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This Weekend: Thanksgiving-Themed Comedy, Holiday Parades, Winter Walk of Lights, and More

Plan your Thanksgiving weekend with these fun events taking place around the Fairfax area (besides Black Friday, that is).

The Reston Holiday Parade takes place this Friday. (Photo: Reston Town Center)
The Reston Holiday Parade takes place this Friday. (Photo: Reston Town Center)

Chanukah On The Town Square. 
Bring family and friends for an evening of Chanukah fun. Giant Menorah lighting, crafts, refreshments and more. This Sunday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. in front of Town Hall at 730 Elden St., Herndon.

McLean WinterFest Parade:
 The McLean WinterFest Parade gathers at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday and steps off at 3:30 p.m. sharp. The route follows Old Chain Bridge Road from Fleetwood Road to Elm Street. WinterFest 2013 will also have a number of food trucks in the Langley Shopping Center parking lot. More info here.

Celebrate the Holiday Weekend With 'The Nutcracker.' 
Company dancers, along with students from the Russell School of Ballet and special guest artists from the Louisville Ballet, will entertain the local community Thanksgiving weekend with Fairfax Ballet's traditional annual performance of The Nutcracker. Joan Bedinger Auditorium, W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax. Tickets are $22-25 each. For tickets or more information, call 703-803-2977 or click here.

Bright Lights, Big Holiday: Meadowlark’s annual Winter Walk of Lights display includes over 500,000 LED lights. $12, adults. $7, children. 5:30 p.m. Through Jan. 5. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna.

These Stories Will Make You Feel Better About Your Family. 
What's one way to help keep you from wanting to kill your family this Thanksgiving? Listening to stories of other families that are much crazier than yours. The "Better Said Than Done" storytelling troupe will be making a special trip to The Auld Shebeen Irish pub in Old Town Fairfax for a hilarious show of "legendary tall tales" about crazy families, to help forget about your own for a while. This Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax City. Admission $10. For more information or to see videos of past shows, visit www.bettersaidthandone.com.

Givin’ Back: It’s an “artistic feast” at The Giving Gathering: Supporting Your Art Community. The event includes poetry readings, visual art and music. Artisans will be selling a variety of items for under your tree. $5. 5 p.m. Sunday. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Avenue E., Vienna. See the complete Jammin’ Java schedule.

Creative Deals: Forget the mall, the Black Friday Holiday Celebration at the Workhouse includes unique gifts, along with demonstrations on Portrait Painting, Flame Working, Mosaics and more. There will be tables for paper snowflake and gingerbread houses, along with dance performances and a visit with Santa. Free. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. See the complete Workhouse schedule.

Reston Revelry: The Reston Holiday Parade and so much more arrives Friday. The event includes the Gingerbread Man Mile, photos with Santa, tree lighting and sing along, carriage rides, Gingerbread Village, Rock-n-Skate and more. Free. 8 am. to 10 p.m. Friday. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street, Reston.

Anything happening in the local area this weekend that we missed? Tell us about it in the comments below.


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