It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmastime in Northern Virginia is full of dazzling displays and festive activities that are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. It’s time to bundle up, grab the kids, and explore all that Northern Virginia has to offer!
Northern Virginia Holiday Activities for the Whole Family
See the Lights
If you enjoy Christmas lights, then you must experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights. Drive through 2.5 miles of Christmas cheer! Take advantage of their discount by purchasing your tickets online. You can also check out Frying Pan Park’s Holiday Lights on the Farm for another light tour. See the luminous lights, farm animals, and beautiful barns, all from the warmth of your car.
Feeling active? Explore Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights. This self-guided walk has been illuminating the gardens for their 10th year and serves 80,000 visitors each year. LumiCity is another great option for an immersive light experience. It’s been called a “brand new, must-see experience to add to your usual holiday rotation.” Learn more here! You might also want to the Winter Walk of Lights at the Meadowlark Botanical Garden.
Attend a Tree Lighting
Most cities have a tree lighting ceremony. Fairfax’s Festival of Lights and Carols tomorrow night will include carols, s’mores, and music! Great Falls is having a celebration with a petting zoo and pony rides this Sunday. Leesburg’s show tonight will feature local artisans selling quality, handmade crafts. Be sure to explore your city’s traditions!
Watch a Show
From The Little Theatre of Alexandria to our very own Dominion drama program, there are Christmas plays going on everywhere. If not a play, try a concert or ballet and engage with meaningful art as a family.
Go to a Parade
Leesburg is having a Christmas parade! You can also enjoy Reston’s ice skating rink with Dominion families after early dismissal on December 17th!
Christmas is a season of giving and generosity! Spread holiday cheer by supporting your local nonprofits. From soup kitchens to homeless shelters, there are a plethora of ways to volunteer. If you’re attending our Christmas Concert, we’re doing a canned food drive!
There’s plenty to do this Christmas! What Northern Virginia activity are you going to try? Comment below!