Families walk past a handmade post tin lantern on the steps of Otter Creek Collections in Old Town Leesburg. (Tracy A. Woodward/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Here’s a suggestion: Leesburg. The latest in our series of neighborhood guides (others include Georgetown, Rockville and Annapolis), Leesburg is a quaint haven of holiday cheer this time of year. Its brick sidewalks and historic buildings, cozy haunts and stores brimming with antiques and one-of-a-kind Americana welcome visitors with open arms. You’ll find Christmas decorations galore at Savannah’s of Leesburg, jazzy piano at Lightfoot Restaurant and an abundance of Christmas trees at Oatlands Plantation.

Savannah’s of Leesburg is the town’s capital of red and green. From lush holiday wreaths to Christmas ornaments, the store has a broad array of seasonal decor. (Jess Righthand)

This weekend also is Leesburg’s Fine Arts & Craft Show, with works by more than 90 artisans, all unique and all handmade. On Dec. 10 at 10 a.m., the holidays hit full stride with a Christmas parade, complete with floats, Santa and live music. And then, on Dec. 17, show your receipt from any downtown business and get a free horse-drawn carriage ride. Or, gather up the girls on Dec. 15 and head to Girls Night Out, a Santa-themed shopping night.

Whether you go to Leesburg for the shopping, the food or just to get out of the city, visit our Leesburg neighborhood guide for ideas on where to go and what to see while you’re in town.