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Things to do and special events to celebrate winter and the holidays in the Virginia and Washington DC region.

Rudolph ICE! 2017 Gaylord National Harbor

ICE! 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Harbor

ICE! 2017 and Christmas on the Potomac bring an extravaganza of live shows, kids activities, and a beloved holiday tale to Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. Every year, we look forward to walking through a new themed ice show in Gaylord’s chilly tent. The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, expertly sculpted in colorful ice, is the […]

Tysons Corner Center ice rink

5 Fun Northern Virginia Ice Skating Rinks

The return of chilly temps puts us in the mood for a wintery outing. These Northern Virginia ice skating rinks offer healthy winter fun for every age, whether you prefer to skate indoors or out. Each ice skating destination offers smooth ice, happy music, and nearby fun, so we suggest you visit them all. 1. Harris Pavillon Ice Rink, Manassas   Seasonal ice skating takes […]

Bull Run Festival of Lights holiday drive through display

Holiday Lights in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC Area

Tis the season to overdecorate with sparkly holiday lights. Luckily, the Northern Virginia area offers dazzling professional holiday light displays, plus several neighborhood extravaganzas to maximize your holiday spirit. The Griswolds got nothing on us! Professional Holiday Lights in Northern Virginia Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights, Vienna, Nov 10 – Jan 7   Meadowlark Botanical Gardens lights up for […]

Christmas in Middleburg, photo Middleburg Eccentric

12 Holiday Favorites from Northern Virginia Experts

Holiday favorites return to the Northern Virginia region, from holiday displays and celebrations, to visits with Santa in many different forms, to fun ways to kick off the new year. We asked Northern Virginia experts to tell us what fun holiday favorites they look forward to most. Read on for their suggestions and details on these favorite seasonal events, listed in order of opening date for […]

Bull Run Festival of Lights holiday drive through display

Bull Run Festival of Lights Holiday Drive-Through Fun in Northern Virginia

The annual Bull Run Festival of Lights holiday drive-through display brings cozy fun back to Northern Virginia. A perennial favorite, the Festival of Lights dazzles with a 2.5 mile drive-through display of sparkly lights.   Cars slowly make their way past and under Festival of Lights holiday and fairytale vignettes that will entertain adults and wow little ones. While […]

Meadowlark animated fountains

Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights is a .6 mile walk-through trail decorate with outdoor-themed and animated displays that make for a beautiful and fun holiday visit. One of the first professional displays to open each year (on November 10th in 2017), it provides a nice alternative to the drive-through experience at Bull Run. We first visited Meadowlark […]

Thanksgiving turkeys

November 2017 Events in Northern Virginia

November 2017 events in Northern Virginia mark the transition from pumpkins and fall fun to holiday parades and winter festivals. We’ve round up a month of local events to entertain every age and interest. Events are listed in order of opening date. Fall Gallery Walk, Manassas, Nov 3 The merchants of Historic Downtown Manassas will display paintings, photography, and pottery by local […]

Geroge Washington bust, Masonic Memorial

President’s Day Weekend Fun in and Near Northern Virginia

The long President’s Day weekend adds a boost of extra fun to a sometimes bleak month, and provides an opportunity to explore new destinations in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. We’ve rounded up presidential destinations and special events that offer fun for all ages over the three-day weekend. Every three day weekend is a chance to discover a new […]

George Washington Birthday Parade, Photo credit: Tisara Photography

February 2017 Events in Northern Virginia

February 2017 events in Northern Virginia include Valentine’s and President’s Day celebrations, restaurant deals, family fun, and more. Whether you love winter’s chill or can’t wait for warmer times, you’ll find fun local events to keep you entertained during our shortest month. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, Jan 30 – Feb 5 During Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, more than […]