Manassas to Herald the Holidays With Tree Lighting

Manassas officials will kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony at the gazebo in the downtown historic district at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. On Saturday, the city will present its 42nd annual Christmas parade, which will begin at the Manassas shopping center and end in Old Town. For information, call 368-7925. The Manassas house tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $2 per house. For information, call 368-6847.

Occoquan's Santa Claus Prefers Boat to Sleigh

Santa will arrive by boat in Occoquan at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Prince William Marine docks, escorted by the Occoquan yacht club, according to a spokeswoman for the Occoquan Merchants Association, which sponsors the event. A second Occoquan Christmas house tour will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with carols by a local church choir and free refreshments. Tickets are $7. For information, call 690-4143.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Comes to Leesburg

Leesburg's "Old Fashioned Christmas" festivities will begin tomorrow night and run every weekend through Dec. 20, with candles lighting the streets of the downtown historic district, strolling musicians and other entertainers, and horse-drawn carriage rides from the Loudoun Museum to Market Station. This Saturday only, there will be house tours between 1 and 8 p.m. for a $5 fee. A spokeswoman for the Downtown Business Association, which has sponsored the activities for two decades, said many merchants in the downtown area, which includes Market Station, will offer free refreshments to shoppers. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will walk the streets taking "last-minute orders from good boys and girls," the spokeswoman said. For information, call 777-4761.

Antebellum Mansions in Leesburg Schedule Tours

Leesburg Christmas festivities include tours through two antebellum mansions, Oatlands and Morven Park. Oatlands, the Greek revival mansion on Rte. 15 that is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is open for tours daily through Dec. 27, with candlelight tours from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays only. Admission is $6 for candlelight tours, $5 for the regular tours and $4 for senior citizens and children over 12. Younger children will be admitted free.

The 200-year-old neoclassic mansion at Morven Park will hold its Christmas open house tomorrow through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $4, $2 for children over six. Children under six will be admitted free. For information, call 777-2414.

Middleburg to Stage Holiday Celebration

The seventh annual "Christmas in Middleburg" celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with craftsmen, musicians, singers and dancers and a Santa Claus parade at 3 p.m. For information, call 687-5400.