Things to Do in December Around Lorton

Kick off your holiday season with parades, performances, and pajama parties. If you’re lucky, you may even have a Santa sighting at Rippon Lodge or the Herndon Community Center. Learn all of the ways you can celebrate the season around Lorton this December.

All month long:

🕯️ Mount Vernon by Candlelight – Mount Vernon

  • December 1, 7, 8, and 16, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

🌟 Laser Holidays at the Planetarium – Woodbridge

  • Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 22
  • Irene V. Hylton Planetarium

🎄 Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights – Vienna

  • Every day in December
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

The Bull Run Festival of Lights – Centreville

  • Daily beginning Wednesday, November 21, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Bull Run Regional Park

Photo by: The Campagna Center

First week events:

📣 Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade – Alexandria

  • Saturday, December 1, 11:00 AM
  • Old Town Alexandria

🏠 Rippon Lodge Candlelight Tours – Woodbridge

  • Saturday, December 1, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Rippon Lodge Historic Site

🔔 Merry Old Town Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade – Manassas

  • Saturday, December 1, 10:00 AM
  • Historic Downtown Manassas

🎵 Manassas Chorale “Silver Noel” Winter Concert – Manassas

  • Saturday, December 1, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center

🖼️ Herndon Holiday Arts & Crafts Show – Herndon

  • Sunday, December 2, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Herndon Community Center

Photo by: Potomac Shores

Second week events:

🎨 Second Saturday Art Walk and Winterfest – Lorton

  • Saturday, December 8, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Workhouse Arts Center

🍫 Santa, Stars, and S’mores – Herndon

  • Friday, December 7, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Herndon Community Center

🎅 Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge – Woodbridge

  • Saturday, December 8, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Rippon Lodge Historic Site

🌿 Mistletoe Magic: A Holiday Festival at Parkridge Center – Manassas

  • Saturday, December 8, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Parkridge Center

Photo by: George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Third week events:

🍻 Yoga and Beer at Fair Winds Brewing – Lorton

  • Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 PM
  • Fair Winds Brewing Company

🍹 Thirsty Thursday at the Republic – Woodbridge

  • Every Thursday in December
  • Brew Republic Bierwerks

🎆 Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon

  • Friday, December 14 – Saturday, December 15, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon

🎭 It’s A Wonderful Life at Hylton Performing Arts Center – Manassas

  • Friday, December 14 – Saturday, December 15, 8:00 PM
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center

🔥 Solstice Eve Hike and Campfire – Arlington

  • Friday, December 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Gulf Branch Nature Center and Park

Photo by: Virginia National Ballet Company and School

Later in the month:

🎀 Virginia Ballet Company and School Nutcracker – Annandale

  • December 27, 28, and 29, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Ernst Theater, NVCC Annandale Campus

🍺 Sinistral’s Jingle Mingle and PJ Party – Manassas

  • Saturday, December 22, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Sinistral Brewing Company

🐶 Yappy Hour – Lorton

  • Sunday, December 30, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Forge Brew Works

Herndon Centennial Golf Course New Year’s Eve Tournament – Herndo

  • Monday, December 31, 10:00 AM
  • Herndon Centennial Golf Course

Featured image by: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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