Manassas City Says Farewell to 2023 and Hello to 2024

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Provided by City of Manassas Economic Development

Event Spotlight: Holiday Market and Santa Train Rides

Stay “on track” this holiday season by coming to the Holiday Market to pick up goodies Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manassas Railroad Depot.
Attractions include Santa’s Village, children’s games, entertainment and Christmas carols, craft vendors, and treats (hot cocoa, s’mores, coffee, desserts, and more).
VRE (Virginia Railway Express) Santa Train Rides depart Dec. 9 from the Manassas Railroad Depot. NOTE: Tickets have sold out, but second-chance tickets (advance tickets only) may still be available through VRE. Santa Train departures from Manassas:
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 p.m.
The Manassas depot is also a drop-off site for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Depot so a child in the Virginia area can enjoy the holiday spirit. VRE will not collect cash donations, but monetary donations can be sent HERE.

Other Events

  • Remember: NO First Friday in January – see you at the next one: Feb. 2, 2024!

Partner Spotlight: Harris Pavilion Ice Skating

Twirl through a winter wonderland! The Harris Pavilion Ice Rink is open for ice skating. A bit rusty? No problem since skating lessons (group or private) are offered. Skating sessions are in 90-minute blocks and skate rentals are available.
Rent the rink for a private party or event (which even includes Skate Hosts to assist). Click HERE for more info.
Post-holiday discounts begin Jan. 4, 2024 and skating goes through President’s Day, Feb. 19, 2024.
Make a winter memory in Manassas – with a spin on the ice! Click HERE for ice skating hours, schedule, skate rentals, and pricing,

Hints of History

Manassas and trains go hand in hand. This circa 1940s photo is of the Manassas Railroad Depot in a wintry snow mix.
Back in the day, Manassas dairy farmers loaded milk and eggs on the train to Washington, D.C. markets, while Model T cars and Sears Roebuck kit houses arrived here by train from distant locations.
Townspeople gathered at the depot for the mail clerk to pick up and sort the mail bag dropped by a passing train or waited for an anticipated telegraph from conductors.
For more history, check out the 2016-published book titled Manassas (Postcard History Series), which includes this photo and many others of historic Manassas. This book was written by City of Manassas Senior Communications Coordinator, Lisa Sievel-Otten; to order it from Echoes, the Manassas Museum gift store, click HERE.
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