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Guide to Fairfax City Festival of Lights and Carols and Tree Lighting Saturday

A day full of holiday fun including breakfast and lunch with Santa, caroling and musical performances, a petting zoo and the Tree Lighting.

Photos from the 2011 Festival of Lights and Carols in Fairfax City. (Credit: Gerrie Gray-Benedi)
Photos from the 2011 Festival of Lights and Carols in Fairfax City. (Credit: Gerrie Gray-Benedi)
Get into the spirit of the season with the City of Fairfax this Saturday with a day full of holiday activities for the whole family.

It all starts with the Firefighter Pancake Breakfast bright and early, then it's on to Lunch With Santa, and then the festival, Santa photos and caroling at Kitty Pozer Garden, leading up to the evening's Tree Lighting.

See a complete guide and schedule of events below, plus a short video preview by the City above. 

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8-11 a.m.: Firefighter Pancake Breakfast With Santa

If you're an early riser, you can join the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department for pancakes with special guest Santa Claus himself. Adults are $5, children ages 2-13 are $3, children under 3 are free. Pay at the door. Fire Station #3, 4081 University Dr. in Fairfax City. All proceeds benefit fire department.

11 a.m., Noon, or 1 p.m.: Lunch With Santa

Children 12 and under are invited to have lunch with Santa, Frosty and Rudolph at the Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy. in Fairfax City. Three seatings are offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 per child and often sell out in advance. Presents for all! Click here for information on where to buy tickets.

12 p.m.: Festival of Lights & Carols Begins With Musical Performances, Treats and Petting Zoo

Listen to holiday performances by local schools and enjoy s'mores by the Old Town Village, and hot chocolate and cider by the Fairfax Kiwanis Club at Kitty Pozer Garden, located by Old Town Hall and the Ratcliffe-Aliison House near the corner of University Drive and Main Street. Activities are ongoing all day, but see a detailed schedule of musical performances and activities below.

From noon to 7 p.m., there will be a Petting Zoo in the Old Town Hall parking lot, 3999 University Dr. at Main Street, sponsored by Kitchen Savers. Attendees can also make a holiday card for an injured soldier at Kitty Pozer Garden, sponsored by Historic Fairfax City.

12 p.m.: Sweet Adelines International performance

Listen to a performance by the Vienna/Falls Church chorus of Sweet Adelines International at Kitty Pozer Garden.

1 p.m.: Providence Musicians performance

Enjoy a performance by the Providence Musicians of Providence Elementary School at Kitty Pozer Garden.

2 p.m.: Girl Scouts performance

Enjoy a performance by Girl Scout Service Unit 55-6 at Kitty Pozer Garden.

2:30-5 p.m.: Performances by Lanier Middle School groups

Enjoy performances by Sidney Lanier Middle School student groups, such as the Lanier Chamber Orchestra, members of the Lanier Wind Ensemble and members of the Lanier Chorus at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr. at Main Street.

3-5 p.m.: 'Bring-Your-Own-Camera' Photos With Santa

Let the kids visit with Santa and snap a photo with him on your own camera at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr. at Main Street.

3 p.m.: Daniels Run Singers performance

Enjoy a performance by the Daniels Run Singers of Daniels Run Elementary School at Kitty Pozer Garden.

4 p.m.: Sophia Music Studio performance

Enjoy a performance by students of the Sophia Music Studio at Kitty Pozer Garden.

5:30-6 p.m.: Tree Lighting, Caroling

Sing carols along with the Jubil-Aires and watch the lighting of the City of Fairfax Holiday Tree at Kitty Pozer Garden.

ONGOING Dec. 7 - Jan. 5: Holidays Lights Display

Kitty Pozer Garden will be lit with hundreds of animated holiday lights, courtesy of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the Bull Run Festival of Lights, from this Saturday, Dec. 7 through Jan. 5. Free.


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