Historical Tea, Holiday Lights, and Everything Nice

The call of the holiday season brings on thoughts of twinkling lights, cups of eggnog or hot cocoa, and the glowing feeling of appreciation for everything we have. This tour combines unique experiences with memorable moments to get you excited for the holidays. See beautifully decorated historic homes, breathtaking museums, and quaint shops to fill your heart with excitement as the holidays approach.


Day 1

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is already a magnificent place to visit but it transforms with a hint of cheer during the holiday season. Each year, seasonally themed trees are arranged throughout Leatherneck Gallery to create a welcoming glow as you enter. During your visit, uncover the history of the Corps, test your skills as a Marine, and get insight into the lives of those who fight for our freedom. See the incredible Gene Hackman-narrated film “We, The Marines” to get an unparalleled view into the experiences of Marines from boot camp through modern training.

Marine Corps Museum

Travel north to discover a truly hidden gem: the historic riverfront Town of Occoquan. Ring in the holiday season by strolling along the town’s holiday decorations as you browse through the town’s quaint stores. Sit down for a delectable lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafes in town. Many restaurants offer waterfront seating for an authentic Occoquan experience! Try the fresh seafood on the dock at Madigan’s Waterfront, slice into an artichoke pesto flatbread paired with a fine glass of wine at Bottle Stop - Wine Shop, Bar and Eateryenjoy the fine food and view at D'Rocco'sor visit one of the many other wonderful dining establishments.

Table setup at Bottlestop in Occoquan

Your next stop is a truly unique historical tea at Rippon Lodge, the oldest known home in Prince William County. Take in the holiday decorations on the first floor, as well as hear about the different holiday celebrations and traditions of the time. If you would rather take something home to remember your tour by, sit down to enjoy an ornament-making experience in this beautifully decorated home.

End your day by celebrating a holiday tradition at George Washington's Mount Vernon, where Christmas past meets Christmas present. Tour the Mansion and see the grand Christmas trees in the Orientation Center, greet Aladdin, the Christmas camel. Hear stories of Christmases past from costumed character actors portraying Washington’s family, friends, and enslaved or hired staff. Enjoy dinner at the food court pavilion or Mount Vernon Inn.

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