? Come join Bird in the Hand and their Magnificent Birds of Prey. Seating is limited.


Saturday, December 6
Smilin Jack Band
5615 Wellington Road, Gainesville | 9pm – 1am

This band is a collaboration of the best music talent around playing the best of the 80s and 90s through today’s music.


Saturday, December 7
Santa at the Caboose
Warrenton Branch Greenway | 5 – 7pm

Visit with Santa Claus in Warrenton’s vintage railroad caboose. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, carolers, music, and roasted marshmallows. Be sure to bring any letters to Santa as there will be a custom letters to Santa mailbox on site which serves as a great photo opportunity. Sponsored in part by Friends of the Warrenton Caboose.


Sunday, December 8
Gourmet Guys Give Back 2019
9535 Bristow Road, Bristow | 1 – 3:30 pm

Bring your appetite! Gourmet Guys Give Back is a family-friendly event where local amateur chefs—probably someone you know!–compete for “People’s Choice” and Judges’ Awards for their tastiest dishes. You’ll enjoy delicious food, raffle prizes, kids activities, music and more! Who doesn’t like the chance to let some guy cook great food for them?

Proceeds benefit the programs and activities of Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. These two community organizations nurture local leadership, support the business and non-profit community, provide scholarships for educational activities and so much more.

Christine Craddock
About Christine Craddock 99 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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