28 Family-friendly Holiday Events in Fairfax County, VA


The holidays are a time for family, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay home. There are plenty of family-friendly holiday activities to do in and around Fairfax County. We’re blessed to be a part of a vibrant community with a rich history and so many talented musicians, artists, and craftsmen.

Celebrate all Fairfax County has to offer this holiday season with our favorite local holiday festivals and activities for the whole family.

Holiday Lights Displays

Looking for a way to make the season bright? Celebrate the holidays with beautiful lights displays. Fairfax County offers a variety of driving and walking tours to enjoy holiday lights with the whole family and get into the holiday spirit.

Bull Run Festival of Lights & Holiday Village

November 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Monday – Thursday, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; $15 per car

Friday – Sunday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; $20 per car

Holidays, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; $20 per car

Bull Run Regional Park


Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights

November 10, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Daily, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Admission prices vary

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens


City of Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols

December 2, 2017

2 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Old Town Hall Fairfax


Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

December 15 – 16, 2017

Daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

$20 – 34 admissions

George Washington’s Mount Vernon


Holiday Festivals, Markets, and Craft Shows

Get ahead on your Christmas shopping and find unique locally crafted presents for the whole family. Holiday markets and crafts shows bring together artisans and crafters from around the area to celebrate the amazing talent we have in our community. Most of these festivals are inexpensive or free and allow you to walk around with the family, try some local foods, and shop around for unique holiday gifts and décor.

Fairfax City Holiday Market

December 1 – 17, 2017

Fridays, 5- 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.

Free admission

Old Town Hall Fairfax


New Hope Christmas Market

December 2, 2017, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


New Hope Church


40th Annual Arts and Crafts Show

December 2 – 3, 2017

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$2 admission

Audrey Moore Recreation Center


Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

December 9 – 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

$8 admission online or $10 at the door

Dulles Expo & Conference Center


First Night Alexandria

December 31, 2017 from 10 a.m. to midnight

$20 – 30 admissions

Old Town Alexandria


Festive Musical Performances

One thing that sets Fairfax County apart is our access to high-quality musical performances. Celebrate this holiday season with everything from sing-a-longs to symphonies, right here in Fairfax.

Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-a-long

December 2, 2017 at 4 p.m.


Wolf Trap


Choralis Presents “A Classical Brass Christmas”

December 3, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Adults: $40-$50; Young Adults (ages 23-30): $20; Students (ages 13-22): $5; Children (ages 12 and under): Free. Group Discounts available.

Providence Presbyterian Church


Washington Symphonic Brass: Home for the Holidays

December 3, 2017

3 – 6 p.m.

$45 admission

The Barns at Wolf Trap


America Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

December 9, 2017 at 8 p.m.

$33 – 55 admissions

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Sopranessence: Tuneful Tidings

December 16, 2017 at 4 p.m.

$5 – 55 admissions



Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

December 17, 2017 at 2 p.m.

$33 – 55 admissions

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts



Fairfax is home to famous historical sites, like Mount Vernon, that offer a variety of historical takes on the holidays. These events are great for kids of all ages to celebrate the season and learn a little about our rich history.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

November 24, 2017 - January 6, 2018

Included with general admission

George Washington's Mount Vernon


Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Holiday Train Show

December 2 – 3, 2017

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

16 yrs. and older: $5.00; 5-15 yrs.: $2.00; children 4 and under: free; Members: free

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum


Fort Ward Civil War Christmas in Camp Open House

December 9, 2017, Noon to 4 p.m.

$2 per person or $5 for families

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site


Herndon’s Model Train Display

December 9- 10, 2017

Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free admission

Herndon Town Green


Theater and Dance

Of course, theater and dance shows are fun for the whole family. The kids will love these lively dance performances and you’ll love being able to enjoy timeless holiday favorites, like the Nutcracker, with your kids.


33rd Annual Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet Nutcracker

December 2-3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

$32.50 per person

George Mason High School


Christmas at Quigley’s

December 8 -17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 12, 4, and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 12 and 4 p.m.

$19 – 26 admissions

Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center


Manassas Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker”

Dates vary at 7:30 p.m.

$35 – 75 admissions

Hylton Performing Arts Center


The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Ballet Present Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

December 16, 2017 at 4 p.m.

$39 – 65 admissions

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 20 – 21, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets start at $28

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Virginia Ballet Company & School Presents “Nutcracker”

December 27 – 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

$20 – 30 admissions

Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center


Winter Fun

Sometimes the best things in life are the simple things, and celebrating the holidays with some good old-fashioned winter fun can be a blast to enjoy with the whole family. Get outside for some ice skating, sledding, or fun on a local farm.

ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2017

Times vary. Check their calendar before buying tickets.

$24 per child; $32 per adult

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center


Ice Skating at Reston Town Center Pavilion

November 4, 2017 - March 11, 2018

Sunday-Tuesday 11 a.m. -7 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

$10 per adult; $9 Youth (under 12)/Senior (55+)/Military; $6 per skate rental

Reston Town Center – Pavilion


Winter Days and Nights on the Farm

November 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017

Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$11.95 for ages 2 years and older

Ticonderoga Farms


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