Contributed by Historic Manassas
Merry Old Town, sponsored by Minnieland, spreads holiday cheer in Old Town Manassas with a series of cheerful celebrations from Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th. Whether you’re looking to finish up some holiday shopping, ice skate at the Harris Pavilion, or welcome Santa to town at the Christmas Parade there is plenty of holiday cheer to experience in Old Town Manassas.
Holiday activities in Merry Old Town will include:
Friday, December 6th:
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – The Manassas Museum hosts their annual Holiday Open House with free admission and refreshments.
6:00 p.m. – Santa arrives at the Manassas train depot via the VRE (Virginia Railway Express) train. 6:30 p.m. – Santa lights the Old Town Manassas Christmas tree on the Manassas Museum lawn. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Free hayrides through Old Town Manassas.
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Caroling, ice skating, and Santa meet-and-greet to be held at Harris Pavilion Gazebo following the tree lighting ceremony.
Saturday, December 7th:
10:00 a.m. – The 68th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, sponsored by Northwest Federal Credit Union, begins on Mathis Avenue and continue down Center Street in Old Town Manassas. The Manassas Christmas Parade has more than 2000 participants including floats, high-flying balloons and marching bands. To volunteer at the parade, visit www.gmchristmasparade.org.
Sunday, December 8th:
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Annual Merchants Open House – Enjoy holiday shopping and vote for your favorite gingerbread house on display in the shops’ windows as part of the Annual Gingerbread House Contest. Votes are accepted in the store or on-line at www.facebook.com/manassas.
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Free horse-drawn carriage rides. Free horse-drawn carriages rides will also be available on December 15th and 22nd.
“Merry Old Town weekend offers a little something for everyone in the family, whether it’s enjoying the excitement of a festive parade, doing some Christmas shopping or stopping by to see Santa,” said Debbie Haight, Executive Director of Historic Manassas, Inc.
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