As The Beatles would say, Happy Christmas and a Merry Goo Year, Loudoun!

This weekend is likely to be replete with dinners, marathon sessions opening presents, tummy rubbing and movie viewing. It’s a time to spend with family, friends and loved ones of all spots and stripes. It’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect and be grateful for any abundance we enjoy, and respectful of the challenges we’ve faced and overcome, as well as those yet to be revealed.

Of course, peppered about the county are several opportunities to Get Out (!), should you find yourself afflicted with a mild case of stir-craziness, which we shall detail below. But, first! Allow your Entertainment Emissary to highlight one particular excursion taking place in the coming week, the annual Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Count!

All day Thursday, Dec. 28, you can join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy representatives in their quest to tally all the lovely feathered friends presently decorating our leafless winter trees. The count circle is 15 miles in diameter, covering almost 180 square miles of Loudoun countryside—north to Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn and west to Purcellville. You don’t need to be an experienced birder to participate—LWC will assign everyone to teams, the counting will commence, then all participants will reconvene to examine the collected data. This is an awesome opportunity to introduce kids to the wonders of citizen science, not to mention sneak in a brisk winter walk! There is no cost to participate but registration is requested—go to loudounwildlife.org to learn more and sign up!

And, as to fun happenings this weekend and into next week…

Friday, Dec. 22

Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
5-9 p.m.
Village at Leesburg, Village Market Blvd. and Balch Drive SE, Leesburg
It’s the last chance to catch free and festive carriage rides at Village of Leesburg until next year. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the retail center’s musical tree and thousands of glittering lights.
Details: villageatleesburg.com

Leesburg Animal Park Christmas Village
6-9 p.m.
Leesburg Animal Park, 19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg
Activities include holiday pics with Santa (and bunnies!), crafts, children’s indoor play zone, bonfire and marshmallows and lots of outdoor lights. Tickets are $9.95 for children and adults.
Details: leesburganimalpark.com

Teddy Chipouras and Hungry On Monday Holiday Benefit Concert
7-10:30 p.m.
Tally Ho Theater, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg
Local favorites Teddy Chipouras and Hungry On Monday join forces for a benefit show for Toys for Tots. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive.
Details: tallyhotheater.com

The 9 Holiday Show
7-10 p.m.
Twin Oaks Tavern Winery, 18035 Raven Rocks Road, Bluemont
Justin Trawick’s The 9 singer/songwriter series celebrates the holidays with tunes from Trawick, Andrew McKnight, Janet Emma Garbe, Juliana MacDowell and other regional favorites. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Details: facebook.com/wearethe9

Christian Community Lamplight Services
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Christian Community at Saint Paul’s, 12623 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville
Celebrate with guest musicians, Christmas hymns and a traditional candle-lighting.
Contact: 301-432-4574

Saturday, Dec. 23

Holiday Breakfast at CEA Farms
9 a.m.-noon
CEA Farms, 15485 Purcellville Road, Purcellville
Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast along with children’s activities, hot chocolate and s’mores. Cost is $15 for 12 and over, $7 for children 3-11 and free for children under 3.
Details: ceafarms.net

Loudoun Heritage Museum Santa’s Secret Shop
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling
Children can shop for parents, grandparents, siblings and friends with a range of gifts under $10.
Details: loudounmuseum.com

Cookie and Wine Pairings
noon
Fabbioli Cellars, 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg
Get ready for the holidays with a special wine and cookie pairing. Cost is $5 with a regular wine tasting or $10 without.
Details: fabbioliwines.com

Grinch Movie Marathon
1-5 p.m.
Shoes Cup & Cork, 17 N. King St., Leesburg
Check out Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in the 1966 cartoon and 2001 Jim Carrey versions back-to-back.
Details: shoescupandcork.com

Lunch with Teddy Chipouras
1-4 p.m.
1836 Kitchen and Taproom, 34 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville
Enjoy afternoon of food, drinks and music from a hometown favorite at Lovettsville’s newest hotspot.
Details: facebook.com/1836kandt

Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
5-9 p.m.
Village at Leesburg, Village Market Blvd. and Balch Drive SE, Leesburg
(See Friday listing)

‘Up on the Rooftop, Click, Click, Bang’ Murder Mystery Party
5:15, doors open, 6 p.m., show begins
O’Faolain’s Restaurant and Pub, 20921 Davenport Drive, Sterling
Add a little fun to the holiday weekend with StageCoach Theatre Company’s holiday murder mystery and find out who murdered Frosty the Snowman. Tickets are $25 and do not include food and beverages. Advance purchase is required.
Details: stagecoachtc.com

Christian Community Lamplight Services
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Christian Community at Saint Paul’s, 12623 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville
(See Friday listing)

Sunday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Tasting Menu
noon-2 p.m.
Lost Creek Winery, 43285 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg
Get Christmas Eve off to a delicious start with a five-course tasting menu paired with Lost Creek wines. Tickets are $65 per person. Advance purchase is required.
Details: lostcreekwinery.com

Irish Music Session at B Chord Brewing
1-4 p.m.
B Chord Brewing, 34266 Williams Gap Road, Round Hill
Boe Walker hosts this lively and festive afternoon of Irish music. Bring your instrument or just come and listen.
Details: facebook.com/bchordbrewing

Cookie and Wine Pairings
4 p.m.
Fabbioli Cellars, 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg
(See Saturday listing)

Christian Community Lamplight Services
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Christian Community at Saint Paul’s, 12623 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville
(See Friday listing)

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