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Top 20 Holiday Events in Haymarket Area

Bryan Garcia

Bryan is Principal Broker & Licensed REALTOR® with EXIT Heritage Realty in Haymarket, Virginia...

Bryan is Principal Broker & Licensed REALTOR® with EXIT Heritage Realty in Haymarket, Virginia...

Dec 1 17 minutes read

Top 20 Holiday Events and Things You Can STILL Do in Haymarket Northern VA Area 2020

I think we can all agree that we are ready to be done with 2020. However, we still have the holidays and although many of our favorite holiday events and traditions are not possible this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate. Keeping the season safe doesn’t have to be a total bust. With a little creativity and a little more outdoor time, we can still celebrate the spirit of the holidays with friends and family!

We’ve compiled a list of local holiday happenings, as well as some virtual and home celebration ideas. It goes without saying that some these events have safety guidelines in place. Make sure you visit the websites for full details.

Safety Reminders: Face coverings are required in Virginia at all indoor public places, except while eating, drinking or exercising. Face coverings are also required outdoors whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Please bring a face covering with you whenever you go out.

1. Christmas with Grinch

Saturday, December 5 at 4 PM
Cookies and Cream
14650 Washington Street, Haymarket, VA

Bundle up for this outdoor event! Stop by Cookies and Cream in Haymarket to take pictures with characters from The Grinch, roast marshmallows at the fire pit, and enjoy holiday music by groups from Back 2 Rock of Bristow. There is no charge for activities, which will be hosted by My Gym Manassas. Special holiday treats will be available for purchase. Primrose School of Haymarket will also be onsite with information about their newest location in Haymarket.

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2. Holiday Beertique at The Farm

Saturday, December 5 from 11 AM to 5 PM
The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
16015 John Marshall Highway, Broad Run, VA

The Holiday “Beertique” at The Farm is a wonderful way to get your holiday shopping done while supporting local vendors and sipping on great brews! Shop, unwind and enjoy some amazing food and drinks, to live music from Joe’s Dad. Local artisan vendors will feature one-of-a-kind gifts, woodworking, scents of the holidays, Virginia-made treats & more.  

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3. Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, December 5 from 9 AM to 4 PM
Freedom Park
101 Colonel Grenata Circle, Leesburg

This outdoor Market is a great way to find that special gift with lots of vendors to choose from. There is no big-box or Amazon shopping here! This show features over 30 local and regional artisans selling hand-made items including candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, table linens, and more. Find something for everyone on your shopping list and a little something to brighten your home this season. Admission and parking for this show are free.

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4. Santa Comes to Haymarket

Sunday, December 6 starting at 2:00 PM

A Special Message from Santa: "Hello to all my friends in the Town of Haymarket! While this holiday season may look and feel a little different, I want you to know, I am still planning my annual visit! My elves are arranging a special trip around Town on Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 pm! Be sure to be listening out for the bells and sirens on Sunday afternoon, I will be driving through each and every Town of Haymarket neighborhood to say hello and pass out a little gift! I'll have to say hello from afar but know that each and every wish will be heard! -- Santa & Mrs. Claus

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5. Shop Small Business

Visit Alexandria for a festive day of small shop shopping. With hundreds of independent boutiques, Alexandria offers one-of-a-kind local gifts with personal touches from local business owners in a magical setting of holiday wonder. Reminiscent of a real-life Dickens Village complete with European flair, Alexandria's centuries-old brick-lined streets twinkle with holiday traditions. Don your face mask and browse holiday gifts in store with physical distancing parameters or consider curbside pickup or online shopping at select retailers.

Other local small town shopping experiences include Town of Haymarket, Middlburg, Leesburg, Manassas and Warrenton.

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6. Christmas in Dublin Festival & Market

Saturday, December 12 from 4 PM to 7 PM
Urbanna Swim Club
8030 Urbanna Road, Manassas, VA

With its twinkling lit streets and festive atmosphere, Dublin, Ireland, is one of the top places in the world to spend Christmas. "Christmas in Dublin" is a family-friendly festival and market that brings a piece of that Irish Christmas magic to Manassas, Virginia. The proceeds from this event will support the Phoenix Irish Dance Academy and its dancers. With real Irish dancers, games, crafts, handmade items, a bake sale, and more, we hope to see you at the 3rd annual Christmas in Dublin.

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7. Winery at La Grange Holiday Market

Sunday, December 13 from 12 PM to 6 PM
Winery at LaGrange
Antioch Road, Haymarket, VA

The Winery at La Grange is hosting a festive holiday market. Make an afternoon of shopping for some great gifts and enjoy wine and hot cider in this charming location overlooking the vineyards and mountain. The only thing more you could ask for is a little snow. Vendors include: Red Fox Creations, angelBARS, Beads by becca, The Global Local, Copper Fox Shoppe, Thirty one, AScala Artwork, Blue Ridge Baking and more.

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8. Gum Drop Square & Santa’s Workshop

See Dates Below
92 Main Street, Warrenton, VA

Experience the magic of Santa Clause at GumDrop Square in a safe, socially distant atmosphere. Santa will be meeting with children of all ages on the stage of the Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance event center. Children will be able to sit by the fire and talk to Santa while parents are welcome to take as many photos as they'd like. Like in years past, children will be able to shop for their friends and family at Santa's Secret Shop located just down the hall at VonCanon's General Store and the Purple Pumpkin. Ticket's will be available for purchase for $2 each. Be sure to visit the website for more details.

Saturday, December 5 11-3 pm
Sunday, December 6, 1-3 pm
Wednesday, December 9, 1-3 pm
Saturday, December 12, 11-3 pm
Sunday, December 13, 1-3 pm
Wednesday, December 16, 1-3 pm
Saturday, December 19, 11-3 pm

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9. Free Carriage Rides

Sundays, December 6, 13, & 20 from 1 PM to 4 PM
Manassas Visitor’s Center
9431 West Street, Manassas, VA

Enjoy Historic Downtown Manassas this holiday season on a free horse and buggy carriage ride. Rides are limited, so please arrive early. Ride attendants may cut-off the line early in order to ensure rides are completed by 4 pm.

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10. Merrifield Virtual Christmas Workshops

Thursday, December 10 at 12 PM
Friday, December 11 at 12 PM
Virtual Event | Register online

Elevate your gifts this Christmas with festive gift wrap and cute, creative topper with the Creative Gift Holiday Toppers Workshop. Get inspired to spruce up your indoor space by combining the fragrant sprigs of pine, holly, cedar, boxwood and more into holiday wreaths, garlands and arrangements with the Decorating with Fresh Greens Workshop.

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11. Fireside Family Fun at Town of Occoquan

Saturday, December 12 and 13
10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

River Mill Park, Occoquan

The Fireside Family event has been reshaped from its original format so that it can be held in a manner consistent with newest state guidance and public health. There will be multiple seatings over two days on December 12 and 13.

Visit with Santa – There are 7 seatings available. Children and their families are invited to sit in distanced picnic circles in the park to visit with Santa. Each seating is 20 minutes at $5 per person (limit 25 people).

A Christmas Carol – There are 4 seatings available. Older children and adults are invited to sit in distanced picnic circles in the park as Castaways Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Adult beverages will be available for purchase, sponsored by Patriots for Disabled Divers. The production will last 90 minutes at $5 per person. Strict limit 25 people each seating.

Tickets for both are available on on EventBrite.

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12. Bull Run Festival of Lights

Through January 10, 2021
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA

Every holiday season, locals are enchanted by the 2.5 miles of illuminated light displays at the Bull Run Festival of Lights. This year, the 2020 Festival of Lights is one of the season’s best, brightest and socially distant activity to enjoy with family and friends. (The carnival is cancelled this year but will be back in 2021).

Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn off your headlights and just follow the magical glow. There are three additional weeks to this year’s show, as well as online ticketing to provide minimal contact. Get a discount by purchasing online. For an additional $5 off the Monday through Thursday rate, use promo code WEB20. Visit the website for dates and times.

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13. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

Through January 3, 2021
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna

Did you know It takes Meadowlark staff, NOVA Park volunteers, and contractors three months to install all of the lights and displays in this Garden? Dress warm and get ready to stroll along and see the amazing attractions including: The Fountains of Lights, The Garden of Light, the “Sing to Me” Tree, the Korean Bell Garden, and Lakeside Lights to listen and watch as your favorite holiday songs come to life as lights dance along trees, arches, and stars. Visit the website for dates and times.

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14. Ice and Lights at Winter Village

Through January 3, 2021
Cameron Run
4001 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA

Ice & Lights returns to Cameron Run for its second season. The Village light display features plenty of sparkly photo opportunities including a 20 foot walk-through tree, new polar bears and an interactive orb field (post and use #iceandlightscameron).

For an extra fee, enjoy an hour of gliding under the stars on the ice skating rink. Concession stand offer holiday treats and drinks. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Village admission is $9.35 or $24.00 with 1 hour of skating. Skating tickets are limited. Open nightly, including holidays. Visit the website for dates and times.

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15. Winter Glow at Mount Vernon

Weekends, December 11-13 & 26-28 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM
200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Virginia

With safety measures in place, enter the lantern-lit Historic Area and see the vast stretch of the Bowling Green washed in ambient holiday illumination. See George Washington’s Mansion lit in beautiful amber light as you hear classic holiday music and patriotic quotes. View the upper garden and greenhouse aglow in blue and lavender lights and watch as wintery light patterns move throughout the space.

Members: $25 youth, $40 adult
Non-members: $30 youth, $45 adult

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16. Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park

Friday to Sundays in December from 5 PM to 9 PM
19246 James Monroe Highway
Leesburg, VA 20175

Celebrate Christmas with the Critters at the Leesburg Animal Park Christmas Village. Attractions include: Photos with Santa Claus, arts & crafts, pony Rides, Candy Cane Express, bonfire & marshmallow roasting, live nativity scene and thousands of outdoor holiday lights.

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17. Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Thursday, Dec 24 at 7:30 PM
Virtual Event presented by the Manassas Ballet Theatre

What better way to spend Christmas Eve than with the traditional characters of The Nutcracker? Sweet Clara, naughty Fritz, dancing dolls, Drosselmeyer, and the Nutcracker Prince embark on a dreamy journey of fantasy and sweets. Featuring the international company dancers of Manassas Ballet Theatre plus an ensemble cast, this holiday tradition will bring the true magic of the season into your home.

Filmed on Merchant Hall stage at Hylton Performing Arts Center under strict safety protocols and without an audience, this performance was pre-recorded for streaming, beginning Thursday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for this virtual performance are $25. To purchase tickets and to view this performance starting December 24 at 7:30 p.m., visit Manassas Ballet Theatre’s online ticket platform.

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18. First Day Hikes Prince William County

Friday, January 1, 2021

Virginia First Day Hikes are a great way to kick off the new year with healthy, family-friendly fun at state and county parks around Virginia. You’ll be joining people all over the country as America’s State Parks host special events and guided hikes on January 1st. Park entry is free and special programs are offered. Donations are welcome.

Bristoe Station Battlefield (Bristow)
1 PM to 2:30 PM

Local historians will guide a 90-minute, 3-mile hike through the battlefield. Pets are welcome to join, but the trail is not accessible for strollers.

Conway Robinson State Forest (Gainesville)
2 PM to 4 PM

Join the Merrimac Farm Master Naturalists, Heritage Habitat Trail Team, on a guided hike, gently covering almost two miles.

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk (Woodbridge)
9 AM to Noon

Welcome the New Year with a hike across Neabsco Creek guided by local naturalists and historians. This 2-hour, 5+-mile hike explores area nature and history.

Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas)

Start the new year off with a refreshing historic hike through Manassas National Battlefield Park. Plan to meet in the New York Monuments parking lot off Route 29 east of Groveton Road to start your adventure.

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19. Virtual Wine Tasting Party

Through December 31
District Winery
Virtual Event

Are you skipping that holiday party this year but looking for new ways to connect with your friends, family, or work teams? District Winery can bring the private wine tasting experience to you with their virtual wine tasting sessions. Learn a thing or two about wine, the winemaking process, how to taste, or what foods to pair with wines. Wine is shipped directly to each participant. A member of the District Winery winemaking team will guide your group through the private tasting. Contact District Winery to schedule.

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20. Bake “Around the World” Holiday 

Research holiday foods of your heritage, and others, and find some new recipes to try out. Spread it out over several days and pair it with movies and beverages. Food is an important part of holiday celebrations. Consider The Bûche de Noël (French version of the Yule Log), Saffron Buns from Sweden, Polish Babka sweet bread, spiced hot chocolate from Peru, Mince pie of England to name a few. The whole world is sharing Covid right now, this is one way to connect during this time.

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1 More: Organize a Drive for Haymarket Food Pantry

Hold a Community Food Drive or donate to the Christmas Basket Drive (by December 10th) A note from the Haymarket Food Pantry for December: For large food drives and donations, please contact us ten (10) days in advance to coordinate the items needed and the delivery date. Call 703-754-5990 or use the Contact Us form to connect with Cindy, our food inventory lead volunteer. Thank you.

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Cancelled Events 2020

Unfortunately, these popular annual holiday events and lights displays are canceled in 2020. We all look forward to their return in 2021.

  • Manassas outdoor ice skating rink
  • Christmas on the Potomac with ICE!, National Harbor
  • The Gaylord National Harbor Christmas events are currently closed for the 2020 season.
  • Winterfest at King’s Dominion, Doswell
  • Zoo Lights at the National Zoo, DC
  • DC Temple Festival of Lights, Kensington, Maryland
  • Georgetown Glow, Washington DC, Postponed to Spring/Summer 2021
  • Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Alexandria
  • Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting, Mosaic District
  • Season’s Greetings: All Aboard, US Botanic Garden, Washington DC
  • Reston Holiday Parade, Reston Town Center
  • Christmas in Middleburg


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