Have you finished all your holiday shopping? If so this is a great weekend to take advantage of the fun things to do at your Fairfax County Parks.
- Jazzed Up: When a first-prize Montreux Jazz Festival vocalist teams up with one of the world’s most talented guitarists,fireworks are sure to result. Don’t miss Cyrille AimÃ©e and Diego Figueiredo as they showcase AimÃ©e’s smooth, driving vocal style, a stunning blend of French Gypsy jazz and Dominican rhythm and spice, alongside Figueiredo’s emotional style and flawless technique. The two combine to form an original yet timeless sound. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center’s CenterStage. $30/person. ($15/residents.) For information call 703-476-4500.
- Santa Baby! Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse- or tractor-drawn wagon ride, then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and settle in to hear classic winter tales told around a toasty campfire during Santaâ€™s Hayride & Lakeside Winter Village. Visit with Santa and tell him whatâ€™s on your wish list. 1:30 to 5 p.m. Rides start at 2 p.m. and run every 20 minutes. Lake Accotink Park. 1:30 to 5 p.m. $10/person. (Free for ages two and under.) To make a reservation call 703-569-0285.
- Ballroom Social Dance: Dancing, food and fun led by an instructor (with a pre-dance mini-lesson available, $5/person). Complimentary refreshments and cash bar available. All skill levels are welcome. Dress is casual. Mini-lesson (waltz) from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and open dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. Tickets available online. For information call 703-584-2900.
- Woodpecker Watch: As they drum and drill on trees, woodpeckers are ridding our yards and woodlands of ants, wasps and grubs. Watch a variety of woodpeckers on the suet feeders at Hidden Oaks. Learn how to attract them to your yard and hopefully glimpse a flicker on its mission to eat a thousand insects in a day! 2 to 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.
- Holiday Shopping Afternoon: Kids participate in games, nature crafts and activities, shop in the visitor centerâ€™s gift store, eat lunch and roast sâ€™mores while adults have the afternoon free for last minute shopping and/or wrapping. Bring a bag lunch (sâ€™mores provided) and money for holiday shopping. Ages 6 to 11 are welcome. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. $20/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.
- Pickin’ and Grinnin’: Whether Flint Hollow Band is performing a classic bluegrass tune or one of its many original numbers, listeners are whisked away to days gone by. Mixing traditional bluegrass with a splash of contemporary is not an easy task. Yet, Flint Hollow Band seem to pull it off well, which is a tribute to the wealth of vocal and instrumental talent in the band. Flint Hollow takes the stage for another must-see Bluegrass Barn Concert. 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Frying Pan Farm Park visitor center. $15/person at the door, $12/person in advance. Purchase tickets online or call 703-437-9101.
- Dinosaur Film, Puppet and Craft Festival: Kids can explore fossils, footprints and films as they learn the latest on these fascinating creatures at fun, interactive stations. Each child makes a fossil craft and receives a real fossil to take home. Children ages 4 to 8, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/child. For information call 703-941-1065.
- Cheers for the Holidays – McLean Symphony Orchestra: A spirited holiday show featuring Russian Christmas music, the festive sounds of Hannukah and much more, including the annual sing-along, a delightful collection of festive choruses of the season, sung by the Symphony Festival Singers. 3 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $25/person ($20/seniors, $15/students with ID.) For more information call 703-790-0123.
Information was correct at time of publication. Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled.