It won’t be long now. Schools will break for winter and you’ll have a little bit more time together as a family. What will you do?
In Virginia the opportunities for winter fun are plentiful. The outdoor-loving family will find the powdery slopes of one of the mountain resorts to be a perfect fit. Learn-to programs, indoor waterparks, a wealth of dining options and extreme sports provide something for everyone.
Hub-and-spoke from an urban center like Richmond, Norfolk or Fairfax to enjoy great after-Christmas shopping deals as well as ice skating and museums. From Richmond and Williamsburg to the cities of Coastal Virginia you can jump from city to city for the “100 Miles of Lights” displays, while in Northern Virginia there are awesome displays like The Bull Run Festival of Lights in Centreville – available through January 6, 2013.
Current & Upcoming Family-Cool To-Do’s:
- Chilhuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond – Dale Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the medium of glass from the realm of craft to fine art. $20 per person; $16 for students and seniors with valid ID. On exhibit through February 10, 2013.
- Seals Behind the Scenes at Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach – Go inside the habitat of the harbor seals get an up-close view. Observe the animal care staff as they conduct a behavioral training session. $55 per person. Available select dates through June 2013.
- Virginia Ballet Company presents Nutcracker, Annandale – It’s the 63rd season of Virginia Ballet Company’s performance of the classic Nutcracker. $30 per adult; $20 per child. December 26-29, 2012.
- Christmas at Mount Vernon – Twelve Christmas trees and a very special gingerbread rendition of Mount Vernon await your family now through January 6, 2013 as George Washington’s estate is decked for the holidays. The rarely-opened third floor will be available for tours. $15 per adult; $7 per child.
- Fantasyland, Roanoke – The children will appreciate a visit with Saint Nicholas while he tells tales, sings, plays the piano and spreads joy at The Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development. Join in through December 23, 2012.
- Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration, Williamsburg – Each year there’s something new to see! Get your peppermint fudge hot chocolate and enjoy the twinkles, smells and sights that speak to the child in all of us. $27 per person. Available through December 31, 2012.
- First Night Events, Statewide – Find the perfect celebration to ring in the New Year with your family.
- Annual Running of the Trains, Blackstone – It only happens once a year – Bobby and Lynn Daniels fire up the O-Gauge trains to puff through the realistic miniature villages and snow animations. Free. January 5, 2013.
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