Old Town Manassas, Virginia celebrates the Christmas season each year with a weekend of old-fashioned family fun at the "Merry Old Town" celebration. The festivities include a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Manassas Christmas Parade, a gingerbread contest, ice skating and lots of holiday activities for all ages. Located just 30 miles from the nation's capital and a short ride from the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, the charming historic town is home to a variety of shops, museums, galleries and restaurants.
It is the perfect place to get in the spirit of the holidays with the following annual events.
Santa Lights Manassas - Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Rain, Snow or Shine.
Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas, Virginia. Santa arrives at the Manassas Depot via VRE train at 6 p.m. The evening includes a live concert on the lawn of the Manassas Museum, the lighting ceremony, free hayrides, and visits with Santa. After Santa lights the tree on the museum lawn, he greets all the children and listens to their holiday wishes at the Harris Pavilion gazebo. The ice rink will be open. Families can also visit the Manassas Museum and downtown shops and restaurants, as well as enjoy free wagon rides, to get into the holiday spirit.
Park along the side streets in Historic Downtown or in the parking garage located off Prince William Street.
Manassas Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10 a.m. Rain, Snow or Shine.
Old Town Manassas. See amazing floats, local celebrities, live performances, marching bands, equestrians, animated characters, giant balloons, and Santa at the Manassas Christmas Parade. The parade route begins at Mathis Avenue and concludes at the intersection of Center Street and Grant Avenue. Enjoy enchanted Christmas stories at the Train Depot from 2-5 p.m. Bring a new, un-wrapped gift to the parade to donate to Un-Trim-A-Tree. A float will travel along the parade route before the parade begins to collect the toys.
Manassas Gingerbread Contest and Display
The annual gingerbread contest runs includes gingerbread houses with cotton candy rooftops and peppermint-drop footpaths will be on display throughout town during the “Merry Old Town” Celebration in Old Town Manassas. Winners will be selected by the public. For more information on how to enter the gingerbread contest, please call (703) 361-6599.
On Saturdays throughout the holiday season, hop in a carriage and tour the historic streets of Historic Downtown Manassas. Take in the sights and sounds of the season. Carriage rides will leave from the Train Depot and take you around Historic Downtown from 1 pm-4 pm (weather permitting).
Holiday Home Tour
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 104 p.m. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Manassas hosts the annual tour of homes. Tickets are $20 and allow visiting all 5 homes.Tickets are available mid-November at the Flower Gallery, The Things I Love, Manassas Museum and the Visitor Center at the Train Station. Profits benefit local charities and scholarships to local high schools. For further information, call (703) 368-6183 or (703) 365-8604.