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Weekend Planner: Ice Skating, Holiday Lights and Bingo

Friday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 23

Making plans for the weekend?  Check out our list of local events happening this Friday through Sunday.

 

Christmas at Mount Vernon

  • Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria
  • When: From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily through January 8, 2013
  • Why Go: Enjoy holiday decorations, chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th century dancing and more.  Bring the kids for their chance to meet “Aladdin” the camel.
  • Price: Adults: $15; Seniors: $14; Ages 6 – 11: $7; Ages 5 and under: FREE

 

Bull Run Festival of Lights

  • Where: Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville
  • When: Open nightly through January 6, 2013
  • Why Go: Drive through the popular light display, then relax at the Holiday Village with food, vendors and more.
  • Price: Admission ranges from $15 – $30 per vehicle (see website for details)

 

Bingo

  • Where: Mount Vernon Knights of Columbus, Alexandria
  • When: Friday, Dec. 21 beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Why Go: Early Bird games begin at 7 p.m. with regular games beginning at 8 p.m.
  • Price: See website for details

 

Cool Cow Comedy

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: Featuring stand-up comedians Erin Jackson and Jon Mumma.  Hosted by Rahmein Mostafavi.  Due to mature content, all patrons must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Price: $20 per person

 

Indoor Ice Skating

  • Where: Mount Vernon  RECenter, Alexandria
  • When: Friday, Dec. 21, Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 (see website for complete schedule)
  • Why Go: Skaters of all ages and abilities are invited to take advantage of public skating sessions.  Skate rental is an additional $3.  
  • Price: Adults: $6.50 - $7.25; Seniors: $4.70 - $7.25; Ages 5 – 18: $5.40 - $7.25; Family: $15.50 - $21

 

Crafts for Kids

  • Where: Lakeshore Learning Store, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Kids will get to create a “Wintertime Napkin Ring” perfect for holiday dinners.
  • Price: FREE

 

Children’s Theatre: A Magical Christmas

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 and 3 p.m.
  • Price: Adults: $12; Children: $8
  • Why Go: Kids of all ages are invited to this Children’s Theatre production about bringing the magic of Santa Claus to a town called Believe.

 

American Festival Pops Orchestra – Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season 

  • Where: GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax
  • When: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: Enjoy an evening of holiday music, complete with an audience sing-along.  Don’t miss the pre-performance discussion at 7:15 with arranger Bryan Kidd.
  • Price: Tickets range from $24 - $48

 

GSVFD Bingo

  • Where: Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, Springfield
    • When: Sunday, Dec. 23 – Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    • Price: See website for details
  • Why Go: Early Bird games begin at 7 p.m. with regular games following after a 15 minute break. 

 

Library Events:

  • Tech Zoo Fridays at Burke Branch Library, Alexandria.  Friday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.  FREE.
  • English Conversation at Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m.  For adults.  FREE.
  • Wag a Tale at Kingstowne Library, Alexandria.  Saturday, Dec. 22 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  For ages 5-12.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • Pigs at the Pole at George Mason Regional Library, Annadale.  Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • eBook Clinic at Kings Park Library, Burke.  Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. and noon.  For adults.  FREE – Registration Required.
  • eBook Workshop at George Mason Regional Library, Annandale.  Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.  FREE.

 

Nature Highlights:

  • Celebrate Urban Birds at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.
  • Mammals of Mason Neck at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m.  Weekend parking fee is $4 per vehicle.
  • Birding Belmont Bay at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.  Weekend parking fee is $4 per vehicle.
  • Sunday Morning Bird Walk at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria.  Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 a.m.  FREE.
  • Nature Craft at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Sunday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.  Weekend parking fee is $4 per vehicle.
  • Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Sunday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m.  For ages 3 and up.  $6 - $8 per person – Registration Required.   

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