Merry Old Town
December 6 @ 5:00 pm - December 25 @ 12:00 am
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Friday, December 6th kicks off the Holiday season with Santa Lights Manassas!
Santa Lights Manassas, also known as the Tree Lighting, has been a fixture in the Manassas community for over 26 years! It takes place on the Friday night before the Christmas Parade beginning at 5:15p.m. TD Bank is our official sponsor of the night. The magic of the evening begins with holiday musical performances and then Santa arrives at the Manassas Depot on the VRE train shortly after 6 p.m. After Santa lights the tree, he greets all the children and listens to their holiday wishes. Families can visit the Manassas Museum and store, as well as enjoy free wagon rides to get into the holiday spirit. The Harris Pavilion Ice Rink will be open for business as well as the downtown shops and restaurants.
Friday, December 6th will also be the 3rd Annual Jolly Ol’ Confections!
This delightful First Friday event is a tasting event of Santa’s Sweet Treats! Visit the multiple participating shops in Historic Downtown Manassas between 6 pm & 9 pm and enjoy unlimited samples of desserts created by our local restaurants. After tasting all of the desserts, be sure to vote for your favorite!
Dessert Taster Passes may be purchased at any participating merchant for $10 cash. You will receive a taster pass and voting ballot.
All Dessert tastings are *while supplies last*
Saturday, December 7th beginning at 10 am will be the 74th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade!
The Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a fixture in the community for 73 years! It takes place the first Saturday in December at 10 am. It has become one of the largest holiday parades in Northern Virginia with over 100 units; marching bands, floats, high-flying balloons, and more! We have approximately 2,000 participants and over 300 volunteers. The parade sets the mood for the holiday season has become a family tradition with multiple generations lined up to watch the parade!
Saturday, December 14th – VRE Santa Train Rides!
Santa Train rides will leave from the Manassas Train Station at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.
Tickets must be purchased in advance beginning on Monday, November 25th at 9:00 am.
Please visit the VRE website for additional information: http://vrespecialevents.org/
Other happenings during Merry Old Town!
Carriage Rides – FREE (Sunday, Dec. 8th, 15th and 22nd from 1 pm – 4 pm)
Ice Skating at the Harris Pavilion
Visit the Shops for unique gifts for all of your family and friends. *Extended Holiday Hours to be posted*