Over the Hump: Area Weekend Events

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By Prince William Living

It’s Wednesday and we’re over the hump! 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.

Occoquan Holiday Fest

Occoquan HolidayFest continues 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

Ice Skating

Stonebridge’s ice rink is now open! 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. Visit website for days and times the rink is open | Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Santa’s Ride Around Manassas Park

On the second Saturday of December for the past 25 years, the Fire & Rescue Department decorates the fire engine with lights and escorts Santa throughout the community. Beginning on the west side of Manassas Park, with Santa Claus sitting on top, the fire engine will drive every street throughout the city waving at all of the families as he passes by. Residents are discouraged from grouping together in large numbers to see Santa (please view from your own property). Afraid you will miss Santa? Don’t worry! Fire and Rescue will share a link prior to the event so you can track Santa’s progress around the city from the comfort of your home. Learn more here. Saturday, Dec. 12, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. | City of Manassas Park

Holidays through the Ages

Stroll through seasonal celebrations of the past at Rippon Lodge Historic Site. With interiors and exteriors richly decorated for the holidays, guests view seasonal festivities over the centuries.  Reservations required; no groups larger than 10 at a time. Tours at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Masks are required. 703-499-9812. Fridays, Dec. 11 and 18; Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19; Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Rippon Landing Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge

Old Town Manassas Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Fair

Come check off your shopping list! From arts and crafts to jewelry and baked goods, to body and hair care, these vendors have everything you want to surprise your loved ones! Saturday, Dec. 12, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas

Manassas Chorale Virtual Concert

The Manassas Chorale is premiering its virtual concert “Joyful and Triumphant” on YouTube. The link to the concert will be posted at manassaschorale.org. Enjoy choral music from the comfort of your home! Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. | Online

Creative Gift Wrapping Workshop

If the thought of wrapping gifts makes you groan, this Creative Gift Wrapping Workshop is for you! You will learn the basics of gift wrapping (even those pesky, irregular shaped ones), how to tie two or three popular bow styles, how to embellish your gifts, how to use fun, alternative gift toppers, and a few specialty wrapping techniques. Gift giving occasions happen year round, so make your gift the envy of every gathering! See full details and register now. Sunday, Dec. 13, 10:00 a.m. | Hitchcock Paper Company, 125 Mill St., Occoquan

Carriage Rides in Historic Downtown Manassas

Carriage rides begin at the Historic Manassas Visitors Center and travel through Downtown before returning to the Visitors Center. Rides are limited, so arrive early! Ride attendants may cut off the line early in order to ensure rides are completed by 4:00 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. | Historic Manassas Visitors Center, 9431 West St., Manassas

Chanukah Drive-In Celebration

Celebrate Chanukah together, from the comfort of your car! Featuring a virtual Chanukah display on outdoor projector screens, 8th Day concert video and Chanukah messages. Stay in your car and tune in via FM transmitter. Sunday, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. | Gainesville Middle School Parking Lot, 8001 Limestone Dr., Gainesville

Pictures with Santa

Get into the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa! After taking a picture with Santa, children will receive a free toy during their COVID-friendly visit, while supplies last. Visit BoostSanta.com for more information. Friday, Dec. 18, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Boost Mobile Santa, 14079 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge

Santa’s Special Delivery

(Ages K-12) Special delivery from Santa himself in the form of a take-home craft activity bag that provides entertainment to youth the week leading up to Christmas Day! On Saturday, Dec.19, Santa will be at the Community Center to pass out packages to families that pre-ordered. Families must stay in their car while Santa delivers your package. The packages will include toys, games, crafts, activities and recipes. Register here. Saturday, Dec. 19, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams St., Manassas Park

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Want to know what else is going on this weekend? Visit our Events Calendar. Have events of your own to submit? Email calendar@princewilliamliving.com.

 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.

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