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Things to Do in NoVA: Feb. 11-17

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week.

FILM
Celebrating Black History and love at Angelika Film Center
Throughout February
And in honor of Black History Month, multiple bog screen hits will be shown throughout the month, like Do the Right Thing, Poetic Justice and The Color Purple. And for Valentine’s Day there will be a showing of Casablanca. // Merrifield

THEATER
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Through March 10
This Tony Award-winning musical is on stage at Signature Theatre and features all the classics of Thomas “Fats” Waller and brings the audience back to Harlem of the 1920s and ’30s. // Shirlington

DRINK
Kick the Kegs at Ornery Beer Company
Tuesday, Feb. 12
The sudden loss of Fair Winds Brewing’s owner Casey Jones has the local beer community coming together to raise funds for his children. Eighteen breweries are headed to Ornery Beer Company with one keg each; first keg to kick wins. Proceeds go to the Jones family. // Fairfax

FOOD
Corks and Cupcakes
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17
Pair your wine with cupcakes, Georgetown Cupcakes, as Bluemont Vineyard takes you through four pairings of their wine and the popular confectionary delights. // Bluemont

DESIGN
Planning 101 Workshop at Erin Condren
Sunday, Feb. 17
Now that we’ve all Kondoed our homes it is time to get our planners in order. The Erin Condren store in Mosaic is hosting a workshop to get your goals and planners on track and looking great. // Merrifield

Things to Do

Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 4-10

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week

MUSIC
Arlo Guthrie
Feb. 8-9
The Birchmere hosts Arlo Guthrie, who follows in his father’s (Woody Guthrie) footsteps of folk music with a focus on tackling social injustices. // Birchmere, Alexandria

HOLIDAY
Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Feb. 8-17
Paradise Springs Winery goes sweet with their special event that pairs decadent chocolates made by local artisans with a full tasting of their wines and Swagger, a port-style wine. And if you are there on Feb. 9, stay for their Valentine’s Wine Dinner. // Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton

DESIGN
Defining your outdoor space
Feb. 9, 10 a.m.
Experts at Merrifield Garden Center will take you through the steps of planning out your outdoor oasis as they talk about mixing plants, hardscapes and outdoor furniture to create a peaceful respite. // Merrifield Garden Center, Merrifield

DESIGN
Heart-Shaped Floral Wreath Workshop
Feb. 10, 10 a.m.
The floral masterminds at Botanologica are hosting a workshop where you will create a beautiful fresh wreath with the holiday of love in mind. Not only will you walk away with a piece of art, but you will also learn the history behind the sentiment of giving flowers. // Botanologica, Falls Church

HOLIDAY
Valentine’s Day Card Making Workshop
Feb. 10
Pop into Park Story on Sunday and make a card from the heart as Calligraphette and Co. showcases a workshop where those of all levels will create and walk away with a brush pen, four Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes, a calligraphy alphabet, guidelines and marbling supplies. // Park Story, Mosaic District

Things to Do

Things to Do in NoVA: Jan. 14-21

Events to get on your calendar this week.

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Through Jan 20
D.C. restaurants offer up great deals to get you in the door on these snow evenings but if you are willing to brave the cold and ice you are treated to renowned fare at discounted prices: $22 brunches and lunches, $35 dinners at over 100 restaurants in NoVA, D.C. and Maryland.

The Hip Hop Museum Pop-Up
Jan. 18-19 opening
The Source magazine founder and creator, Dave Mays, has set this pop-up museum in motion where patrons attending the kick-off show will be treated to a concert by The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of “Rapper’s Delight”.
The museum, housed at Culturehouse, will be open until Feb. 18. 

Heather McDonald at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Jan. 18-19
Known for her podcast and comedy shows, Juicy Scoop, White Chicks and I Don’t Mean to Brag, Heather McDonald is making her debut at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse this weekend and will surely put a smile on your face and some guttural laughter in your belly as she takes on relationships, pop culture and more, though she stays clear of politics.

Home + Remodeling Show
Jan. 18-20
Get design inspiration and advice all in one spot this weekend as the Dulles Expo Center is turned over to home designers and contractors plus workshops, talks and appearances by HGTV’s Design Star personality Tyler Wisler and John Gidding of TLC’s Trading Spaces.

Kleptocracy
Opens Jan. 18, runs through Feb. 24
Kenneth Lin, he of House of Cards, takes on Russia in a fictional manner with his theatrical show spotlighting the U.S.-Russia “relationship” and one man’s, Vladimir Putin’s, rise to power.

Alexandria’s Maker’s Mile
Jan. 18-21
Old Town Alexandria is putting the focus on its local makers this weekend with an event that will not only inspire you to buy from area artisans but also to get you using your hands by making your own items. Store that are participating include AR Workshop, fibre space, Penny Post, Red Barn Mercantile and Stitch Sew Shop.

Chefscape Opening
Jan. 19-20
A new food hall is hitting the NoVA scene, this time in Leesburg as Chefscape holds its grand opening this weekend. Find four concepts from Rooted and Bloomed, Muggerz BBQ, Sultry Soul Food and Sandwich Bistro.

Baby Gifts: The Nest Egg Fairfax Corner

The arrival of a new baby is always an exciting even to celebrate. Finding the perfect gift for the new baby, the granddaughter or grandson, niece or nephew, or what ever your relation, is a simple if you know where to look. Well, here is where to look, The Nest Egg at Fairfax Corner. Located across from Ann Taylor Loft, you will get lost in all they have to offer. 

The Nest Egg’s owner, Ann, gives Tracey Barrett of FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate a tour of this wonderful corner of her shop. Please also visit the gallery below. 

Baby Gifts: The Nest Egg Fairfax Corner

Junior Achievement Financial Park: A Tour

I recently had a fantastic experience volunteering to be the “Automotive Maintenance” stop and station at the Junior Achievement Financial Park in Fairfax, VA. My 8th grader’s school sends all the 8th graders here each year to get an introduction to personal household budgeting. 

The student experience starts with planned curriculum in their class rooms and moves into the culmination “at JA Finance Park®, where these young people have the opportunity to put their newly-learned skills to the test in this digital, 21st century, innovative learning environment. The “mini-city” houses a variety of storefronts and kiosks, correlating to the personal budget lines each student must manage during their JA Finance Park® visit.

“The Finance Park website describes the experience “as these young people enter the doors of Finance Park, they leave behind their lives as middle school students and take on a life scenario: an avatar with a career, salary, credit score, debt, a family, and financial obligations. On tablet computers, students make their way through various phases of the day:”

Source: JA Fiance Park Website – https://www.myja.org/financepark/

The students I helped through this process had avatars that ranged from 1) a single parent with 1 child making $39,000 annually with a credit score of 650, to 2) a gentleman making $84,000 annually, married with a child, to 3) a woman making $79,000 annually married to a gentleman making $12,000 annually, 1 child, 780 credit score, and $27,000 in student loan debt. From these base data the students performed the tasks above and had to make some hard choices at times. 

This was a wonderful practical application of real world numbers and monthly dilemmas households face each month. It is an incredible resource and I’m so grateful that our area has the JA Finance Park® as a resource. 

You can learn more by visiting the JA Finance Park® website here

Junior Achievement Financial Park: A Tour

Things to Do

Things to Do in NoVA: Dec. 17-23

A host of festive activities to get you right up to Christmas.

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

THEATER
Madeline’s Christmas
Through Dec. 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

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.

Things to Do

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!

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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