During the holidays, it may seem hard to get in some quality family time. This weekend, whether you want to view holiday lights or have the first winter campfire of the season, these seven family-friendly events offer fun for everyone.
Friday & Saturday, 5-7 p.m.
Catch the lights one last time at Claude Moore Park. Bundle up as you walk through the lit displays around the park. The park recommends bringing a flashlight for the unlit areas on the trial. // Claude Moore Park: 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling; free
Saturday, 4 p.m.
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Get in the spirit with this fun sing-along event. Join “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and local singers as they perform traditional carols before the holiday. // free
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Take in the winter sky with the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. Gaze through the telescopes to see Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and more. Children in attendance will also learn about the solar system and stars. // Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 7701 Royce St., Annandale; $8
Sunday, noon-2 p.m.
Get ready for Santa’s arrival with a festive gingerbread house. Spend the afternoon creating the perfect creation full of icing, pretzels and candy. There is a two guest maximum per gingerbread house. // Salamander Resort & Spa: 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg; $50 per gingerbread house
Sunday, 7 p.m.
Celebrate the first official night of winter around the fire. Participants will learn about the winter solstice and enjoy some gooey s’mores around the campfire. This program is for children 4 and older. // Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 7701 Royce St., Annandale $7
Through Dec. 31
Spend the weekend roaming around Del Ray for a festive scavenger hunt. Put on your detective caps to answer the over 40 clues around the neighborhood. Those who turn in their answers will be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards for your favorite Del Ray business. // Various locations throughout Del Ray, Alexandria; free
Through Dec. 31, times vary
If you have already visited Santa, make sure to say hello to the Grinch this weekend. Make your way to his cave for a special meeting and picture. Each ticket allows for admission for up to five guests. Reservations are required. // Tysons Corner Center: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons; $50-$150
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