Inaugural Workhouse Glass National 2015. Through Jan. 17. W-16, Vulcan Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Join for the family-friendly exhibitions of glass art and the opening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6-8 p.m. workhousearts.org, 703-585-2900.
FCPS Art Teachers Exhibition. Nov. 14-Dec. 6. W-16 McGuireWoods Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Join for the exhibitions by the FCPS best art teachers. Discover the breadth of talent found in FCPS as you view works by art teachers. The exhibit will feature various media, unified by the artist’s passion to educate. workhousearts.org. 703-585-2900.
Sue Grace Art Exhibition. Nov. 14-Dec. 6. Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-10 Gallery, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Her paintings share the experience of giving birth, explore the bridge between abstract and figurative expression. Gracefamily999@verizon.net. www.workhousearts.org. 703-585-2900.
Children’s Theatre: “The Nutcracker.” 1-2:15 p.m. & 3-4:15 p.m. Saturdays. Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26. W-3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Presented by Mestey Films Productions. Playwright Vianlix Mestey produces an original re-telling of the favorite holiday story in play form. Running time 75 minutes with one intermission, appropriate for all ages. $9-$13. workhousearts.org. 703-585-2900.
Iconic Images from the American Civil War. Through Dec. 31. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. The exhibition, Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War, features a selection of 110 historical photographs of the Civil War by photographers (including renown photographers George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner from the George Eastman House Collection in Rochester, N.Y. 703-691-0560.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Story Behind the Madness. Dec. 3-4, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 1 p.m. 5200 Ox Road, Fairfax. ale of a dream so whimsical that it transports one to another world, could it have been created by 3 young girls and a math professor? Yes, it's true! Bring your family to see the 150 year old original text come to life, and hear the story... behind the Madness. $8, $10. www.facebook/Aliceinfairfax.com.
Library Holiday Book Sale. Dec. 3, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6, noon-2 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. Come and find those perfect books, CDs and DVDs for your holiday shopping. Whether it’s a cute little book to put a gift card in, a craft/hobby book for your favorite aunt or that special gift for mom, dad or the little ones–there are offerings galore waiting for you. Purchases will help fund valuable library children’s programs. Bag sale on Sunday. For more information, please contact email@example.com or 703-451-8055. TTY 703-324-8365.
Norwegian Festival/Bazaar. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church, 3810 Meredith Drive, Fairfax. Fifth year with Norwegian café, Fjord horses, live music, Nordic Dancers, Norwegian food products and goods. Local Nordic artisans. Waffle, krumkake, lefse demos, baked goods and Kransekake sales. Free. www.norwaydc.org. 703-573-5943.
City of Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols. 11:30-7 p.m. Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Come enjoy live holiday music, hot cider, s'mores by the Yule log, petting farm, Ferris wheel, caroling and lighting of the Christmas tree in the winter wonderland. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov/about-us/special-events/festival-of-lights-and-carols for times and locations.
Lunch with Santa. 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Have lunch with Santa. $6. Parents free. Ages 10 and under. Visit www.fairfaxva.gov for ticket information or call 703-385-7858.
A Celtic Christmas with Síor-Óg. 7:30 p.m. Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts sponsors the seventh annual Christmas concert. Adults $5.00 and Children 12 and under free. www.fairfaxarts.org.
Santa’s Workshop. 1-5 p.m. Springfield Methodist Church, 7047 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Come out to Santa’s Workshop for crafts, cookie and cupcake decorating, storytime, a cake walk, letter writing to Santa and more. Additional fee for refreshments and photos with Santa. $5. Children 12 and below. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent Coffee Concert. 9:30 a.m. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 9203 Braddock Road, Burke. The St. Stephens United Methodist Women Maranatha Singers will present an enjoyable morning of holiday music. The theme of the concert will be “A Joyful Noel.” Refreshments will be served after the concert. Free.
Horse Society Holiday Procession. 2 p.m. Town of Clifton. Clifton kicks off the holiday season by parading through the town to Lustre’s Field for the costume judging and to share refreshments with the town folks who come to admire and “get in the holiday spirit.” This year there will be a special appearance by – you guessed it – Santa. http://clifton-va.com/.
Art Guild of Clifton Holiday Show. 2-7 p.m. Clifton Presbyterian Church, 12748 Richards Lane, Clifton. A feature of this year's show will be instruction and craft demos for youth visitors. They will be able to use a variety of papers and stamping to create Holiday cards and gift accessories suitable for their gift giving. www.artguildofclifton.org.
Clifton Tree Lighting. 6 p.m. Ayre Square. Campfire, marshmallow roast, carols. www.clifton-va.com.
Author Talk and Musical Program. 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Liel Leibovitz and a musical program, both celebrating the artist Leonard Cohen. Leibovitz’s new biography, “A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen,” brings to life the passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work. $24, $20, $14. www.jccnvarts.org. 703-537-3000.
Concerts from Kirkwood-Marcolivia. 3 p.m. Kirkwood Presbyterian church, 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield. Award-winning violin and violin/viola duo. The concert will feature season music in the folk traditions of America and Eastern Europe. Free. www.kirkwoodpres.com.
SCHS PTSO Craft Show. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. South County High School, 8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton. Over 140 crafters and vendors will be in attendance selling unique handcrafted items. There will also be entertainment and children can enjoy Cookies with Santa from 9:30-11:30 a.m. sponsored by our SCHS Leadership program. Free-$3.
Unite Jadalyn and Jasper Benefit Concert. 7 p.m. Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Help get a police officer’s autistic daughter get a therapy dog. Featuring Soldiers of Suburbia, Homer’s Donut, UCMEE, Tyler Plazio, Nicoletta Karamanis. https://www.gofundme.com/jadalynandjasper.
Saturdays/Dec. 5, 12, 19
Donuts with Santa. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. W-16, Vulcan Gallery, Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Santa is returning for a wonderful family event just in time for the holidays! Join Santa and his helpers for a special experience at Donuts With Santa. Each ticket holder will enjoy two doughnuts and a choice of juice or coffee while Santa and his Elves read a classic Christmas story and lead a fun-filled family sing-a-long. $20. workhousearts.org. 703-585-2900.
Saturdays/Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
Children’s Theatre: “The Nutcracker.” 1-2:15 p.m. 3-4:15 p.m. W-3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. Presented by Mestey Films Productions. LIVE onstage! Playwright Vianlix Mestey produces an original re-telling of the favorite holiday story in play form! Running time 75 minutes with one intermission, appropriate for all ages. $9-$13. workhousearts.org. 703-585-2900.
Friday-Saturday/Dec. 4-5, 11-12
Popular Christmas Drama. Call for times. Harvester Presbyterian Church, 7800 Rolling Road, Springfield. "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" play by Barbara Robinson. Show suitable for all ages. $6-$20. 703-455-7800.
38th Annual Arts and Crafts Show. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Audrey Moore RECenter, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. Top quality handmade arts and crafts will be offered by nearly 120 of the area's finest artisans selling handmade items and plenty of great gifts to choose from. Visitors will also be able to find clothes, drawings, photography, pottery, ceramics and metal and wood crafted items. Admission is $2 per person; children ages 12 and under are free.
26th Annual Holiday Model Train Show. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Model and toy trains displays in G, Standard, O, S, Lego, HO, N and Z Gauges. The "Train Doctor" will be available to fix or advise on broken models. Free for museum members. Adults $5, children $2. www.fairfax-station.org.
Children’s Christmas Musical. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jubilee Christian Center, 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. A Christmas musical, "An Out of the Box Christmas.” www.jccag.org. 703-383-1170.
Annandale Brass Concert. 4-6 p.m. Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Enjoy your holiday favorites played in easy listening jazz and traditional arrangements. Bring the whole family. Holiday refreshments will be served. $10. 240-630-9352.
Danú “A Christmas Gathering: Féile Na Nollag.” 4 p.m. George Mason Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Hailing from Ireland’s historic County Waterford, Danú has built a massive fan base worldwide due to its ebullient performances and mastery of traditional Celtic instruments. $32-$54. cfa.gmu.edu. 888-945-2468.