Oatlands Historic House and Gardens

Decorations, gifts, holiday meals. These are just some of the things many of us have been running around, checking off our lists over the past several weeks.  With the holidays upon us, it’s time to finish up that list and focus on the spirit of the holiday season.  Whatever your state of holiday readiness, these upcoming events can help fill the stockings and spread the holiday cheer.

Christmas at Oatlands continues through the end of the month.  This popular tour features Outlands Historic House dressed for the holidays in historic and handcrafted decorations, along with Christmas trees and greenery from Oatlands’ garden. This year’s theme is focused on children with a variety of historic toys and dolls from various eras displayed throughout the mansion.  Enjoy the tour by candlelight and accompanied by live music during their evening Candlelight Tours.  Oatlands’ Carriage House Gift Shop is a popular destination for holiday shoppers as well, featuring a variety of unique gifts.

Speaking of gifts, if you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, local art is a great way to go. Art Square is hosting their Holiday Show on the Square featuring a variety of works by the area’s leading artists.  Glenfiddich Farm Pottery will also be open to the public the next two Saturdays for sales of their functional pottery as well as tours and demonstrations.

Now, gifts are covered and you’ve got plenty of holiday spirit. What could be left on your list? How about those holiday meals?  If you’re looking for someone else to take care of all the cooking and hosting duties, Loudoun’s restaurants have you covered! From Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, you can find a seated coursed meal or a full buffet at restaurants like Lansdowne Resort’s On the Potomac, Vintage 50, and Grandale Restaurant.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to make plans for your New Year’s Eve celebration!  Lansdowne Resort will be hosting a performance from 80s party band The Reflex and is offering two great packages (view the second package here) to kick off your New Year.