If you didn’t catch Santa coming to town Thanksgiving week you can relive the magic in near-by Manassas when the Jolly Guy arrives by VRE train. Catch more holiday vibes with an afternoon of crafting with these DIY Christmas ornaments. Catch winter vibes at The Merriweather District’s new Color Burst Ice Rink. And get ready for next week’s celebration of Hanukkah with a keepsake box craft. Scroll down for more holiday fun.

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

The Holiday Light Scavenger Hunt 
Main Streets throughout the District have joined together to bring residents a spectacular holiday experience: DC Holiday Lights! Between December 1 and 31, residents are invited to take a stroll down each of the participating corridors to experience a dazzling array of lights and decor, enjoy holiday promotions, and shop local. Plus, participate in the official DC Holiday Lights (Virtual) Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win prizes from local businesses. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Santa Lights Up Manassas 
Choo, choo! Santa coming through! Get hyped for the arrival of Santa by VRE train. This year looks a little different; Santa will not be doing a meet-and-greet after the tree lighting, but there are still plenty of holiday activities to keep the festivities going. Go ice skating, take a wagon ride or get a jump on holiday shopping. Fri. Event details. 

Color Burst Ice Rink
Get happy and bright with a colorful ice rink for the perfect socially-distant outdoor activity. The Merriweather District in Columbia, MD is hosting this first-ever experience in downtown. Guests are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets ($14) prior to arrival. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

DIY Holiday Ornaments
Get crafty this weekend with our guide to 22 holiday ornaments you can make at home. From bedazzled snowflakes made from popsicle sticks to miniature letters to Santa you can hang on your tree, these Christmas ornament projects are fun for the whole family. Activity details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Ballet Breaks with New York City Ballet
Get your family moving alongside the artists of New York City Ballet with Ballet Breaks. Each 30-minute workshop will be taught by a different NYCB dancer who will lead your little ones through a warm-up and choreography inspired by George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Stretch, twirl, and leap with us as we journey to the Land of Sweets where we will explore basic ballet concepts and learn a new dance together each week. Advanced registration is required. Sat. Event details. 

On Air: A Christmas Carol
For the first time in its 44-year history, American Conservatory Theater’s (A.C.T.) celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, will come to life as A Christmas Carol: On Air, an enthralling radio play that the whole family can enjoy from the comfort of their home. Sat. Event details. 

Nature Card Making with Winter Animals
Join scientific illustrator, Alex Boersma, for a seasonal card making workshop for the whole family!! Utilizing specimens from the Nature Museum’s very own preserved collections Alex will guide kids and parents in designing beautiful “pocket purse” holiday cards featuring our favorite winter animals! Sat. Event details. 

Hanukkah Keepsake Boxes
Play with shape, color, and composition using items provided in a custom Skirball art kit! In this live workshop, led by artist Katie Lipsitt, decorate your own beautiful Hanukkah box in which to keep candles, dreidels, and cherished family mementos. Sun. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers