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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3 Things You Should Know About Coupons:

01

They are like free money.

Using coupons regularly will save you lots of money.

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Couponing takes some time and effort.

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There are many sources for coupons, both paper and digital.

Increasingly, there are also websites and apps that give you coupon credit like a rebate. It is best to experiment with different types of coupons and rebates to find the ones that are easiest for you to use. Personally, I am a fan of old fashioned paper coupons, but I also use digital coupons and apps.

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10th Annual Airshow at Leesburg Airport on September 28, 2018

The Leesburg Executive Airport will be hosting a thrilling air show this fall for the 10th year in a row. There will be antique aircraft, aviation related displays, exhibits, moonbounces, and food vendors.

At noon there will be demonstrations of radio-controlled aircraft.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the skies above Leesburg will come alive with daring aerobatic performances. Featured performers include Paul Dougherty, Scott Francis, RJ Gritter, Mark Meredith, members of the Flying Circus, and the CAF National Capital Squadron. This year’s announcer will be Mike McFarland.

Saturday, September 28, 2018

11:00am – 4:00pm

Requested donation of $3.00/person or $5/family.

 

Parking:

Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mills Rd.

Cornerstone Chapel, 650 Battlefield Parkway

Shuttles will run continuously from 10:45am until 4:30pm.

Airport parking reserved for those with DMV issued disabled permit.

 

For more info: https://leesburgairshow.com

Little Flower Consignments 2019 Spring Sale: Early Shopping Pass Giveaway

With two sales each year, once in the spring and again in the fall, Little Flower Consignments is one of the largest children’s consignment sales in Loudoun County. At the sale you will find gently used baby and children’s clothing, baby gear and furniture, accessories, toys, maternity, and more. Everything is priced far below retail.

We are giving away two sets of early admission passes to the Little Flower Consignments Spring Sale. Contest runs September 16th through September 18th. Passes are good for EARLY ADMISSION to the sale. Winners will receive a second pass to share with a friend or family member. Visit our Facebook page to enter. Winner will be selected at random and notified on September 19th.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
St. Theresa’s School
21370 St Theresa Ln, Ashburn

Public Sale: 8am – 12 noon

Half-Price Sale: 12:30-2pm

Dollar Dash: 4-5pm

Early admission pass holders: 7:15am
Pre-Sale: 7:30 am (teachers & military, and first responders, with valid ID)
No strollers permitted inside sale area. No children admitted before 8am.

Little Flower Consignment Fall 2019

CONTEST RULES:

Eligibility: Little Flowers Consignment Early Shopping Pass Giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals and Little Flower Consignments, both located in Loudoun County, Virginia. The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period: The contest begins on September 16, 2019 and ends on September 18, 2019 at 11:59PM. Entries that are submitted before or after the contest period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the contest only online through Facebook.

How to Enter: Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LoudounMomDiscountsDeals) and follow the directions provided. Limit two (2) entry person, per Facebook account, and per household for the duration of the contest period. Entries received from any person, account, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of the sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Prize Drawing: On or about September 19, 2019, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will select potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will attempt to notify the potential winner via Facebook messenger on or about September 19, 2019. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within two (2) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

Winner Notification: The potential winners will be notified by Facebook messenger. Each winner will be required to respond within two (2) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her early shopping pass.

Prize: Two prizes given away. Each is a set of early admission passes to the Little Flowers Consignment Sale on September 28, 2019; one (1) pass for winner, and one (1) for their guest. Early admission begins at 7:15 am the day of the sale.

General Conditions: If the contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, but not limited to, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, Internet failures and disruptions, and ISP problems, or any other causes, which, in the sponsor’s sole judgment, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, the sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion and determination of fairness, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and to select winners from eligible entries received prior to such action, in accordance with these official rules. Sponsors may disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, operation of the contest, or violates these official rules.

LFMOMC 2019 Fall Consignment Sale: Early Shopping Pass Giveaway

Twice each year (spring and fall), the Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) holds a huge consignment sale. Shoppers will find lots of gently used clothing, toys, and other items. As parents of multiples and siblings, there will be enough to fill an elementary school gym and cafeteria with everything from infant to teens!

We are giving away two sets of early admission passes to the Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) Consignment Sale. Contest runs September 12th through September 14th. Passes are good for EARLY ADMISSION to the sale. Winners may bring along a friend or family member. Visit our Facebook page to enter. Winners will be selected at random and notified on September 15th.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Ashburn Elementary School
44062 Fincastle Drive, Ashburn

9am – 12 noon

Early admission pass holders, club members, and volunteers: 8:00 am

Pre-Sale: 8:30 am (military, & first responders)

No strollers permitted inside sale area.
Cash, check w/ID, or credit w/$3 fee.

 

 

Eligibility: Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) Consignment Early Shopping Pass Giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

 

 

Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals and Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC), both located in Loudoun County, Virginia. The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period: The contest begins on September 12, 2019 and ends on September 14, 2019 at 11:59PM. Entries that are submitted before or after the contest period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the contest only online through Facebook.

How to Enter: Visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LoudounMomDiscountsDeals) and follow the directions provided. Limit two (2) entries person, per Facebook account, and per household for the duration of the contest period. Entries received from any person, account, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of the sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Prize Drawing: On or about September 15th, 2019 Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will select potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will attempt to notify the potential winner via Facebook or email on or about September 15, 2019. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within two (2) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

Winner Notification: The potential winners will be notified by Facebook messenger. Each winner will be required to respond within two (2) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her early shopping pass.

Prize: Two prizes given away. Each is a set of early admission passes to the Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) Consignment Sale on September 21, 2019; one pass for the winner and one for the winner’s friend. Early admission begins at 8:00 am the day of the sale.

General Conditions: If the contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, but not limited to, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, Internet failures and disruptions, and ISP problems, or any other causes, which, in the sponsor’s sole judgment, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, the sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion and determination of fairness, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and to select winners from eligible entries received prior to such action, in accordance with these official rules. Sponsors may disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, operation of the contest, or violates these official rules.

 

LFMOMC Consignment Sale: Early Shopping Pass Giveaway

Academies of Loudoun 2019 Fall Plant Sale

The annual fall plant sale to support Loudoun students in plant science and biotechnology will be held at a new location this fall. Previously held at Monroe Technology Center, the sale is now at the new Academies of Loudoun school.

As in past sales, shoppers can expect to find part of the school transformed into a make-shift garden center, packed with mums, pansies, cabbages, kale, and so much more.

*Accepts credit cards for small fee.
Academies of Loudoun Plant Sale, Sept 18-20, 2019

Academies of Loudoun

42075 Loudoun Academy Dr., Leesburg, VA 20175

September 18

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

September 19

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

September 20

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Smithsonian Museum Day September 21, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, September 21, 2019

Free Admission to Participating Museums

Smithsonian Museum Day September 21, 2019

What is Museum Day?

Participating museums across the country will give free admission to anyone with a Museum Day ticket. Tickets are good for two people (bring a friend) and are for September 21, 2019.

Which Museums are Participating?

You will have to search the Smithsonian Magazine database to find a museum you want to attend. Search Here.

Right here in Loudoun County, the following museums are participating:

George C. Marshall’s Dodona Manor, Leesburg

Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling

Morven Park, Leesburg

National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly *Still pay $15 for parking.

 

 

Best Shopping Deals in September

Hooray, its September! If you are a thrifty shopper, you’ve been waiting for summer to be over so that you could start saving big again. According to Time Magazine, retailers will start working harder this month to get shoppers back into their stores. Here’s some of the deals to look out for.

Outdoor Furniture

Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s won’t want to hold on to these bulky items until next spring. You’ll be able to get great discounts on furniture pieces, maybe even complete sets. Even stores that sell outdoor furniture year-round will have sales in September to make space for next year’s models. Be on the look out for grill deals now, too.

National Parks

Shenandoah National Park No Entrance Fee Days 2019

April 28, 2019 is the first day of National Public Lands Day. In celebration, admission to all National Parks is absolutely FREE! For a list of all the National Park Service’s free admission days, read our earlier blog post.

Plants

Bushes and perennials will likely be marked down as garden centers prepare to close for the cooler months. Wait for October if you’re wanting mums. If you live in Leesburg, don’t’ forget to stop into the Academies of Loudoun Fall Plant Sale for some great deals.

Jewelry

There’s no holiday in September that gets people buying jewelry. As a result, sales tend to slump this month. Shoppers will see lower prices and maybe able to negotiate better deals.

Summer Left-Overs

Remember the rule of supply and demand? Who’s looking for Citronella candles and sunscreen once the weather starts to get cooler? As school starts back up, be on the look out for everything summer to be marked down. Sun hats, pool toys, picnic gear, you name it, it’ll be marked down. The bigger the item, the more likely it will be clearanced out to make room for autumn items.

Apples!

And other in-season produce will be at their lowest prices when Loudoun’s local farmers are loaded with crates of apples, cider, beets, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, garlic, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, melons, onions, peppers, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes should be at the market in September along with meats, eggs and breads. Sign up for e-mail from the market closest to you for weekly updates.

Fall 2019 Consignment Sales in Loudoun County, VirginiaFall 2019 Consignment Sales

Consignment sales are where some of the best deals can be found for children’s clothes, baby gear, toys, and more. You can fill an entire closet for a fraction of the price of purchasing new.

I realize that most my readers will be satisfied with sales in Loudoun County, but I’ve also posted a few that in neighboring counties that might be worth the drive for you. Before you jump in the car, please check out the sales’ websites for detail. Some have admission to the sale, others restrict children, and many have a half price selling period – all good to know.

Consignment sales are also a great way to make some extra money selling your gently used stuff. For example: that baby swing in the basement that none of your kids would sit in for more than a few minutes could bring you in big bucks. This list is also good to get you started if you’re thinking about becoming a consignor. Remember, busier longer sales might give your items more shoppers, but smaller sales give you less competition.

 

While not strictly a consignment sale, you can save big on children’s clothes, sports gear, books and much more at the 81st Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale at Morven Park, Saturday & Sunday, October 19-20th, 2019.