This Weekend: Strolling Santa, Living Nativity, Christmas Puppets and More

Plan your weekend—and Monday morning—with these fun events happening around the Fairfax area.

'The Christmas Cabin of Carnaween' is presented at ArtSpace Falls Church weekends through Dec. 22. (Courtesy Photo)
'The Christmas Cabin of Carnaween' is presented at ArtSpace Falls Church weekends through Dec. 22. (Courtesy Photo)
'Strolling Santa' at Fair City Mall. Santa Claus will be strolling around the Fair City Mall, greeting children, hearing their Christmas wishes, and handing out a candy cane to each child. Free. This Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m. Fair City Mall, corner of Main Street and Pickett Road in Fairfax City.

'Christmas Cabin of Carnaween.' This beloved adaptation of a classic Irish folktale, set in the time of the great potato famine, follows the journey of Oona Hegarty, a tinker’s daughter who yearns to have a cabin of her own.  Her wish would go unfulfilled if it weren’t for the intervention of the wee folk who come to her aid one snowy Christmas Eve on a hillside in Carnaween. Presented by ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Purchase here.

Living NativityA Christmas party with music, crafts, cookies and hot chocolate. Learn about the legend of the Candy Cane! Plus a photo opp with the live nativity scene, including live animals. Hosted by Fellowship 1 International. This Thursday, Dec. 12, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax City.

Switching Christmas. This Broadway-style show tells the story of a precocious young girl who switches places with a perky and playful elf. All kinds of chaos ensue as New Yorkers and North Pole elves alike race to put everything back as it belongs before Santa’s late night flight. Presented by Encore Theatrical Arts Project, a not-for-profit performing arts company providing dance musical shows to Northern Virginia for the past 17 years. Richard J Ernst Theatre, NOVA Campus Annandale, 8333 Little River Turnpike. Tickets are $18 for students and seniors, and $22 for general admission. Performances begin this Friday, Dec. 13 and run through Dec. 22. Click here for times and ticket information.

Electric Sundays. Purging your stash of old, unwanted electronics before Christmas comes? There is free e-cycling for both Fairfax City and County residents on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road. For more information, call 703-324-5230.

And coming up on Monday...

Annual Children's Christmas Puppet ShowStart your week off with a holiday smile. Bring the kids to this beloved free children's holiday show at Old Town Hall, at the corner of Main Street and University Drive, in Fairfax City. Come early to snag a seat. Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Anything cool going on in the area this weekend that we missed? Tell us about it in the comments.

our complete 2013 Guide to Everything in D.C., Maryland and Virginia for more holidays events here.


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