The Great Falls Holiday Fest, will be on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. There will be shopping, art, food, lights and Saint Nicholas, too!
Art Shows and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
*Twenty-three Great Falls Studios member artists will be at the Grange and Old Schoolhouse, 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. There will be paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, fabric arts and abstracts.
*Ten artists will be at the Artists Atelier, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, displaying oil paintings, mixed media, photography, fabric arts and abstracts.
*Twelve artists will be on hand at Artists on the Green, 776-B Walker Road, Great Falls. They are known for offering a unique blend of original art and that just right creative collectible. And, to make the holidays a little brighter, each artist is offering discounts of up to 20 percent off their original creations. Open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the studio will have a festive Open House with food and beverages from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Additionally, artists will be demonstrating their approach to creating their art all weekend. AOTG is conveniently located across from the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and is a short walk to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Original art, prints, photography, fabric arts, pottery, sculpture, wood carvings, holiday gifts, note cards and more will be on hand for all art lovers.
Santa will be at the Old Schoolhouse posing for pictures with girls and boys on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive by antique fire truck to begin the cheer when the Christmas tree is lit on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Music, Food, Activities
Festive food and drinks are available on both days at The Grange.
Storytelling by authors is available both days at the Old Schoolhouse at noon.
Make a personalized ornament on Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the Arts of Great Falls School at 756 Walker Road.
Enjoy live music with the Village Green Day School Children on Saturday, 3 p.m. at The Grange.
Celebration of Lights
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Celebrate Great Falls 25th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hot cider and cocoa to sip by the blazing Yule log and community choral groups singing seasonal music. A petting zoo, pony rides and a live nativity scene.
Holiday Fest is family friendly and free. It is presented by Great Falls Studios, the Fairfax County Park Authority, Celebrate Great Falls and the Arts of Great Falls. For more information visit www.greatfallsart.org/HolidayFest/.
Brightview Senior Living Open House
Join the Brightview Great Falls community in ringing in the Winter Season on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-4 p.m. Enjoy the decorations, music, refreshments and good cheer. Brightview is located at 10200 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls.
Ralph Dashner Reception
Former Corcoran docent Ralph Dashner describes the printmaking techniques that led to his 23-piece exhibit, "Truth and Beauty: Fine Art Prints in the Digital Age." The exhibit will be on display through December at the Great Falls Library. There will be an artist’s reception and public welcome on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Free. Contact DashnerFineArts@gmail.com for information.