Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More Christmas and holiday-themed events in Northern Virginia

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve begun to post about the various Christmas parades, holiday craft shows and other fun events going on in Northern Virginia. Most of these posts are based on things I’ve seen or done in previous years. Today I wanted to post about a few events I haven’t gone to yet, but would love to check out. 

Plantation Christmas at Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall
Plantation Christmas takes place on Sat., Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors to Gunston Hall can see Santa, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, enjoy warm cider by a fire and sample 18th century food prepared in the hearth kitchen. Costumed characters round out the experience as they greet you inside the home and throughout the grounds.  

Gunston Hall is a lovely property to visit. I’m really hoping to make this holiday themed event this year. Price $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-18.

Sully Historic Site

Sully Historic Site hosts many educational programs throughout the year. We’ve been there a number of times for various events or programs, including some in December. In years past we’ve attended A Victorian Christmas and World War II Christmas at Home.

I was looking over this year’s calendar and there are a few events I’ve not been to:

  • Christmas Treasure Hunt, Santa & Fun – Dec. 5, 2015  
  • Civil War by Candlelight – Dec. 12, 2015 (various time slots available)
  • Christmas in the Time of Jane Austen – Dec. 13, 2015 (various time slots available)

The Victorian Candlelight tour is also offered again this year and will take place on Dec. 19. Sully Historic Site’s holiday events do require pre-registration and some of these do fill up quickly in my experience. See the official website for prices, tour times and to register (they also tell you how many spaces are available). 

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Visiting Mount Vernon during the holidays is one of our annual traditions as we like to see Aladdin the Christmas Camel, the property’s decorations and also tour the third floor of the mansion which is only opened on a limited basis each year.  

Visitors spending time with Aladdin
I’m not sure if this is a new event or I’ve just not seen it, but on Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon will be held. Fireworks over the Potomac during the holidays sounds like it’s something I want to do at least once. 

Mount Vernon advertises the fireworks are choreographed to holiday music. It sounds as if there will also be a lot of other holiday themed fun going on these evenings as well.

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights

This is one I have heard of, but just haven’t made it yet.  This event kicked off on Nov. 13 and is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily until Jan. 3, 2016. Meadowlark advertises more than 500,000 lights and displays and is about a .6 walk. Timed entry is required and the website recommends pre-purchase of your tickets (but a limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door each night).

This is only a handful of events going on, there are many more. So many places, so little time! I’ll continue to post as I visit and/or hear of other events.


  1. I really need to get down there to enjoy some of the Christmas festivities.

    1. That would be awesome! I think you'd really enjoy many of these events