Bull Run Festival of Lights, a drive-through holiday light display. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. $15-$55. 703-359-4633 or www.nvrpa.org/parks/brfestoflights/.
“Escape to Black Friday,” avoid holiday shopping stress with hot cider, artist demonstrations and workshops; gifts created by more than 100 Workhouse artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. Free. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.
“The Thanksgiving Story,” age 3 and older listen to Gleemania’s Sue Cournoyer’s lively and interactive story of the first Thanksgiving. Afterward, stroll the park, visit the animals or take a carousel or wagon ride. 11-11:40 a.m., Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. $4, registration required. 703-437-9101.
Lorton art exhibit, “30x30” is an exhibit of 30 small works that artists created in 30 days. 5-7 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.
American Indian stories, age 4 and older, listen to traditional tales around the campfire about changes of the season. Toast marshmallows. Children must be with a registered adult. 7-8 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $6, registration required. 703-941-1065.
“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.
The Grandsons, rock ’n’ roll music. 8 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $18. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.
Chantilly dog adoption, sponsored by the Homeless Animals Rescue Team. Noon-3 p.m., Petco, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy. 703-817-9444 or www.hart90.org.
“A Magical Christmas,” a theater performance of the children’s story. 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 22, Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. $12; children, $8. 703-584-2900 or www.workhousearts.org.
“The Nutcracker,” by Classical Ballet Theatre. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tpk., Annandale. $25; students, seniors, children, $20; military or scouts, $18. 703-471-0750 or www.cbtnva.org/nutcracker.
Jimmy Gaudreau and Orrin Star, Gaudreau, a master of the mandolin, and Star, a renowned guitarist in the technique known as flat-picking, perform for the Weekend Bluegrass Concert Series. 7:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. $15; age 12 and younger, free. 703-435-8377 or www.jimmygaudreau.com, www.orrinstar.com.
John Eaton, a concert by the pianist, vocalist, musicologist and humorist. 7:30 p.m., Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.
Chanticleer Christmas,by the Grammy-winning a cappella group. 8 p.m., George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $24-$48. 888-945-2468 or cfa.gmu.edu.
Vienna breakfast buffet, omelets, scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes, bacon and more. 8 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 180, 330 Center St. N, Vienna. $8; children, $3. 703-938-1379.
Native American stories and games, for ages 4 and 5, traditional stories and games about the culture of the Eastern Woodland Indians and a nature walk highlighting how they used native plants and animals. 2-3 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $7, registration required. 703-941-1065.
Night-flying creatures, learn how owls, bats and moths navigate at night and how to spot them. Make s’mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 7-8 p.m., Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. $6, registration required. 703-941-1065.
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.
Vienna Holiday Stroll, walk along Vienna’s historic Church Street for the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including music, an appearance by Santa, a petting zoo and supervised bonfires for roasting marshmallows. Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman lights the holiday tree at 6:20 p.m. 6 p.m. Church Street. Free. 703-938-5187, 703-255-6300 or www.historicviennainc.org.
Falls Church City Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays of each month, Falls Church City Hall, 300 Park Ave. 703-241-5014 or www.fallschurchva.gov.
McLean Antique Club meeting, Bernice Egbert will present “Silver Throughout the House” and “Styles in American Silver Flatware.” 10 a.m., McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free. 703-759-2431.
Steep Canyon Rangers, bluegrass harmonies and instrumentals. 8 p.m., CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. $15-$30. 703-476-4500.
Springfield used book sale, shop for fiction, history, hobbies, vintage and children’s books. 3-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St. Free. 703-451-8055 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/rb/.
McLean Project for the Arts, an opening reception featuring “Edges and Grids,” multimedia works in the Emerson Gallery, abstract paintings by Ellyn Wiess in the Atrium Gallery and photographs by Ron Paras in the Ramp Gallery. 7-9 p.m. McLean Project for the Arts, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. 703-790-1953 or www.mcleanart.org.
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