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Calendar: December 8th – 14th

Local Events

Thursday, December 8th

Informal Networking Breakfast. Stop by for an informal gathering to meet fellow Chamber members. No agenda and no cost other than the cost of one’s breakfast. Held at the Original Pancake House (7395 Lee Highway, Falls Church). 8:30 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.

Friday, December 9th

Santa’s Motorcade. Santa has confirmed he will be traveling through District Avenue again. The Fairfax County Police Motor Squad will be joining Santa as he spreads holiday cheer. Hosted at Mosaic (District Avenue, Fairfax). 5:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 10th

Old Town Alexandria Christmas Fair & Holiday Craft Show. Start holiday shopping and find the perfect gift for your loved ones at Old Town Alexandria Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show at John Carlyle Square from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Over 110 artisans, crafters, independent consultants and other local small businesses are looking forward to showcasing their products, just in time for the holidays.

FONA Winter Festival. Shop from local vendors, buy Christmas trees and holiday greenery, and enjoy free holiday-themed family activities. While there, enjoy the National Arboretum’s winter splendor and explore gardens and collections. Located in the U.S. National Arboretum — New York Avenue Parking Lot (3501 New York Avenue Northeast Washington, DC). 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

The FONA Winter Festival on Saturday, December 10th at the U.S. National Arboretum allows people to shop from local vendors and buy Christmas trees as well as holiday greenery. While there, enjoy the National Arboretum’s winter splendor and explore gardens and collections. One can enjoy a hassle-free holiday and get their shopping done all in one place. Registration is preferred but not required. (Photo: Anne McGarvey)

Winter Wonderland. All aboard for a train ride on the Holiday Express, take a spin on the Carolers Carousel, play Gingerbread Man Golf or get warm by the fire and cook s’mores to usher in the holidays. Visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes. Held at Burke Lake Park (7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station). 11:00 a.m.

Handel’s Messiah. New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra is performing Handel’s Messiah at Schlesinger Hall and Arts Center at 4:00 p.m. Thomas Beveridge conducting. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center (4915 E Campus Dr, Alexandria).

Milk & Cookies With Santa. Meet and Greet Santa and other holiday characters and enjoy cookie decorating and snowy crafts. Milk and hot chocolate will be served. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Held at the Mclean Community Center from 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Tripmas at Settle Down Easy. Be there at Settle Down Easy Brewing for psychedelic jam, psychedelics, Santadelics, and a special appearance by Sasquatch. Free show posters to the first 50 people in attendance. 8:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.

Family Movie Night. Karma Yoga on West Broad Street will be hosting a family movie night from 5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. The movie that is being show is “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Sunday, December 11th

Cookies & Cocktails. Make it a day at the Mosaic District and support the JLNV. Start the day with lunch at Rasa and then head over to Kendra Scott, Lather and Madewell to pick up some gifts for others. After getting some holiday shopping in, celebrate the season with a Holiday Gathering in the Mosaic District! Enjoy a sweet and spirited afternoon with old friends and new faces as Mosaic raises funds to support their community partners. Moderna Mosaic (2910 District Ave, Fairfax). 4:00 p.m.

Live Music Events

Thursday, December 8th

Tommy Lepson & The Big Dawgs. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (703) 241-9504

Friday, December 9th

Dave Chappell & Redd Volkaert. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (703) 241-9504

Danger Bird Tribute to Neil Young. The State Theatre (220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA) 8:00 p.m. (703) 237-0300

Too Extra. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad Street, Falls Church). 9:30 a.m. (703) 237-8333

Saturday, December 10th

Bad Influence. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:30 p.m. (703) 241-9504

Robert Hornfeck. Dogwood Tavern (132 W. Broad Street, Falls Church). 9:30 p.m. (703) 237-8333

Sunday, December 11th

Smylin Jack. JV’s Restaurant (6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). 8:00 p.m. (703) 241-9504

Wednesday, December 14th

Chris Pureka. Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave E, Vienna). 7:30 p.m. (703) 255-1566

Chris Pureka is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter based in Portland, Oregon. Her career as a vocalist and lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Patty Griffin and more. Pureka will be performing at Jammin Java on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:30 p.m. (Photo: Chris Pureka)

Theatre/Arts Events

Friday, December 9th

Cabaret Takes A Holiday. Come join the Providence Player’s as a group of talented singers interpret Broadway and jazz standards, classic cabaret music and holiday favorites. This special holiday show will be presented as a PopUp production at The Italian Café. Showing on December 9th and 10th.

Saturday, December 10th

Joy of Christmas. Trumpets, drums, and voices herald the coming of the Christmas season. As the cold of winter sets in, music of the holidays past and present will warm spirits. Washington National Cathedral’s “Joy of Christmas” will be performed at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, December 12th

Christmas Cabaret Series. Creative Cauldron tops off their holiday celebration every year with this special Holiday Cabaret Series.  Enjoy some of Creative Cauldron’s favorite performers, as well as some talented newcomers. Alan Naylor begins the series on Monday, December 12th with his “It’s My Party, and I’ll Sing If I Want To!” at 7:30 p.m.