Cool Yule Newsletter: January 2 – 8

Hello and welcome to 2023! This year, many venues are extending their holiday events through January 8th. You can expect fewer crowds but still beautiful lights. And Epiphany is January 6! What will you see and do this week? I hope you have fun!

This Week’s Highlights

  • Today is Motivation and Inspiration Day! This is a great day to take one small step toward achieving your New Year’s resolutions.
  • Wednesday is Weigh-In Day.
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas started December 26 and ends on Epiphany, January 6.
  • Orthodox Christmas celebrations take place this week.

In the Shopping Cart

  • Order a French-style King Cake for Epiphany from La Madeleine or any French bakery.
  • Add a planner to your cart and be organized all year in 2023.
  • Look for markdowns on Christmas items and winter apparel.
  • Fitness bands are inexpensive and an easy way to keep fit with resistance training.

Recycle Your Tree and Christmas Greenery

  • Check your jurisdiction for instructions on how to recycle your real Christmas tree and local collection dates. Fairfax County accepts trees that are free from decorations and tinsel and that are not flocked.
  • You can compost tissue paper, holly and mistletoe. If you don’t have a compost bin at your home, you can take these items to a composting collection site.

Things to Do

These events are held nightly this week:

  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA. 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. 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. The price of this event ranges from $16 to $20. Advance registration is recommended.
  • Bull Run Festival of Lights. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. 2.5 mile drive-through light display, walk-around winter carnival and Holiday Village with attractions, s’mores and Santa Claus. Fee per car.
  • Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run. Alexandria, VA. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly. Admission to village is $10. Skating and admission is $22 and tickets must be purchased online in advancel. 55×80’ Real Ice Rink, 20’ Walk thru Tree, 100’ RGB Lighted Tunnel, lit trees and winter displays, Fire Pits, Heated Igloos, Wreath Photo Op, Bling & Things Retail Shop, Slice & Ice- Pizza, donuts & more.

Monday, January 2 

  • Christmas Town Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is open 4 pm – 9 pm tonight.

Tuesday, January 3 Quadranids Meteor Showers

Wednesday, January 4  Weigh In Day

  • Perihelion Day at 11:17 am closest to the Sun

Friday, January 6  Epiphany, Full Moon

  • Christmas Town Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is open 4 pm – 9 pm tonight.
  • Full Moon Nature Hike and Campfire, Lake Fairfax, 5 pm $10

Saturday, January 7

  • Christmas Town Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is open 2 pm – 9 pm tonight.

Sunday, January 8

  • Christmas Town Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is open 4 pm – 9 pm tonight and tonight is the final night of the season.
  • Last night to see Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights, Bull Run drive-through lights in Manasass and the lights and skating at Cameron Run in Alexandria.

And so ends another Cool Yule! Please join me in September at Autumn in Virginia to celebrate the best of fall and in November for more Cool Yule Blog. Thank you for reading. Take care and have a wonderful year.  — Mary

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