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Grand Opening of Christmas on the Potomac & Ice. Nov 16. 10 am - 5 pm.   Be one of the first guests to experience ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by joining us on opening day! Favorite characters including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and friends will come to life in colorful, larger-than-life ice sculptures and thrilling two-story tall ice slides. Then continue the fun in our Christmas Village with more than a dozen activities and excitement for the whole family! Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD.

Kindness Sensory Santa. Nov 18. 8:30 - 10:30 am. Families of children with disabilities know that a trip to a shopping mall can be challenging—crowded stores, loud music and long lines can make the experience especially difficult. The Spotsylvania Towne Centre wants to give children with special needs time with Santa. disAbility Resource Center will have fun crafts for your little ones too! Where: Spotsy Towne Centre, use main entrance by Dick's Sporting Goods.

Holiday Cards. Nov 21 & 22. Bring your friends/families for selfies in the park! Over-sized greeting card frames will be on display in Hurkamp Park. Take all the pics you like! There will be 4 card designs: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays! Where: Hurkamp Park

CYT Fredericksburg: A Christmas Story, the Musical. Nov 23-25 & Nov 30-Dec 2. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.   Cost: $15/Adv or $17/At Door. Where: Spotsylvania High School, 6975 Courthouse Rd. 

Lighting Party. Nov 23. 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us for carolers, cocoa, cookies, crafts, Santa Cow and more all while helping us create sustainable freedom for survivors of human trafficking. Where: Chick Fil A, Celebrate VA.

Spotsy Santa Run. Nov 23. 6 - 10 pm. Santa will visit Chancellor Park, Piedmont Landing, Piedmont Hills, Deerfield, Woodfield, Holley Brooke, Cobblestone, Mill Creek & Westfield subdivisions. Hosted by Spotsy Volunteer Fire Dept.

Breakfast with Santa. Dec 1. 9 - 11 am. Join us for Breakfast with Santa before the Spotsylvania Christmas Parade. Drop in! Cost: $5 per person and Kids under 10 are free. Where: Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, 7200 Courthouse Commons Blvd, Spotsy

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Illumination. Nov 23. 4 - 10 pm. We’ll kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights. After the illumination, stroll through the Garden alight with sparkling radiance and featuring this year’s theme. Then enjoy hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, warming fire with s’mores and hot chocolat; family activities, and much more. Cost: $13/Adults and $8/Kids. Children under 3 are free! Tickets: 

Annual Potomac Town Centre Holiday Tree Lighting. Nov 23. 6 - 8 pm. Find the holiday spirit at Stonebridge as we lit our 40 foot tree! Holiday music, carriage rides (free with the donation of a canned good), Where: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Centre.

Mt. Vernon by Candlelight. Nov 23, 24 &30; Dec 1, 7, 8, 16. 5 - 8 pm. Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia! Enjoy cookies, warm cider and visit with Aladdin the Christmas camel! Cost: $25/Adults; $17 Kids 2 - 11. 

Annual F'burg Children's Christmas Tree Lighting. Nov 24. 4 - 6 pm. Meet Santa and other holiday characters, make fun holiday crafts, experience live music and story time and much more! Free! Where: Hurkamp Park

Deck the Halls with Santa. Nov 29. 6 - 7:30 pm. Bring the whole family for festive fun as we make ornaments and decorations to take home for your tree. Visit and take pictures with Santa. Enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa and snacks. Pre-registration required: $12. Where: Dorothy Hart Community Ctr, F'burg. 

A Monroe Christmas, Holiday Open House. Nov 30, 6 - 8 pm. Celebrate the holidays at our annual Open House featuring President James Monroe, seasonal music played on the harp, Elizabeth Monroe at the Monroe family’s Astor pianoforte, and a reception with hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. While you’re here be sure to check out the Museum Store holiday specials! Free and open to the public. Where: James Monroe Museum

Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show. Nov 30 - Dec 2. 10 am - 6 pm on Fri/Sat. 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday. A holiday shopping extravaganza featuring unique merchandise from more than 300 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! 

Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Dec 1. 5 - 8 pm. Boats in all their holiday splendor cruise from one end of the Potomac and back again! Watch from the beaches or watch from the town pier. Spectacular! Where: Colonial Beach

Mistletoe Market. Dec 1. 8 am - 1 pm. Order your holiday goodies, select locally made gifts for your friends, and pick up beautiful holiday home decor. Where: Fredericksburg Farmer's Market, 900 Prince Edward St, Downtown F'burg

Deck the Halls. Dec 1. 9:30 am - 12 pm. Our annual holiday decorating presentation by Jan Williams. Jan will demonstrate how to craft beautiful holiday arrangements from local evergreens and flora. Refreshments are served Where: UMW, Hurley Convergence Center, Digital Auditorium F'burg. Cost: $30.

Christmas Open House @ Montpelier. Dec 1. 9 am - 5 pm. Tour the Madisons' home decorated according to 19th-century customs, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities, and delicious food. Where: James Madison's Montpelier, 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA.   FREE! 

Miller Farms Christmas Open House. Dec 1. 11 am - 4 pm. Pick out your Christmas tree! Fresh cut Fraser Firs and Colorado Blue Spruce! There will be egg nog, old fashioned Christmas decorations and Christmas flavored coffees for sale. Where: Miller Farms Market. 

Spotsy's Annual Christmas Parade. Dec 1. 1 pm. Join us for the 41st Annual Spotsylvania Christmas Parade presenting CHRISTMAS IS SWEET! Where: Spotsylvania Courthouse Area. 

Fredericksburg's Annual Christmas Parade. Dec 1. 5:30 pm. Join us for this annual tradition as the community comes together to spread the holiday cheer! Downtown F'burg, along Caroline & Princess Anne Streets. 

Santa's Wonderland & Winter Festival Parade. Dec 1. 12 - 4 pm. See Santa come to Colonial Beach in the parade! Play games, Warm up by the fire pit, take photos with Santa, pony and hay rides, food and craft vendors, Christmas tree sales, and bike raffles. Town Hill is decorated beyond your joyful Christmas imagination! Where: Town Hill, Colonial Beach

Brunch with Santa. Dec 1. 11 am. Enjoy French Toast Bites, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Ham Biscuits and Home Fried Potatoes. Be the first to tour our historic mansion in all its holiday decorations. Visit with Santa when he arrives at 12pm. Tickets for all ages: $35 per person – includes brunch, a visit with Santa and a tour of the mansion! Where: Belle Grove Plantation, 9221 Belle Grove Drive, King George. 

Mary Washington House Candlelight Tour & Open House. Dec 2. 4:30 - 7 pm. Tour Mary Washington's home by candlelight and enjoy the holiday decorations. Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread. Free! Where: 1200 Charles St, F'burg, 22401. 

disAbility Resource Center Santa Visits. Dec 2. 11 am - 2 pm. Santa is taking time away from his toy-making schedule to visit with children with disabilities who find the sounds and crowds of the mall too overwhelming. Their brothers, sisters and parents are welcome too! Reservations are required and will be scheduled on on a first-call/email basis. Contact Kim or Becky at 540-373-2559 or 540-373-5890 (CAPTEL) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Where: dRC, 409 Progress St, F'burg

Old Fashioned Christmas @ Maymont. Dec 2. 12 - 4:30 pm. Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893 and stop by the Belowstairs area, where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring fire to cheer you and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Free admission; fees for activities. 

St. Nick’s Christmas Party. Dec 2. 1 pm and 2:30 pm. St. Nick joins Maymont’s Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes and animal friends, games, crafts and special treats! Cost: $12 per child/$8 adults and children 12 and older. Advanced registration required; register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.   Where: Maymont, Richmond. 

Santa Brunch @ Potomac Point Winery. Dec 2 and 9. 10 am - 3 pm. This holiday season, hand deliver your wish list to Santa at Potomac Point Winery. Our brunch menu has something for everyone!  Elf activities include our pancake decorating station, Kid’s corner craft station, and a cookie-decorating bar. Where: Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Stafford.

Spotsy Courthouse Luminary. Dec 2. 4:45 pm. 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 Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Rd, Spotsy

Flip & Jingle Holiday Party. Dec 3. 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. 

Rising Sun Tavern Holiday Open House. Dec 7. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. A holiday tour of the Tavern is a treat for the entire family. Come out and taste seasonal treats and beverages while touring this historic property decorated and glowing for the holidays. Free! Where: 1304 Caroline St, F'burg. 

Holly Ball. Dec 7. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This is a special night out for children and grownups alike. We’ll have music and snacks, our photo booth for selfies and a professional photographer on hand for those who want something more formal. A dress up night of dancing, fun and memory making! Tickets: $12 adult/child couple until 11/23. Plus $6 each additional person. $15 adult/child couple after 11/23 and door. Plus $8 each additional person. Pre-register: Where: Dorothy Hart Community Center

Lunch With Santa. Dec 7. 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. Ages 1-5; $15 Stafford. Parents may purchase lunch for $4. Where: Rowser Bldg, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. 

Cookies with Santa. Dec 7. 6:30 - 8 pm. Enjoy cookies with Santa, then get your photo taken with him (one free download per child). While you wait, revel in Christmas crafts and activities! Cost: $5/Child. Where: Marshall Ctr, 8800 Courthouse Rd, Spotsy. Must pre-register with Spotsy Parks & Rec

Holiday Tea & Tour. Dec 8. 1 - 3 pm. Join us for a delightful afternoon at the birthplace of James Madison when it's fully decked out for Christmas. Tea and delicious foods will help get you into the holiday spirit. Where: Belle Grove Plantation, 9221 Belle Grove Drive, King George. 

Bowling Green Christmas Parade of Lights. Dec 8. 5 - 7 pm. Join us as Main Street transforms into a magical display of illumination! Caroline County Schools Winter Art Show, Pictures with Santa, Flower Fashions. Where: Main St, Bowling Green

Rappahannock Model Railroaders Annual Christmas Train Show. Dec 8 (9-5) & 9 (10-4). The show will feature operating layouts, train vendors, activities for the young and a Ready-to-Run O Gauge Train Set will be the raffle grand prize. Where: Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4123, 21 Cool Spring Rd, F'burg, 22405. Cost: $8/adults, $1/Ages 7-12. Free for kids under 7. 

Christmas on the Field. Dec 8. 9 am - 4 pm. Over 50 artisans and crafters selling their work at this arts and crafts show! Handcrafted wreaths, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass, and more. Your children can enjoy our bounce house area while you shop for just $5. Mini market for kids to shop for mom and dad. Christmas crafts and face painting booths too. We will have soccer, football, hockey and lacrosse stations set up all around the field house, so you can also try everything the facility has to offer. Where: F'burg Field House.

Kris Kringle Market. Dec 8. This traditional German-style holiday market will feature over 20 vendors representing the food, arts, and retail industry and will be a spectacular outdoor shopping experience in one of the most beautiful parts of our notable town. Spices from mulled wine, roasted almonds waft through the air, and live music and carolers wander about while shoppers fill their mugs with hot chocolate and German beer. Where: In Historic Market Square. 

Candy Cane Hunt. Dec 8. 1 - 3 pm. Search for candy canes in the woods while completing tasks as a family! Hot cocoa and cookies! Where: Government Island. Cost: $5/person or $15/family. Must pre-register: 

A Stratford Hall Christmas Tide. Dec 8. 4:30 - 8:30 pm. Celebrate the season in another century. Experience the Great House and grounds as the Lees host their holiday festivities. Cap off your evening with a jingle bell wagon ride around the historic grounds of Stratford Hall or enjoy cider by the yuletide bonfire. Cost: $15 adults/$10 children. Free for ages 5 and under! 

Annual Candlelight Tour. Dec 8 &9. 11 am - 5 pm. Beautiful, historic homes decorated for the holidays steeped in history. Where: Select home son Prince Edward St, Jackson St, and Hanover St. Gift Shop – 616 Amelia St. Special tickets available for an evening tour/cocktail party on Dec 8, beginning at 6 pm. for more details.

Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale's Annual Holiday Concert. Dec 8 @7:30 pm & Dec 9 @ 3 pm.   Join us for our traditional Christmas Concert and Carol Sing. Where: Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St. Cost: $15.Adults and $5/Students. Tickets and information: 

Visit with Santa @ National Museum of the Marine Corps. Dec 8 & 11. 2 - 4 pm. Bring your list and wear your best picture outfit because Santa and Mrs. Claus are here! Enjoy a puppet show and other activities during your visit. Please bring your camera! The Museum does not provide photography. This event is FREE and open to the public! Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps. 

Holiday Open House @ Ingleside Vineyards. Dec 8 & 9. 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. 

The Nutcracker. Dec 8 & 9. 2 pm. Enjoy the magic of "The Nutcracker" from the area's longest running Ballet Company. The Fredericksburg Ballet Centre's annual Nutcracker performance will be held at James Monroe High School. Cost: $17/Adv or $20/door:  

Holiday Drop & Shop. Dec 8. 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. 

Holiday Spectacular Concert. Dec 8. 7:30 pm. Rappahannock Pops Orchestra presents a seasonal concert! Hear some Christmas classics like Sleigh Ride and selections from Mannheim Steamroller, enjoy delicious snacks at intermission. Where: James Monroe High School, F'burg.  Cost: $20/Adults. $15/Students! 

Breakfast with Santa @ Bass Pro Shops. Dec 8. 7:45 - 9:30 am. Enjoy a breakfast buffet, free photo with Santa. Tickets must be pre-purchased and are sold at Bass Pro Shops Customer Service. Call 804-496-4700 for availability. Cost: $15/Adult; $10/Child (12 years old to 3 years old); 2 years old & under FREE! Where: Bass Pro Shops, Ashland

Rappahannock Choral Society Christmas Concert. Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm & Dec 9 @ 3 pm. Enjoy a variety of seasonal music that will include beloved favorites, 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. 

Night Before Christmas Hayride. Dec 9. 13 - 16, 20 - 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

Nature Crafts for Christmas. Dec 11. 6 - 7:30 pm. Repurpose recycled items and use natural materials to create festive holiday decorations!   Pre-registration required. Cost: $12. Where: Motts Run Nature Center, River Rd, F'burg, 22401. 

Preschool Playdate: Holiday Fun with Chesty. Dec 11. 10 - 11:30 am. Join us for holiday fun for ages 0-5 with festive hands on activities, story time and sing-a-long songs! Open to the public and FREE! Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps. 

Graham Cracker House Workshop. Dec 11. 6 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. Pre-registration required. 

Colonial Christmas Open House. Dec 12. 5:30 - 7 pm. Celebrate Christmas as they did in Colonial America with crafts, games, and refreshments. All ages. Drop in. Free! Where: Downtown F'burg Library

Fredericksburg Community Concert Band. Dec 12. 7 - 8 pm. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with a FREE concert! Where: Spotsy Towne Centre, Food court stage

Massad YMCA's Holiday Craft Show. Dec 15. 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. Where: Massad YMCA 212 Butler Rd, F'burg, 22405.

Christmas in Stafford. Dec 15. 12 - 8 pm. Snowless Toboggan Rides ... a First for the Region! Frosty 5K Run/Walk; Christmas Putt Putt; Christmas Town Market Arts & Crafts, Seasonal Products; Free Photos with Santa; Candy Land Crafts; Tree Lighting in Christmas Village and Annual Christmas Parade! Where: Jeff Rouse Center, Stafford. For more info and a complete schedule of events:

Frosty 5K & Reindeer Run. Dec 15. Racers, be sure not to put away your running shoes when it gets cold in December! Prizes will be awarded in each age group and the top 3 Male and Female runners will receive cash prizes. All finishers get a medal and a long-sleeve dri-fit t-shirt! Stay after the race for early access to Christmas fun and the Stafford Christmas Parade! Where: Jeff Rouse Center, Stafford

Wreaths Across America: Oak Hill. Dec 15. 12 - 2 pm. Honor our fallen veterans by laying a wreath in remembrance of their dedication and sacrifice for our country. We will have guest speakers to remember our fallen along with all our branches of military represented to lay their ceremonial wreath to honor their branch of service. Free! Where: Oak Hill Cemetery, 1902 Plank Rd, F'burg

Santa Strolls Downtown. Dec 15/16 (12 - 3 pm) & Dec 20/21/22 (1 - 4 pm). There's nowhere more magical to encounter Old St. Nick than the historic streets of downtown F'burg. Santa is known to make appearances at the Holiday Open House, the Children's Tree Lighting and other unscheduled times throughout the holiday season.

The Spotsylvanians Community Christmas Concert. Dec 15 @ 7 pm & Dec 16 @ 2:30 pm. Where: Spotsy Middle School, 8801 Courthouse Rd. Free! 

A Washington Family Christmas. Dec 15. 10 am - 7 pm. The Washington family celebrated the 12 days of Christmas which begins on Christmas Day and ends on January 6. The Memorial House will be decorated for the holidays and filled with colonial music. The plantation will be busy with demonstrations and activities performed by costumed interpreters. The park will be illuminated at dusk with candles. Where: George Washington Birthplace National Monument, 1732 Popes Creek Rd, Colonial Beach

19th Century Christmas @ Ellwood Manor. Dec 15 & 16, 9 am - 2 pm. Children are invited to visit with Santa (Saturday only, 9 -12) and to make seasonal arts and crafts projects. Live music, open house, light refreshments. Free! Where: Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove. 

The Living Nativity. Dec 16. 5 - 7 pm. This family-friendly, live drama recreates pivotal moments surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ with live actors, ornately crafted costumes, music, live animals, etc. Where: Spotsy Courthouse Village

Dessert with Santa. Dec 16. 3:30 - 7 pm. The Teri-Lin Foundation event, all proceeds this year go to Leashes of Valor. For tickets: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 540-760-5705. There will be Service dogs in attendance that children will be allowed to pet. Desserts, a candy station, children activities, Santa and Mrs. Claus, raffles for children and adults! Cost: Tickets are $10 per person, infants are free. Where: Inn at the Old Silk Mill, 1707 Princess Anne St, F'burg, 22401

Parent's Night Out. Dec 21. 6:30 - 11 pm. Enjoy dinner with your honey, while quietly finishing up your Christmas shopping and wrapping! We'll feed, and play with your kids, allowing time for you to shop, wrap and enjoy some peace and quiet prior to the crazy holiday! Cost: $25. Where:   Fredericksburg Field House.

Christmas Parent's Night Out. Dec 21. 6 - 9:30 pm. Now is your chance to go shopping or wrap up those presents while the kids play. $20 if register by Thursday December 20th. Where: Wiggle Worms, The Village at the Spotsy Towne Centre.

Holiday Concert - The President's Own Marine Chamber Orchestra. Dec 21. 7:30 - 9 pm. This family friendly free concert will feature music from the season and even a few sing along moments! Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps

Family Fun Night New Year’s Eve Celebration. Dec 31. 6 - 9 pm. INDOOR fun! Live music, kids games, bounce castle, food vendors, raffles & prizes. PLUS, 9 pm Countdown and Ping Pong Ball Drop! Advanced Tickets by Dec. 27: $5 each or $15 family 4-pack. After Dec. 27 and on-site: $7 each or $20 family 4-pack. (2 yrs and under free admission). Where: Fredericksburg Fair Grounds. For Info: 540-372-1086 or 

New Year’s Eve Casino Masquerade Ball. Dec 31. 8 pm - 12:30 am. Belle Grove Plantation’s Masquerade Ball is famous for its intriguing party guests and excitement during the evening as everybody will show off their most fabulous masquerade masks and New Year’s party attire! Heavy hors d’oeuvres / Champagne and Wine Open Bar. Where: Belle Grove Plantation, 9221 Belle Grove Drive, King George. 

New Year's Eve Family Frolic. Dec 31. 2 - 5 pm. 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.) 

Ride in the New Year 2019 @ Central Park Fun Land. Dec 31. 8 pm - 1 am. Indoor snow, streamers, DJ Bill Carroll and our annual Balloon Drop with prizes! Discounted wristbands for the event are on sale now! Season Passholders can purchase their wristbands for the private event for just $10 at Guest Services that night! Ride in the New Year with B101.5 and Fun Land of Fredericksburg!

A Royal New Year's Eve. Dec 31. 9 pm - 1 am. We invite you to ring in the New Year with our “British Royalty” themed event. Envision gold crowns, British foods & fabulous fascinators. We will serve a selection of light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and of course a selection delectable wine and beer. Join us for a night of dancing, celebration and memories to last a lifetime! The entire winery will be shut down just for this event, so let’s pop some bottles and dance the night away. Where: Potomac Point Winery, Stafford. Buy tickets:  



2018 Holiday Laser Show. Fri-Sun Dec 7 - 23. Times vary. With incredible laser projectors, intense surround sound and special effects, it will submerse you and your family into the Magic of Christmas! Where: The Village @ The Spotsy Towne Centre. Next to Books-A-Million. Cost: $5 per person & Children 3 & under FREE. For info call 540-412-7527.

Window Wonderland. Nov 10- Dec 31. Join the fun this year as downtown F'burg's participating merchants will be posting holiday riddles for you and your family to solve! Participating windows have a riddle displayed in their holiday display window. Pick up an entry form at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center. Those who answer all the questions correctly and submit the entry forms qualify for the $1,000 grand prize and other additional prizes!

Winter Fest @ Kings Dominion. Weekends Nov 23 - Dec 31. Friends and families are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as we magically transform our park into a winter wonderland! Check out Pictures with Santa, Lighting Ceremony, Walk through millions of lights, Ice Skating, North Pole Post Office, Catch a show with the PEANUTS Characters, Visit Charlie Brown’s Tree Lot, Christmas Crafts with Sally Brown, Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and Capture memories with your family in the WinterFest Snow globe!

Home for the Holidays @ Belmont. Nov 23 - Dec 30. 10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy the house decorated for the holidays in the spirit and style of American painter Gari Melchers and his talented artist-wife. Included with museum admission during regular hours. Where: Gari Melchers Home and Studio, 224 Washington St, Falmouth, 22405

Holiday Season @ National Harbor. Saturdays, Nov 10 -Dec 22. Celebrate the season at National Harbor with Santa, a holiday movie, tree light show, and fireworks! Check out National Harbor on Facebook for schedule of events.

Santa's Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops. Days/Times vary. Crafts, activities, free photo with Santa, and more!   Where: Bass Pro Shop, 11550 Lakeridge Pkwy, Ashland, VA. 

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. Nov 10 - Dec 24. Times vary. Where: Spotsy Town Centre, Center Court. Visit for a complete schedule.

Jingle Bell Carriage Rides. Various dates/times in Nov/Dec. Listen to the jingle bells as our beautifully decorated Christmas wagonette travels through the 40 blocks of historic Fredericksburg! You can choose the Washington Avenue ride which shows more traditional Christmas decorations or pick Lower Caroline Street ride which has more white lights. Christmas music, blankets and treat to take home included. Ask your coachmen about the history of the "American Christmas"! No Santa on this ride! Select large or small wagonette from $130-$120 for 60 mins. Where: Olde Towne Carriage Tours of Fredericksburg, 706 Caroline St. 

Bull Run Festival of Lights. Nov 21 - Jan 6. 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. 

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours. Nov 16 - Jan 6 (Closed Nov 22, Dec 24/25, Jan 1) Tues-Sun; 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. Cost:   $5. 

Illuminate Light Show & Santa's Village. Nov 16 - Dec 31. 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. Cost: $25/Car. 

ICE: Christmas on the Potomac. Nov 16 - Jan 1. Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas! Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the meaning of Christmas as the beloved story unfolds through two million pounds of ice sculptures and displays. Where: Gaylord National Resort, Oxon Hill, MD. Tickets: 

Gingerbread Decorating Corner. Dates/Times vary. Have fun and use your creative culinary skills in this delicious holiday tradition! Be sure to say hi and share a hug with Nutmeg - our very own Gingerbread Man.   Where: The Village of the North Pole at Gaylord National Hotel, D.C. 

Zoo Lights. Nov 23 - Jan 1 (Closed Dec 24, 25, 31). 5 - 9 pm. 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! FREE!

Christmas Town @ Busch Gardens. Various days/times through Jan 1. Rides, Mistletoe Marketplace, Polar Pathway, Ice Palace, Santa's Workshop and so much more at this annual event. 

Christmas Illuminations @ Mt. Vernon. Dec 14 & 15. 5:30 - 9 pm. Kick off your holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River set to holiday music. Take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, 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 

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Nov 24 - Jan 7. (closed Dec 24, 25). 5 - 10 pm. A holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities & more at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Cost: $13 adults; $8 children (ages 3 – 12); Free for children under age 3. Buy tickets: 

Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit.   December 2-30 (Closed Dec 24, 25). 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 "Cartoon Adventures." Where: Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy, F'burg, 22405. Cost: $4.50/adults. $2.25/students. Under 6 is free! 

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Rappahannock Area Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA is an advocacy center serving children in the Greater Fredericksburg area comprised of Fredericksburg City and the counties of King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Its mission is to advocate for and locate permanent homes for abused and neglected children who are navigating the court system.