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Now that the Thanksgiving Pie is Gone

Here’s a Plan for the Holidays


Thanksgiving 2020 is over. My daughter is taking a Master Chef class this year and she shared a pumpkin pie recipe. It was her first time making pies for Thanksgiving. So, we have a new pie-making tradition this year.


We’ve officially made it to the holiday season. Our family made adjustments to stay safe in this pandemic and now it’s time to find creative ways to celebrate the 2020 holiday season.

We all need to find ideas that will allow us to social distance but yet enjoy the splendor of Christmas. Here are my top holiday ideas for 2020 and I bet you can find similar ideas in your area too.

Winter Festival of Lights: Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at this spectacular drive-through event featuring dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights throughout the park! You won’t want to miss our giant, 54-foot LED musical tree! FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS is Friday, November 27, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021, Daily from 5 to 9:30 pm Free November 30 & December 25

The National Christmas Tree: This year, the National Christmas will be lit on Thursday, December 3. The ceremony will be streamed from the website and will be available on-demand to enjoy throughout the season. Guests can still visit the tree in person, but masks and distancing are still encouraged. Consider visiting on a weeknight or during the day when the area is less crowded. Guests can also see the Pathway Of Peace – 1 miniature tree to represent each state and territory with ornaments made by children local to that state.

Holiday Movie Night at The Wharf: The Wharf is playing holiday movies on select dates through December. Purchase a fire pit for up to 4 people to ensure social distancing during the movie. Fire pits are $60 (works out to $15/person if you have a group of 4) and snacks will be available for an additional cost. Groups larger than 4 will need to purchase extra fire pits.

Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols: Head to Old Town Hall in Fairfax on December 5 from 12 to 6 pm for holiday fun including music, hot cider, and a tree lighting ceremony (5:30 pm). Be sure to also check out the Fairfax Holiday Market on select dates in December!

George Washington's Mount Vernon Winter Glow: Enjoy an enchanting evening of winter lights at Mount Vernon. See the estate illuminated with soft lights and holiday patterns as you listen to Christmas carolers and visit an 18th-century winter encampment.

So let's all put on our thinking cap and find ways to celebrate the holiday season with our family. There are many ways we can combine outdoor fun with our family and friends.

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