By Prince William Living
This column is brought to you by OmniRide, providing transportation options that fit your needs. Skip the hassle of driving and parking this holiday season and travel with OmniRide! Connect to Metrorail weekdays and Saturdays with OmniRide’s Prince William Metro Express! Visit OmniRide.com for schedules.
It’s Wednesday and we’re Over the Hump! That means we’re looking forward to weekend events!
In “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. Presented by Rooftop Productions. Tickets: center-for-the-arts.org/tickets. Friday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:00 p.m. | Center for the Arts, 9419 Battle Street, Manassas
Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin’ as the American Festival Pops Orchestra ushers in the season with its annual holiday concert. The uplifting evening includes Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “A Christmas Festival,” a rousing carol sing-a-long, and special guest artists. Maestro Anthony Maiello leads Northern Virginia’s pops orchestra in this lively, family-friendly evening of musical merriment. Click here for tickets. Friday, Dec. 13, 8:00 p.m. | Hylton Center for the Performing Arts, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
Prince William Little Theatre presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company. Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang of Peanuts characters created by Charles M. Schulz come to life in this stage adaptation of the beloved television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson with music by Vince Guaraldi. Tickets available here. Friday, Dec. 13, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:00 p.m. | Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
The Manassas Chorale presents “Resounding Joy!” Winter Concert. Get into the spirit of the season with traditional carols and new arrangements of old favorites. Tickets: hyltoncenter.org. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. | Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas
Family Holiday Fun
Santa is visiting the Manassas Park Community Center! Children of all ages are welcome to join Santa for breakfast, play games, crafts, and more. Children under the age of 2 are included in the parent’s registration. Pajamas are encouraged. $5 per person. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. | Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park
Bring the kids to the National Museum of the Marine Corps’ Medal of Honor Theater to see Warner Bros.’s THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. $6 per person. Visit with Santa afterwards from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 12:00 to 1:40 p.m. | National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle
The Manassas Park Light Parade is an amazing display of lights on wheels. It’s sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! The parade begins at 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Manassas Drive and Carondelet Drive and ends at the Community Center (99 Adams Street). Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. | Manassas Drive and Carondelet Drive to 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park
More Holiday Events
Come check off your shopping list at the Old Town Manassas Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Fair! From arts and crafts to jewelry and baked goods, to body and hair care, our vendors have it all! Saturday, Dec. 14, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. | Historic Downtown Manassas
Don’t miss WinterFest in Lake Ridge and Occoquan! The celebration begins with Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade on Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge at 11:00 a.m. It’s followed by a Winter Wonderland at Tackett’s Mill, which lasts until 2:00 p.m., when Santa will cruise in to Occoquan’s Mamie Davis Park on a boat. He’ll head over to Town Hall at 314 Mill Street for pictures until 4:00 p.m., when the rest of the festivities in Occoquan begin. Saturday, Dec. 14, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Starts at Harbor Drive, Lake Ridge; continues in Historic Occoquan
Join the Town of Dumfries for their Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. A variety of family-friendly activities will be held throughout the day. Saturday, Dec. 14, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Town of Dumfries, 17755 Main Street, Dumfries
The Nokesville Community Christmas Parade is on Saturday! Floats, bands, balloons and more travel through the heart of town. Santa will be there too! Saturday, Dec. 14, 4:00 p.m. | Town of Nokesville, Fitzwater Drive, Nokesville
Come with your whole family and experience the Christmas story at the Drive-Thru Nativity. This outdoor event is a wonderful way to bring the Christmas story to life! The community is invited to drive through the church parking lot to view twelve “scenes” from that very first Christmas. Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | St. Thomas United Methodist Church, 8899 Sudley Road, Manassas
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.