December Activities in Prince William

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By Carole Keily

Prince William is never without things to do, but it’s extra lively this time of year with a number of December traditions such as Santa arriving on the train in Historic Downtown Manassas on First Friday to light the Christmas tree, and the Occoquan HolidayFest (most of which took place in November this year).

This year, why not check out some of these newer or reimagined December events? And, for up-to-date information, look for the weekly column “Don’t Miss Out,” which comes out every Wednesday morning on Prince William Living’s website (

Holiday Artisan Market

Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street, Occoquan

Santa arrives by boat at the town dock at 10:30 a.m., and kids of all ages will escort him to River Mill Park. There will be a gingerbread contest and concerts both days.

Winter Lights Extravaganza Contest

Registration through Dec. 13; Judging Dec. 14 to 17 | Monday, Dec. 18; continues through Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 | Manassas Park

Residents and businesses in Manassas Park can register to participate in this contest at Registration ends on Dec. 13, and judges will pick the winners in Best Yard, Best Windows, and Best Overall categories. Winning homes will be announced on Dec. 18, and a map will be available online for people to use in touring the lights from Dec. 18 through Jan. 6.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Friday, Dec. 8 & 15, 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 & 16, 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10 & 17, 2 p.m. | Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 Mason Circle, Manassas

Prince William Little Theatre presents this sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. An unexpected guest brings hope to the heroine for independence, an intellectual match, and love. Tickets:

Family Day: Visit with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 9 | National Museum of the Marine Corps, 1775 Semper Fidelis Way, Triangle

Come see Santa while he visits the National Museum of the Marine Corps! Holiday activities and crafts will be available. Bring your camera to get photos of your children with Santa.

Dickens Holiday Festival

Saturday, Dec. 9, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. | 100 Park Central Plaza, Manassas Park

This event promises to be a “grand holiday celebration” where you’ll “have a Dickens of a time.” Enjoy a Victorian tea party, Ollie’s Alley (children’s activities), Pickwick’s Pub (with hottie toddies and mulled wine), Santa, artisan and food vendors, performances, and a kids’ Christmas movie in the library. Come for Dickens and stay for Chocolatada, a Latin tradition of hot chocolate and sweet bread.

Christmas Celebration and Craft Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 to 6 p.m. | Haymarket Town Hall, 15000 Washington Street, Haymarket

Shop local at the craft bazaar, listen to holiday music performances, enjoy make-and-take crafts for the children, and visit Santa’s workshop.

5K Family Reindeer Romp

Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. | PWC Stadium Complex, 7 County Complex Court, Woodbridge

This 5K run/walk follows mixed terrain and is stroller friendly. Participants receive a finisher’s medal and a long-sleeved t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Woodbridge organization For the Love of Others. Register here:

Woodbridge Community Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. | National Museum of the Marine Corps, 1775 Semper Fidelis Way, Triangle

This community choir has been around since 1966 and is excited to share their holiday music selection with you!

Carole Keily is Prince William Living‘s Online Editor.



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