Christmas/Holiday 2017


I am putting this up under duress.  I am not a Grinch- I just don’t like that Christmas keeps creeping earlier and earlier.  We have to go to audio books by the second week of December because I’m already tired of “Christmas Shoes” and “Santa Baby.”

Okay, fine, maybe I’m a Grinch.

But, hopefully some of these fun, festive events will help melt your Grinchy heart (if you’re like me) or will keep you steeped happily in tinsel all season long (if you’re one of those people).

NOTE: I STILL DON’T CONTROL THE WEATHER so dress appropriately for outdoor events, don’t drive if it’s not safe, and make sure that outdoor events (and indoor, for that matter) aren’t cancelled in case of inclement weather.


Bull Run Festival of Lights (November 22 to January 7)  This popular drive-through light display also has a carnival on select days.  Admission is per car- Monday-Thursday $15 car/$20 van; Friday-Sunday and holidays: add $5 to each price.  Extras include carnival fees (on days it is open), camel rides, and hot chocolate.

Christmas Tree Lightings:

Virginia Gateway Fireworks Spectacular (November 18) Virginia Gateway’s popular Holiday Kickoff features Santa and Mrs. Claus, horsedrawn carriage rides (extra fee), and lots of entertainment and fun. Fireworks are at 7pm, the event begins at 4:30.  Admission is free, but some events/food are additional cost.

Stonebridge Tree Lighting (November 24) Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center will hold their tree lighting at 6pm and will feature musical performances.  Carriage rides are available for a canned food donation to ACTS.

Manassas Park Community Center Tree Lighting (December 2) 6pm-8pm There will be light refreshments, activities, and entertainment. To conclude the event, the MPCC tree will be lit!

Coles District Tree Lighting (December 2) Join Supervisor Nohe and Santa for a tree lighting at the historic Lucasville School.  Free pictures with Santa, music from local students, and more. 4:30-7:30pm

Santa Lights Manassas (December 4) The Manassas Museum will host Santa’s arrival in Old Town on the VRE with a live concert, ice skating, games, and more.  The event runs from 5:30-8pm with the tree lighting at 6:30pm.  Free wagon rides will be available and admission is free, but some events and food may be an additional fee.

Town of Dumfries (December 9) The Town of Dumfries will light their tree following their annual parade. The parade begins at 12 noon.

Holiday Festivities:

Kids Club @Michaels (November 18) 10am-12pm, kids can make a felt Christmas Tree banner for $2, supplies included.

November Imagination Pop Up (November 25) From 11am-1pm, take a break from holiday shopping and join us for our November Pop-up! To kick off the holiday season, we will offer our usual tinkering materials (legos, magnatiles, etc.) with an option to create an ornament ($5) to take home. Tickets are $10 per child, $7 each addtional child in a family. Children 12mos and under and parents are free. (Jirani Coffeehouse)

Dough Ornament Workshop (November 30) Manassas Park Community Center will host a dough ornament workshop from 7-8:30pm. PREREGISTER HERE to ensure you have a space.  At the door admission is not guaranteed. $3 includes 2 ornaments.

Jolly Ol’ Confections (December 1) Jolly Ol’ Confections is a Tasting Event of Santa’s Sweet Treats! Visit the multiple shops in Historic Downtown Manassas and enjoy unlimited samples of desserts created by our local restaurants. After tasting all of the desserts, be sure to vote for your favorite! Dessert Taster Passes may be purchased at any participating merchant for $10 cash. You will receive a taster pass and voting ballot.

PwcMoms’ Holiday Happy Hour (December 4) Join PwcMoms, bring a friend or meet some new ones, at Bar Louie in Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center! Details and event info are on the link!

Gingerbread House Decorating (December 7) Manassas Park Community Center invites you invited to join them for their annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party! We will have fun building with lots of sweet treats. $5 Per house kit.Pre-registration is required at least 3 days in advance. Admission cannot be guaranteed at the door.

Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade (December 9) from 11am-3pm, enjoy a galactic themed Christmas Parade with afternoon of family fun at Tackett’s Mill following the Parade. Free.

Manassas Park Light Parade (December 9) Join the Manassas Park Community Center at General’s Ridge Golf Course starting at 5:45pm for a free Light Parade of decorated cars leading you all the way to the Manassas Park Community Center. Participating cars pay $10/vehicle, but viewing is free.

Winter Fest Occoquan (December 9) The Town of Occoquan is participating in Occoquan River Communities’ WinterFest on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Occoquan will be hosting activities on the streets of the Historic District from 4pm to 7pm that include: fire pit/marshmallow roast, carolers, Santa visit, children’s craft, and more.  The event will run from 4pm-7pm, and Prince William Marina will have fireworks view-able from the town between 7 and 9pm.


SANTA TRAIN TICKETS GO ON SALE NOVEMBER 20th. Actual event is December 9.  No, I don’t have Santa Train tickets.  No, I don’t know how you can get them if you forgot.  Yes, they go very quickly.  I am sorry.

Pet Photos with Santa (December 10) 10am-4pm.  Reserve your pet’s spot online. Proceeds support the K-9 Gunner Memorial Pet Park.

Breakfast with Santa at Manassas VFD (December 16) 8am-12:30pm, $7 online or $8 at the door adults, $4/$5 kids 4-11, take your own picture or have one printed for $2.  All you care to eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, and sausage gravy with biscuits.  (When you visit the website, scroll ALL the way down on their front page to order)

Breakfast with Santa at MPCC (December 16) $5 includes pancakes, phtotos, crafts, and more.  7am-12pm.  Register online.

Kid-Friendly/Family Friendly Christmas Services



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