Sunday, Dec. 8

Oatlands “Christmas in the Roaring Twenties,” events include afternoon teas, holiday house tours, an art show, children’s theater, a wreath-making class, photos with Santa and a gingerbread house contest. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-4:30 p.m.Sundays, through Dec. 30, Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. $12; seniors, $10; ages 6-16, $8; age 5 and younger, free. 703-777-3174.

Photos with Santa, a 15-minute sitting with Santa and a 5-by-7 photo to take home. Schedule an appointment for Dec. 8, 14 or 15 at Sterling Fire Company 18, 46700 Middlefield Dr. $25, tax-deductible donation. 703-430-4013 or

Yuri Gorbachev exhibition, paintings in oil and enamel,inspired by the Russian culture of the artist’s boyhood. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 29. Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Free. 540-687-6986.

Santa’s Secret Shoppe, children can buy gifts for the family. Items costing less than $10 include toys, specialty soaps, holiday decorations, stuffed animals and Virginia-made products. Santa’s helpers will be available to help children wrap purchases with bags and ribbons. Adults are welcome to shop in the museum’s regular gift shop. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling. $5; seniors and military, $4; ages 2-12, $3. 571-258-3800 or

Celtic jam session, refreshments sold by Hill High Orchard. 1-4 p.m., Round Hill Arts Center, 35246 Harry F. Byrd Hwy., Round Hill. $5, donation. 540-338-5022 or

Dulles Knitting group, knitters of all levels are welcome. Meet upstairs. 1:30-3 p.m. Sundays, Wegmans, 45131 Columbia Place, Sterling. Free. 703-724-4210.

“Blowtorch: Robert Kromer, Vietnam and American Cold War Strategy,” a presentation by Frank Leith Jones, professor of security studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlise. 2 p.m., Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-7195.

Centennial Christmas Pageant, followed by a visit from Santa, who will have gifts for the children in the audience. 2 p.m., Foxcroft School, Foxcroft School Road, Middleburg. Free. 540-687-5555 or

Greens workshop, tree lighting and potluck, workshop 2-5 p.m.; lighting and dining, 6-8 p.m. Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. Call for prices. 540-668-7738 or

“Hansel and Gretel,” Loudoun Lyric Opera presents the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. 3 p.m., Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $22; seniors, $17; age 18 and younger, $12. 540-338-7973 or

“A Civil War Christmas,” reenactors show visitors how soldiers celebrated Christmas during the war. 4 p.m., Mount Zion Historic Park, 40309 John Mosby Hwy., Aldie. 703-327-9777 or

Loudoun Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” lead female roles will be performed by high school ballet students from Loudoun County. Guest artist Norbert Nirewicz performs the role of Cavalier. 4 p.m. Thursday and next Sunday, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Broad Run High School, 21670 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn. $22; seniors and age 12 and younger, $17.

Loudoun Chorale, program includes Stroope’s “Hodie” and Christmas songs. 4 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St., Leesburg. $14; seniors and youths, $10; age 6 and younger, free. 571-207-5354, or

“Festival of Lessons and Carols,” performed by the Master Singers of Virginia, directed by Erik Reid Jones. 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall St., Leesburg. Advance tickets: $20; seniors and students, $15; tickets bought at the door are $5 more. 703-829-6782 or

Monday, Dec. 9

Toastmasters Club, NOVA Dawn Breakers. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Eggspectation restaurant, 1609 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. 703-608-2286 or

Sewing and “stitch-in,” for beginners. Take sewing, knitting, needlepoint or crochet projects. Machines provided. 9-11:45 a.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-8039.

Mah-jongg, Chinese tile game. Noon Mondays and Thursdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-8039.

Sterling Rotary Club meeting, 12:30 p.m., Logan’s Roadhouse, 46321 McClellan Way, Sterling. 703-401-4509.

Line dancing for seniors, for people 55 and older. 2-3 p.m., Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville. Nonmembers, $2. 571-258-3400.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Rotary Club of Leesburg Daybreak, 7:30 a.m., Tuscarora Mill restaurant, 203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. 703-622-4320 or

DAR Holiday Luncheon and Auction, hosted by the Ketoctin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Open to any woman interested in learning more about the DAR. Bring baked goods, candies, homemade jellies, holiday greens and other items for the auction, which benefits the group’s scholarship fund. 11 a.m., River Creek Country Club, 43800 Olympic Blvd., Leesburg. Call for prices and reservations. 540-882-3596.

Party bridge, 1-4 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-8039.

Poker, age 55 and older. 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Nonmembers, $1. 571-258-3280.

Potluck dinner and white elephant bingo, take a covered dish for six to eight people to share and a white elephant gift, wrapped or in a gift bag. 5:30-7:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St., Leesburg. Free. 703-737-8039.

Bluegrass and folk jam, open to musicians of all skill levels. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Morningside House, 316 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. Free. 571-237-2888.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Senior center book discussion, call for titles. 10 a.m. second Wednesdays, Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St., Leesburg. 703-737-8039.

Waterford Quilters, new members are welcome. 10 a.m. second Wednesdays, Blue Ridge Bible Church, 770 S. 20th St., Purcellville. Free. 703-777-9229.

Middleburg duplicate bridge, open game. 12:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 105 E. Washington St., Middleburg. $5. 540-687-5093.

Preschool play drop-in, play equipment provided in the gym. Parental supervision required. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $1. 703-771-5913.

Ashburn Toastmasters, for those interested in developing leadership skills. 7:15 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Broadlands Community Center, 43008 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. 703-795-9324 or

Thursday, Dec. 12

Rotary Club of Ashburn, noon, 1757 Golf Club, 45120 Waxpool Rd., Dulles. 703-969-3070 or

Pinochle, 12:30 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St., Leesburg. Nonmembers, $2. 703-737-8039.

Holiday “Tea and Talk,” a traditional English tea. Guest speaker, Vivien Woofter, the U.S. Department of State interior designer in charge of renovating historic government buildings all over the world. Reservations and advanced payment required. 2-4 p.m., George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg. $30. 703-777-1301 or

Sterling Ruritan Club bingo, benefits Ruritan Club civic organization area programs. 7 p.m., Sterling Ruritan Club, 183 Ruritan Rd. Admission, $15 for six regular cards; additional cards may be purchased. 703-444-6039.

Friday, Dec. 13

Countryside Women’s Club, meeting and social, with a guest speaker. 9:30 a.m., Countryside Women’s Club, 46020 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. Free. 703-430-6505 or

Knitting and crocheting, 10 a.m.-noon, Senior Center at Cascades, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Potomac Falls. Free. 571-258-3280.

Leesburg Senior Center bingo, 12:45 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 102 North St. 50 cents per card. 703-737-8039.

“Annie,” the Main Street Theater performs the popular Broadway musical based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.” 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 22, Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. $20; seniors and students, $15. 540-338-7973 or

Saturday, Dec. 14

Birding at Banshee, monthly bird walk, sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Friends of Banshee Reeks. Take binoculars. 8 a.m., Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg. Free. 540-554-2542 or

Breakfast with Santa, pancakes and photos. A benefit for the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Rescue Squad. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Hamilton Safety Center, 39071 E. Colonial Hwy. $8; ages 4-10, $5; age 2 and younger, free. 571-291-0614.

Holiday craft fair, jewelry, pottery, candles, decorations, spa items, wooden toy and fabric sculpture. Sponsored by the Hillsboro Community Association and Friends of the Old Stone School. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. Admission, free.

Ham and turkey dinner, 11:30 a.m., Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 37216 Charles Town Pike, Purcellville. Free-will offering.

Purcellville Christmas Parade, starts at the train station on 21st Street and ends at Loudoun Valley High School on Maple Avenue. Free. Noon-2 p.m. 540-338-7421 or

“Return to Bethlehem,”drive-through Nativity play, with live camels, donkeys, sheep and costumed actors. 5-8 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday, Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Hall Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-6850 or

Lucketts Bluegrass, a Christmas Jamboree show featuring Santa. Lucketts pickers will mix and match their talents to perform bluegrass favorites. Food available. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music begins at 7 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. $15. 703-771-5281 or

“Festival of Lessons and Carols,” performed by the Master Singers of Virginia, directed by Erik Reid Jones. 7 p.m., Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Rd., Ashburn. 703-858-9254.

Purcellville holiday party, swing dance and silent auction, join the Franklin Park Big Band and VSAarts for an evening of music and dancing. Food available. 7 p.m., Historic Bush Tabernacle, 250 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. $12; in advance, $10. 540-571-9806 or

Sunday, Dec. 15

Cat adoption day, sponsored by Homeless Animals Rescue Team. Noon-3 p.m., Sterling Petsmart, 46220 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling. 703-444-6500 or

Holiday open house, tour the decorated historic home of Gen.George C. Marshall. Refreshments. 1-4 p.m., George C. Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg. Free. 703-777-1301 or

“A Merry Old Christmas in Waterford,” 3-6 p.m. Christmas stories and music, ornament-making at John Wesley Church, tree decorating, Santa and shopping at the Corner Store, 40183 Main St. Free. 540-882-3018, Ext. 117, or

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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