You guys. The holidays are HERE! And you know DC’s Wine Country always brings the cheer(s) 🥂💜 Check out all the festive fun to be had this weekend, and be sure to tag us with #LoveLoudoun in any pics you snap!

 

Holiday Traditions

morven in snow

Discover the decked halls of the iconic Davis mansion! Experience all the seasonal splendor when you tour the ornately decorated Morven Park and learn how early 20th century Christmas customs evolved into the holiday traditions we enjoy today 🎄

Christmas in Middleburg is the perfect setting to evoke the holiday spirit and welcome December with a fun-filled, family-friendly, festive experience like no other. With a tree lighting, a mile-long Christmas parade, the famous Middleburg Hunt Review, shopping, caroling and so much more, you can relax in horse country without missing a moment of the Christmas magic! As the crisp night air draws in, cozy up to a Middleburg evening in the town’s bistros, cafes, pubs, and restaurants joining in the Spirits of Middleburg 🎅


Celebrate the Season

50 west autumn

Speaking of Christmas in Middleburg, guess which friendly face you’ll see passing by in the parade? Our festive friends at 50 West Vineyards! After enjoying all the parade fun, keep your holiday party going strong at 50 West. Sing along to live music all afternoon, and then warm your soul with a glass of mulled wine by the firepit. Maybe even pick up a trio pack of 50 West's best for your next seasonal soiree 🍷🍷🍷

Stop by 868 Estate Vineyards to share in the seasonal joy at the winery’s Holiday Open House! Snack on complimentary gourmet popcorn, and revel in all the festive sights and sounds. Peruse the retail section to find perfect holiday gifts for your friends and family. (Psst… If you’re stuck for an idea, a bottle of Virginia wine is always a crowd-pleasing present 😉)

Looking to shop local for the holidays? Explore the Old Ox Christmas Market! Browse creations by artists, crafters and boutique businesses with a diverse selection of gift ideas such as jewelry, furniture, home goods and treats 🎁 Find the most thoughtful presents to show your loved ones you care — all while enjoying a beer (or two)! 🍻

 

Treats & Trots

petite lou lou gingerbread

This time of year, we can never get enough of our favorite festive sweet treat: gingerbread! Head to Petite Loulou for a little gingerbread sesh — the cafe’s got everything necessary to prepare this essential beautiful holiday confection. Reserve your gingerbread house decorating kit for this weekend and build your candy dream home. While you’re hard at work, icing and candy-patterning away, enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate bar, festive caroling and holiday specials such as mulled wine and seasonal crepes 😋 Another perfect spot for you gingerbread-heads to get your festive fix is The Manor at Airmont! Bring the family and enjoy holiday festivities while making your very own gingerbread house. Pictures with Santa in his sleigh, a treat bar and hot cocoa, ornament making and a gingerbread scavenger hunt will complete this fun family day ❤️💚 Sounds almost better than Christmas Day!

Everyone knows the hottest ride in town these days is a one horse open sleigh — and in Horse Country, you know we’ve got the hook up 🐎  For a whimsical holiday experience complete with scenic Lansdowne views, enjoy a horse & carriage ride through magical Winter WonderLansdowne! The Village at Leesburg also has you covered for carriage rides. Saddle up for this classic holiday activity and take a horse-drawn jaunt through the decked out Village, including a perfect view of the spectacular 52-foot tall sparkling tree, light shows and festive music! Jingle all the way ✨

 

It's Santa Season!

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Santa is bringing his farm friends from the North Pole to the Secret Farm & Petting Zoo at Winter WonderLansdowne! This fun and festive adventure is sure to inspire holiday happiness and lasting memories. Bring along your little animal lovers to visit Santa’s friends: white hares, alpacas, doves, and goats 🐐🕊️🐇 Don’t forget your camera! 📸

Start your day the merriest way with the Big Guy and a big breakfast at the National! Delight in the magic of the holidays with Mr. Claus as he gears up for his busiest time of year. Bring the whole family to enjoy a hot breakfast buffet (including a special kiddie buffet!), family photos with Santa, gingerbread decorating, reindeer food making, festive music, and a movie! Trust us, a special treat like this will certainly put you on your kid’s nice list 😅

 

 

 

OTHER WAYS TO #LOVELOUDOUN THIS WEEKEND:

LightUP Fest - daily at One Loudoun
Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show - Dec. 1 & 2 at Ida Lee Recreation Center
Storytime with Mrs. Claus - Nov. 30 at Salamander Resort & Spa
Holiday Wreath Making - Dec. 1 at Salamander Resort & Spa
Gingerbread House Decorating Class - Dec. 1 at Salamander Resort & Spa
Gingerbread House Decorating at the Market - Dec. 2 at Market Salamander
Brunch with Santa - Dec. 1 at Salamander Resort & Spa
"A Christmas Carol" - Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 by the Loudoun Centre Theatre
Once Upon A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Nov. 30, Dec. 1, & Dec. 2 at Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
Winter Wonderland Gala in the Gap - Dec. 1 at the Historic Old Stone School
Keg Nog Release - Nov. 30 at Old Ox Brewery
Holiday Tea Party - Dec. 1 at The Manor at Airmont
Annual Holiday Sale - Dec. 1 & Dec. 2 at The Clay and Metal Loft
A Taste & History of Santorini Wines - Dec. 2 at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
Wine 101 with Woods - Dec. 1 at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
Winemaker for a Day - Dec. 1 at Sunset Hills Vineyard

 

DON’T MISS ALL THE FUN AT WINTER WONDERLANSDOWNE!

Advent Calendar Creation - Dec. 1
Build One Give One Snowman - Dec. 1
Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt - daily
Elf Tuck-Ins - Dec. 1
Holiday Ornament Decorating - Dec. 1
Holiday Workshop Fun Pass - Dec. 1
Lansdowne Polar Express - Dec. 1
Letters to Santa - Dec. 1
Winter WonderLansdowne Market - Dec. 1