Head west of D.C. for a less-congested holiday celebration in the village of Leesburg, where you’ll find a five-story tree with more than 15,000 lights.
Leesburg will also play host to live music and plenty of holiday-themed events. This year, the village is celebrating the coming holidays with free horse-drawn carriage rides and breakfast with Santa at participating restos. Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy breakfast or lunch and receive a photo and souvenir.
Full Holiday Event Schedule:
Horse-Drawn Carriage rides: Fridays & Saturdays 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 19
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows: Daily music and light shows through Jan. 3, noon-9 p.m. every hour on the hour.
Visit with Santa: Wednesdays and Thursdays now through Dec. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (bring your own camera). Wednesdays are pet-friendly.
International TUBACHRISTMAS Concert: A flashmob-esque group of tuba players will gather and playing Christmas music, Dec. 13 from 2-3 p.m.
Hanukkah Celebration: Dec. 13 at 4 p.m.
Annual Winter Ice Fest & Mega Block Ice Carving Competition: Jan. 16; more details to come.
Breakfast With Santa: reservations required, $15/seat. Kids 4 and under free. Locations:
Saturday, Dec. 5
9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Call (703) 443-8001
Saturday, Dec. 19
8:30 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Call (703) 777-4127
You are also encouraged to bring a donation for Toys for Tots.
The Village at Leesburg is centered around 1602 Village Market Blvd. SE, about an hour from downtown D.C.