The holiday season is in full swing, and what better way to kickstart the festivities than by attending a heartwarming tree lighting ceremony? In Northern Virginia and Maryland, these events are not just about illuminating a tree; they’re about coming together as a community, spreading joy, and creating lasting memories.

Get ready for carols, hot chocolate, parades, special guests, and even a visit from Santa Claus. Here’s your guide to the most enchanting tree lighting ceremonies in the area:

1. Santa Lights Manassas

Manassas kicks off the holiday season with a magical tree lighting event that will fill your heart with warmth. Bring the whole family to witness the twinkling lights and enjoy the festivities.

  • Date: December 1, 5:15–7 p.m.
  • Location: 9201 Center St., Manassas

2. Purcellville Tree Lighting

Join the Purcellville community as they gather at Town Hall for their annual tree lighting. It’s a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit with friends and neighbors.

  • Date: December 1, 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Town Hall: 221 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville

3. Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center Annual Tree Lighting

For a dazzling display of lights and a festive atmosphere, head to the Potomac Town Center. The annual tree lighting here is a true celebration of the season.

  • Date: December 1, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
  • Location: 15201 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge

4. Festival of Lights and Carols

Old Town Square in Fairfax transforms into a holiday wonderland with the Festival of Lights and Carols. Don’t miss the enchanting tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

  • Date: December 2, noon–6 p.m. (tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Old Town Square: 10415 North St., Fairfax

5. Shipgarten Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Experience the joy of the season at the Shipgarten Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree lighting at 6 p.m. is the highlight of this festive event.

  • Date: December 2, 1–9 p.m. (tree lighting at 6 p.m.)
  • Location: 7581 Colshire Dr., McLean

6. Marshall Plan Tree Walk Opening

Join the Leesburg community for the Marshall Plan Tree Walk Opening. It’s a delightful way to embrace the holiday spirit in a historic setting.

  • Date: December 2, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Location: George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor: 312 E. Market St., Ste. C, Leesburg

7. Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-Along

Herndon’s Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-Along is a joyful event for the whole family. Sing your favorite carols and witness the tree come to life.

  • Date: December 2, 5–6 p.m.
  • Location: 730 Elden St., Herndon

8. One Loudoun’s 11th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

One Loudoun’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting promises a magical evening filled with lights and laughter. Bring your loved ones and share in the joy.

  • Date: December 2, 5–7 p.m.
  • Location: One Loudoun: 20365 Exchange St., Ashburn

9. WintertainmentFest

Lovettsville’s WintertainmentFest offers a charming way to celebrate the season. Enjoy the tree lighting and explore the festivities in Zoldos Square.

  • Date: December 2
  • Location: Zoldos Square: 1 W. Broad Way, Lovettsville

10. Great Falls Celebration of Lights

Great Falls truly celebrates the magic of lights with its Celebration of Lights event. Don’t miss the enchanting tree lighting ceremony.

  • Date: December 3, 3:30–6 p.m.
  • Location: Great Falls Village Field

11. Del Ray Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting

Wrap up your holiday tour with the Del Ray Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting. It’s a wonderful way to embrace the diversity of the season.

  • Date: December 3, 6 p.m.
  • Location: Pat Miller Square: Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria

The magic of the season is upon us and, as you can see, the holiday spirit is alive and well in Northern Virginia.

Looking for more outdoor activities? Check out last week’s blog HERE!