The Loudoun County Office of Rural Economic Development offers a list of 21 farms where you can cut A Christmas tree or buy holiday greens. Some farms also offer children's activities and hot chocolate. At Lowelands Farm, there will be hayrides, pygmy goats, ponies, horses and Scottish Highland cows. The Christmas Tree Place offers discounts to police and fire and rescue employees. Ticonderoga Farms starts bonfires, hayrides and marshmallow roads. Today-Dec. 25. For specific information about each farm, call for a brochure. 800-752-6118, or


The music department of the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College holds a singalong to the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," with guest host Dennis Owens of WGMS, Classical 103.5. Audience members will be given sheet music so they can sing along with the Loudoun Small Vocal Ensemble. Owens, the guest emcee, recently announced his retirement after 21 years of hosting a morning show on WGMS. Donations benefit Loudoun Interfaith Relief Fund. Seating is limited. 2 p.m. Sunday. Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Hwy., Sterling. Suggested donation, $10; students and children, $5. 703-450-2509.


Fauquier Community Theatre invites you to step back to the 1940s for a stage adaptation of Philip Grecian's 1983 motion picture "A Christmas Story." All 9-year-old Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but it seems the world has formed a conspiracy against him when his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus say, "You'll shoot your eye out!" The play retains all the elements of the motion picture, including the family's temperamental furnace, the school bully and the boys' unfortunate tongue-on-lamppost experiment. Evelyn Rice directs a cast of adults and children. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 15. A special package Dec. 8 includes brunch with Santa 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Inn at Vint Hill ($21; children, $18; reservations required). The Theatre at Vint Hill, 4225 Aiken Dr., Vint Hill Farms Station, Warrenton. $12; students and seniors, $10. 540-349-8760 or

Radio personality Dennis Owens will host a "Messiah" singalong Sunday.