Get into the holiday spirit in Prince William and Manassas. Visit any time during the winter season to see historic streets decked out in lights and hunt for that perfect gift at our boutiques. Or, come the weekend of Dec. 7 for sleigh rides, parades and a holiday history lesson.
Dec 7: Arrive in Old Town Manassas before 5 p.m. to enjoy Merry Old Town with holiday music, hayrides and ice skating. Santa arrives by train at 6 p.m. to greet children and light the Christmas tree at the Manassas Museum. Enjoy dinner at one of many family owned restaurants in Old Town while enjoying the glistening lights.
Dec. 8: Rise out of bed early for the 67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. Or, head to Historic Occoquan for tea with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Pink Bicycle Tea Room. Once in Occoquan, visit The Golden Goose- a store dedicated to the holidays,- grab lunch at a café and stroll the streets to see the holiday lights. After, get ready for a holiday history lesson at Rippon Lodge, one of Prince William's oldest homes. Learn about the customs and traditions of Saint Nick and what the holidays were like during World War II. Holiday crafts, music and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Dec. 9: Return to Old Town Manassas for sleigh rides, a photo with Santa and the merchant's open house. The boutiques will feature refreshments and entertainment. Don't forget to stop at The Things I Love, which will be decked out with 20-plus trees, each sporting a different theme. In the evening, Visit Ben Lomond Historic Site, which features one of the few public slave quarters left in Northern Virginia. Learn how the enslaved community celebrated the holidays through living history vignettes and tours. Reservations suggested for this $10 a person tour.
Return to Prince William & Manassas the weekend of Dec. 14 for more holiday fun. Visit a Civil War-era Santa at Leesylvania State Park on Dec. 15 and 16. Enjoy period music, costumed interpreters and light refreshments.
After your visit to Leesylvania on Dec. 15, attend a holiday concert at a ca 1875 Union Church at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre. Roast marshmallows by a roaring fire and stop by the old courthouse on site for photos with Santa. In the evening, head into Historic Occoquan or Old Town Manassas for dinner and to see sparkling lights and decorated trees.
Last Updated: 3/19/2012 4:15 PM