Holiday Happenings in and Near Prince William County
It’s official. The holidays are upon us — the time of year when you blink and every weekend is suddenly filled with obligations. Get ahead of the game: Pull out your planner and take control of your schedule! There’s a multitude of fun shopping opportunities and holiday events going on around us this season. Take a look and make some plans!
The 9th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival will be at the Fredericksburg Expo Center from Dec. 1 – 3. It boasts 300 vendors offering quality handmade and unique holiday gifts and decorations. You’ll find original photography, baskets, furniture, clothing, jewelry and more. Shop Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for entry for adults is $8, seniors $7, and children 12 and under are free.
The 72nd annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Carole.” This parade has become one of the largest holiday parades in Northern Virginia with more than 100 units — marching bands, floats, high-flying balloons and more! With 2,000 participants and more than 300 volunteers, it’s always a great show. The parade sets the mood for the holiday season and has become a family tradition with multiple generations lined up to watch the parade! Visit their website for a map of the parade route.
Stop by and enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Old Manassas Courthouse! Enjoy family breakfast, make authentic 19th century Christmas decorations and get a chance to meet Santa, who has dusted off that old 1862 suit. Breakfast will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Crafts and pictures with Santa will be open until 3 p.m.
Run off some of those holiday season calories on Dec. 9 with this race to benefit the Chris Yung Memorial Fund and Law Enforcement United. Choose your distance — 10k, 5k or a 1 mile fun run/walk. Start time is 9:30 a.m.
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, thousands of volunteers coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. You can be part of this time-honored tradition by volunteering locally or donating to ensure ample wreaths are available. Find a participating area site on the Wreaths Across America website.
Never quite sure which wine to pair with the turkey on Thanksgiving or filet mignon on Christmas? Cork & Fork has you covered. Join them for two upcoming events:
- Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017: Pinot Noirs and Champagnes for Christmas
- Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017: Sparkling Wine for the New Year
These tastings and classes allow for the most genuine insight possible into the world of wine from the perspective of these highly trained wine professionals. Cork & Fork is located at VA Gateway in Gainesville.
We hope you have time to slow down and enjoy some holiday fun this season. There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Prince William County!
Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors