‘Tis the season for exploring the suburbs of Washington D.C.
There’s no better time to explore the D.C. suburbs than right now – when they’re at their most festive! As you’re touring, be sure and check out these seasonal Christmas events, outdoor light displays and holiday events and performances, happening through the new year.
#1. Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience (Leesburg, VA)
The magical world of Harry Potter will transform the woods of Morven Park this holiday season. Take an immersive stroll along the illuminated path to experience iconic scenes from the movies and impressive special effects. If you have kids in your crew, make sure they have a wand so they can help bring some of the magic to life. Halfway through your journey, you can warm up at the village with a Hogwarts hot chocolate.
The unique experience runs now through January but tickets are selling fast. Get yours soon if you want to take part in the fun.
#2. Bull Run Festival of Lights (Centreville, VA)
Centerville residents look forward to this festive tradition year after year. A 2.5 trail in Bull Run Park turns into a drive-thru winter wonderland for the season. Enjoy the twinkling light display from the comfort of your car before stopping by the holiday village and carnival. Pick up some s’mores supplies and relax by the bonfire. The little ones might even get to meet Santa Claus before hopping on the Ferris wheel.
Tickets are available online and you’ll find a promo code on the NOVA Parks website for select dates.
#3. Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights (Vienna, VA)
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens gets into the spirit with an enchanting walk-thru light display. For 11 years, this park has welcomed guests to join in the holiday fun. Follow the half-mile paved path to take in the glittering decorations. Be sure to stop by the Sips & Sparkles Shop first to grab a hot chocolate to enjoy along the way. (Spiked drinks are available, too). After the stroll, find a spot by the fire and listen to the carolers.
Is your holiday schedule already filling up? This event lasts through January 8 so you have plenty of time to fit it in.
#4. Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA)
On December 16 and 17th, you can attend the incredible Christmas Illuminations event at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This holiday spectacular includes a mansion tour plus a chance to stroll the grounds while listening to holiday music and enjoying festive light displays. The Mount Vernon Inn Food Truck serves a special holiday menu for the event and a beautiful firework show over the Potomac closes out the night.
#5. Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long (Vienna, VA)
Many Vienna residents mark the start of the season with the annual Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long. Each year the United States Marine Band along with a local choir performs beloved Christmas and Hanukkah songs in town. It’s a cherished holiday tradition that brings the community together. Insider tip – bring a jingle bell and a candle so you can join in all of the special moments.
Parking and admission are free but Toys For Tots donations are accepted at the door.
Bonus: DC Holiday Events
Living in the suburbs means it’s still easy enough to get to the city for special events. And with so many festive events in DC this time of year you won’t want to miss out. The National Christmas Tree opens to the public on December 2 and the official lighting ceremony will air on TV the next week. Visiting in person means you can spend time admiring all of the smaller trees decorated with ornaments made by schoolchildren in each US state and territory.
The annual District Dazzle event lasts from November 18 – January 8. Neighborhoods across DC put out impressive decorations and you can participate in a scavenger hunt to find the best displays.
You don’t have to put your suburb search on hold during the holidays. Reach out today and we’ll help you plan a festive town tour so you can make the most of the season.