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holiday events fxbgSanta's Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops. Dec 4 - 24. Hours vary. Crafts, activities, free photo with Santa, and more! Where: Bass Pro Shop, 11550 Lakeridge Pkwy, Ashland, VA. www.basspro.com/santa

Ignite the Night Village Laser Show. Fri & Sat evenings through Dec 24. Fri: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and Sat: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, & 9 pm. Take a journey into pure imagination with the Ignite the Night Village Laser Show. Step into a land of lights and magic, you might even get a glimpse of Santa, or see it snow! In the Village at Towne Center, across from Sephora. Details at B1015.com keyword: LASER

Concert in Lights. Daily through Dec 24th. Shows Nightly, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm. Ignite the Night! Where: The Village, Spotsy Towne Centre

Santa Photos. Daily through Dec 24. Times vary. Where: Spotsy Town Centre, Center Court. Visit www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com/events for a complete schedule.

The Village Iceless Skating Rink. Through Dec 23; Dates/Times Vary. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to skate! 93.3 WFLS and The Village at Towne Centre invite you and your family to enjoy FREE skating in the Village our Iceless Ice Rink. Skates provided for free! Where: The Village, near Sephora at The Spotsy Towne Centre. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com/events for a complete schedule.

Jingle Bell Carriage Rides. Through Dec 31, Various dates/times. No Santa on this ride! Holiday music, Christmas Popcorn, bring some hot chocolate and warm blankets to snuggle up in. We will travel down Caroline St to see the decorated store windows, past Kenmore Plantation, down Washington Ave, then wind your way past Fredericksburg's official Christmas Tree. Click HERE to buy tickets. Where: F'burg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St, F'burg

Bull Run Festival of Lights. Daily through Jan 8. Nightly, starting at 5:30 pm. Over 40, 000 lights set to music and playing every night. Don't forget to visit Santa's Enchanted Lights located in the holiday village! Carnival rides, photos with Santa & much more! Where: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centerville, VA. www.bullrunfestivaloflights.com

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours. 12 - 5 pm. Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. Beautiful trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and lavish gifts welcome the season in grand Victorian style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends – and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! When: Tuesdays-Sundays through Jan 1 (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day).Cost: $5 suggested admission. www.maymont.org

Illuminate Light Show & Santa's Village. Daily through Jan 1 . Nightly, 5:30 - 10 pm. As you drive through the park you will experience hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio. The show features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen and festive decorations. After the show, spend some time in Santa's Village. There will be pictures with Santa, children's activities, Christmas trees, food and more. www.illuminatelightshow.com

Ice! Featuring Christmas Around the World. Through - Jan 1 (Closed Dec 5 - 7). Experience the magic of more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and slide down two-story ice slides. All kept at a chilly 9 degrees! Delight in the celebration of cultures through holiday scenes and travel to the North Pole to see Santa and his elves. www.christmasonthepotomac.com

Gingerbread Decorating Corner. Daily through Jan 1. Gather your family and friends for one of the most delicious holiday traditions around! Test your cookie carpentry and construct a fully-edible gingerbread house, sleigh or decorate your own ugly sweater! Operating hours same as Ice! Where: The Village of the North Pole at Gaylord National Hotel, D.C. www.christmasonthepotomac.com

Christmas Village. Daily through Jan 1. Step inside our enchanting Christmas village and discover a winter wonderland filled with magical Christmas fun for the whole family. Stroll through our Christmas Shoppe, take a turn on our Carousel and Teacup rides, create a yummy masterpiece at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner or create a new friend at our Build-A-Bear Workshop. Free! www.christmasonthepotomac.com

Santa Experience. Various dates/times throughout Dec. Santa personally calls your child and invites them to join him on a wagon ride! They will enjoy one on one time with Santa himself, sing Christmas carols, hear holiday stories and so much more! Where: Meet at The Courtyard Marriott. Cost: $175/Wagon (holds up to 6 adults). To buy tickets and see a complete schedule: www.oldetownecarriages.com/holiday-rides

Mt. Vernon by Candlelight. Dec 2, 3, 10, 11 & 18. 5 - 8 pm. Join the estate for candlelit character-guided tours of the first and second floors of the Mansion, 18th-century dancing and fireside caroling. On the final stop of the Mansion tour, guests will hear about Washington's holiday cooking and see a reproduction of Martha’s Great Cake. “Mrs. Washington” and Aladdin the Christmas camel will also be on site. Cost: $24/Adults; $16 Kids 2 - 11. www.mtvernon.org

Zoo Lights. Nightly, through Jan 1 (Closed Dec 24, 25, 31). 5 - 9 pm. Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. Zoo Lights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, zoo tubing, zoo train and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. New this year will be a dazzling light show set to music! www.nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/ZooLights/zoolights.cfm

Christmas Town @ Busch Gardens. Various days/times through Jan 2. Rides, Mistletoe Marketplace, Polar Pathway, Ice Palace, Santa's Workshop and so much more at this annual event. www.seaworldparks.com/christmastownbgw
Christmas @ Mt. Vernon. Through - Jan 6. 9 am - 4 pm. Visit George Washington’s estate and see Aladdin the camel on the grounds, in honor of the camel that Washington paid to visit Mount Vernon in 1787. Stroll through the estate during the Christmas season and see sparkling holiday decorations, featuring 12 dazzling Christmas trees, and historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Experience Christmas how the Washington’s would have celebrated it on a tour of the Mansion. Go behind-the-scenes and tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion. www.mountvernon.org

Dominion GardenFest of Lights. Daily - Jan 9 (closed Dec 24, 25), 5 - 10 pm. Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities & more at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Experience a dazzling 30-acre light and botanical display highlighting some of the many ways water surrounds us and shapes the world in which we live. Cost: $13 adults; $8 children (ages 3 – 12); Free for children under age 3. Tickets are available by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX (8499) or online HERE.

Night Before Christmas Hayride. Dec 2, 9, 11, 16, 17, 18, & 22. Times vary. Bring a warm blanket, your singing voice and sense of humor. We will sing holiday songs, while taking a wagon ride through the winter woods. After the ride we will return to the visitor center for hot chocolate and a reading of the classic holiday story, T'was the Night Before Christmas. Reservations are required. It's only $3 per person or $8 for the whole family. Call 540-663-3861. Where: Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd, King George

Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show. Dec 2 - 4. When: 10 am - 6 pm on Fri and Sat. 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday. A three-day, one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza featuring unique merchandise from more than 300 carefully selected vendors from Virginia and across the country. Shop for clothing, gourmet foods, gifts, children's items, jewelry and more during the show! Where: F'burg Expo Center. Cost: Adults: $8 | Seniors: $7 | Children 12 & Under: Free! (Tickets Good All Weekend) http://www.fredericksburgholidaycraftshow.com/

Rising Sun Tavern Holiday Open House. Dec 2, 6 - 8:30 pm. Enjoy an evening tour of the tavern with lively music and delicious refreshments. Free! Where: 1304 Caroline St, F'burg. www.washingtonheritagemuseums.org

A Monroe Christmas, Holiday Open House. Dec 2, 6 - 8 pm. Join us for our annual Holiday Open House! We will celebrate with cider, Colonial hot chocolate, and cookies, plus seasonal music played on the harp and the Monroe family’s Astor pianoforte. Free and open to the public. Where: James Monroe Museum

Rappahannock Choral Society Christmas Concert. Dec 3 (8 pm) & Dec 4 (3 pm). Enjoy a variety of seasonal music that will include beloved favorites, carols we’ve known since childhood, beautiful classical pieces, at least one humorous piece guaranteed to bring a smile and a laugh, and a few numbers that may be new to you. FREE! Where: Chancellor High School. www.rappahannock-choral-society.org

Mistletoe Market. Dec 3. 8 am - 1 pm. Mistletoe Market combines the best of the Farmers Market and Art in the Park just in time for the holidays! Pick up holiday wreaths and greenery, gifts, and order food for your special event! www.facebook.com/events/577554519111508

Deck the Halls. Dec 3, 9:30 am - 12 pm. Join us for our annual holiday decorating presentation by Jan Williams. Where: UMW, 116 Monroe Hall, F'burg. Cost: $30. www.jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu

Christmas Open House @ Montpelier. Dec 3, 9 am - 5 pm. Tour the mansion for a very special introduction to the holiday season for you and your family. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live music, kids' crafts, and seasonal food. Where: James Madison's Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957. FREE!

Nature Crafts for Christmas. Dec 3, 10 am - 12 pm. Ages 7 - 16: Hand dipped candles, leaf printed wrapping paper, leather treasures and more! Enjoy this annual tradition in our cozy log cabin. Everyone leaves with a handful of gifts to delight the giver and receiver. Wear old clothes and a jacket as some activities are outside. Kids under 9 must attend w/ non-paying adult. Pre-registration required. Cost: $12. Where: Motts Run Nature Center, River Rd, F'burg, 22401. www.fredericksburgva.gov/parksandrec

Spotsy's Annual Christmas Parade. Dec 3, 1 pm. Where: Spotsylvania Courthouse Area. Theme: "A Hollywood Holiday" Represent your favorite classic Christmas Movies!! www.spotsylvania.va.us/Christmas-Parade

Fredericksburg's Annual Christmas Parade. Dec 3, 5:30 pm. Join us for this annual tradition as the community comes together to spread the holiday cheer! Downtown F'burg, along Caroline St. www.fredericksburgchristmasparade.com

Holiday Open House @ Ingleside Vineyards. Dec 3 & 4. 12 - 5 pm. ‘Tis the season to sample our award-winning wines and enjoy holiday refreshments while shopping for that perfect gift for your favorite wine enthusiast! Take advantage of special holiday discounts in our wine and gift shop and stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays! Where: 5872 Leedstown Rd, Oak Grove, VA. www.inglesidevineyards.com

30th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit. December 4-30. A long-standing holiday tradition! Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm! This year's theme is "Home for the Holidays." Where: Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy, F'burg, 22405. Cost: $4/adults. $2/students. Under 6 is free! www.kenmore.org

Old Fashioned Christmas @ Maymont. Dec 4, 12 - 5 pm. Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you into the Dooleys’ home to marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, to see the gifts and games of 1893 and to stop by the Belowstairs, where holiday preparations abound. Guests can enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, St. Nick’s Party with Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and more. Free activities for families include ornament making, photo opportunities with St. Nick or Maymont’s Victorian sleigh, close encounters with a miniature pony, games and entertainment by living historian Lamar Bannister. New in the Victorian village, shoppers will find “street vendors” with fresh holiday greenery and aromatic herbal soaps and candles. Free activities. Guided mansion tours: $5 per person/$4 members and children age 12 and under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. For reservations, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310. www.maymont.org

Mary Washington House Candlelight Tour & Open House. Dec 4, 4:30 - 7 pm. Tour Mary Washington's home by candlelight and enjoy the holiday decorations. Free! Where: 1200 Charles St, F'burg, 22401. www.washingtonheritagemuseums.org

Santa Brunch & Elf Activities. Dec 4, 10 am - 3 pm. This holiday season, hand deliver your wish list to Santa at Potomac Point Winery. This magical day is sure to be memorable for kids and parents alike. Our brunch menu has something for everyone, both young and the young at heart. Elf activities include our pancake decorating station, Kid’s corner craft station, and a cookie-decorating bar. Skip the lines at the mall and bring your own camera to take a complimentary picture with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Must pre-buy tickets: www.potomacpointwinery.com/events/santa-brunch. Where: 275 Decatur Rd, Stafford

Spotsy Courthouse Luminary. Dec 4, 4:45 pm. Come enjoy this outdoor celebration as the candles are lit at dusk and the area Choirs begin to sing. Bring your blanket and your warm gloves and let the spirit warm your heart. Where: on the lawn of the Old Courthouse. http://www.spotsylvania.va.us/Courthouse-Christmas-Luminary

Flip & Jingle Holiday Party. Dec 5. 1 - 3 pm. Jingle all the way to a great holiday party! Join us for gymnastics, games, obstacle courses, snack, and craft! Cost: $15/ Pre registration required. Where: Stafford Gymnastics Ctr, 500 Nelms Cir, F'burg, 22406. www.staffordparks.com

Porter Library's Holiday Open House. Dec 7, 6:30 - 8 pm. Celebrate holiday fun with music and song, holiday activities for young and old, and a visit from Santa. And, what's a party without treats? We'll have yummy goodies provided by the Friends of the Library. Drop in. Free!

Lunch With Santa. Dec 9, 10:30 am - 12 pm. Join us for a wonderful time of fun, food, and entertainment! Santa and his gang will provide plenty of good cheer and delicious goodies. Tickets must be purchased in advance; spaces are limited; Ages 1-5; $15 Stafford/$18 Non-Stafford; deadline 11/26 or until full. Price is for one child; parents may eat lunch for $4 each if paid in advance (adult lunches cannot be purchased online; contact 658-5116 to add adult lunches). Where: Rowser Bldg, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com

Christmas Movie in the Park: Elf. Dec 9, 7 pm. Grab your friends and family, bring blankets and lawn chairs and join us for the movie, Elf. This alcohol-free event is open to the public and family-friendly. Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages. Enter our $5 raffle for exciting ELF-themed gift baskets. Where: Hurkamp Park. http://downtown31.com

Marine Chamber Orchestra's Holiday Concert. Dec 9, 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Join us for an evening of holiday music by The President's Own Marine Chamber Orchestra at the Museum.
Free Admission. Free Parking. Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jeff Davis Hwy, Triangle.

Massad YMCA's Holiday Craft Fair & Pancakes With Santa. Dec 10. 9 am - 1 pm. Support local crafters and browse a selection of unique gifts, handmade items, art, jewelry, wood crafts, and much more. Admission to show is FREE! Take advantage of one hour of complimentary child watch while you shop. Win Raffles for fantastic door prizes including Personal Training, Massage, and Membership. Breakfast with Santa and Friends will be happening from 9am-10am, and this is $6 per person. Bring the kids to enjoy a special breakfast with Santa and his pals and get a keepsake photo. Where: Massad YMCA 212 Butler Rd, F'burg, 22405. www.facebook.com/events/1801649290048913

Rappahannock Model Railroaders 19th Annual Christmas Train Show. Dec 10 (9-5) & 11 (10-4). Gauge, HO-Gauge, N-Gauge and Lego train, Model Train Vendors, and Prizes. Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Spring Rd, F'burg, 22405. Cost: $7/adults, $ 1/kids 4 – 12 and free for children under 4. www.rmrailroaders.com

Story Time & Breakfast with Santa. Dec 10, 9 am - 10:30 am. Bring the whole family for a special meal featuring a delicious hot and cold buffet, Christmas story, craft making, and the jolly man in red himself! Pre-registration required. Where: Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St, F'burg, 22401. Cost: $7 per/child. One adult is free with each paying child, $2 per additional adult. www.fredericksburgva.gov/parksandrec

46th Annual Candlelight Tour. Dec 10, 11. 11 am - 5 pm. The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation offers the chance to tour some of F'burg's most historic homes. Join us for the 2016 Candlelight Tour to be held in the Winchester/ Lewis Street neighborhood. Specific homes to be announced soon. Cost: $25/Adv or $30/day of. Special tickets available for an evening tour/cocktail party on Dec 10, beginning at 6 pm. www.hffi.org for more details.

Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale's Annual Holiday Concert. Dec 10. 3 pm & 7:30 pm. A musical telling of the shepherd's story, songs of hope and sharing. Cost: Adults: $10 and Students: $5. Where: Presbyterian, 810 Princess Anne St, F'burg, 22401. www.ccfbg.org

Holiday Family Day @ National Museum of the Marine Corps. Dec 10, 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus make their journey from the North Pole to NMMC so they can visit with the children. Additional children's holiday activities as well. Where: 18900 Jeff Davis Hwy, Triangle. In the Leatherneck Gallery. Free! www.usmcmuseum.com

Toys for Tots Finale. Dec 10. 12 - 4 pm. Join 93.3 WFLS, 99.3 The Vibe, and 96.9 The Rock for our Toys for Tots Finale event at The Spotsylvania Towne Centre Food Court. Help area children this holiday season by bringing a new, un-wrapped toy donation for this Annual Toys for Tots collection event.

A Stratford Hall Christmas Tide. Dec 10, 4:30 - 8:30 pm. Celebrate the season in another century. Experience the Great House and grounds as the Lees host their holiday festivities. Cost: $12 adults/$7 children. Christmas candlelight dinner by reservation only. www.stratfordhall.org

Holiday Drop & Shop. Dec 10. 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Finish up your last minute shopping or use the time to wrap Santa's gifts! We will entertain the kids w/ gymnastics, games, snacks and holiday fun! Cost: $20. Pre-registration required. Stafford Gymnastics Ctr, 500 Nelms Cir, F'burg. www.staffordparks.com

The Spotsylvanians Community Christmas Concert. Dec 10 (7:30 pm) & Dec 11 (3 pm). Where: Spotsy Middle School, 8801 Courthouse Rd. Free! www.spotsylvanians.com

Countdown to Christmas. Dec 13. 9:30 - 10 am. Stories, songs, and activities with a special visit from Santa, for ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Where: HQ Library

Colonial Christmas Open House. Dec 14, 5:30 - 7 pm. Celebrate Christmas as they did in Colonial America with crafts, games, and refreshments. Special guests include: Washington Heritage Museums, The George Washington Foundation, James Monroe Museum, Patawomeck Indian Tribe, and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. All ages. Drop in. Free! Where: HQ Library

Holiday Family Day @ National Museum of the Marine Corps. Dec 14. 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Bring the children to the Museum so they can spend an afternoon with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Special Family Day activities in addition to the visit with the Claus'. Where: 18900 Jeff Davis Hwy, Triangle. In the Leatherneck Gallery. Free! www.usmcmuseum.com

Holiday Spectacular Concert. Dec 15, 7:30 pm. Doors Open at 6:30 pm. Rappahannock Pops Orchestra presents a seasonal concert! Also, Silent auction and Toys-4-Tots donation site. Where: James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Ave, 22401. Cost: $20/Adults. Under 18/Free! www.rappahannockpops.org

Family Holiday Tree Trimming. Dec 15. 4:30 - 6 pm. Bring the whole family for festive fun as we make ornament and have the family decorate a take home 3 ft tree. After the hard work, enjoy some holiday music, hot cocoa and snack. Pre-registration required. Where: Dorothy Hart Community Ctr, 408 Canal St, F'burg, 22401. www.fredericksburgva.gov/parksandrec

Merry Carols. Dec 16. 6 pm. A Christmas carol Sing-A-Long featuring The Spotsylvanians starts at 7pm and Santa’s arrival will close out the evening. Free hot chocolate. Visit the Fredericksburg Area Cultural Museum starting at 6pm to see the new layout and exhibits. Where: Market Square, downtown F'burg

Christmas Movie in the Park: Polar Express. Dec 16. Grab your friends and family, bring blankets and lawnchairs and join us for the movie, Polar Express. This alcohol-free event is open to the public and family-friendly. Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages. Enter our $5 raffle for a train set and engineer keepsakes... oh and the bell, we are raffling the bell too!

Christmas Illuminations @ Mt. Vernon. Dec 16, 17. 5:30 - 9 pm. Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music. Take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment in winter encampment, and learn 18th-century dance moves from costumed guides in the Greenhouse. “George and Martha Washington” will also be on site to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Keep toasty by warming up by a bonfire, visiting the blacksmith shop, or enjoying some hot chocolate or cider. Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt. Vernon, Va. Cost: $34/Adults and $24 for Kids. www.mountvernon.org

Fredericksburg Community Concert Band. Dec 17. 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with a FREE concert! Where: Spotsy Towne Centre, Food court stage

The Holiday Project. Dec 17. Share the holiday spirit with others who may have no one else to share with them. Join us in making cards and gifts to be given to residents at local long-term care facilities on Christmas Day. Where: Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St, F'burg. FREE, No Registration Required. Bring Friends & Family (and Children too!). www.holidayproject.info/wherewhen/Fredericksburg

Holiday Lights Walk. Dec 17. Start between 3pm – 5pm. Finish by 8pm. Experience the lights and sights of the holiday season as you walk downtown Fredericksburg on 3 mile or 6 mile trails. Stop at our cookie checkpoint to enjoy homemade cookies and hot drinks! Where: Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George St, F'burg. Free! www.walkfredericksburg.com

19th Century Christmas @ Ellwood Manor. Dec 17, 9 am - 2 pm. Children are invited to visit with Santa (9 -12) and to make seasonal arts and crafts projects. Photographs are welcome! Live music, open house, light refreshments. Free! Where: Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove, VA 22508. www.fowb.org

Stafford County Christmas Parade. Dec 17. 5 pm. Theme "Christmas Memories" Where: Intersection of Blackhawk Dr and Courthouse Rd to Intersection of Stafford Hospital Drive and Courthouse Rd. www.staffordchristmasparade.com

Santa's Pajama Party. Dec 17, 12 - 5 pm. Bring the kids out in their favorite set of pjs for a day of fun with Santa and everyone's new favorite winter friend Olaf the summer loving snowman. We will have plenty of fun for the kids. To start we will have a bounce house inside the restaurant, Christmas inspired mini games, arts and crafts station & Santa will have some gifts in his bag. We will be doing pictures with Santa from 1pm-4pm. Olaf will interact with the children throughout the event. Christmas Music - Kid Friendly Music. Free! www.facebook.com/events/400430000347050

Christmas @ Chatham Manor. Dec 18. 12 - 4 pm. Visit with historic Civl War Santa, learn about how soldiers and civilians experienced Christmas during the Civil War, and participate in 19th Century Christmas traditions. Light refreshments. Free! Where: Chatham Manor, 120 Chatham Ln, F'burg, 22405. www.nps.gov/frsp

Graham Cracker House Workshop. Dec 19, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Learn to make a graham cracker house using frosting, candy, and other holiday goodies! It will be a festive project and a delicious snack to eat! Ages 3 & up. Where: Rowser, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. Cost: $10 ($12 non-res). Pre-registraiton required. www.staffordparks.com

Holiday Crafts. Dec 19, 5 - 5:45 pm. Gather around the craft table to make several holiday crafts. You will create a wide variety of crafts suitable to decorate your home. Where: Rowser Building, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. Cost: $10 ($12 non-res). Pre-registration required. When: Ages 3-5 5-5:45 PM and Ages 6-10 6-6:45 PM. www.staffordparks.com

Christmas Movie in the Park. Dec 23. Grab your friends and family, bring blankets and lawn chairs and join us for the movie, A Christmas Story. This alcohol-free event is open to the public and family-friendly. Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages. Enter our $5 raffle for exciting A Christmas Story-themed gift baskets. Where: Hurkamp Park

Snowball Fight: Elementary. Dec 26. 6 - 8 pm. Elementary school children ages (K-4th grade) are invited to join the fun! Rent your full bucket of snowballs for $5 admission. Return your full bucket at the end of the evening. We are hosting 15 minute snowball fights with a 5 minute intermission. Depending on crowds we will be rotating snowballers to be sure everyone has a turn! Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages. Parents are asked to stay on the sidelines and let kids have the fun during this event. Where: Riverfront Park, 600 Sophia St, F'burg

Snowball Fight: Middle School. Dec 27. 7 - 9 pm. Middle school children ages (5th – 8th grade) are invited to join the fun! Rent your full bucket of snowballs for $5 admission. Return your full bucket at the end of the evening. We are hosting 15 minute snowball fights with a 5 minute intermission. Depending on crowds we will be rotating snowballers to be sure everyone has a turn! Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages. Parents are asked to stay on the sidelines and let kids have the fun during this event. Where: Riverfront Park, 600 Sophia St, F'burg

Snowball Fight: High School. Dec 28. 7 - 9:30 pm. High school children (9th – 12th grade) are invited to join the fun! Rent your full bucket of snowballs for $5 admission. Return your full bucket at the end of the evening. We are hosting 15 minute snowball fights with a 5 minute intermission. Depending on crowds we will be rotating snowballers to be sure everyone has a turn! Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages. Parents are asked to stay on the sidelines and let kids have the fun during this event. Where: Riverfront Park, 600 Sophia St, F'burg

Snowball Fight: Adults. Dec 29. 7 - 9:30 pm. Adults (18yrs +) are invited to join the fun! Rent your full bucket of snowballs for $5 admission. Return your full bucket at the end of the evening. We are hosting 20 minute snowball fights with a 5 minute intermission. Depending on crowds we will be rotating snowballers to be sure everyone has a turn! Vendors will be on site with snacks and hot beverages. Where: Riverfront Park, 600 Sophia St, F'burg

Downtown 31 Finale Event. Dec 31. 5 -9 pm. Where: Riverfront Park and Market Square in downtown F'burg. Live Music and Dancing, Teen Area, Children’s Area, Games & Activities, Food Vendors, Snow Maze, Burn regrets and share new resolutions. Family-friendly, alcohol-free event with an early countdown to 9:00pm. Ping Pong Ball Drop at 9:00pm will drop 3,000+ ping pong balls including 100+ winning prize balls.

New Year's Eve Family Frolic. Dec 31. 2 - 5 pm. Enjoy fun family activities all afternoon! Live music, "rolling in the New Year" and more! Cost: Regular Garden Admission. Those who attend the New Year's Eve Family Frolic and who are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion GardenFest of Lights (5 -10 p.m.) www.lewisginter.org/event/new-years-eve-family-frolic

New Year's Eve @ Potomac Point Winery. Dec 31, 9 pm -1 am. This year the event will include an open beer & wine bar, Heavy Hors D’oeuvres, Dessert and of course Sparkling Wine! Where: 275 Decatur Rd, Stafford. To buy tickets and more info on this event, click HERE.

New Year's Eve @ Celebrate Virginia After Dark. Dec 31. 7 pm. Bring in the New year in a completely new style for our area. It is out door with lots of music, food, fun foods, New Years Eve trinkets for sale, roaming entertainment and a Midnight show to bring in 2017. Where: 2150 Gordon Shelton Blvd, F'burg, 22401. Admission: $10. www.emstat.net

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