Happy Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Here’s your weekend of events

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As we coast toward Christmas Day, the holiday events just keep on happening! Here are some ideas of fun things to do this weekend that will keep you in the Christmas spirit and out of the malls!

Friday, December 20. Go Caroling Day. Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

  • Cool Yule Tip: Today is the USPS recommended deadline for mailing holiday greeting cards.
  • Holiday Market, Old Town Fairfax. Also the 21st and 22nd.

Saturday, December 21

  • Cool Yule Tip: Today is the USPS recommended deadline for mailing Priority Mail packages.
  • Northern Virginia Ukulele Society Holiday Concert. 12 noon. Reston Town Center.
  • Rick Landers holiday performance. 3 p.m. Reston Town Center.
  • Fairfax Symphony and Fairfax Ballet present The Nutcracker. 4 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts. $39 – $89.

Sunday, December 22, Fourth Day of Advent. First Day of Winter. Winter Solstice.

And don’t forget these ongoing events…

  • National Cathedral Creche Exhibit, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through January 12.
  • Seasons Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Gardens Washington, DC
  • Zoo Lights National Zoo, Washington, DC. Nov 29 – January 1. Not open December 24, 25, or 31. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Lit animal silhouettes, musical light displays, and a new garden scene light sculpture.
  • Norwegian Giant Model Train exhibit. Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sundays Noon – 6 p.m. until December 31. Union Station. Washington, DC
  • Gingerbread Village exhibit. Hyatt Hotel Reston lobby. Reston Town Center.
  • Millenium Stage Concerts at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. 6 p.m. nightly. The holiday concerts are free but tend to be crowded. You can also watch them for free, live, online on the Kennedy Center website.
  • Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse: nightly musical performances, through January 1. Weeknight performances are 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and weekend performances take place from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The National Tree and state trees may be viewed until 11 p.m.
  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. Through January 5th. More than 500,000 LED lights and displays transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, two-story animated fountain, and Gingerbread Village. $8 kids; $13 adults.
  • Bull Run
  • Georgetown GLOW outdoor light display. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. through January 1. Georgetown, Washington, DC.
  • Holiday Market. Old Town Fairfax. December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22.
  • Christmas at Mount Vernon runs through December 31.

Listen to Carol of the Bells…


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