Get ready to unwrap the magic of the holiday season in Prince William County! As the crisp winter air settles over our charming towns, Visit PWC is delighted to present a sleigh-full of festive events that will enchant both locals and visitors alike. From dazzling light displays to spirited holiday markets, join us in celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in Prince William County, where joy, community, and seasonal cheer come together to create unforgettable memories for everyone

Thanksgiving Events

Potomac People: Indigenous Tribes of Eastern Prince William

  • Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Meet at the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk parking lot.
  • $5 per person; advanced registration required.
  • Before Europeans came to the area, the Doegs inhabited the local region. For Native American Heritage Month, join us as we rediscover the Algonquian Nation during this boardwalk tour. 
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Preparing a “19th Century Thanksgiving Meal”

  • Saturday, November 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Ben Lomond Historic Site
  • $15 per person; advanced registration required
  • Take advantage of this unique opportunity to help prepare a holiday meal using techniques and equipment commonly used in the 19th century. From roasting meat and dressing using a reflector oven, to baking bread and desserts, boiling vegetables in cast iron pots, learn how food was prepared in the 19th century.
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Wine Dinner with Chef Ryan Ross

  • Saturday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Winery at La Grange
  • Tickets : $150 per person
  • Gather with us and your friends as we indulge in her impeccable menu, expertly paired with our La Grange Cabernet Sauvignons.
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  • Wednesday, November 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
  • We have exactly what you're looking for when the whole family is in-town for thanksgiving! Dueling pianos, Beer release, cocktails, smores kits and fire pits.
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Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch

Basic Thanksgiving Meal

Holiday Markets

Woodbridge High School Holiday Market

  • Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Woodbridge High School
  • Come visit close to 100 vendors and crafters, including - wreath makers, jewelry, beauty products, sweet treats and an amazing variety of unique handcrafted items. Come support small, local businesses and get all your holiday shopping done in one place!
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Holiday Market & Tree Lighting

Dale City Holiday Market

  • Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Gemini Way
  • Come find unique gifts, crafts, specialty items and your favorite treats. From books, jewelry, leather goods, wreaths, holiday items, crochet items and more.
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Artisan Market

  • Saturday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 3rd
  • Town of Occoquan
  • Each year, Occoquan dresses up for the holidays! You’ll think you’ve walked onto the set of a winter wonderland Hallmark movie. This year, visiting Occoquan becomes a magical holiday shopping experience as our Holiday Artisan Market extends to Mill Street.
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Holiday Fair

  • Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Clyde N. Washington, Jr. Community and Recreation Center 
  • Are you ready to spread holiday cheer and showcase your amazing products or services to a fantastic audience? We're thrilled to invite vendors to be part of the Dumfries Holiday Fair,
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Holiday Market

  • Saturday, December 9th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • The Winery at La Grange
  • Join us for our annual Holiday Market with local craft vendors! Hosted  indoors, this event is an amazing opportunity to snag last minute,  locally made gifts for the holidays while sipping wine! 
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Holiday Market

Concerts & Shows

Winter Wonderland

  • Sunday, November 19th at 3:00 p.m.
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • $12 per person; free for children ages 3 and under
  • Join Axial Dance for Winter Wonderland as they explore winter holidays, weather, festivities, and everything in between.
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Virginia National Ballet

  • Friday November 24th at 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • Ticket Range from $45, $40, $35, $30, $25, $20
  • This full-length professional Nutcracker features outstanding international soloists as well as pre-professional students from VNB's school, beautiful choreography, and magical sets and costumes, which are being upgraded in 2023! 
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Northern Virginia Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • Saturday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • Ticket Range from $35 adult; $25 senior (55 and up) and youth (ages 1-17) and military (active and retired) 
  • Start your holiday season with the Northern Virginia Ballet’s (NVB) traditional and family-friendly production of The Nutcracker. Featuring guest artists and international award-winning company dancers, the performance includes exquisite costuming and Russian-produced sets.
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A Canadian Brass Christmas

  • Sunday, November 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets: $60, $51, $36; half-price for youth through Grade 12
  • Clad in their iconic white running shoes, the brass quintet performs a varied repertoire that includes their original arrangements and signature takes on classical standards, pop favorites, and traditional holiday music. 
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Handel’s Messiah

  • Friday, December 1st at 8:00 p.m.
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • $20 adult; $15 senior 65+; free for youth (17 years and younger)
  • OBCO is joined by the Gainesville Community Choir for this presentation of Handel's Messiah. Sing along during the Hallelujah Chorus with the vocal score.
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American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly

  • Friday, December 8th through Sunday, December 17th
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • $25 adult; $20 senior, student (ID Required), and military; $18 group (eight or more); $15 youth (12 and under)
  • A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the story resumes with bookish sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Weary of her role as the dutiful middle sister, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and even love at a Pemberley Christmas family gathering.
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Historic Holidays and Christmas Concert at Brentsville Courthouse

  • Saturday, December 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Brentsville Courthouse Historic Site
  • Free; advanced tickets required for the concert.
  • Experience the holidays of years past at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre as you explore each of Brentsville's historic buildings decorated for the holidays. Learn how locals celebrated the holidays and how they enjoyed the winter weather through the years through crafts and activities. Get your picture taken with Santa and have some hot cider as you enjoy a musical performance by the Brentsville District High School Choir.
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Vienna Boys Choir

  • Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets: $55, $47, $33; half-price for youth through Grade 12
  • The beloved ensemble is praised for its heavenly voices, harmonic purity, and endearing charm. Made up of boy sopranos and altos from ages eight to 14 and from 31 countries, the Vienna Boys Choir is one of the best international choral ensembles of its kind.
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Santa's Coming to Town

Santa’s Arrival Party

Santa at the Farm

  • Saturday, November 25th
  • The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
  • Come get your photos with Santa! Pups are welcome! We will have specialty cocktails, beer releases, New Limited Merch and more.
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Cookies with Santa

Carriage Rides & Santa

  • Saturday, December 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Gateway Promenade Drive
  • FREE admission
  • Old-Fashioned Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides around Gateway Promenade Drive, including strolling Holiday Characters, and more!
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Santa Comes to Rippon Lodge

  • Saturday, December 9th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Rippon Lodge Historic Site
  • $5 per person; reservations required.
  • You better watch out! You better not cry! Santa Claus is visiting Rippon Lodge for one afternoon only! Be on your best behavior and keep your name on the "Nice" list.
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2 black boys sitting on Santas lap

Holiday Lights

Annual Tree Lighting

  • Saturday, November 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Town of Occoquan – Town Hall
  • Mayor Earnie Porta will officiate this time-honored tradition, as Occoquan residents and visitors gather to kick off the holiday season.
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Holiday Walk of Lights

Chrismtas Tree

Arts & Crafts

Reindeer Wreath Workshop

Paint Nite: Festive Gnomes

  • Monday, November 20th from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Eavesdrop Brewery
  • $45 per person
  • Unleash your inner artist and learn how to paint Festive Gnomes! Paint it for your own wall-decor or as a holiday gift! This event is open to all ages!
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Stuff-A-Stocking for Youth in Foster Care

Family Gingerbread House Contest

Holiday Arts and Crafts

American Holidays

Holiday Through the Ages

  • Friday, December 1st through Friday, December 22nd
  • Rippon Lodge Historic Site
  • $5 per person, children six and under are free.
  • With interiors and exteriors richly decorated for the holidays, guests enjoy an in-depth exploration of seasonal festivities over the centuries.
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Civil War Christmas

  • Saturday, December 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Ben Lomond Historic Site
  • $5 per person, children 6 and under free.
  • Christmas 1861 brought many questions to the free and enslaved citizens of Prince William County and the soldiers huddled around warm fires in their winter camps. Explore how the war impacted the Pringle family at Ben Lomond and their Christmas traditions, as well as those of the local enslaved population.
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Stafford NAACP Holiday Social

Wreaths Across America

As the holiday season unfolds in Prince William County, we hope this guide sparks your festive spirit and encourages you to explore the heartwarming events our community has to offer. Please make sure to visit our Events Page to keep up to date with all the upcoming holiday events this season! 

See you all there!