If you aren’t already in the holiday spirit, this weekend’s calendar of events and activities will put a sparkle in your step. You’ve got your pick of seasonal parades and activities this weekend, from skating with Santa to caroling with chorales.
In western Loudoun, Christmas in Purcellville kicks off the town’s festivities on Saturday Dec. 14 with a Christmas Parade at noon, starting at Loudoun Valley High School on North Maple Avenue. Following the parade, tour the Christmas Market inside the Bush Tabernacle, where you’ll find other holiday activities including pictures with Santa. You can also take pictures with Santa at the Train Station, where they’ll be holding an ornament workshop. In the evening, free holiday lights tours take place at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. both weekend days. Click here for details.
In downtown Historic Leesburg, you’ll want to get a spot early for the Town of Leesburg’s Annual Christmas and Holiday Parade, which begins at 6 p.m. at Ida Lee Drive. Bring the whole family to watch Santa and his friends down King Street. Click here for details.
Below is a listing of other holiday events in the county:
Ashburn Ice House
Dec. 14 12:30 -2:00 p.m.
Jolly Old St. Nick joins the public skate time at Ashburn Ice House, joined by some of his helpers. Pay only $5 for admission and skate rental if you come wearing an ugly holiday sweater! Admission fees are $9 for adults and kids over 13, $8 for kids 12 and younger, and $5 for seniors ages 65 and older. Skate rental is $5. Arrive early to purchase the pass, as there is a limit for the public skates. For more information on public skates, go to ashburnice.com.
FAMILY 5K & 10K RACE, 1K FUN RUN/WALK
Jingle Bell Rock & Run
Dec. 14 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bring the whole family to participate in this USATF-certified race and fun run, and afterward enjoy children’s activities including face painting, photo booth, music with DJ Zeus and more. Proceeds benefit Life with Cancer, a cancer education and support organization by the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. For more info or to register, go to RingingInHope.com.
2ND Annual Polar Express Pajama Party
AMC Loudoun Station 11
Dec. 15 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Have the whole family in pajamas and bring your pillows and blankets to watch this classic holiday movie about a boy who takes a magical adventure aboard a train bound for the North Pole. Tickets are $12 for everyone 3 years and older. Children 2 years and younger are free, seated on an adult’s lap. Get your tickets soon – they’re going fast. Click here to purchase tickets.
St. David’s Episcopal Church
Dec. 14 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra in this seasonal concert for an all-ages audience that includes a singalong of holiday favorites. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors 65 years and older, and free for children 12 years and younger. Click here for a full program and to purchase tickets.
A Christmas Spectacular
Middleburg United Methodist Church
Dec. 14 4:00-5:30 p.m.
The Shenandoah University Conservatory Chorale under the direction of Matt Oltman, director emeritus of the famous Chanticler Chorale. The program will include classical and contemporary Christmas favorites. The 26-member chorale includes voices in all ranges and will be accompanied by renowned organist Dudley Oakes. This is not-to-be-missed concert promises to set the tone for the Christmas season. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Snow Story on Ice
Ion International Training Center
Dec. 14 6:30-9:30 p.m.
It’s an indoor winter wonderland where you can enjoy performances by the Loudoun Ballet Performing Arts Company, The 21st Battalion Gray Coats Fire & Drum Corps, world class skaters and more at Ion International Training Center. Tickets range from $20-$30, a dinner buffet also is available for an additional $20. For more info and to buy tickets, go to ioitc.com.
A Seussified Christmas Carol
StageCoach Theatre Company
Dec. 14 and 15
Dickens’ beloved holiday story gets a makeover a la Dr. Seuss, complete with rhymed couplets, in this family friendly show. Tickets are $12 for adults and children 13 years and older, $8 for kids ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and younger. For a schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, go to https://stagecoachtc.com/a-seussified-christmas-carol/
International TUBACHRISTMAS Concert
Village at Leesburg
Dec. 15 2-3 p.m.
It’s a tubular tradition as tuba players gather on the plaza to put some oom-pah-pah in the holidays with a selection of performances. While you’re there, watch the Children’s National Hospitals Dr. Bears light up with every donation made to the hospital and gather ‘round the Specatcular Musical Tree, which will dazzle even the grinchiest member of the family with hourly light shows set to music. Go to villageatleesburg.com for event information and updates.