Over the Hump: Area Weekend Events

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It’s Wednesday and we’re Over the Hump! That means we’re looking forward to weekend events!

Manassas Christmas Parade

The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a fixture in the community for 73 years! With approximately 2,000 participants and over 300 volunteers, the parade sets the mood for the holiday season. Parade organizers are partnering with Un-Trim-A-Tree to collect new, unwrapped toys for area children. A float will ride by to collect the toys before the parade begins. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:00 a.m. | Historic Downtown Manassas

Shopping

Come to the third annual Manassas Park High School Craft/Vendor Fair! This event will be supporting the men’s basketball team. Come check out all of the amazing vendors and crafters. There will be ice cream, cupcakes, bath bombs, woodworkers, handmade clothing, sports memorabilia, and many more crafters, artisans and DS vendors in attendance. Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Manassas Park High School, 8200 Euclid Avenue, Manassas Park

Outdoor Fun

The Santa Run, Walk & Roll offers a timed 5K, untimed 5K or 3K, or just go as far as you can! Register at arcgpw.org or call 703-670-4800. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:00 a.m. | Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton

The Manassas Park Community Center will host its fourth annual tree lighting on Saturday night. Refreshments, activities and entertainment, followed by the tree lighting! Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park

The Arts

Head to the Kellar Family Theatre for Rooftop Productions’ “Elf the Musical.” It’s Christmas time at the North Pole and Buddy, the lovable elf, has just discovered that he is different from the other elves. Santa sends him “back home” to bustling New York City to find his true father. And so Buddy’s adventure begins. Tickets: center-for-the-arts.org/tickets. Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, 2:00 p.m. | Kellar Family Theatre at the Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas

Creative & Performing Arts Center (CAPAC) ushers in the holidays with a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ wrapped in a modern and soul-stirring classic. More than just a musical, this joyous theater experience depicts Christmas through the lens of African-American culture, articulated by Langston Hughes’s poetic narrative, scripture, diverse music genres, and evocative dance. Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. | Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas

Enjoy an evening or afternoon of seasonal music guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood. Graceful secular carols and festive favorites are on the program. The New Dominion Choraliers will be joined by the Dance Etc. School of the Arts and Legacy Brass for “Dance into the Light.” Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m. | C.D. Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge

College Hockey

GMU Hockey presents Patriots Day. Mason Patriots vs. Potomac Patriots Charity Hockey Game. Proceeds go towards CAMMO (The Center for American Military Music Opportunities). Performance by Capitals Anthem Singer and Voices of Service Member Caleb Green. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students, kids under 5 free. Sunday, Dec. 8, 3:00 p.m. | Prince William Ice Center, 5180 Dale Blvd., Woodbridge

Helping Others

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodbridge has been holding a winter clothing drive for the homeless. They’ve invited the community to help pack up the hats, scarves, gloves and jackets they’ve collected so they can be delivered for distribution. Sunday, Dec., 8, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. | Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 15695 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge

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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? Visit princewilliamliving.com/events/community/add.

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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