Holiday concerts and visits from Santa Claus are just some of the events on the slate for December at the county's historic properties.
During Holidays through the Ages at Rippon Lodge, visitors will see the Colonial-era house decorated for the holidays, inside and out. Rooms in the house will represent different periods of holiday celebrations from the Colonial Period through the 1940s. Tours of the property run between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, during the first four weekends in December. Tours will begin on the hour in front of the porch. An admission fee of $5 per person includes a warm beverage and light refreshments. Children under six get in free. Reservations for the tours are strongly recommended for groups of four or more. Call Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge, at 703-499-9812 for more information.
For one night only on Dec. 2, see Rippon Lodge, the grounds and several of the historic buildings by candlelight during Holiday Night at Rippon. There will be a special tree lighting ceremony with tree ornaments decorated by local schoolchildren. Guests will be able to tour Holidays through the Ages by candlelight, listen to music, make seasonal crafts and enjoy a hot beverage and holiday cookies. There is a $5 suggested donation. Reservations are suggested for groups of four or more. Call 703-499-9812 to make reservations.
Santa is coming to town on Dec. 9. He will visit Rippon Lodge between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and parents will be given special "Things Santa Should Know" cards to cue Santa on things he should know about the children. Bring cameras for pictures and dress appropriately for the weather, as some activities are outside. Admission is $2 per child. Call 703-499-9812 for more information.
Santa will also be at the Old Manassas Courthouse at 9248 Lee Ave. in Manassas on Dec. 9 for Breakfast with Historic Santa. In December of 1862, artist Thomas Nast made one of the first known illustrations of Santa Claus. Join us at this event for a family breakfast, make authentic 19th-Century Christmas decorations and get a chance to meet Santa, who has dusted off that old 1862 suit. Breakfast will be from 10 a.m. until noon, and crafts and pictures with Santa will be open until 3 p.m. Admission for breakfast with Santa is $5 per adult, $10 per child. Children under two are free. Visit with Santa between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. when children get in for $2. For reservations, call 703-792-4754.
On Dec. 16, plan to attend the Brentsville Holiday Concerts. Two holiday concerts with seasonal music performed by the Brentsville District High School Choir will be at the beautiful and historic Brentsville Union Church at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road in Bristow. Enjoy hot cider and cookies by a warm bonfire. The free, evening concerts begin at 5 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. Call 703-365-7895 for more information.
For a full list of events happening in December at the county's historic properties, visit www.pwcgov.org/history.