Today

HANUKAH PARTY, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, 5-7:30 p.m., latkes and other food, decorate cookies, singalongs, games, prizes and Balloon Man. Bring main dish and large bottle of beverage to share. Congregation has a Kashrout policy -- no shellfish, pork products, or mixture of meat and dairy in same dish. $8; 3 and under, free. Bring nonperishable food for donation to Interfaith Relief Agency. 703-391-8669.

HOLIDAY WREATHS, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vint Hill Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton.$32, residents; $48, nonresidents. To register, call 540-347-6894.

SIMPLE GIFTS, ages 3-6, make a gift and decorate wrapping paper with farm stickers and stamps, 9:30 a.m., Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. $6; supply fee, $1. 703-421-5322.

CHRISTMAS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS, Depart 10 a.m. Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville, or 10:30 a.m. Kohl's parking lot, Leesburg, return 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $28, includes admission. To register, call 540-338-7603.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, "Check Out That Star!", during 11 a.m. service, Sterling United Methodist Church, 709 Riverview Ct., 703-406-4604.

FOXCROFT PAGEANT, traditional Christmas story written by Charlotte Haxall Noland, Foxcroft founder, 2 p.m., Foxcroft School, Route 626. 540-687-5555.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, 8-10 a.m. today and Dec. 15. Saint Nick attends a continental-style breakfast. Dulles Town Center, Routes 7 and 28. $10. 703-404-7100.

CHILD'S HOLIDAY IN OLD TOWN, horse and carriage rides, storytelling, gingerbread decorating, magic show, bird-feeding workshop, street entertainers, GumDrop Square open, visit Santa, noon-4 p.m., Main Street, Warrenton. 540-349-8606.

CHRISTMAS TOY SYMPHONY, 6:30 p.m., J.L. Simpson Middle School, 490 Evergreen Mill Rd. SE, Leesburg. Little Mozart Academy performs a musical that will take you to 1761 inside the Mozart family's house, with music by Bach and Mozart. $6, adults; $3, children. Advance tickets, 703-737-2288.

HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAYS, Take a guided tour of six sites along Loudoun, Ayr and Market streets in Leesburg or set your own pace in a self-guided tour. The Loudoun Museum's History of the Holidays Walking Tour features interpreters telling the story of each home and a history of the traditions of Christmas, especially in Leesburg. Participants receive copies of a guidebook with details of 12 local homes and additional information about the history of the holidays in Leesburg. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Loudoun Museum, 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg. Copies of the guidebook, $2; guided tours. 703-777-7427.

JAZZY "NUTCRACKER," Institute of Performing Arts for Youth sponsors "Nutcracker in a Shell -- All Jazz'd Up," in which children perform a shortened version of the popular ballet with jazz, lyrical dance and tap added to choreography styles. 3:30 p.m. Farmwell Station Middle School, 44281 Gloucester Pkwy., Ashburn. $8; $6, seniors and children 3-10; free, younger than 3. 703-724-4900 or 703-378-1800.

FAUQUIER COMMUNITY THEATER, 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 that the world has formed a conspiracy against him when his mother, teacher and even Santa Claus say, "You'll shoot your eye out!" The play retains all elements of the movie, including the family's temperamental furnace, the school bully and the boys' unfortunate tongue-on-lamppost experiment. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15. Special package today includes buffet 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; $10, students and seniors. 540-349-8760 or www.fctstage.org.

"THE DAY IT SNOWED IN BETHLEHEM," musical starring Capital Community Church choir, drama and dance team and children's choir. 10 a.m. Tickets at the door for optional $5 donation. 20430 Ashburn Village Blvd., Ashburn. 703-858-3864 or www.capitalcommunity.org.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL," 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 15. Sterling Playmakers present the Dickens classic. Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave. $10. 703-437-6117.

LIVING NATIVITY PLAY, featuring wild animals, by Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville, in the breezeway at Loudoun Valley Shopping Center, 7 p.m. Photographs can be taken afterward with Mary and Joseph in the manger.

"MESSIAH," singers from 12 area churches accompanied by chamber orchestra. 3 p.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 105 E. Washington St., Middleburg. $10 suggested donation. 540-687-6297.

CHRISTMAS IN WATERFORD, noon-5 p.m. Historic homes become gift shops selling artwork, contemporary crafts, antiques and more. Downtown. Free. 540-882-3801 or www.waterfordconnection.com/christmas.

HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS, indoor craft show with more than 90 vendors. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 50 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1368.

ENCHANTED FOREST, Junior League of Northern Virginia presents 150 lighted trees and a Gingerbread Village. All trees and gingerbread houses available for sale or by silent auction. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Santa's workshop 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ($20, one child and adult; $10, additional child. Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center. 703-893-0258 or www.jlnv.org.

MASTER SINGERS OF VIRGINIA, 28-member choral ensemble in "One Birth, Many Voices" concert series, 3 p.m., at Our Savior's Way, 43115 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn (pre-concert lecture at 2:15); Dec. 14, 8 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St., NW, Leesburg (pre-concert lecture at 7:15). $15, adults; $12, students; to order with a credit card, call 703-327-6628 or visit www.msva.org.

Monday

HO-HO-HO HOLIDAY STORY AND CRAFT, kindergarten and older, 4:30 p.m., Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Preregistration. 540-347-8750, Ext. 21.

HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7 p.m., Warrenton Community Center, 430 E. Shirley Ave. Classics by Fauquier County Community Band directed by Andrew Paul of Fauquier High. Free. 540-364-3886.

Tuesday

HOLIDAY WREATHS, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vint Hill Community Center, 4235 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. $32, residents; $48, nonresidents. To register, call 540-347-6894.

SIMPLE GIFTS, ages 3-6, make a gift and decorate wrapping paper with farm stickers and stamps, 9:30 a.m., Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. $6; supply fee, $1. 703-421-5322.

CHRISTMAS AT LONGWOOD GARDENS, Depart 10 a.m. Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville, or 10:30 a.m. Kohl's parking lot, Leesburg, return 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $28, includes admission. To register, call 540-338-7603.

Wednesday

GINGERBREAD MEN ORNAMENT WORKSHOP, kindergartner and older, children must be accompanied by an adult, 10:30 a.m., Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Preregistration. 540-347-8750, Ext. 21.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP, kindergarten and older, children must be accompanied by an adult. 4:30 p.m., John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Rd. 540-364-4910. Free. Preregistration.

Thursday

SLEIGH BELLS AND SONGS -- 6:30 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage tour through Round Hill, stopping for live music along the way. Round Hill Center, 20 High St. $15; children, $10. 540-338-7973.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC, The Sanctuary Choir and Joyeux Ringers present "The Night of the Light from God," 5 p.m., Leesburg Baptist/Leesburg Community Church, 835 Lee Ave. SW. 703-777-2209.

All Month

MIRACLE OF LIGHTS, presented by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, drive through more than two miles of lighted entertainment, 5:30-10:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 4 (except New Year's Eve), Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. $12, car; $25, commercial; $50, bus. 703-709-5437 or www.miracleoflights.com.

CHRISTMAS IN THE LOUDOUN VALLEYS, until Dec. 25. Loudoun County Office of Rural Economic Development offers 21 farms where you can cut a Christmas tree. Some offer children's activities and hot chocolate. 800-752-6118, thankinson@loudoun.gov or www.rural-loudoun.state.va.us.

CHRISTMAS AT OATLANDS, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through December. House tours on the hour until 4 p.m. The plantation is decorated in Old World style. Highlights include a feather tree and an 18th-century music box. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $8; $7, seniors and students; $1, children. Guided plantation walking tours available for 10 or more at $10 apiece; reservations required. 703-777-3174, www.oatlands.org or oatlands@erols.com.

SANTA, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m., and 6-9 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Saturdays; and noon-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24, Dulles Town Hall, Dulles Town Center, Routes 7 and 28. Santa distributes candy canes at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, 2-4 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 22. 241 Fort Evans Rd. NE Leesburg. Free. 703-737-3071 or www.premiumoutlets.com/leesburg.

HOLIDAY SPIRITS, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, through January. Art show features paintings, pottery, photography and sculptures by local artists Trisha Adams, Mollie Beck, Ruth Cheronis, Carol Clay Ward, Susan MacKenzie, Verna McClain, Holly Peterson, Glen Souders and Barbara Stevens. Lost Creek Winery, 43227 Spinks Ferry Rd., Lucketts. Free. 703-443-9836.

ALDIE MILL GRANARY SHOP, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21, Route 50 one mile west of Gilbert's Corner. 703-327-9777.

To have your holiday or New Year's events listed, send the information to The Washington Post, Suite 100-A, 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175. Notices may be faxed to 703-777-8437 or e-mailed to lextra@washpost.com.

-- Compiled by Carrie Donovan

and Sandy Mauck

Students at Sterling's Munger Academy, some of whom are shown here with school Director Paula Munger, have collected more than six grocery carts of food and $165 in gift certificates to donate to the Holiday Coalition, which distributes the donations to needy families in the area.