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Things to Do in NoVA: Dec. 3-9

From seasonal performances to decor workshops there are a multitude of events happening this week to get you in the holiday spirit.

 

THEATER
Black Nativity
Dec. 1-9
Langston Hughes’ musical about the story of Jesus’ birth comes to the stage of Hylton Performing Arts Center. // Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

 

SHOPPING
Fairfax City’s Holiday Market
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 15
Shop local and enjoy live music, hot drinks and gourmet tents in heated tents. Vendors vary each week. // Old Town Square, Fairfax City

 

SHOPPING
Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market
Weekends, through Dec. 16
Handcrafted fine arts will be on display and for sale at this annual event that will include a multitude of varying mediums from art, textiles and paintings to glass, jewelry and sculpture.

DESIGN
Free Geometric Wreaths at Ballston Quarter
Dec. 4
Holley Simmons of Still Life leads guest through a class on how to build geometric wreaths with evergreens. // Ballston Quarter, Arlington

 

DESIGN
Wreath Making Class
Dec. 4
Learn from expert floral designers how to make fresh wreaths with the provide materials while you also enjoy complimentary beverages. // Metro Flower Market, Chantilly

 

FOOD + DRINK
Mad Fox Holiday Beer Tasting
Dec. 5
Sit back and enjoy a cold one, or a few, during the 5th annual holiday beer tasting where you can also meet the brewers and brewery/pub owners from all over the region. // Mad Fox Brewing Company, Falls Church

 

MUSIC
Eddie from Ohio
Dec. 6
The popular band, from Virginia, plays their contemporary folk sounds. // Tally Ho, Leesburg

 

THEATER
Madeline’s Christmas
Dec. 6-23
Children get a laugh with this musical adaptation of the popular stories of Madeline as she creates a magical, memorable Christmas. // Creative Cauldron, Falls Church

 

MUSIC
American Festival Pops Orchestra
Dec. 7
American Festival Pops Orchestra continue the tradition of the holidays with their annual holiday concert. // Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

 

COMEDY
Darrell Hammond
Dec. 7-8
Known for his stints on Saturday Night Live playing presidents, Darrell Hammond takes the local stage for a two-night stand-up set. // Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, Arlington

 

SHOPPING
Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar
Dec. 7-8
At this weekend event you will find Norwegian foods, cooking demos, live music, folk dancing, art demos, Nordic sweaters, children’s books and toys and, of course, holiday shopping. // Christ Lutheran Church, Fairfax

 

SHOPPING
Blend’s 2018 German Christmas Market Weihnachtsmarkt
Dec. 8
Starting at 4:30 p.m. Blend Coffee Bar turns into a German holiday market with festivities, shopping and food and drink: hot mulled wine, brats, sweets and beer. // Blend Coffee Bar, Ashburn

 

ARTS
Workhouse Winterfest
Dec. 8
Have a day filled with holiday fun with art camps, a cookie exchange, instrument petting zoo, an ornament workshop, caroling, card and snowflake workshops and, of course, a visit with Santa. // Workhouse Art Center, Lorton

HOLIDAY
How to Celebrate Kwanza Workshop
Dec. 8
Let the staff of the Alexandria Black History Museum guide you through Kwanza with a history of the holiday, crafts, games, gifts, recipes and decorating. // Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria

 

FOOD + DRINK
Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl
Dec. 8
Get decked out yourself and indulge in an afternoon of cocktails and cheer at participating restaurants in Del Ray that benefits MVCS Blessings in Backpack and Cora Kelly ALIVE Weekend Food Packs. // Throughout Del Ray

DESIGN
Felted Ornaments
Dec. 9
Make your own felted ornament to hang on the tree. Learn how to lay down shapes of color and texture to create your own special piece. // The Lemon Collective, Washington , D.C.

 

SHOPPING
Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up D.C.
Dec. 9
Modern, independent designers are showcased at Dock 5 where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts. It’ll be a festive atmosphere with music, free drinks, craft projects and the $15 admission fee gets you a free cotton tote. // Dock 5 at Union Market, Washington, D.C.

 

MUSIC
Vienna Boys Choir
Dec. 9
The renown choir made up of boys ranging from 9-14 years old, from over 31 countries perform songs for the holiday season. // Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

Things to Do

Things To Do in NoVA: December 2018

(Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Alexandria)

Fill your calendar with the best events happening in Northern Virginia this month.

HOLIDAY
District Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 1
Enjoy the parade of lit boats, cookie decorating, a fire pit, ice skating, fireworks and sips from the Waterfront Beer & Wine Garden, plus a visit from Santa. // District Wharf, Washington D.C.

 

HOLIDAY
Frost Fest at Pentagon Row
Dec. 1
Enjoy an evening of fireworks, music, ice sculptures and giveaways. // Pentagon Row, Arlington

 

HOLIDAY
Annual Tree Lighting at One Loudoun
Dec. 1
The holidays begin at One Loudoun with the lighting of the tree where there will also be entertainment, crafts, horse and wagon rides, s’mores and more. // One Loudoun, Ashburn

 

HOLIDAY
Holiday on the Avenue
Dec. 1
The tree and menorah are lit along with luminaries, caroling, Santa and a collection drive. And, don’t forget to vote for your favorite decorated tree. // Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, Del Ray

 

HOLIDAY
Manassas Christmas Parade
Dec. 1
For 73 years Manassas has kicked off the holiday season with a parade, each year growing and becoming a tradition for residents. Held rain, shine or snow. // Downtown Manassas

 

MUSIC
Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long
Dec. 1
Caroling is a tradition and fun. Do it as a massive group at this annual sing-a-long where the tunes are played by the United States Marine Band along with local choir and vocal groups.  // Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, Vienna

 

SHOPPING
Traditional German Christmas Market
Dec. 1
Indulge in traditional German fare at this market showcasing local vendors, Christmas decorations, children’s activities and a raffle. // Friends of the German International School Washington DC // Potomac, MD

 

HOLIDAY
Winter Festival of Lights
Dec. 1
Lee Highway turns into a display with 10,000 lights along the corridor and will host music, food, crafts and put a focus on the neighborhood businesses. // Lee Arts Center, Arlington

 

SHOPPING
Christkindlmarkt 2018
Through Dec. 2
The Heurich House Museum hosts visitors for their 6th annual outdoor holiday market with wares from local artisans and tours of the home. // Heurich House Museum, Washington, D.C.

 

SHOPPING
11th Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt
Dec. 1-2
Lovettsville turns into a little German town for a weekend as it hosts its annual Christkindlmarkt, sponsored by the Loudoun Valley German Society. Find handcrafted items, artisan food and drinks along with holiday greenery, decorations and more. // Lovettsville Game Protective Association Hall, Lovettsville

 

SPORTS
National’s Winterfest
Dec. 1-2
This year the holidays are held at Nationals Park. Enjoy a Nat-ivity scene, storytime, the Presidents, baseball activities and more. // Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

 

SHOPPING
City of Falls Church Holiday Craft Show
Dec. 1-2
More than 50 artisans will sell their merchandise at this two-day event that costs only $1 to enter. There will be children’s activities, a children’s holiday shop, a show by Louis the Magician (9:30 a.m. in the community center) and more. // Falls Church Community Center, Falls Church

 

THEATER
Black Nativity
Dec. 1-9
Langston Hughes’ musical about the story of Jesus’ birth comes to the stage of Hylton Performing Arts Center. // Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

 

SHOPPING
Fairfax City’s Holiday Market
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 15
Shop local and enjoy live music, hot drinks and gourmet tents in heated tents. Vendors vary each week. // Old Town Square, Fairfax City

 

SHOPPING
Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market
Weekends, through Dec. 16
Handcrafted fine arts will be on display and for sale at this annual event that will include a multitude of varying mediums from art, textiles and paintings to glass, jewelry and sculpture.

 

THEATER
A Christmas Carol
Through Dec. 16
Scrooge and all his visiting ghosts travel through time to bring about the Christmas spirit. // The Little Theatre of Alexandria, Alexandria

 

HOLIDAY
Christmas at Oatlands
Through Dec.
The historic home is decked out in lighted glory and open for walk through tours. // Historic Oatlands, Leesburg

 

HOLIDAY
Christmas at Mount Vernon
Through Dec.
Throughout the season Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with a nod to the past by hosting tours by candlelight and hosting a Howlidays photo station. // Mount Vernon, Alexandria

 

THEATER
The Nutcracker
Through Dec. 28
The Washington Ballet performs the holiday classic set in 1882 to Tachaikovsky’s score. // Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.

 

HOLIDAY
ZooLights at the National Zoo
Through Dec. 31
Lights take the focus at the zoo, at least during the night, during the annual ZooLights event that includes performances, live music and winter treats, plus holiday shopping. // National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

 

HOLIDAY
LightUP Fest
Through Jan. 2, 2019
One Loudoun celebrates the season with a night that lights up the town center with 77 displays shown during this eight-week exhibition based on four different themes: Tour of Fantasy; Freedom America; Mysterious East and Magical World. Accompanying the light displays will be acrobatics, arts and crafts and cultural fare from China. // One Loudoun, Ashburn

 

THEATER
Billy Elliot
Through Jan. 6, 2019
Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner puts his spin on the popular musical about an 11-year-old English boy who finds his love of ballet. // Signature Theatre, Shirlington

 

HOLIDAY
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Through Jan. 6, 2019
The Bull Run Festival of Lights is a night filled with 2.5 miles of illumination ending with a holiday carnival complete with rides, games, snacks and refreshments. // Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

 

HOLIDAY
Meadowlark Botanical Garden Winter Walk of Lights
Through Jan. 6, 2019
Meadowlark Botanical Garden hosts hundreds to walk its illuminated paths that hold more than three to four million lights. Concessions are on site.  // Meadowlark Botanical Garden, Vienna

 

SHOPPING
Gifts from the HeART Holiday Shopping
Through Jan. 7, 2019
Artwork is on exhibit and for sale at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit Cornerstones. Find artwork in the form of watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and more. Dec. 1 is the big Holiday Gift Shopping event where Lake Anne turns into a marketplace with food and more.

 

DESIGN
Holiday Evergreen Wreath Workshop
Dec. 2
Create your own beautiful evergreen wreath with oversight from the experts at Botanologica. Materials are included: varied fresh evergreens, berries, pine cones, feathers, boxwood and fragrant mixed foliage. // Botanologica, Falls Church

 

DESIGN
Free Geometric Wreaths at Ballston Quarter
Dec. 4
Holley Simmons of Still Life leads guest through a class on how to build geometris wreaths with evergreens. // Ballston Quarter, Arlington

 

DESIGN
Wreath Making Class
Dec. 4
Learn from expert floral designers how to make fresh wreaths with the provide materials while you also enjoy complimentary beverages. // Metro Flower Market, Chantilly

 

FOOD + DRINK
Mad Fox Holiday Beer Tasting
Dec. 5
Sit back and enjoy a cold one, or a few, during the 5th annual holiday beer tasting where you can also meet the brewers and brewery/pub owners from all over the region. // Mad Fox Brewing Company, Falls Church

 

MUSIC
Eddie from Ohio
Dec. 6
The popular band, from Virginia, plays their contemporary folk sounds. // Tally Ho, Leesburg

 

THEATER
Madeline’s Christmas
Dec. 6-23
Children get a laugh with this musical adaptation of the popular stories of Madeline as she creates a magical, memorable Christmas. // Creative Cauldron, Falls Church

 

MUSIC
American Festival Pops Orchestra
Dec. 7
American Festival Pops Orchestra continue the tradition of the holidays with their annual holiday concert. // Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

 

COMEDY
Darrell Hammond
Dec. 7-8
Known for his stints on Saturday Night Live playing presidents, Darrell Hammond takes the local stage for a two-night stand-up set. // Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, Arlington



SHOPPING
Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar
Dec. 7-8
At this weekend event you will find Norwegian foods, cooking demos, live music, folk dancing, art demos, Nordic sweaters, children’s books and toys and, of course, holiday shopping. // Christ Lutheran Church, Fairfax

 

SHOPPING
Blend’s 2018 German Christmas Market Weihnachtsmarkt
Dec. 8
Starting at 4:30 p.m. Blend Coffee Bar turns into a German holiday market with festivities, shopping and food and drink: hot mulled wine, brats, sweets and beer. // Blend Coffee Bar, Ashburn

 

ARTS
Workhouse Winterfest
Dec. 8
Have a day filled with holiday fun with art camps, a cookie exchange, instrument petting zoo, an ornament workshop, caroling, card and snowflake workshops and, of course, a visit with Santa. // Workhouse Art Center, Lorton


HOLIDAY
How to Celebrate Kwanza Workshop
Dec. 8
Let the staff of the Alexandria Black History Museum guide you through Kwanza with a history of the holiday, crafts, games, gifts, recipes and decorating. // Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria

 

FOOD + DRINK
Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl
Dec. 8
Get decked out yourself and indulge in an afternoon of cocktails and cheer at participating restaurants in Del Ray that benefits MVCS Blessings in Backpack and Cora Kelly ALIVE Weekend Food Packs. // Throughout Del Ray


DESIGN
Felted Ornaments
Dec. 9
Make your own felted ornament to hang on the tree. Learn how to lay down shapes of color and texture to create your own special piece. // The Lemon Collective, Washington , D.C.

 

SHOPPING
Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up D.C.
Dec. 9
Modern, independent designers are showcased at Dock 5 where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts. It’ll be a festive atmosphere with music, free drinks, craft projects and the $15 admission fee gets you a free cotton tote. // Dock 5 at Union Market, Washington, D.C.

 

MUSIC
Vienna Boys Choir
Dec. 9
The renown choir made up of boys ranging from 9-14 years old, from over 31 countries perform songs for the holiday season. // Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

 

DESIGN
Creating Holiday Boxwood Trees Workshop
Dec. 12
Stunning precise boxwoods are a beautiful addition to any holiday decor. This class has you learning from expert designers and provides you with the boxwood, container and the accoutrements for decorating. // Metro Flower Market, Chantilly

 

THEATER
It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play
Dec. 14-16
Listen to the classic story of George Bailey in a classic way: a live, 1940s-style radio broadcast by the Prince William Little Theatre. // Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas

 

VOLUNTEER
Wreaths Across America
Dec. 15
During this time of giving, take some of your time to honor and remember those who have given their lives to this country by taking part the annual wreath laying ceremony. // Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington

 

SHOPPING
A Pop Up at Park Story
Dec. 15
A shop in Mosaic has the sole purpose of spotlighting local and independent brands. On Dec. 15, Threads by Nomad will take over the space bringing their entire clothing collection and a selection of home gifts, jewelry home and holiday decor. Stop in. Sip on some bubbly. Shop local. // Park Story, Mosaic District

 

THEATER
The Nutcracker
Dec. 16
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra plays as Fairfax Ballet perform this holiday classic. // George Mason Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax

 

DESIGN
Terrarium Class with Succulents
Dec. 17
Those trending little plants aren’t going anywhere. No matter the time of year they bring a great focal point to any room. // The Lemon Collective, Washington , D.C.

 

DESIGN
Holiday Candle Centerpiece
Dec. 18
Make sure your table sings with a beautiful centerpiece with central pillar candle. Materials and provided for you to make a masterpiece. // Metro Flower Market, Chantilly

 

MUSIC
16th Annual Santa Clauster-f@%! Christmas Spectacular
Dec. 22-23
Listen to a mix of tunes from polka and folk to rock and heavy metal as almost 60 musicians take the stage and perform holiday songs. // Jammin Java, Vienna

 

SHOPPING
Downtown Holiday Market
Through Dec. 23
More than 150 regional artists showcasing gifts, jewelry, pottery, paintings, textiles and more. There will also be seasonal entertainment and festive treats. // Washington, D.C.

 

MUSIC
The Washington Chorus Family Christmas
Dec. 23
The Washington Chorus performs holiday music and patrons will get a visit from Santa. // George Mason Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax

 

HOLIDAY
Waterskiing Santa
Dec. 24
Most of the time you see him in a sleigh, but in Alexandria Santa takes to the water with with reindeer. Find a place on the shore and take in Santa on water skis. // Alexandria Waterfront

 

HOLIDAY
First Night Alexandria
Dec. 31
Festivities aren’t over once Christmas comes to town. Alexandria gets right on its game with a night to ring in the New Year with festivities for kids and adults. // Old Town Alexandria

 

HOLIDAY
Big Night DC
Dec. 31
Let the planning be taken care of by someone else when it comes to New Year’s Eve. Big Night DC has a night planned with more than a dozen artists, a special food and drink menu and luxurious rooms to stay the night in. // Gaylord National Resort, Oxon Hill, MD

Things to Do

Things to Do in NoVA: 12 Holiday Markets

Hit up these markets for unique finds for everyone on your list this holiday season.

 

Christkindlmarkt 2018
Nov. 30-Dec. 2
The Heurich House Museum hosts visitors for their 6th annual outdoor holiday market with wares from local artisans and tours of the home. // Heurich House Museum, Washington, D.C.

 

Fairfax City’s Holiday Market
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 15
Shop local and enjoy live music, hot drinks and gourmet tents in heated tents. Vendors vary each week. // Old Town Square, Fairfax City

 

Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market
Weekends, Nov. 30-Dec. 16
Handcrafted fine arts will be on display and for sale at this annual event that will include a multitude of varying mediums from art, textiles and paintings to glass, jewelry and sculpture.

 

Gifts from the HeART Holiday Shopping
Through Jan. 7, 2019
Artwork is on exhibit and for sale at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery with proceeds going to benefit the nonprofit Cornerstones. FInd artwork in the form of watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and more. Dec. 1 is the big HOliday Gift Shopping event where Lake Anne turns into a marketplace with food and more.

 

Traditional German Christmas Market
Dec. 1
Indulge in traditional German fare at this market showcasing local vendors, Christmas decorations, children’s activities and a raffle. // Friends of the German International School Washington DC // Potomac, MD

 

11th Annual Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt
Dec. 1-2
Lovettsville turns into a little German town for a weekend as it hosts its annual Christkindlmarkt, sponsored by the Loudoun Valley German Society. Find handcrafted items, artisan food and drinks along with holiday greenery, decorations and more. // Lovettsville Game Protective Association Hall, Lovettsville

 

City of Falls Church Holiday Craft Show
Dec. 1-2
More than 50 artisans will sell their merchandise at this two-day event that costs only $1 to enter. There will be children’s activities, a children’s holiday shop, a show by Louis the Magician (9:30 a.m. in the community center) and more. // Falls Church Community Center, Falls Church

 

Norwegian Holiday Festival & Bazaar
Dec. 7-8
At this weekend event you will find Norwegian foods, cooking demos, live music, folk dancing, art demos, Nordic sweaters, children’s books and toys and, of course, holiday shopping. // Christ Lutheran Church, Fairfax

 

Blend’s 2018 German Christmas Market Weihnachtsmarkt
Dec. 8
Starting at 4:30 p.m. Blend Coffee Bar turns into a German holiday market with festivities, shopping and food and drink: hot mulled wine, brats, sweets and beer. // Blend Coffee Bar, Ashburn

 

Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up D.C.
Dec. 9
Modern, independent designers are showcased at Dock 5 where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts. It’ll be a festive atmosphere with music, free drinks, craft projects and the $15 admission fee gets you a free cotton tote. // Dock 5 at Union Market, Washington, D.C.

 

A Pop Up at Park Story
Dec. 15
A shop in Mosaic has the sole purpose of spotlighting local and independent brands. On Dec. 15, Threads by Nomad will take over the space bringing their entire clothing collection and a selection of home gifts, jewelry home and holiday decor. Stop in. Sip on some bubbly. Shop local. // Park Story, Mosaic District

 

Downtown Holiday Market
Through Dec. 23
More than 150 regional artists showcasing gifts, jewelry, pottery, paintings, textiles and more. There will also be seasonal entertainment and festive treats. // Washington, D.C.

 

 

Things to Do: The Wine House’s Holiday Wine Pairings and Winter Wine Tasting

Fairfax’s Wine House owner, Michael Pearce, tells us about Holiday Wine Pairings, Upcoming Wine House events, Fantastic Local Wines, wine clubs, and his latest restaurant, Vino Bistro, which just opened in Leesburg. Visit www.winehouseonline.com for more information.

Don’t miss this Saturday’s, December 1, Winter Tasting!

Click to view upcoming Wine House events.

Regularly Scheduled Events

The Wine House features regularly scheduled weekly events and festivals. Private events, tastings & dinners are available upon request. Please contact us for more information.

Regularly scheduled events include:

Mussels And Seafood Mondays
– Every Monday night we prepare three different sauces for your mussels. Three plates prepared with different sauces for $19, or if you really like one, by all means double up! Mussels with other fresh options from the sea to start the week, every Monday, at The Wine House.
Wednesday Flight Night
– Every Wednesday from 6-8pm we feature a set of 4 predetermined wines presented for analysis and tasting with our professional on-site staff and guest speakers.
Thursday Steak Night
-Every Thursday, we feature multiple cuts of or fresh, 100% grass fed New Zealand beef.  You choose your sides and sauce from our selections.  Build your own tasty steak dish, just the way you like it!
Free Saturday Wine Tastings
– Every Saturday from 2pm to 4pm we feature hand-selected wines to taste for free along with a professional staff member on hand for analysis.
Monthly Wine Education Classes
– Our popular Wine Education classes range in theme from “Understanding Wine” as the entry level, to “Bordeaux”, “Burgundy”, “Loire”, “Napa”, “Spain” and more.  Call in store for details.

Things to Do: The Wine House’s Holiday Wine Pairings and Winter Wine Tasting

Things to Do

Things to Do in NoVA: Nov. 26-Dec. 2

A handful of events to keep you happy and entertained this week.

FOOD + DRINK
Sparkling Festival
Nov. 26-Dec. 9
ThinkFood Group is hosting a two-week Sparkling Wine Flight event to get the holidays kicked off. Events will be at America Eats Tavern, Jaleo and many more of the Jose Andres restaurants. // Throughout Washington, D.C.

 

FAIRS + FESTIVALS
Alexandria’s Scottish Weekend
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1
A tradition like no other in Alexandria, the city’s streets turn over to bagpipes, kilts, hounds and Santa Claus. // Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria

 

HOME TOUR
Herndon Holiday Home Tour
Dec. 1
Beautiful homes, decked out in all their holiday splendor, will be open for tours. The homes on the tour are are chosen based on their historic and architecture integrity. Tickets are available at Herndon Florist and the Herndon Community Center. // Throughout Herndon

 

DESIGN
Holiday Evergreen Wreath Workshop
Dec. 2
Create your own beautiful evergreen wreath with oversight from the experts at Botanologica. Materials are included: varied fresh evergreens, berries, pine cones, feathers, boxwood and fragrant mixed foliage. //Botanologica, Falls Church

 

BOOK TALK
David Baldacci Book Signing
Dec. 2
Best-selling author David Baldacci will be at Reston Regional Library, in partnership with Bard’s Alley, for a author talk and book signing for his latest release Long Road to Mercy. The first 100 people who register will receive free copies of the book. Sign up on the Fairfax County Library website. // Reston Regional Library, Reston

Things to Do

Things to Do in NoVA: Nov. 12-18

A handful of events to keep you happy and entertained this week.

 

FOOD + DRINK
DC Cocktail Week
Nov. 12-18
More than 60 establishments are offering up specials on food and drink options this week throughout the DMV. On the Virginia side there are places like Oz, Matchbox, Jaleo and BaBa where you can go to try out new concoctions from mixologists and pair the liquid delight with some edible fare. // DC Cocktail Week, Throughout the DMV

 

FOOD + DRINK
Rock the Block: A Culinary Tour of Old Town
Nov. 14
Hosted and supporting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, more than a handful of Alexandria restaurants are participating in a culinary tour that will dazzle the palate. // Old Town Alexandria restaurants, Alexandria

 

SHOPPING
Ladies Night Out
Nov. 15
Stroll the aisles of Merrifield Garden Center as it transforms for the holiday season. There will be food and drinks for nibbling and imbibing and decor that will inspire. Plus, it’s your first chance to shop the holiday merchandise. // Merrifield Garden Center, All locations

 

DESIGN
Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop
Nov. 17
Impress your gets with a dressed Thanksgiving table with a homemade centerpiece. Learn from the experts during this workshop that includes all materials needed to make a beautiful arrangement. // Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax

 

SHOPPING
32nd Annual Holiday Craft Show
Nov. 17-18
Local artisans show off their holiday crafts and creations at a craft show where you can find something for everyone on your list. // Fairfax High School, Fairfax City

 

HOLIDAY
LightUP Fest
Through Jan. 2, 2019
One Loudoun celebrates the season with a night that lights up the town center with 77 displays shown during this eight-week exhibition based on four different themes: Tour of Fantasy; Freedom America; Mysterious East and Magical World. Accompanying the light displays will be acrobatics, arts and crafts and cultural fare from China. // One Loudoun, Ashburn

 

 

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Get a sneak peek of Lucketts Design House and Holiday Market opening this weekend, Nov. 9-11.

Twinkling lights, faux fur throws, plaid pillows snow-covered trees and more. The sights of the winter holiday are on display throughout the season as Lucketts Design House opens this weekend with an accompanying holiday market Nov. 9-11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., each day. More than 50 vendors will be setting up shop on the grounds and will include a Vanish beer garden.

The design house will be open weekends throughout the season, and we spoke with Old Lucketts Store co-owner Amy Whyte for a sneak peek at what you can expect.

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Things to Do: Lucketts Design House Winter 2018

Things to Do

Things to Do in NoVA: November 2018

(Photo credit: M Enriquez for Visit Alexandria)

Fill your calendar with the best events happening in Northern Virginia this month.


DESIGN

Ceramic Holiday Ornament Workshop
Nov. 2
Imprint clay to make your own ceramic holiday ornaments, up to 6, that will be glazed and fired. // Botanologica, Falls Church

 

FOOD + DRINK
Bourbon and Bubbles at The Barns
Nov. 2
Take a night for tasting hand-picked bourbons, sparkling wines and champagne at the newly renovated The Barns while you also enjoy gourmet Southern foods, hand-rolled cigars, music by Bobby Thompson and a silent auction. The event supports Wolf Trap Foundation’s art and education programs. // Wolf Trap, Vienna

 

PERFORMANCE
Hairspray
Nov. 2-4, 9-10
It’s 1962 in Reston and the hottest thing for kids these days is getting on The Corny Collin’s Show. Reston Community Players take on the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical the first part of the month. // RestonCenter Stage, Reston

 

SHOPPING
Uptown Block Party
Nov. 3
The streets of Old Town Alexandria are morphing into a party on Saturday as many stores are joining in on a block party that will include music, raffles, face painting, activities and more. Plus, select stores will be offering great discounts and perks. // Old Town Alexandria stores, Alexandria

 

KIDS
Fall Scavenger Hunt at Merrifield Gardens
Nov. 3
Kids get a lesson in gardening as they make their way through the grounds of Merrifield Garden and earn prizes. // Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax

 

FOOD + DRINK
Novemberfest
Nov. 3
Rustico opens its space for patrons to indulge in more than 80 local beers and ciders from 30 Virginia producers along with hearty food options from chef Aaron Wright. // Rustico Restaurant and Bar, Alexandria

 

FOOD + DRINK
DC Beer Fest
Nov. 3
Stroll the concourses of Nats Park and partake in seasonal brews from numerous breweries during DC Beer Fest where there will also be food trucks, lawn games and more. // Nats Park, Washington, D.C.

 

SHOPPING
The DC Big Flea and Antiques Market
Nov. 3-4
Looking for a great deal on vintage clothing and bags? Or are you looking for unique collectibles? The DC Big Flea and Antiques Market, one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic, is coming. // Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly

 

COMEDY
Tom Green
Nov. 4
Tom Green. Remember him? He of the MTV The Tom Green Show? Sightings on the big screen in Charlie’s Angels and Road Trip? He hits up Falls Church for the night to bring his schtick to the stand up stage. // The State Theatre, Falls Church

 

COMEDY
Jeff Dunham Passively Aggressive
Nov. 7
For 60 cities Jeff Dunham and his “friends” are taking the stage to bring smiles and laughter, that is if you go for the dry wit act. And don’t let the YouTube phenom and Netflix comedian who travels with puppets fool you; it is not a show for children. // EagleBank Arena, Fairfax

 

HOLIDAY
LightUP Fest
Nov. 8
One Loudoun celebrates the season with a night that lights up the town center with 77 displays shown during this eight-week exhibition based on four different themes: Tour of Fantasy; Freedom America; Mysterious East and Magical World. Accompanying the light displays will be acrobatics, arts and crafts and cultural fare from China. // One Loudoun, Ashburn

 

SHOPPING
Holiday Open House and Winter Market
Nov. 9
The Old Lucketts store celebrates the opening of their Design House and holiday shopping season with a day that will showcase all of their wares plus 60 more vendors outside along with a Vanish beer garden and food trucks. // Old Lucketts Store, Lucketts

 

HOLIDAY
Opening Night of Meadowlark Botanical Garden Winter Walk of Lights
Nov. 9
From Nov. 9 until Jan. 6, 2019, Meadowlark Botanical Garden hosts hundreds to walk its illuminated paths. // Meadowlark Botanical Garden, Vienna

 

HOLIDAY
25th Annual Northern Virginia Christmas Market
Nov. 9-11
More than 300 artisans are setting up shop this weekend to sell their holiday crafts, jewelry, photography, furniture and more creations. Artists have been judged and chosen to showcase in this show. // Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly

 

DESIGN
Meet the Scott Brother at Belfort Furniture
Nov. 10
The popular HGTV family duo who have renovated homes across the nation, are coming to Belfort Furniture to help celebrate the grand opening of the new 85,000 square foot showroom. There will be a design Q&A with the brothers, followed by them reading from their children’s book, a drawing for Scott Living furniture (valued up to $2500, no purchase necessary) with music, refreshments and furniture giveaways throughout the event. // Belfort Furniture, Dulles

 

FAIRS + FESTIVALS
Mount Vernon Colonial Market and Fair
Nov. 10-11
George Washington’s former grounds make way for vendors selling historic merchandise and entertaining with music, games and shows. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria

 

FOOD + DRINK
Forge Five Year Anniversary Party
Nov. 10
Forge Brew Works is throwing a party for itself with Belgian brews, food, entertainment and barbecue. This event is kid and pet friendly. // Forge Brew Works, Lorton

 

PERFORMANCE
Virginia Opera: Don Giovanni
Nov. 10-11
Mozart’s Don Giovanni is a story of human tragedy, romance and comedy set to powerful music; it is the tale of Don Juan sung in Italian with English supertitles. // George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, Fairfax

 

DESIGN
Autumn Ringlet Workshop
Nov. 11
Using fresh and dried blooms and sprigs of fall learn to make a beautiful wreath. // Botanologica, Falls Church

 

FOOD + DRINK
Veterans Day Beer Bash
Nov. 11
Mustang Sally gives nod to those who’ve served with an afternoon of barbecue from Mission BBQ, live music and, of course, beer. The event supports Pets for Vets. // Mustang Sally Brewing Company, Chantilly

 

GARDENING
The Four Season Garden
Nov. 11
Merrifield Plant Specialist Louis Ratchford will offer tips and guidance on how to set up a four season garden that will bloom throughout the year. // Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax


FOOD + DRINK
Rock the Block: A Culinary Tour of Old Town
Nov. 14
Hosted and supporting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, more than a handful of Alexandria restaurants are participating in a culinary tour that will dazzle the palate. // Old Town Alexandria restaurants, Alexandria

 

SHOPPING
Ladies Night Out
Nov. 15
Stroll the aisles of Merrifield Garden Center as it transforms for the holiday season. There will be food and drinks for nibbling and imbibing and decor that will inspire. Plus, it’s your first chance to shop the holiday merchandise. // Merrifield Garden Center, All locations

 

FITNESS
2018 Snowflake Stampede
Nov. 17
Pound the pavement or stroll the path for 2.5 miles as you take in the Bull Run Festival of Lights on foot. Everyone who participates receives a long-sleeve Snowflake Stampede T-shirt, glow necklace and a hot chocolate. // Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

 

DESIGN
Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop
Nov. 17
Impress your gets with a dressed Thanksgiving table with a homemade centerpiece. Learn from the experts during this workshop that includes all materials needed to make a beautiful arrangement. // Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax

 

SHOPPING
32nd Annual Holiday Craft Show
Nov. 17-18
Local artisans show off their holiday crafts and creations at a craft show where you can find something for everyone on your list. // Fairfax High School, Fairfax City

 

HOLIDAY
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Nov. 21-Jan. 6, 2019
This weekend begins the Bull Run Festival of Lights with 2.5 miles of illumination ending with a holiday carnival complete with rides, games, snacks and refreshments. // Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

 

HOLIDAY
Winter Wonderland Parade
Nov. 23
Kick off the holidays in Reston starting with a Gingerbread Man’s Mile race for the kids, followed by the 28th Annual Reston Holiday Parade–rated 10 Best by USA Today Travel–a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, mini train rides, a performance by Conservatory Ballet, the tree lighting accompanied by a sing-a-long and wrapped up with horse-drawn carriage rides. // Reston Town Center, Reston

 

DESIGN
Holiday Ringlet Workshop
Nov. 25
Using evergreens, berries and more fashion a beautiful wreath to hang on your doors, mirrors, windows or mantle to enjoy throughout the holiday season. // Botanologica, Falls Church

 

SHOPPING
Holiday Open House
Nov. 25
Santa arrives this weekend at all Merrifield locations, and brings with him live music, trees, lights and more. // Merrifield Garden Center, All locations

 

FAIRS + FESTIVALS
Alexandria’s Scottish Weekend
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1
A tradition like no other in Alexandria, the city’s streets turn over to bagpipes, kilts, hounds and Santa Claus. // Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria

Things to Do

Things to Do: Bagel Buddies family recipe Thanksgiving Pies

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the food. The best part of the food is the yummy family recipes. Fair Lake’s Bagel Buddies brings bring their family recipes into your home each Thanksgiving.

Elissa Schultz, owner of Bagel Buddies, took a few minutes to introduce the amazing assortment of pies they are offering for 2018 Thanksgiving. How do any of these sound? Old favorites: pumpkin, pecan and apple. For the daring: pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate pecan, cheesecake and the Bagel Buddies Holiday Special a chocolate walnut pie. All homemade by Elissa herself.

Located right in Fair Lakes Bagel Buddies offers bagels so yummy that even my Uncle Peter from New Jersey felt like he had come home. Enjoy the assortment of cream cheeses, breakfast sandwiches and both hot and cold lunch sandwiches. Bagel Buddies is an excellent venue for a coffee meeting, lunch with colleagues, or snacks for the whole sports team.

As a special shout out to the FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate past clients, this year they will be able to pick out their very own Bagel Buddies Thanksgiving Pie as we give thanks for your support this past year and into 2019.