It’s difficult to believe, but the holiday season is upon us!
We can barely await the aromas of roasting turkey, pumpkin pie that will soon fill our homes – quickly to give way to the scents of baking cookies, mulled wine, and fresh evergreen boughs. With almost as much anticipation, we are excited for some of our favorite local holiday community events:
• October 15 – January 2: Luminocity Festival at the Reston Zoo:
“Shine Again” is a walkable festive light display through the Reston Zoo, some say it mimics a live board game!
• November 11 – January 2: Bull Run Festival of Lights:
Load up the car and enjoy this 2.5 mile light tour through historic Bull Run.
• November 11 – January 2: Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights:
The beautiful gardens are transformed into a walkable festive light display complete with hot chocolate and s’mores!
• November 18 – January 2: Ice & Lights- The Winter Village at Cameron Run:
Glide across the ice and enjoy the holiday displays and number photo ops like the walk-thru trees and photo frame!
• November 19 – January 2: Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens:
Over 1 million dazzling lights are handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements.
• November 26: Thanksgiving Parade in Reston:
The parade kicks off a full day of entertainment including phots with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, sing alongs and more.
• November 26: Merry Mosaic:
Kicks off on Nov 26th through Dec 23rd, Enjoy the Holiday Tree Lighting, Holiday Village with Urban Market, Menorah Lighting and Santa’s Motorcade.
• November 26 – December 31: Christmas at Gaylord National:
Don’t miss I Love Christmas Movies™, photos with Santa, ice bumper cars, snow tubing and the beautiful decorations.
• November 29: Vienna’s Church Street Holiday Stroll:
The annual tree lighting on Church Street takes you back in time with carolers, school choirs, and roasted marshmellows.
• November 30: Clarendon Menorah Lighting and Community Celebration:
• December 3 & 4: 50th Anniversary Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade:
To celebrate the City of Alexandria’s Scottish heritage clans dressed in colorful tartans parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region.
• December 4: Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights View dozens of brightly lit boats along the Potomac. Dockside festivities start at 2 pm at Waterfront Park!
• December 24: Water skiing Santa in Old Town Alexandria
He’s back again this year with his Knee-Boarding Reindeer on Old Town’s Waterfront!