Things to Do in Arlington for the Holidays
There’s so much to do in Arlington year round, and the holiday season is no exception! Explore markets, lighting ceremonies, go ice skating, and listen to music this season.
The holidays offer so many opportunities to enjoy time with your family and friends. Luckily, there’s a lot to explore right here in our community. Whether you walk over to Clarendon to see the Menorah, take your bikes to the Winter Festival of Lights along Lee Highway, or get moving on the ice skating rink at Pentagon Row, you’ll be sure to experience the magic of the season.
Made in Arlington Weekly Holiday Pop-Up
A pop-up retail market dedicated to unique things beautiful, wearable and edible from innovators and artisans in Arlington, VA. Weekly on Thursdays Thursdays November 7 through December 19, 2019. Event Details
Children with special needs and their families will be able to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him at the Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Staff will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. Event Details
Balaclavas and Baklava: Make Your Own Winter Accessory Workshop
Join BikeArlington and WalkArlington for our signature Winter Accessory Workshop. Participants will learn how to make their very own winter walk or bike accessory, from a warm ear cover to a full-head balaclava. We will also be holding a donation drive for Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) to help provide cold-weather accessories for Arlington’s most vulnerable individuals. Participants are encouraged to bring donations or make an additional cold weather accessory to donate. Event Details
Lighten Up the Village at Shirlington
Families are invited to take photos with Shirlington’s Santa Claus and participate in activities for children. Horse-drawn carriage rides through the village will also be available. Event Details
Miracle on 23rd Street
Miracle on 23rd Street is an Arlington tradition and continues this year with the community tree lighting, arrival of Santa Claus and seasonal celebration. Event Details
Washington-Liberty High School Holiday Bazaar
Buy holiday gifts from over 70 local artisans who will display quality handcrafted gift items such as jewelry, ceramics, glassware, pet items, accessories, and more, enjoy multi-ethnic food and live musical performances while you shop. Event Details
Pentagon Row Frost Fest
Enjoy a holiday celebration with an on-ice firework display with a special Santa Claus appearance, live entertainment, music, food samples, and fireworks. Event Details
Wreaths Across America
Be a part of National Wreaths Across America Day and help lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington is one of more than 1,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad, who participate in this annual event. Event Details
Holiday Lights Ride
Join BikeArlington for a social bike ride as they check out some excellent neighborhood light displays. Winter and holiday-themed bike decorations and costumes, including lighting, are definitely encouraged! At the end of the ride, riders will warm up back at Trek Bicycles Clarendon with pie and hot beverages. Event Details
Clarendon Menorah Lighting and Community Celebration
Experience the festival of lights with the lighting of a giant 6 foot Menorah, enjoy delicious hot potato latkes, chocolate gelt and dreidels, and lively Chanukah music. Event Details
Getting to Events
Arlington has so many ways get around car-free. Map out how you’ll get around Arlington for these events using our very own Trails & Bike Comfort Map.
This post was first published in November 2018 and updated in November 2019.