Friday, December 14
Hand Made for the Holidays, Gumdrop Square, and Santa’s Secret Shop
Old Town Warrenton | 6-9 p.m.
On Fridays this December, Main Street will be closed to traffic and turned into a Christmas Market with handcrafted artisans’ wares, food vendors, and a beer garden to complement Gum Drop Square. Experience the splendor and tradition of Christmas in Old Town Warrenton with the award-winning Gum Drop Square and Santa’s Secret Workshop. Santa will be on hand for photos and hearing your wish list. (Take your own photo with Santa, or have a photo taken for a cash donation). Children can shop for family gifts with happy elves at the workshop! https://www.facebook.com/events/361308237770541/
Weekends through December 24
Cabela’s Winter Wonderland
Cabela’s, 5291 Wellington Branch Dr., Gainesville
“The most wonderful time of the year” is almost here! Visit Cabela’s magical winter wonderland setting for a true feel-good holiday experience. Get there early to sign up for a “Bass Pass” to reserve your time to talk to Santa, and explore Santa’s Wonderland or shop the store while waiting in a virtual line. Included is a free 4×6 studio-quality photo in store. Photo packages and Christmas cards are also available for instant purchase — no waiting for delivery! Throughout the day elves will help kids with free holiday crafts, games, and activities too! The kids can write a letter to Santa, and play in the new gaming station, the dirt table, and the Lincoln Logs building area. Check website for schedule.
Saturday, December 15
Old Town Cookie Crawl
Old Town Warrenton | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Christmas cookies abound in Old Town Warrenton on this Saturday! Join VonCanon General Store, Yarnia of Old Town, Kelly Ann’s Quilting, Walk by Faith, Sherrie’s Stuff, DejaVu, Carter & Spence, Bike Shop, Framecraft, Latitudes Fair Trade, Earth Glaze & Fire, Haute Cakes Pastry Shop, Great Harvest Bread Co, Vallie’s Vintage Jewelry, Main Street Wellness, Gateau Bakery & Tea Room, Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, Law Office of Marie Washington, and Past Reflections for the First Annual Cookie Crawl. Snack your way through Old Town, and vote for your favorite at VonCanon General Store. Everyone who votes is eligible for the raffle prize that will be drawn at VonCanon at 2pm.
Saturday, December 15
Silver Lake Park Winter in the Woods
Silver Lake Regional Park, 16198 Silver Lake Road, Haymarket | 5:30-8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of family fun in the beautiful winter setting of Silver Lake Park. The evening includes a guided lanterned hike, holiday ornament craft, special guest (from the North Pole), hot chocolate and a snack, and a bonfire. Pre-registration preferred, not required. Cash only the night of the event (exact change preferred). $5 per person. 703-792-5180 | https://www.visitpwc.com/event/silver-lake-park-winter-in-the-woods/837/
Saturday, December 15
Comedy Show with DC Improv
Club Eclipse, 5615 Wellington Road, Gainesville | 8 p.m.
DC Improv and Club Eclipse are partnering to bring back Comedy Night! Meet some of the region’s best comedic talent when they take the stage and bring “A list” talent to Gainesville. Comedians Reese Water, Rojo Perez,
Rahmein Mostafavi, Nathan Luft, and LeClerc Andre will take center stage for a night of laughter. No one does a night out on the town like these guys! Stick around after the show for DJ and dancing.
Through December 23
Manassas Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
As the holiday season approaches, so does the rich pageantry of Manassas Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! MBT’s Nutcracker is a classic, family version that is annually the best attended performing arts production in Northern Virginia. Anchored by the dancers of MBT, Northern Virginia’s largest professional ballet company, the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince comes alive with the help of an ensemble cast and the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Known for its exquisite costumes, choreography and scenery, MBT’s production of The Nutcracker has become Northern Virginia’s go-to family holiday tradition. This season there are twelve performances to choose from at the beautiful and accessible Hylton Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $25-$75 and can be purchased online, via phone, or at the Hylton Center Ticket Office. 703-993-7759 (processing fees apply for online and telephone orders). Dates and times: Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18-20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22, 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 23, 3:00 p.m. https://manassasballet.org/season/the-nutcracker/
December 14 and 21
Parents’ Night Out
Warrenton First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton | 6-9 p.m.
After taking the kids to Gumdrop Square, plan a little time for yourself to enjoy the holiday magic in Old Town Warrenton on Fridays in December. The First Baptist Church across from the Library on Alexandria Pike is hosting Parents’ Night Out on December 14 and 21 from 6-9 p.m. Leave your children (kindergarten through 5th grade) with experienced child care providers and youth leaders to enjoy activities, movies, crafts, games and snacks while you enjoy some shopping or dinner in Old Town. $20 for the first child, $5 per additional sibling. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday each week. Information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-219-6954.
Monday, December 17
Fauquier Community Band Christmas Concert
Fauquier High School | 7 p.m.
Come hear all your Christmas and holiday favorites at Fauquier Community Band’s Christmas Concert! Led by Conductor Paul Hicks and Assistant Conductor Katrina Bryant, this concert is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! The concert is free and open to the public, and there will be a prize raffle held to benefit the band. The Fauquier Community Band, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides a friendly and supportive environment in which band members (including musicians who play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments) of varying skill levels can learn and enhance their musicianship, while offering delightful performances for the community. The band seeks to foster the musical talent and education of its members, provide quality musical entertainment to the community, and promote the value of musical education to the students and adults of the community. The band has a wonderful blend of youth and experience and is an outstanding example of the benefits of a music education. www.fauquiercommunityband.com.