Thursday, Dec. 20

Christmas display of Lionel Trains, watch the operation of HO-scale trains and a Lionel train setup by Joe Pallone. 10 a.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Fort Hunt area. Free. 703-765-4573.

Fairfax bingo, no smoking, dinner sold, sponsored by the Arlington-Fairfax Elks. Proceeds go to scholarships and other Elks Lodge charities. Doors open, 5:30 p.m; early bird bingo, 6:30 p.m.; regular bingo, 7:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd. Early bird minimum, $6; regular bingo, $14 for six face cards. 703-560-2188.

Bull Run Festival of Lights and Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, a drive-through holiday light display, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Jan. 6. Also, a holiday village with carnival midway games and rides, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Drive-through: $15-$55; carnival fees: $1.50 single ticket, $20 ride-all-you-want wristband. 703-359-4633 or

Springfield bingo, for age 16 and older. Youths 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No smoking, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, 7011 Backlick Rd. $10-$25. 703-541-3139.

Friday, Dec. 21

“Christmas Cabin of Carnaween,” Creative Cauldron performs the traditional Irish folk tale. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. $15; students and seniors, $12. 703-593-5697 or

“Altar Boyz,” a pop-rock musical comedy about a fictitious boy band. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30., 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. $30; students, $15. 703-854-1856.

Cool Cow Comedy, stand-up comedy by Erin Jackson, with host Rahmein Mostafavi. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theater, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $20. 703-584-2900 or or

Saturday, Dec. 22

Dog adoption event, sponsored by the Homeless Animals Rescue Team. Noon-3 p.m., Petco, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly. 703-817-9444 or

Fairfax Animal Shelter open house, meet new director Tawny Hammond, tour the new animal adoption wing and learn about the many volunteer opportunities available. Holiday refreshments served. Noon-5 p.m., Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd. 703-830-1100 or

“A Magical Christmas,” a children’s theater performance about a town that Santa skips over and its attempt to still have a merry Christmas. 1 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $12; children, $8. 703-584-2900. or

Vienna Choral Society concert, traditional holiday carols, hot chocolate and treats. 4:30 p.m., Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW. $20; seniors and students, $15; families, $35. 703-255-5508 or

American Festival Pops Orchestra, songs of the season. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $24, $40, $48; youth through grade 12 with an adult, half price. 888-945-2468 or

Sunday, Dec. 23

Springfield bingo, for age 12 and older, no smoking, youths 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, 7011 Backlick Rd. $1-$35. 703-975-1079.

Tuesday, Dec. 25

J Fest, arts and crafts, music, games and activities, a moon bounce and other inflatables, face painting and a balloon artist, along with a community service project. Kosher food available for purchase. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. Families, $20; JCCNV member families, $15. 703-537-3000 or

“Fiddler on the Roof” singalong, watch the 1971 movie and sing along with the classic songs. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. Free. 703-323-0880 or

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Winter Walk of Lights, more than 500,000 LED lights and displays that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, a two-story animated fountain and a gingerbread village. 5:30-9:15 p.m. daily, through Jan. 6, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. $7-$13. 703-255-3631 or

Thursday, Dec. 27

Celtic music group Iona performs at 1 and 2 p.m., Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. $12. 703-437-1794 or

“The Nutcracker,” by the Virginia Ballet Company and School. 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $33, $23 children, students and seniors. 703-249-8227, or

Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve golf tournament, a four-person scramble. Entry fee includes greens fee, cart fee, range balls, prizes and lunch. 10 a.m, Herndon Centennial Golf Course, 909 Ferndale Ave., Herndon. $70. 703-471-5769 or

Falls Church Watch Night, the 15th annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Family-oriented festivities feature indoor and outdoor entertainment, including live bands, swing dancing, a 12-foot tall dragon, a Velcro wall, a karaoke stage, face painting, a caricaturist and more. 7 p.m.-midnight, Falls Church, Broad and Washington streets. Free. 703-534-4942.

ArtSpace Herndon’s New Year’s Eve open house, hands-on art activities for children and storytelling from 7 to 9 p.m.; a bonfire with folk dancing and singing from 9 to 10 p.m.; live music and entertainment, desserts, a cash bar and a midnight toast. 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31, ArtSpace, 750 Center St. Free; passes are required for event after 10 p.m.; bring cookies and other finger foods to share. 703-956-6590 or

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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