Bundle up those babes and head outdoors this weekend to one of the many family-freindly fresh air happenings–from an ice skating festival to a meet and greet with a lake-skiing Santa. Rather stay snug as a bug indoors? Check out a gingerbread house making workshop or a huge food and cooking expo for all ages.

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Arlington

FrostFest
The holiday celebration will feature an on-ice firework display, live entertainment, popular music by DJ Saucee, food samples, a $1,000 shopping spree giveaway and more. Pentagon Row’s 6,840 square foot ice rink boasts an outdoor dual-sided stone fireplace, perfect for skate breaks and warming up. SatEvent details.

Alexandria

Adventures with Mr. Bear
The wonder and magic of a child’s imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities – all from the comfort of her playroom! Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Fri.-SunEvent details.

Mt. Vernon Square

Metrocooking DC
Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or expert entertainer, the two-day culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind, family friendly experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts. Meet your favorite James Beard Celebrity Chef and see them whip up delicious dishes live on the James Beard Cooking Stage. Sample from over 50 local restaurants in the RAMW Grand Tasting Pavilion. Sat.-SunEvent details.

Reston

Jingle on the Lake
Warm merriment and holiday cheer will set the stage when Lake Anne hosts their annual family friendly holiday event Jingle on Lake Anne. The holiday event hosted by Lake Anne Merchants, will host a variety of festive activities ranging from the ever popular special visit from Santa (arriving on a lake barge), music, wine tastings, merchant specials, cookie and ornament decorating, holiday arts and crafts market, beer garden and more. SatEvent details.

Gaithersburg

Breakfast with Santa
Create memories to cherish and kick off your holiday season at the Kentlands Mansion. Bring your family to enjoy a breakfast buffet and craft with Santa, while listening to the merry music of Pritchard Music Academy. Get into the festive spirit in our beautifully decorated mansion and bring your cameras to capture the joy of visiting with Santa! Sat.-SunEvent details.

Arlington

Gingerbread House and Train Workshop
Create memories to cherish and kick off your holiday season at the Kentlands Mansion. Bring your family to enjoy a breakfast buffet and craft with Santa, while listening to the merry music of Pritchard Music Academy. Get into the festive spirit in our beautifully decorated mansion and bring your cameras to capture the joy of visiting with Santa! SunEvent details.

What is your plan for family fun this weekend? Tell us in the comments section. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady