Well, everyone, December is upon us and that means it’s time for the holidays! Hanukkah began on December 2nd, and Christmas will be here before we know it. One of the best parts of the holiday season is that there are so many fun events happening around town. I’ve put together a list of some here, but of course, there are many other events not listed here.
Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights
See the Winter Walk of Lights 5:30 to 10 p.m. every evening from now until January 6 - yes, even Christmas and New Year’s Eve! The Botanical Garden is transformed into a half-mile walk of lights featuring sites like the Fountain of Lights and Lakeside Lights. For more information or to get tickets, visit https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights.
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Drive through the beautiful 2.5-mile festival route and see the beautiful lights. Then visit the holiday village for refreshments, rides and a chance to meet Santa! The Bull Run Festival of Lights is going on now until January 6. For more information, operating times and to get tickets, visit https://www.novaparks.com/events/bull-run-festival-of-lights.
Ice Skating at Reston Town Center
The ice skating rink is open from now until the middle of March! Stop by, rent one of their 500+ pairs of skates and enjoy the seasonal fun! For kids who might be new to skating, the skate shop has double bladed, flat edge skates to help young skaters get a feel for the ice. All skaters can choose between figure- and hockey-style skates. For more information and to learn about special themed nights, visit https://restontowncenter.com/amenities/ice-skating/.
Prince William Ice Center Holiday Ice Show
Visit the Prince William Ice Center on Sunday, December 16 at 1 p.m. for their annual Holiday Ice Show! The show features solo skaters and synchronized teams. The event also offers cookie sales, raffle baskets, and silent auctions, so it’s sure to be a fun event for the whole family. Bundle up! Admission is $5 or a non-perishable food donation for the food pantry. For more information visit https://www.pwice.com/page/show/329750-competitions-ice-shows.
Spectacular Musical Tree Show
Check out the Spectacular Musical Tree Show at the Village at Leesburg any day until January 1. The 5-story tree performs music and light shows every day on the hour from noon until 9 p.m. For more information, visit https://villageatleesburg.com/event/spectacular-musical-tree-shows-3/2018-11-18/.
Holiday Through the Ages
For a different holiday experience, consider visiting Rippon Lodge’s Holidays Through the Ages. Learn about seasonal festivities from different time periods as well as different religions. Light refreshments and shopping close out this holiday experience. Visit http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/publicworks/hp/Pages/default.aspx for more information.
Did I miss your favorite local holiday event? Tell me in the comments below. And let me know if you make it to any of these! I would love to hear about your experience. Happy holidays!