Where in Loudoun is Santa?

Places to see Santa and his friends in 2019

 

Dulles Town Center Mall

Classic mall Santa experience everyday through Christmas. But for an extra fun Santa experience, visit on Saturday, December 7th, 9am-11am for Santa Extravaganza. Santa will be visited by the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents. There will be hot cocoa and snacks, crafts, and live music with Rocknoceros.

Leesburg Santa on a Firetruck

December 3-9, 2019 – Find the tour schedule on the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company’s Facebook Page. In this annual tradition, Leesburg neighbors can meet on the sidewalks at watch for the brightly lit firetruck to come through. Riding on top is Rodolf, Frosty and Santa.

First Friday at the Loudoun Museum

Santa will be in the historic log cabin in Leesburg to meet and take a selfie with you on Friday, December 6, 2019, 6:30-8pm. 

First Friday at Be Beauty

Friday, December 6, 2019, 6:30pm-10:30pm. Swing by Be Beauty (13 S King St.) during Leesburg First Friday to get your photo taken with either the Grinch or Santa. The cost is $25, but if you’re willing to share your photo with hashtag #SantavsGrinchBeBeauty before Dec. 9, you’ll be entered to win a Be Beauty gift certificate. Photos by Krysta Rene Photography.

First Friday at Sunflower Shack

Friday, December 6, 2019, 6pm-8pm. Swing by Sunflower Shack (36 S King St.) during Leesburg First Friday to meet Santa and his elves. He will be available to hear those special wish lists and for photos. Every child will receive a gift from Sunflower Shack. Don’t forget your camera!

Purcellville Firehouse Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8am-11am. The Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad (500 N Maple St.) is having a free community breakfast with opportunities to meet Santa. 

Middleburg Breakfast & Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8am-10:30am. As part of Christmas in Middleburg, Middleburg Community Charter School hosts its biggest PTO fundraiser of the year. Park here for breakfast and leave your car parked for the rest of the day while you enjoy the parade and other festivities. Order seating tickets online at https://www.mccspto.org/breakfast-with-santa There will be a separate opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa.

If you miss breakfast, or don’t want to pay for your photo, you’ll have another chance to take a selfie with Santa at his workshop at the Pavilion on North Madison St. from 12:30pm-1:30pm. There will be hot chocolate and other activities including face painting, letters to Santa (inside Long & Foster) and music.

Santa Lands in a Helicopter during the Leesburg Farmer’s Market

During the December 7, 2019 Saturday farmers market, Santa will arrive in a helicopter at the Virginia Village Shopping Center (34 Catoctin Circle SE.) Following his landing at 10am, he will visit with families at The Santa House for photos and special treats. Kids will also have the opportunity to pick out a gift for mom and dad in the kids-only store, at no cost. 

In preparation of Santa’s landing, Fairfax Street will be closed to traffic from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m Access into the Virginia Village parking lot will also be closed during that time. Free parking will be available in the following locations:

• 10 Loudoun Street, SW
• 61 Church Street, SE
• 204 Liberty Street, SW
• 146 Loudoun Street, SE
• 37 Catoctin Circle, SE

Participants are encouraged to bring a new toy, office supplies or athletic equipment, which will be donated to the local YMCA. The Farmers’ Market will also be open, weather pending, from 9 a.m. to noon.

In the event of bad weather, the event will be moved to Saturday, December 14. To register for the event, visit www.vavillageleesburg.com/santas-village.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and his Elf at YMCA

Saturday, December 7, 2019 10am-12pm. YMCA, 624 W Church St., Sterling. Bring the family to see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and his Elf friends.Take a selfie with Santa, write him a letter and mail it to the North Pole. Participate in holiday crafting, stories from Mrs. Claus, make reindeer food and MORE!

Krampus and St. Nickolas visit Lovettsville Christkindlmarkt

Saturday, December 7, 2019 10am-6pm & Sunday, December 8, 10am-5pm The Loudoun Valley German Society hosts it’s 12th Annual Christkindlmarkt at the Lovettsville Game Protective Association (16 S Berlin Pike.) The market will feature traditional live music, typical southern German and Alpine market food such as Wiener schnitzel, sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, and more. There will be local artists and crafters selling their wares. And visits from Krampus, St. Nicholas and Christkind Angel. Admission is free.

Downtown Leesburg Saturday Afternoon

Saturday, December 7, 2019 12pm-3pm. Enjoy downtown holiday open houses, photos with Santa, carolers and strolling holiday characters. 

Saturday, December 14, 2019 12pm-3pm. Horse drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, carolers, and strolling holiday characters. Look for Jingle Jam Santa on the Leesburg Town Green from 12pm-1pm. The Jingle Jam is a sold out event, but Santa will still meet the public for free (donations requested.)

Sponsored by www.downtownleesburgva.com

One Loudoun

Saturday, December 7, 2019 5pm-7pm. As part of the tree lighting celebration at One Loudoun, Santa will in attendance for photographs. There will also be horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, kids crafts, elves and other characters, ice sculpture carving, carolers, and lots of vendors with food and shopping. 

Leesburg Airport

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 12pm-3pm. As part of an open house day, the Leesburg Airport (1001 Sycolin Rd.) will show off some of its equipment, including an airplane, snow plow, and fuel truck. Each of the flight schools that teach at the airport will be on hand as well. As a special treat, Santa will fly in around 1pm. Families can watch him land from the tarmac and afterwards, for a donation of a non-perishable food items to Loudoun Hunger Relief, kids can sit on Santa’s lap and take selfie photos. Toys for Tots collection will also be hand. 

Breakfast with Santa at Monk’s BBQ

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30am-10:30am. This Purcellville tradition to have breakfast with Santa on the same day as the parade continues with Monk’s BBQ (251 N 21st St.) hosting this year. The event is likely to sell out so make sure to make a reservation. Seatings times available are 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 and 9:30am. Prices are as follows: $10 – 11 years & up; $5- ages 2 years -10 years; No charge – Under 2 years.

If you would like to reserve your seats for a desired time, you can make your reservation by sending an EMAIL to breakfastwithsanta@live.com. Please include ALL of the following: *Name *Phone number *# of adults (and kids 11+) *# of children 10 and under *# of little 2 and under *Preferred time

Photos with Santa in Middleburg

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11am-2pm Stop by the Middleburg branch of the Loudoun County Public Library (101 Reed St.) from 11am-2pm to get a picture with Santa.

Donuts with Santa

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11am-2pm Building Kids School (6 Cardinal Park Dr.) in Leesburg is hosting a public, Winter Open House. Santa will be on hand for photos. There will be donuts and juice as well.

Shelter Animals Home for the Holidays Adoption Event

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11:30am-5pm All adoption fees are waived for shelter animals are waived during the event at 39820 Charles Town Pike in Waterford. In addition to the adorable, adoptable animals, there will be festive give-aways and perhaps a surprise visit from Santa himself. 

Purcellville Parade & Train Station Santa Selfies

Saturday, December 14, 2019, Look for Santa in Purcellville’s annual Christmas parade from 12pm-1:30pm. After the parade meet in the train station for some actives including selfies with Santa from 1:30pm-3pm. Santa will move on to the Bush Tabernacle for photos from 4pm-6pm. 

Santa on Ice

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 12:30pm-2pm. Skate with Santa and his helpers at the Ashburn Ice House (21595 Smith Switch Rd.) Wear an ugly holiday sweater and pay only $5 for admission with skate rental.

Ashburn Santa on a Firetruck

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 5pm-7pm. Another traditional ride atop a firetruck, Santa will tour Ashburn starting at Potomac Club in Lansdowne and ending at Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion at 6:40pm for the Santa Stop and Polar Express Viewing Party. The best places to see Santa are along Tournament Parkway, at the schools (in parking lots along the route) and at Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion. 

See https://ashburnfirerescue.org/community-services/santa-parade/ for stops and anticipated times along Santa’s route. Please be sure to check back on this event page or on our website for updates to Santa’s route 24 hours before the event to ensure the route has not changed.

Leesburg Christmas & Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 6pm-7pm. Santa and his friends will make their way down King Street in old town Leesburg, beginning at Ida Lee Drive and ending at Fairfax Street. This is an annual tradition. 

Purcellville Santa on a Firetruck

December 20 & 21, 2019, 6pm-9pm. Details of Santa’s ride through Purcellville are still pending. Check for updates at https://www.purcellvilleva.gov

Leesburg Holiday Tree Ceremony, Friday, December 6, 2019

The Town of Leesburg holiday tree lighting ceremony will be held on First Friday again this year at the Town Hall (25 W Market St.) and all are invited to attend.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a holiday message from Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk, followed by the lighting of the tree and Town Green. Local acapella group, The Melodies, along with the band Lost Locals will perform popular holiday songs. Frosty the Snowman and the Snow Queen will also visit the event.

Plan to stay in downtown Leesburg after the ceremony for Leesburg’s First Friday and Stroll the Street. Over 45 downtown shops, restaurants, and businesses will be open late, with live music, special sales and holiday cheer. For a full listing of First Friday activities and specials, please visit http://www.leesburgfirstfriday.com/.

 

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Getting Books at Deep Discounts

As a mother of young children, I think that it is important to give them lots of exposure to reading. The local library is great place to get started. But you might want to own books, rather than always borrowing them. I have filled the shelves of my home with children’s books. Of the the hundreds of books that we have, only a handful were purchased at full price. Most were purchased at discount sales. And, here’s the good part, those sales almost always have fiction, non-fiction, and media for adults also.

Library Book Sales

These are sales put on by the advisory boards of libraries across the county. Each sale is different and not every library has one. They are selling donated books to benefit their library. Note: these sales are usually not selling discarded library books. Here are the 2020 sales in Loudoun County. Unless noted, they are held within the library.

 

BRANCH DONATION GUIDELINES MAJOR BOOK SALE
 Ashburn Donations of books (all formats), CDs, and DVDs will be collected Jan. 3-22 during regular library hours. Friday, Jan. 24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.                                                                               
 Brambleton Donations of books, DVDs, CDs and records in good condition will be accepted during regular library hours Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28 in Meeting Room A on the second floor. Friday*, Feb. 28: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 1: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.*$20 entry fee on pre-sale Friday. 
Cascades Donations are not currently accepted.  TBD
Gum Spring Donations are not currently accepted at this time.
TBD
Lovettsville Lovettsville Library accepts donations of books, DVDs and CDs during regular operating hours. Oktoberfest in September
Middleburg Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  
Purcellville Donations are not currently accepted.  TBD
Rust Donations are not currently accepted.  TBD
Sterling Donations are not currently accepted.   

In addition to the sales put on by individual libraries, there is one mega sale held every summer by The Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. The 2020 sale, held in June will be their 31st annual event. The 2012 sale brought in over $40,000 with an estimated 3,100 shoppers!

 

Surplus

Once a month there is an online auction for surplus items and often there are entire pallets of books being sold for just a few dollars. I like books, but not enough to dig through all kinds of random books that I have to bring home in the back of my pick-up truck.

Thrift Stores

Books are cheep at thrift stores. Most books sell at about 5-10% of their new cover price. There’s lots of thrift stores in Loudoun and some are better than others for finding a good selection of books. For a list of stores, click here.

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, which runs the Twice is Nice Thrift Shop, holds an annual rummage sale at Morven Park in October. There is an entire barn dedicated to used books of all kinds. This rummage sale is so great. It has been named the BEST CHARITY EVENT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA for three years in a row by Virginia Living Magazine.

Book Swaps

Ok. This one won’t really increase your collection. But, as your kids grow, so do their interests in books. Why not find someone who’s also bored with their books to do a swap. I usually do this at least once a year with my mother’s group and end up bringing home a few good books that I didn’t have before.  If you have a group of adult friends with similar interests, you may want to do this sometime. If you’re the coordinator, you can offer to collect any unwanted books (how sad) at the end of the swap and donate them.