22 Things to Do in December
From craft pop-ups and couch sing-alongs to holiday lights displays, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season.
Falls Church Gift & Craft Pop-Ups
When: Dec. 5, 12, & 19, 8 a.m.-noon
Where: Falls Church Farmers Market, City Hall Parking Lot, 300 Park Ave.
The Falls Church Farmers Market is staging a series pop-up booths this month with unique gifts from local artisans. Find goodies ranging form personalized ornaments by Jenny Paxton Calligraphy to crochet gifts and doll clothes by SASstitch. Check the website for vendor details and dates. Admission is free.
McLean Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival
When: Dec. 5-6
As it turns out, a virtual arts and crafts festival offers added benefits, like a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that led to that perfect gift for your friend or family member. Shop online for jewelry, accessories, skin care products, artisan foods, soaps and décor, which you can purchase directly from local makers.
Virtual Visits with Santa
When: Through Jan. 4
Covid isn’t stopping Santa from working his magic. If your kids are missing their annual consultation with St. Nick, Ballston Quarter is offering an opportunity to set up a live call with the jolly old elf. Alternately, parents can request a pre-recorded, personalized video. Kids can also participate in a virtual story time with the Clauses. See website for ticket prices.
Ice Skating at Pentagon Row
When: Through mid-March
Where: Pentagon Row, 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington
Time to bundle up and have a little fun outdoors. Pentagon Row’s ice rink is open, but operating at 50% capacity to ensure safe physical distancing. All skaters must wear masks and pre-purchase tickets online ($9-$10, plus $5 for skate rentals). As a bonus, adults can enjoy boozy beverages rinkside, thanks to a new “sip and stroll” permit that allows to-go drinks in designated areas. Participating restaurants selling drinks to-go include Asia Bistro, Basic Burger, Bund’Up, Wild Tiger, Saigon Saigon and Sin’ E Irish Pub.
Torpedo Factory Artists Holiday Show 2020
When: Dec. 2-Jan. 3
Where: Mosaic Gallery, 105 District Ave., Fairfax (Mosaic District)
Photographic works are at the heart of this exhibit featuring members of the Torpedo Factory’s Multiple Exposures Gallery. Guests are asked to wear masks and social distance. Admission is free.
“Petite December” 2020
When: Dec. 4-Jan. 2
Where: The Art League, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria
Searching for the perfect little gift? Consider one of the tiny works of art in this holiday exhibit juried by the chief curator of the Baltimore Museum of Art. All items are priced under $150.