Make Your 2023 Holiday Memorable! Let’s Go on these Weekend Events, Here in NOVA!

Make Your 2023 Holiday Memorable! Let’s Go on these Weekend Events, Here in NOVA!
Friends - the holidays are rapidly approaching and before we know it, 2024 will be here! While the past few years have brought challenges, I'm filled with hope and optimism for what's ahead. This season, I want to make memories to last a lifetime with those I love most. And what better way than experiencing all the joy, magic and good cheer that our communities in NOVA have to offer through these fun-filled weekend events! From Christmas tree lightings to chili cook-offs, ice skating to concerts in the park, there is truly something for everyone. Join me in fully embracing the festive spirit by attending one or more of these can't-miss activities happening all around us. Read on below for my top picks that are sure to create lasting impressions this holiday season and help ring in the new year surrounded by friends and family. Let the celebrations begin!
Holiday Market

December 22-24 · 10am EST
6500 Springfield Mall Town Center Springfield, VA 22150 United States
About the Event
This holiday season, make a difference by supporting small businesses in the DMV area. We invite you to join us at the Springfield Town Center and discover over 20 local businesses featuring the latest fashion trends, stunning jewelry, irresistible treats, health and beauty essentials, and much more. Shopping small not only supports these hard-working entrepreneurs, but it also helps boost the local economy and keeps the community thriving. Plus, you won't want to miss out on the fantastic savings, gifts, and prizes that await you. Come shop with us and experience the holiday market like never before!
Candytopia at Tysons Corner Center
December 22-24. Adult $30; Kids 4 and over $23; 3 and under FREE
Tysons Corner Center 1961 Chain Bridge Road Tysons, VA 22102
About the Event
Welcome to Candytopia, a truly magical place where your wildest dreams of experiencing a sugary paradise come to life. This candy wonderland offers an immersive experience that will transport you into a world of vibrant colors and flavors that will leave you in awe. With over a dozen environments showcasing colossal candyfloss constructions, you'll feel like you're walking through a real-life Candyland. It's not just a visual feast, either—every room is filled with free candy for you to enjoy as you discover flying unicorn pigs and dodge the friendly marshmallow tsunami. The fun doesn't end there, though. After your hour-long adventure through Candytopia, you're welcome to browse in our gift shop or relax in our candy lounge and enjoy the memories you’ve started to create. Make sure to bring your camera with you, because the fun doesn't stop when you leave Candytopia—your Instagram will be the envy of your friends and the memories will last a lifetime.
Holiday Party

Friday, December 22, 202, 5:00 PM
Fair Winds Brewing Co. 7000 Newington Road, Suite K and L, Lorton, VA 22079
About the Event
Get ready to mark your calendars, because December 22nd is officially Drink and be Merry o'clock! And this year, we like to do things UGLY. Whether you're showing up in your best holiday outfit or a wacky Christmas sweater, we want you to get festive with us and enjoy a night full of fun and laughter. Live music by Matty D will get everyone in the holiday spirit, and we'll be giving away prizes throughout the night. But the biggest surprise of them all is that Santa himself will be attending! So don't miss out on the chance to celebrate this merry occasion with us. HO, HO, pour me another, HO!
Pick Your Project Workshop
December 22, 2023 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Board and Brush Fairfax 11215 Lee Highway, Ste J Fairfax, VA 22030
About the Event
Are you searching for a way to bond with loved ones while also flexing your creative muscles? Look no further than our renowned DIY workshop, where you'll have the chance to design and craft a one-of-a-kind wood sign. Whether you're looking to spruce up your own home decor or create a heartfelt gift, we offer a wide range of project options to choose from. Our skilled instructors will guide you through each step of the process, from selecting the perfect wood and paint colors to honing your crafting technique. With all materials provided, all you have to do is bring your imagination and enthusiasm. Don't hesitate to register now and start making memories with your friends and family!
Day Time Ice Skating at Cameron Run

December 22-24
4001 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304 United States
About the Event
Welcome to Cameron Run! We are thrilled that you have chosen to join us for an amazing day of ice skating. To ensure your visit is smooth and effortless, please read the following tips, tricks, and useful information. Firstly, note that day time skating is available from December 18th until December 30th. Due to the pandemic, ice skating tickets must be purchased online as we must comply with capacity limits. Our daily admission tickets will be sold for four separate time slots, so plan ahead. Please remember that this ticket does not give you entry into the Winter Village. Our ice skating rink is open daily from 12 pm to 5 pm, and the times reflect your ON THE ICE TIME, so make sure to arrive before to get your skates and be ready to enter the ice at your ticket time. We can't wait to see you hit the ice this season!
Parent & Me Winter Wonderland Treats Class

Friday, December 22 · 1 - 3:30pm EST
10927 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
About the Event
Get ready to channel your inner baker at the Winter Wonderland Workshop with Chef Dawn Alston from Ravy Cakes, LLC! Join us for a joyful and festive afternoon of decorating cupcakes and gingerbread cookies with your little ones. The teams will learn useful decorating tips and tricks from the experienced chef, including how to pipe buttercream on cupcakes and embellish them, as well as how to decorate gingerbread cookies. To top it all off, we'll provide you with loads of s'mores to snack on! We invite you to bring your aprons along, as this class can get a little messy! All necessary items and tools for the workshop will be provided for use during the class and you will receive your little treats in a box to take home with you. This event is appropriate for ages 4+ with an adult, so get ready to make lasting memories with your loved ones! Don't forget, all students are eligible for a 5% discount on purchases at Fran's on the day of class. We can't wait to see you!
S'mores & Pours

Saturday, December 23 · 6 - 8pm EST
7223 Centreville Road #Suite 115 Manassas, VA 20111 United States
About the Event
Looking for a festive and indulgent way to unwind during the holiday season? Look no further than S'mores & Pours! On Sat Dec 23, 2023, join us at 7223 Centreville Road #Suite 115, Manassas, VA 20111 for an evening of s'mores and fun for the whole crew. With roasting stations and a wide variety of s'mores options - including gluten-free - you'll find something to satisfy every sweet tooth. And that's not all - your ticket also includes unlimited signature hot chocolate, games for prizes, and a kids corner with crafts and activities. Plus, pair your s'mores with a selection of craft beers and ciders available for purchase. But S'mores & Pours is more than just delicious treats - it's a chance to connect with fellow s'mores enthusiasts and enjoy a cozy atmosphere perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Don't miss out on this unforgettable event - mark your calendars now!
Cozy & Brews - The VIP Ugly Sweater Experience

Saturday, December 23 · 5 - 8pm EST
Eavesdrop Brewery, Centreville Road, Manassas, VA, USA
7223 Centreville Road #Suite 115 Manassas, VA 20111 United States
About the Event
Get ready to embrace the holiday spirit at Eavesdrop Brewery in Manassas, VA! Join us for a night of cozy fun, where you can show off your ugliest sweater and enjoy some delicious craft drafts. Not only will you be surrounded by sweater enthusiasts but there will also be various cozy activities to keep you entertained throughout the night. From a sweater contest, photo booth, good music, and more - that's not all! If you opt for the VIP experience, you'll get one complimentary drink ticket and a smores kit to enjoy by our outdoor fire pit. Plus, get $1 off additional beverages in the tap room if you're wearing an ugly sweater! You can also test your holiday knowledge with the Twas the Night Before Christmas Trivia game or enjoy playing other games as well. So, grab your friends and join us for an unforgettable night filled with laughter, festive cheer, and, of course, a brewsy good time. Don't forget to come hungry, as you can also purchase food from the onsite food trucks. We can't wait to see you there!
Bridgerton Christmas Ball

Saturday, December 23 · 7 - 11:30pm EST
Hilton Springfield, Loisdale Road, Springfield, VA, USA
6550 Loisdale Road Springfield, VA 22150 United States
About the Event
Travel back in time to the Regency era with our Bridgerton Christmas Ball! Join us at the enchanting Hilton Springfield on Loisdale Road in Springfield, VA on December 23rd at 7 p.m. for an evening of elegance, romance, and enchantment. Our goal is to take you on a journey into the grandeur of the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton. From the opulent decorations to exquisite costumes, we have everything you need to feel like a character in the show. With captivating music, decadent wines, beer, and delicious food, this in-person event will be an unforgettable experience. So why not indulge in a night of regal festivities that will leave you feeling like a true member of high society? Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime!
La Prensa: Pa La Cocina! Cooking Class! Tortillas & Salsas
Saturday, December 23 · 2 - 4pm EST
21305 Windmill Parc Drive #Unit 140 Sterling, VA 20166 United States
About the Event
Are you ready to become a master in the kitchen? Join Chef de Cuisine Tomas Lobato for a 2 hour cooking class where you'll learn the secrets to crafting the best tortillas, salsas, and marinated proteins. With hands-on instruction, you'll discover how to use a Prensa to create perfectly textured tortillas and whip up not just one, but two salsas from scratch. And don't worry about going hungry - you'll have the opportunity to enjoy two tacos and a refreshing cocktail at the end of the class. Just make sure to wear your appropriate kitchen attire, including tying back your hair and wearing closed-toe shoes. So come on, let's get cookin' together!
SALUD! Cocktail Making Class
Saturday, December 23 · 3 - 5pm EST
La Prensa Tacos & Tapas
21305 Windmill Parc Drive #Unit 140 Sterling, VA 20166 United States
About the Event
Looking to impress your friends with your margarita-making skills? Look no further than our Margarita Mixology Class, taught by the one and only Master Mixologist Samet Yuksekgonul! Join us for a fun and informative 2-hour session that begins with a tequila and mezcal tasting. You'll learn how to differentiate between different types of tequila, from blanco to cristalino, as well as the complexities of mezcal. Once you've worked up an appetite, indulge in your choice of two delicious tacos before diving into the exciting and creative process of crafting your own margaritas. Master three different types and enjoy the fruits of your labor to cap off an unforgettable evening. Sign up now to secure your spot!
Merry mayhem
Saturday, December 23 · 6 - 10pm EST
Katora Coffee, Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, USA
615 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 United States
About the Event
If you're looking for a way to let out all your pent up frustration and angst this holiday season, then come join us at the MERRY MAYHEM punk and rap spectacle. It's more than just a concert, it's an experience. Leave your troubles at the door and immerse yourself in the chaos of the mosh pit with like-minded individuals. Whether you come with loved ones or come alone, you'll be embraced in a sense of community and shared experience that transcends individuality. The spectacle is a ritual, a release, a celebration of life in all its messy, beautiful glory. Don't spend your holidays alone, come be a part of something bigger than yourself.
Adult Intermediate Mexican Folklore Dance Class
Saturday, December 23 · 12pm EST
Arlington Cultural Affairs
3700 S Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206 United States
About the Event
Are you ready to learn the beautiful art of Mexican Folklore dance? Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble offers intermediate classes for adults with some previous experience in any style of dance. These classes are geared towards learning the intricate technical footwork and rhythmic patterns of various dances from different regions and styles of Mexico, in order to perform as part of a performing company. The class includes challenging exercises and routines that progress in difficulty, so previous experience is necessary. This is an incredible opportunity to expand your dance skills and immerse yourself in Mexican culture. Join us and be part of this vibrant and dynamic dance community!
2023 Lantern Tours
December 22-24 15:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia 1290 Richmond Road Staunton, VA 24401
About the Event
It's that time of year again! The 2023 Lantern Tours are a special ticketed event that you won't want to miss. Taking place from December 15th - 17th, and December 20th - 23rd, this year's tours offer a time-traveling experience to festive occasions from various corners of the world. From England in 1661, to Germany in 1765, to the Shenandoah Valley in 1820, visitors will journey through different eras and witness unique Christmas traditions. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to purchase yours as soon as possible. Please note that this is a special ticketed event, and Annual Passes do not apply. Prices are reasonable and family-friendly, starting at $19 for ages 6 and up, and under 2's go free. Don't wait, secure your spot today and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Holiday Fifing
December 23· 10am - 5pm EST
George Washington's Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22121
About the Event
Come celebrate the holidays with us as our resident fifer leads us through a captivating demonstration and discussion of classic 18th-century holiday music. You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn about the music that was popular during the holiday season back then, and what made it such an integral part of the festivities. From enchanting carols to joyful tunes that would get everyone up and dancing, our fifer will guide you through a musical journey that you'll never forget. So why wait? Come join us for an afternoon of good cheer and delightful music! Remember, admission to this amazing experience is already included, so don't miss out!
December 23 @ 10:00 am-10:30 am/ December 23@ 2:30 pm- 3:00 pm
December 24 @ 10:00 am-10:30 am
National Museum of the United States Army 1775 Liberty Drive Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
About the Event
Calling all young soldiers and their families! Join us for Tiny Troops Story Time, a fun-filled and bouncy adventure that is perfect for children aged 3 to 6 years old. This weekly program encourages children to explore their imaginations and learn about Army life and innovations through rhymes, books, and activities. And the best part? After the story time, your little ones can make new friends and play in Fort Discover. Don't worry if your child is outside the recommended age group - all ages are welcome to participate in this 30-minute program. Plus, admission is free and included with your general ticket. No need to preregister – simply join us each week for a morning of fun and learning!
FRESHFARM Year-Round Oakton Farmers Market
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Oakton Year-Round Farmers Market by FreshFarm 2951 Chain Bridge Rd Oakton, VA 22124
About the Event
The Unity of Fairfax Church in Oakton, VA has been home to a special farmers market for over a decade now. Boasting an intimate and community-driven atmosphere, this year-round market has become a favorite among shoppers who seek high-quality produce, fruits, honey, breads, meats, eggs, and dairy. The vendors know the importance of providing only the best for their loyal clientele. Plus, FRESHFARM Markets strive to make fresh and nutritious foods more accessible to everyone by accepting SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior FMNP checks. Thanks to their program, FRESHMATCH, low-income shoppers can shop with ease and get even more fresh produce at an affordable rate. So come on out to the Unity of Fairfax Church and enjoy the spirit of this market, where you're not just another shopper, but a valued part of the community.
The DAY Before Christmas
December 24 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Shipgarten 7581 Colshire Dr Tysons, VA 22102
About the Event
Shipgarten is the ideal place for families to spend some quality time together this holiday season. On December 24th, we are hosting The DAY Before Christmas Kids & Family Festival from 12 PM - 6 PM, and all ages are welcome to come and join the fun! We have countless activities, including Santa's workshop, s'mores by the fire pits, football games, outdoor games, and more. Additionally, parents can kick back and relax while their kids are occupied by our moon bounces, playground sets, and the kids' corner featuring face painting and crafts. Our 100% dog-friendly policy means even your furry friends can enjoy the day out with you, so don't hesitate to bring them along! We have plenty of treats and a dog park available for them to play in. Join us at Shipgarten for a joyous Sunday and to try some delicious food from our restaurant that opens at 11 AM and closes at 2 AM.
Tea with Santa
December 24, 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elden Street Tea Shop 714 Pine Street Herndon, VA 20170
About the Event
Hear ye, hear ye! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with our "Tea with Santa" Tea Party! Join us on December 17th or December 24th at 12:30 PM for a magical afternoon filled with laughter, music, and holiday cheer. Set against the backdrop of our enchanting event venue, our tea party promises to indulge your senses and warm your hearts. The main event, of course, is the chance to meet Santa himself. Take advantage of Santa's letter corner and bring your wish lists to personally deliver them. Kids of all ages can also craft their own heartfelt letters to Santa at our cozy letter station, stocked with colorful stationery and festive decorations. And what's a tea party without treats? Savor an assortment of tea, hot cocoa, and delicious treats tailored for the occasion. Live music and entertainment will add to the festive atmosphere, and every child will leave with a small holiday surprise. Hurry and reserve your spot today - seating is limited. Join us for a heartwarming holiday experience you'll never forget!
Holiday Bricktacular
Dec 22-24, 2023
LEGO Discovery Center Washington, DC 6563 Springfield Mall Suite 12004, Suite 12004 Springfield, 22150
About the Event
Get ready to say "ho ho whoa" when you step into the LEGO® Discovery Center in Washington, D.C.! Our little elves have been hard at work creating a holiday wonderland for you to enjoy. Don't miss out on the fun! Build your very own LEGO® ornament to hang on our tree, write a letter to our Master Model Builder with your ideas for the attraction in 2024, or get creative with the ugly sweater by adding your own LEGO® design. Make sure to keep an eye out for our sneaky LEGO® elf hiding somewhere in the attraction, and claim your prize when you find them. Want to show off your holiday cheer? Snap a picture in our photo section with holiday-themed LEGO® builds. And don't forget to attend our HOLIDAY-themed Workshop Class with our Master Model Builder to get in the festive spirit! We can't wait to see you here at the LEGO® Discovery Center.
Sully Historic Site Tours
December 22-24
Sully Historic Site 3650 Historic Sully Way Chantilly, VA 20151
About the Event
Explore the rich history of Northern Virginia at the Sully Historic Site. For just $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children, seniors, and students, you can enjoy a 45-minute tour of the 1794 dwelling, built for Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first Congressman. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you'll learn about Lee's political career, family, and the enslaved community that supported Sully. As an accredited museum recognized by the American Alliance of Museums, Sully is also part of the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And that's not all - you can also reserve a Forgotten Road Tour of the outbuildings and representative slave quarter cabin online or at the Visitor Center, except during special events. Tickets for both tours are released monthly on the 15th and can be purchased conveniently online or at the Visitor Center. Don't miss the chance to experience this fascinating piece of history firsthand!
Saturday Shop Ride with Bike Lane Brewing
December 22-24, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Bike Lane Brewing & Cafe 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 110 Reston, VA 20190
About the Event
Join us for a picturesque ride along the rolling roads of Reston! Our TBL Reston Shop Road Ride 30 miler is a no-drop ride that averages a comfortable 15-17 mph for around 30 miles. We'll travel through charming neighborhoods and on main roads, taking in the beauty of the area's stunning vistas. While the majority of the ride is on the road, our journey includes a few hills to climb, providing a moderate challenge without being too difficult. To ensure a prompt start, please arrive a few minutes before the ride at 9:30 am. Road bikes and helmets are required for safety, while headphones are prohibited. If the roads are wet or icy, the ride is cancelled. We encourage you to download the route beforehand, available here: If you have any other inquiries, please email [email protected] for more information. See you on the road!
Falls Church Farmers Market
December 22-24
Falls Church Farmers Market 300 Park Avenue Falls Church, VA 22043
About the Event
If you're looking for delicious, local produce just outside of the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., look no further than the Falls Church City Farmers Market! Just a quick ride on the Metro from the East or West Falls Church stations, the market boasts a wide array of vendors, offering everything from fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies to locally sourced meats and cheeses. But what really sets this market apart is the monthly Chef Series, where talented chefs from around the area come to whip up delicious recipes using market ingredients. And the best part? Shopping at the Falls Church Farmers Market not only supports local farmers, it also helps protect the environment by reducing packaging and transportation demands. So come out and enjoy a taste of the local bounty at the Falls Church City Farmers Market!

To make your 2023 holiday truly special, take the time to explore the great events within NOVA! Discover what our area has to offer and make wonderful memories with your friends and family. Take advantage of the discounted rates you can find online, as well as the grand prizes and cool giveaways each event has in store. There’s so much fun to be had for everyone who bravely venture out. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go on an adventure this holiday season! Join us at one or all of these amazing weekend events, here in NOVA; it will be a memory that lasts a lifetime!

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