Photo courtesy of Mike Beaty
There’s another weekend full of holiday events coming in Prince William, as we get closer to the Christmas holiday.
At 5 p.m. on December 10, the Town of Dumfries will be having their annual tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall at 17755 Main Street.
Earlier that morning, Dumfries will also be having their holiday parade from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. along Route 1 southbound.
That same morning there will be this year’s second annual WinterFest 2016 event in Occoquan.
“WinterFest is family-friendly, area-wide celebration of the winter season. The all-day event highlights multiple area destinations with entertainment, food and activities for all ages,” stated a release.
More on the WinterFest event lineup, from a release:
The day begins at 11:00 a. m. with Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade – a Comic Book Christmas – on Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 8:00 -8:30 p. m. sponsored by the Prince William Marina.
Other venues hosting activities include the Tackett’s Mill Center, Town of Occoquan, the Workhouse Arts Center, the Occoquan Regional Park and Hoffmaster’s Marina. Attendees will be able to partake of free hot chocolate at all venues and Santa will make multiple appearances, beginning with his arrival by firetruck at the parade.
Betty Dean, president of ORC, stated: “Each of the participating venues is planning activities that feature their unique offerings. ORC’s role is to facilitate coordination of the event and promote it to the public. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the best of the winter season and show off the amazing variety of things to see and do throughout the ORC region.”
Nancy Kyme, ORC board member and organizer of the Santa Parade added: “This year’s parade is going to be even bigger and better. We’re still accepting applications from groups, schools, etc. who want to march or enter a float in the parade – and many of our winners from last year will be returning to defend their trophies.”
The day’s agenda will be as follows (all events take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016)
Harbor Drive in Lake Ridge, 11:00 a .m. – 12:00 noon: Santa’s Lake Ridge Parade
Tackett’s Mill Lakeside, 12:30 p. m. – Parade awards ceremonies
Tackett’s Mill Lakeside, 12:00 – 3:00 p. m. – Holiday Arts Market
Historic Occoquan, 3:00 p. m. – 7:00 p. m. – Evening shopping, marshmallow roasts, kids’ crafts, restaurant specials, caroling and more
Workhouse Arts Center, 6:00 p. m. – 9:00 p .m. – Second Saturday Art Walk, carriage rides, fire pits, caroling and more
Occoquan Regional Park, 7:00 p. m. – 9:00 p. m. – Fireworks viewing* with free parking, hot chocolate and more
Hoffmaster’s Marina, 7:00 p. m. – 9:00 p .m. – Fireworks viewing* with free parking, hot chocolate and more
And from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 10 in Manassas, there will be a drive-thru living nativity scene.
The drive-thru nativity is free for all residents and is being run by the St. Thomas United Methodist Church. Residents can drive through the scene at 8899 Sudley Road.
A rain date of December 11 has been set for the nativity in case of inclement weather, according to a release.
Info on the Nokesville Christmas Parade.
Info on the Manassas Park Holiday Light Parade.
Info on Rippon Lodge’s “Holiday Throughout the Ages.”
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