By Prince William Living
We’re over the hump on Tuesday this holiday week! We’re here twice a month to give you the events happening in the area each weekend. Here are just a few of the events happening locally the next two weekends.
The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchant’s Guild present Occoquan HolidayFest, with in-person and online activities, through Dec. 13. The festival will feature a virtual tree lighting, gingerbread house competition, staged reading of A Christmas Carol, trivia night, holiday market, s’mores & cocoa event, raffle prizes, visit from Santa, seasonal workshops, and more. Learn more at occoquanguild.org/holidayfest. Ongoing through Sunday, Dec. 13 | Historic Occoquan
Stonebridge’s ice rink will open Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Pricing starts at $9.00 for kids, seniors, and military. Skate rental and skate aid is also available. Skate sessions are offered in 1.5 hour increments. Reserve your time and pay online at stonebridgeptc.com/skating. Extended hours for Thanksgiving weekend. Starts Wednesday, Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m. | Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge
Community Christmas Tree Lighting
A virtual and socially-distanced Christmas tree lighting! With Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus caroling! Friday, Nov. 27, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. | 12923 Fitzwater Dr., Nokesville
A Chanticleer Christmas
The Hylton Performing Arts Center hosts a specially recorded digital performance by Chanticleer! With their signature harmonic blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass, this festive holiday program features American hymns, Christmas carols from around the world, Gospel melodies, and Renaissance motets. Tickets: hyltoncenter.org. Saturday, Dec. 5, 8:00 p.m. | Online
Monthly Bird Walk
Look for birds through the uplands to the edge of the floodplain, covering a variety of habitats, including open fields and woodland edges. Everyone is welcome. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars and cameras. More info and RSVP (appreciated) to PWCA ,703.499.4954 or firstname.lastname@example.org. View the bird list for Merrimac Farm HERE. Sunday, Nov. 29, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville
Costello Park Tree Lighting
Santa and Manassas Park Parks and Recreation staff will light the Costello Park Christmas Tree on Friday, Dec. 4, at dusk. This event will be held without spectators, and will be livestreamed on the Manassas Park Community Center Facebook page. Families and residents are encouraged to stop by the tree, take their picture, and tag the Community Center on social media. On Christmas morning, Parks and Recreation will unveil a special video of all the families that took a picture in front of the tree! Friday, Dec. 4, dusk (approximately 5:15 p.m.) | Online
Santa Visits Manassas
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a different way this year to light the Christmas tree! He will not be visiting with children after the tree lighting. Friday night will be live-streamed. Wagon rides, ice skating, dining and shopping available through Historic Downtown Manassas. On Saturday, Santa, Mrs. Claus and their entourage travel through Historic Downtown Manassas, up Mathis Avenue and onto Liberia Avenue. They will then visit several neighborhoods throughout the City. Friday, Dec. 4, 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. | Online; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Historic Downtown Manassas
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These events are current as of the time we receive the information. While we make every attempt to be accurate, please check with the event sponsor or hosting organization prior to attending any event. Prince William Living is not responsible for event schedule changes or group policies.