Santa flies in—and out—of the DC area this Friday. He may be gone in a flash, but there is still plenty of ways to get your jingle on long after he’s gone. We’re taking in glowing colors on the grounds of Mount Vernon and getting a belly full of baked goods at Kings Dominion’s Taste of the Season event. Read on for more ways to make your weekend merry.

photo: Mount Vernon 

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Winter Glow
Head to Mount Vernon to see the historic grounds aglow. From the classic lanterns lighting the historic area to the festive bright lights of the upper garden and greenhouse, this winter event features costumed carolers, take-and-make holiday craft and a special holiday guest: Aladdin the Camel. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Taste of the Season
Savor the flavors of the holidays at Kings Dominion’ Taste of the Season, an all new, limited-capacity outdoor holiday experience. Sample tempting treats with your Tasting Card and make magical family memories— safely. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Koziar’s Christmas Village
Hit the road after Christmas for more festive fun. This sparkling drive-thru experience is a 2.5 hr. drive from DC (want to make a weekend of it, check out our guide to where to stay and eat). Step inside an enchanting village and soak in the beauty of a valley glowing with over a million twinkling lights. Santa and his elves have been the sparkling center of this event since 1948. You and your crew won’t want to miss this holiday spectacular. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Get Baking
Fill your home with the sweet smell of baked goods. Whether you’re on the hunt for a last minute holiday dessert or you’re just looking for an easy-to-make loaf or muffins for an at-home brunch, be sure to check out our list of 29 easy-to-bake recipes that kids can even help out with. Activity details.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

It’s a Kwanzaa Celebration
This year, DC’s Substantial Art & Music with Creative Suitland Arts Center will host its 2nd annual “It’s a Kwanzaa Celebration”. It will be a virtual holiday program featuring performing artists and educators from the DMV area. In 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga created a Pan African holiday called Kwanzaa which celebrates family, community, and culture from December 26th – January 1st. This year, due to COVID, the event will be streamed via YouTube on the first day of Kwanzaa – Umoja, Saturday, December 26th. Sat. Event details. 

Watch a Virtual Holiday Show
We rounded up 22 shows to see online this Dec. You can still catch a performance of The Nutcracker or take in an ol’ time radio show. But hurry! Many of these virtual performances end this weekend. For a list of shows, go here. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Unique Derique’s Fool La La: Home for the Holidaze
Unique Derique brings holiday hijinks to you in a hippity-hop, online romp chock full of fun and cheer for all ages! Join this at-home online holiday celebration full of virtual mishaps and merry mayhem that prove being apart doesn’t mean we can’t have fun together! ($20/family). Sat. Event details.

The Velveteen Rabbit on Demand
Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, ODC/Dance, one of America’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, brings a new, interactive, and special digital presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit to you for a limited period of time. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers