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CYT Fredericksburg: A Christmas Carol, the Musical.  Nov 22-24 & Nov 29-Dec 1. A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well-known story. Where: Spotsy Hight School. Cost: $15. 

Onstage with Santa. Nov 30. 9 am – 12 pm. Get your picture taken with a former White House Santa on the decorated Riverside Center for the Performing Arts stage. Bring your phones because a Riverside Center employee will be stationed to take the picture from your personal phone. Also, hot chocolate bar, turkey and ham giveaway, and show only ticket giveaways to our upcoming productions. Free! Where: Riverside Theater

Tree Lighting @ Stonebridge. Nov 29. 6 - 8 pm. Join us for our annual tree lighting! Carriage Rides with donation of canned goods! Face Painting, Ice Carving, Elves, New Dominion Choraliers and more! Where: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. Free!

Mt. Vernon by Candlelight. Nov 29, 30 & Dec 6, 7, 13, 14, & 22. 5 - 8 pm. Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! Enjoy cookies, warm cider and visit with Aladdin the Christmas camel! Cost: $26/Adults; $18/Youth and free/under 5. 

Santa Lands @ Hanks Christmas Tree Farm. Nov 30. 10 am – 4 pm. Come out and visit Santa at Hanks Christmas Tree Farm at Hartland Farm! Where: Hartland Farm & Orchard, Front Royal

Tuba Christmas Performance. Dec 1. 3 pm. It’s a Musical Holiday at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Get into the spirit with this special performance.

Holiday Magic & Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec 1. 4 pm. There will be a photo booth to capture memories with your friends and family. Meet Santa, sing Christmas carols, and join us for the tree lighting ceremony at dusk. Free! Where: King George County Courthouse.

Mary Washington House Candlelight Tour & Open House. Dec 1. 4:30 - 7 pm. Tour Mary Washington's home by candlelight and enjoy the holiday decorations. Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread. Free! Where: 1200 Charles St, F'burg, 22401. 

Elf Movie Party. Dec 1, 4, 9, 10, 14, & 16. Come out to Alamo Drafthouse in Woodbridge and spread the cheer at this sugar-fueled, interactive holiday spectacular, packed with games, props, and, of course, singing loud for all to hear. Our ELF Movie Party features all sorts of fun props and a “real” snowball fight in the theater! We'll have cotton balls for everyone, bubbles for a few key scenes, and a special scratch n' sniff card so you can even Smell-Along with Buddy and his family.

Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical. Dec 2. 6 – 8 pm. Live on stage for the first time ever in this all-new musical and premiere stage production! When the top Scout Elf of his graduating class is sent to a disconnected, multi-generational family struggling to rediscover Christmas spirit, he’s got to find a way off the shelf and into their hearts. Where: Dominion Energy Center for Performing Arts, Richmond

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Dec 3. 4 pm. Brighten up the holidays at the National Museum of the Marine Corps with the lighting of the 30 ft. Christmas tree. This event pays special homage to those brave men who were shaping up the “decisive actions” of WWII in the Pacific 75 years ago. Free!

Dahlgren Annual Winter Festival. Dec 5. 6 – 8 pm. This annual festival features pictures with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate, games and crafts, music, lights and much more! FREE and open to all with base access. Where: Dahlgren Parade Field

GardenFest for Fidos. Dec 6 & Jan 2. 5 – 10 pm. On these special nights only, dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at Dominion Energy Garden Fest of Lights! Cost: $13/Adults; $11/Seniors (age 55+); $8/Children (ages 3 – 12); Free for children under age 3! $2 suggested “pet admission” benefiting the Richmond SPCA. Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond. 

Santa Visits the dRC. Dec 6, 8 & 15. Santa is taking time away from his toy-making schedule to visit with children with disabilities who find the sounds and crowds of the mall too overwhelming. Siblings and parents are welcome too! Reservations required. Call 540-373-2559 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Where: dRC, 409 Progress St, F'burg

Rising Sun Tavern Holiday Open House. Dec 6. 5:30 - 8 pm. Come out and taste seasonal treats and beverages, see live vignettes of Tavern life, and enjoy the period of tunes of Colonial Faire in the Taproom while touring this historic property decorated and glowing for the holidays. Free! Where: 1304 Caroline St, F'burg. 

Lunch with Santa. Dec 6 & 7. 10:30 am - 12 pm. Join us for lunch, holiday games, songs, crafts and a story. Visit with Santa! Children will get a book to take home! Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost: $15/Kids and $4Adults. Where: Rowser Bldg, Stafford. 

December First Friday: Merry Trees Opening. Dec 6. 5 – 8 pm. Celebrate the holiday season by coming to see FAM’s fourth annual “Merry Trees” exhibit. FAM’s gallery spaces will be filled with trees decorated by the Hugh Mercer Elementary School students. Each tree is inspired by a book the students have read in the classroom. Free! 

A Monroe Christmas, Holiday Open House. Dec 6. 6 - 8 pm. Celebrate the holidays at our annual Open House featuring President James Monroe, seasonal music played on the harp, Elizabeth Monroe at the Monroe family’s Astor pianoforte, and a reception with hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. While you’re here be sure to check out the Museum Store holiday specials! Free and open to the public. Where: James Monroe Museum

Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show. Dec 6 - 8. Expect to see a wide variety of new and never seen products from vendors that hand craft their own jewelry, children’s accessories, sports and pet items, baked goods, Holiday decor, and so much more! Where: F'burg Expo Center. Cost: Adults: $8 | Seniors: $7 | Children 12 & Under: Free! 

Warrenton Christmas Parade. Dec 6. 6 – 7:30 pm. The beloved nighttime Christmas Parade in the Town of Warrenton brings hundreds of participants, numerous illuminated floats, bands and spectators together to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Claus and illuminate the towns Christmas tree.

Grandparents Holiday Dance. Dec 6. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Ages 4- 12: Take your grandma or grandpa on a special date! Professional photographer on site. Dress how you want! Be ready for a fun evening out together. Pre-reg is required. Cost: $6/person. If space at door, $8/door. Where: Dorothy Hart Community Ctr. 

Breakfast with Santa. Dec 7. 9 - 11 am. Join us for Breakfast with Santa before the Spotsylvania Christmas Parade. Drop in! Cost: $5 per person and Kids under 5 are free. Where: Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, 7200 Courthouse Commons Blvd, Spotsy

36th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade. Dec 7. 10 am – 12 pm. Featuring award-winning marching bands, dance troupes, giant helium balloons, floats, and Legendary Santa himself! Where: Starts at the Science Museum of VA. 

Santa's Wonderland, Winter Fest Parade, & Lighted Boat Parade. Dec 7. Decorated floats, golf carts, horses, dancers, marching units, decorated trucks, classic cars, motorcycles, and Santa in his sleigh will make this a holiday to remember! There will be music, costumes, and lots of fun. After the parade, enjoy taking pictures with Santa for just $5, free crafts, letters to Santa, North Pole mini golf, vendors for your gift shopping, a bike raffle, and the entire Town Hill (at Colonial and Washington Avenues) covered with fanciful decorations. At 5 pm, take a short walk to the beach to see the Annual Lighted Boat Parade! Where: Colonial Beach

Mistletoe Market. Dec 7. 9 am - 1 pm. Order your holiday goodies, select locally made gifts for your friends, and pick up beautiful holiday home decor. Where: Hurkamp Park

Brunch with Santa @ Belle Grove. Dec 7. 11 am – 1 pm. Santa Claus has taken time out of his busy schedule to make a special stop at Belle Grove Plantation this December! Visit our beautifully decorated mansion! Brunch is at 11am with Santa arriving at 12pm. He will be available for visits and photos until 1pm. Where: Belle Grove Plantation, King George. Buy tickets in advance:

Christmas Open House @ Montpelier. Dec 7. 9 am - 5 pm. Tour the Madisons' home decorated according to 19th-century customs, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities, and delicious food. Where: James Madison's Montpelier. Cost: FREE! 

Holiday Concert - Quantico Marine Corps Band Brass Quintet. Dec 7. 12 pm. Holiday music concert performed by Quantico Marine Corps Band Brass Quintet. It's also a great opportunity to see the Museum all decked out for the holidays! Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps. Free!

Pizza Dinner with Santa. Dec 7. 4 – 9 pm. Come celebrate with a slice of pizza & Santa! Where: Jen’s Pizza Den, 175 Cambridge St, F’burg.

Lake Anna Boat Parade & Ugly Sweater Party. Dec 7. 5 pm. Our first Lake Anna Boat Parade, starting at Lake Anna Tap House, and ending at Tim's for the awards ceremony, where we continue the fun with our Ugly Sweater Party and DJ Jeff!

Santa is Coming to Braehead Farm. Dec 7, 8, 14, & 15. Visit with Santa in the barn, make snowman soup, play in the family playgrounds, hot cocoa and roast snowman marshmallows. Cost: $9/person. Under 2 is Free!

49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade. Dec 7. 11 am. Enjoy marching units filled with the magnificent tartans of Scottish Clans, Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers, reenactment groups, Scottie dogs, dignitaries, classic cars, Santa Claus, and much more. The parade begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets (Old Town Alexandria) and concludes at Market Square with a massed band concert.

Spotsy's Annual Christmas Parade. Dec 7. 1 pm. Join us for the 42nd Annual Spotsylvania Christmas Parade presenting Twas the Night Before Christmas! Where: Spotsylvania Courthouse Area. 

Skate with Santa. Dec 7. 12 – 2 pm. Get on the ice with Santa! Don't forget to bring your wish list! Cost: Admission is $8 and skate rental is $2! Where: Prince William Ice Center

Cooking with Kids: Gingerbread Dream House. Dec 7 & 8. 12:30 or 3 pm. Busy little artists will refresh themselves with hot cocoa and donut holes while they add fun n’ fancy decorations to pre-made Gingerbread Houses. Where: Wegmans Fredericksburg. Cost: $15

Fredericksburg's Annual Christmas Parade. Dec 7. 5:30 pm. Join us for this annual tradition as the community comes together to spread the holiday cheer! Downtown F'burg, along Caroline & Princess Anne Streets. 

Breakfast with Santa @ Malawi’s Pizza. Dec 7. 10 am. Get ready for the best breakfast ever-BREAKFAST PIZZA! Cost: $10/person and includes a personal sized specialty breakfast pizzetta, a refillable fountain beverage, meet and greet with Santa with opportunity for photos, themed coloring sheets and activities.

Rappahannock Choral Society Christmas Concert. Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm & Dec 8 @ 3 pm. Enjoy a variety of seasonal music that will include beloved favorites, beautiful classical pieces, at least one humorous piece guaranteed to bring a smile and a laugh, and a few numbers that may be new to you. FREE! Where: Chancellor High School. 

Brunch with Santa. Dec 8. 10 am – 2 pm. Bring the whole family to Brunch with Santa and meet and take pictures with jolly Old St. Nick at 6 Bears & A Goat.

Night Before Christmas Hayride. Dec 8, 12 – 15, 19 - 22. Times vary. Bring a warm blanket, your singing voice and sense of humor. We will sing holiday songs, while taking a wagon ride through the winter woods. After the ride we will return to the visitor center for hot chocolate and a reading of the classic holiday story, T'was the Night Before Christmas. Reservations are required. Cost: $3 per person or $8 for the whole family. Call 540-663-3861. Where: Caledon State Park, King George

The Nutcracker. Dec 7 & 8. Enjoy the magic of "The Nutcracker" from the area's longest running Ballet Company. The Fredericksburg Ballet Centre's annual Nutcracker performance will be held at James Monroe High School. Cost: $17/Adv or $20/door: 

Victorian Christmas @ Maymont. Dec 8. 11 am - 4:30 pm. Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree, see the gifts and games of 1893 and stop by the Belowstairs area, where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring fire to cheer you and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Free admission; fees for activities. 

St. Nick’s Christmas Party. Dec 8. 12 pm, 1:30 pm or 3:00 pm. St. Nick joins Maymont’s Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes and animal friends, games, crafts and special treats! Cost: $15/Child, $5 adults and children 12 and older. Advanced registration required; register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.   Where: Maymont, Richmond. 

Spotsy Courthouse Luminary. Dec 8. 4:45 pm. Enjoy this outdoor celebration as the candles are lit at dusk and the area Choirs begin to sing. Bring your blanket and your warm gloves and let the spirit warm your heart. Where: On the lawn of the Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Rd, Spotsy. Free!

Preschool Playdate: Holiday Fun with Chesty. Dec 10. 10 - 11:30 am. Preschool students are invited to holiday-themed story times, sing-a-longs, make holiday-themed crafts, and play in our play area! Open to the public and FREE! Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps. 

Holiday Open House @ Salem Church Library. Dec 10. 6:30 – 8 pm. Celebrate the season with crafts, activities, and refreshments. Enjoy a personal visit with Santa. Where: Salem Church Branch Library. Free!

Books Before Bedtime Special: Countdown to Christmas! Dec 10. 7 pm. Celebrate Christmastime with stories, songs, activities, and a special visit from Santa. All ages with a caregiver. Where: Salem Church Branch

Holiday Open House @ Porter Branch Library. Dec 11. 6:30 – 8 pm. Celebrate the season with crafts, activities, and refreshments. Enjoy a personal visit with Santa. Where: Porter Branch Library (Stafford). Free!

Colonial Christmas Open House. Dec 11. 5:30 - 7 pm. Meet representatives from area organizations and learn about American Christmas traditions from earlier centuries. Special guests: Washington Heritage Museums, The George Washington Foundation, James Monroe Museum, Patawomeck Indian Tribe, Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society, and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. All ages. Drop in. Free! Where: Downtown F'burg Library

Cookies with Santa. Dec 13. 6:30 – 8 pm. Enjoy cookies with Santa, then get your photo taken with him (one free download per child). Enjoy Christmas crafts and activities too! Cost: $5/Child. Pre-registration required. Where: Marshall Center. 

Bowling Green Christmas Parade of Lights. Dec 14. 5 - 7 pm. Join us as Main Street transforms into a magical display of illumination! Caroline County Schools Winter Art Show, Pictures with Santa, Flower Fashions. Where: Main St, Bowling Green

Rappahannock Model Railroaders Annual Christmas Train Show. Dec 14, 15. The show will feature operating train layouts, model train vendors, and activities for the young. Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Spring Rd, F'burg. Cost: $8/adults, $1/Ages 7-12. Free for kids under 7. 

Kris Kringle Market. Dec 14. 10 am – 5 pm. This traditional German-style holiday market will feature over 20 vendors representing the food, arts, and retail industry and will be a spectacular outdoor shopping experience in one of the most beautiful parts of our notable town. Spices from mulled wine, roasted almonds waft through the air, and live music and carolers wander about while shoppers fill their mugs with hot chocolate and German beer. Where: In Historic Market Square. 

Candy Cane Hunt. Dec 14. 1 or 2 pm. Search for candy canes in the woods while completing tasks as a family! Hot cocoa and cookies! Where: Government Island. Cost: $5/person or $15/family. Must pre-register: 

Breakfast with Santa @ RR YMCA. Dec 14. 11 am. Join us at the Ron Rosner Family YMCA for breakfast! Includes pancakes, toppings, and a drink. Proceeds will be used to purchase new items for the Preschool Program. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Letter to Santa Station, Story time with special guest reader, Art activity, and Cookie decorating!  Cost: $10/person.

A Stratford Hall Christmas Tide. Dec 14. 4:30 - 8:30 pm. Celebrate the season in another century. Experience the Great House and grounds as the Lees host their holiday festivities. Cap off your evening with a jingle bell wagon ride around the historic grounds of Stratford Hall or enjoy cider by the yuletide bonfire. Cost: $20 adults/$10 children. Free for ages 5 and under! 

Annual Candlelight Tour. Dec 14 & 15. 11 am - 5 pm. Beautiful, historic homes decorated for the holidays steeped in history. Where: Tour homes on the 1300 – 1500 blocks of Caroline Street. Gift Shop – 616 Amelia St. Special tickets available for an evening tour/cocktail party on Dec 14, beginning at 6 pm. for more details.

The Polar Express & Santa Visit. Dec 14. 12 – 4 pm. This holiday season bring the kids to the National Museum of the Marine Corps' Medal of Honor Theater to see THE POLAR EXPRESS! You can also visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the film from 2-4 PM in the Museum's Leatherneck Gallery. Enjoy a puppet show and other activities during your visit. Cost: $6/person. Just coming to Santa? That portion of the event is FREE! 

Holiday Open House @ Ingleside Vineyards. Dec 14 & 15. 12 - 5 pm. ‘Tis the season to sample our award-winning wines and enjoy holiday refreshments while shopping for that perfect gift for your favorite wine enthusiast! Take advantage of special holiday discounts in our wine and gift shop and stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays! Where: Ingleside Vineyards Oak Grove, VA. 

The President's Own United States Marine Band Holiday Concert. Dec 14. 7:30 – 9 pm. Join us for an exciting and interactive Holiday Sing-A-Long at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Don’t miss this special night perfect for the whole family! Free!

Rappahannock Pops Holiday Concert. Dec 14. 7:30 pm. Celebrate the season! Guest performers: Stafford Regional Choral Society; Christina Bartholomew, Soprano; and Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music! Where: James Monroe High School, F'burg.   Cost: $20/Adults. $15/Students. Kids are free! 

Christmas in Stafford. Dec 14. 10 am - 5 pm. Events include a Christmas Village, the Frosty 5K and Reindeer Run, and a Christmas Tree Lighting. Christmas Village events include pictures with Santa, ice skating rink ($10), food truck, DJ, Christmas Marketplace, carnival games, and picture stations. Rain or shine. Everything is under tents and heated. Parking will be onsite. Where: Jeff Rouse Swim & Sport Center, Stafford. 

Frosty 5K & Reindeer Run. Dec 14. 10 am - 1pm. Racers, be sure not to put away your running shoes when it gets cold in December! Prizes will be awarded in each age group and the top 3 Male and Female runners will receive cash prizes. All finishers get a medal and a long-sleeve dri-fit t-shirt! Stay after the race for early access to Christmas fun and the Stafford Christmas Parade! Where: Jeff Rouse Center, Stafford

12 Dogs Days of Christmas. Dec 14. 11 am. Join us for a special dog themed holiday scavenger hunt! Where: Government Island, Stafford. Cost: $5/dog. 

Decorate Christmas Cookies. Dec 14. 12 – 2 pm. Bring the family, grab a beer and decorate a large Christmas Cookie! Where: Red Dragon Brewery

Wreaths Across America: Oak Hill. Dec 14. 12 - 2 pm. Honor our fallen veterans by laying a wreath in remembrance of their dedication and sacrifice for our country. We will have guest speakers to remember our fallen along with all our branches of military represented to lay their ceremonial wreath to honor their branch of service. Free to attend. $15/Wreath. Where: Oak Hill Cemetery, 1902 Plank Rd, F'burg

Jazzy Christmas Concert. Dec 14 (7 pm) & Dec 15 (2:30 pm). Join us for a Jazzy Christmas Concert with some of your favorite Christmas songs. We’ll have an audience sing-along, and special guest appearances. Free! Where: Freedom Middle School, F’burg

A Washington Family Christmas. Dec 14. 10 am - 4 pm. Celebrate the holidays at George Washington’s birth place. The Memorial House will be decorated for the holidays and filled with colonial music. The plantation will be busy with demonstrations and activities performed by costumed interpreters. Where: George Washington Birthplace National Monument, 1732 Popes Creek Rd, Colonial Beach

19th Century Christmas @ Ellwood Manor. Dec 14, 15. Children are invited to visit with Santa (Saturday only, 9 -12) and to make seasonal arts and crafts projects. Live music, open house, light refreshments. Free! Where: Ellwood Manor, Locust Grove. 

Kid's Night with Santa. Dec 16. 5 – 8 pm. Great evening to meet and take photos with Santa, make a craft and enjoy a free sundae bar with the purchase of our Ice Dream! Where: Chick-Fil-A, Celebrate VA

A Christmas Story Movie Party. Dec 18. 7:20 pm. Join us for the holiday classic movie along with pre-movie games and surprises! Where: Alamo Drafthouse, Woodbridge. 

Christmas Illuminations @ Mount Vernon. Dec 20, 21. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Kick off the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River. Before the fireworks begin around 8 PM, take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs and visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment. Watch colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate and visit with Aladdin the camel on the 12-acre field. Keep toasty by warming up by a bonfire, enjoying some hot chocolate or cider, or visiting the Museum and Education Center. Cost: Varies. 

Flip & Jingle Holiday Party. Dec 16. 1 - 3 pm. Jingle all the way to a great holiday party! Join us for gymnastics, games, obstacle courses, snack, and craft! Cost: $15. Pre-registration required. Where: Stafford Gymnastics Ctr. 

I Love Cookies! Dec 16 & 19. 10 am. Make some holiday cookies to share with the whole family! Where: Dorothy Hart Cmty Ctr, F'burg. Cost: $10. 

Cookies with Santa. Dec 21. 6:30 - 8 pm. Meet Santa and decorate a cookie! Where: Dorothy Hart Cmty Ctr, F’burg. Cost: $15. 

The Academy of Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Dec 21, 22. Cost: $17/Adv or $20/Door. Where: James Monroe High School

Holiday Light Spectacular! Dec 27, 28. Keep the holiday magic alive in the majestic setting of Washington National Cathedral as you are transported into a snow globe world, with the grand columns and high vaulted ceilings blanketed in snowflakes and other lighting effects! Enjoy a screening of the 1982 animated film "The Snowman" as well as holiday favorites performed by a live orchestra and soloists. Where: Washington National Cathedral. Cost: Varies. Visit 

Noon Year’s Eve Bash. Dec 31. 10 am – 2 pm. Ring in the new year with a countdown to the noon year, special activities, and more! Where: Children's Museum-ALL Locations

2020 NYE Extravaganza! Dec 31. 7 pm. Featuring NuCorp, champagne toast at midnight! Dress to impress, blue attire encouraged! Cost: $299/Couples Package OR $199/Singles Package. Includes: dinner, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, sleeping room, breakfast and more! Where: F'burg Hospitality House, in Central Park. Call 540-736-1023 for reservations.

New Year's Eve Family Frolic. Dec 31. 2 - 5 pm. Live music, "rolling in the New Year" and more! Cost: Regular Garden Admission. Those who attend the New Year's Eve Family Frolic and who are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion GardenFest of Lights (5 -10 p.m.)

NYE Dueling Pianos. Dec 31. 8:30 pm - 1 am. We invite you to ring in the New Year with Dueling Pianos Entertainment at Potomac Point Winery! Live music with a comedic twist and fun interaction with the musicians. Get ready to dance, hoot, holler and even join the pianists for a show that’s part music, part comedy and all fun! Light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a selection wine & beer. Cost: Varies. Visit 


Enchant Christmas. Various dates/times in Nov/Dec. Nationals Park will transform into the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market featuring larger-than-life light sculptures that take guests on a journey to find Santa’s missing reindeer. Christmas market, dining, ice skating trail, visit with Santa, hot cocoa and much more! Cost: Varies.

Season's Greenings: America's Gardens Holiday Show. Nov 28 – Jan 5. 10 am -5 pm. Explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine! Plant-based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room. These will include iconic gardens scenes like Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Japanese torii gate, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ flamingo topiaries, Missouri Botanical Garden’s famous Climatron conservatory, and Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Rocket Garden featuring NASA space nodes and rockets! Free! Where: U.S. Botanic Gardens, Washington, D.C.

Spotsy Santa Run. Throughout the holiday season. Santa Claus is coming to town! Keep up to date with when and where Santa will be visiting and stopping by this holiday season. Follow the Spotsy Volunteer Fire Dept Santa Run FACEBOOK page for the complete schedule and neighborhood listings.

FXBG Winter Wonderland 2019. Nov 9 – Dec 31. Join in on this annual FXBG tradition. Head Downtown and put your riddling skills to the test. Stop by the Visitor Center (706 Caroline St) to pick up an entry form or print the entry form: There are 59 riddles, solve them ad enter your chance to win over 60 prizes!

Winter Fest @ Kings Dominion. Select days/times, Nov 23 – Dec 31. Holiday traditions come to life at Kings Dominion's Winter Fest. The park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland! Millions of lights, a selection of your favorite rides, live shows and much more!

Holiday Cards. Throughout the holiday season. Bring your friends/families for selfies in the park! Over-sized greeting card frames will be on display in Hurkamp Park. There will be 4 card designs: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays! Where: Hurkamp Park

Holiday Season @ National Harbor. Various dates/times. Nov 15 -Dec 30. Celebrate the season at National Harbor with Santa, Reindeer Tubing, Grinch Feast, Ice Skating, Gingerbread House Decorating and more! Check out National Harbor on Facebook for schedule of events.

Santa Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops. Nov 17 – Dec 24. Times vary. Enjoy the magic of Christmas inside Bass Pro Shops! Games, crafts, kids eat free and free photo when you meet with Santa! Where: Bass Pro Shops, Ashland

Concert in Lights. Daily through Dec 24th. Shows Nightly, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm. Ignite the Night! Where: The Village, Spotsy Towne Centre

Santa Photos. Nov 9 - Dec 24. Times vary. Where: Spotsy Town Centre, Center Court. Visit for a complete schedule.

Jingle Bell Carriage Rides. Various dates/times in Nov/Dec. Listen to the jingle bells as the beautifully decorated wagonette travels through the 40 blocks of historic Fredericksburg! Listen to Christmas music, and hear information on Christmas past! Cost: $125/Carriage that seats 6. Where: Olde Towne Carriage Tours of Fredericksburg. 

Bull Run Festival of Lights. Nov 22 - Jan 6. 5:30 - 10 pm. Experience 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, head to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). Where: Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours. Various dates in Nov 22 - Jan 5. (Closed Nov 28, Dec 24/25, Jan 1). Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. Cost:   $8. 

Illuminate Light Show & Santa's Village. Nov 15 - Dec 31. Nightly, 5:30 - 10 pm. As you drive through the park you will experience hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio. The show features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen and festive decorations. After the show, spend some time in Santa's Village. There will be pictures with Santa, children's activities, Christmas trees, food and more. Cost: $25/Car. 

ICE: Christmas on the Potomac. Nov 15 – Dec 30. Featuring How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Watch how the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the Whos of Who-ville through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Everything is hand-carved from 2 million pounds of ice! Where: Gaylord National, MD.

Zoo Lights. Nov 29 - Jan 1 (Closed Dec 24, 25, 31). 5 - 9 pm. Join the thousands of visitors who make Zoo Lights, a part of their annual holiday tradition. Zoo Lights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with two dazzling laser light shows set to music. Free!

Christmas Town @ Busch Gardens. Various days/times through Jan 5. Rides, Mistletoe Marketplace, Polar Pathway, Ice Palace, Santa's Workshop and so much more at this annual event. 

Dominion Energy Garden Fest of Lights. Nov 22 - Jan 6. (closed Dec 24, 25). 5 - 10 pm. A holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities & more at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Cost: $13 adults; $8 children (ages 3 – 12); Free for children under age 3. Buy tickets: 

Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit.   December 8-30 (Closed Dec 24, 25). Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm! This year's theme is "Holiday Songs." Where: Ferry Farm Cost: $4.50/Adults. $2.25/Students. Under 6 is free! 

Fred SPCA Pop Up Photo Café. Various dates/times in Nov/Dec. The Fred SPCA has you covered for all your holiday needs! Last-minute gifts, a place to wrap them, family and pet photos plus coffee and comfortable seating for a much needed pick-me-up after shopping at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre, located right beside Books-a-Million. Larry W. Stone Photography will be taking pet portraits select dates in November and December. Sessions are limited so be sure to register early. To register go to:

Merry Mondays @ Dominion's Garden Fest of Lights. Mondays Nov 25 – Dec 23. 5 – 10 pm. Bring the kids for Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory from 6-8 p.m! Story time fireside with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room, at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 pm. 

Riverside Christmas Spectacular. Wed – Sun, Nov 27 – Dec 29. Experience the excitement, memories, and joy of Christmas as our spectacular cast of singers and dancers present the heart and essence of the holiday season in this pageant of your favorite songs and music. 

Zombie Escape: Holiday Edition. Various dates in Dec/Jan. Zombie Elves have invaded Christmas town and only you can save Santa and Christmas. Board our Zombie Escape buses loaded with paintball guns and the only way to escape...the only way to save to shoot your way out. Get your tickets at  Where: Dominion Raceway, Spotsy


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Pouches' Community Corner

The Table at St. George’s

The Table at St. George’s is a market-style food pantry serving the extended local community. Visitors are invited to select their own items from a variety of fresh food, including locally grown produce. The Table’s mission is to encourage healthy eating, build relationships with those in need, and blur the lines between those serving and those being served.