Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 Mount Vernon, Memorial Highway
December 18 & 19
The normally serene estate kicks it into high gear with explosive fireworks that shine brightly against the dark nighttime skies overlooking the Potomac River.
Enjoy the visual dips and bouquets of fireworks as they ebb and flow to the beat of the accompanying music. For tickets, fees and more information, go to mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events, then scroll down.
Prepare to witness the Mount Vernon Estate bathe its main building and surrounding trees in soft hues of lights and holiday patterns while guests take a peaceful stroll listening to the harmonious sounds of Christmas carolers. Experience a melodic and historic evening by engaging in pleasant conversation with soldiers reenacting an 18th century winter encampment. For tickets, fees and pricing, go to mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events, then scroll down.
The Winter Village, Cameron Run, Alexandria
Ice and Lights
Through January 3
The Ice and Lights attraction transforms Cameron Run’s water park into a dazzling display of walk-through Christmas lights with an option for ice skating. There are many opportunities to take photos throughout this attraction. For tickets, entrance fee and pricing information, go to cameroniceandlights.com
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna
Winter Walk of Lights
Through January 3
This gorgeous, half-mile walking light display features fountains of lights, small wire light displays designed by local artists, a garden of light, and the Korean Bell garden, among others. For tickets, entrance fees and more information, go to winterwalkoflights.com
Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville
Bull Run Festival of Lights
This could be the most picturesque drive-through holiday light show you’ll see this season. In the span of 2.5-miles, you’ll witness the brilliance of 40,000 lights set to music featuring festive holiday scenes. For tickets and entrance fee prices, go to bullrunfestivaloflights.com
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
Despite unprecedented times, there are many reasons to be merry this Holiday Season. Fort Belvoir Army Substance Abuse Program asks everyone to embrace the spirit of joy this season, and remember to drive sober. December has been designated as “National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month.” This time of year has higher accident rates than any other. This campaign is designed to prevent the loss of life by committing to safe driving practices, and remind everyone to remain sober, drug free, and safe on the road.
ASAP recommends these tips for a safe holiday season:
• Before you celebrate, designate. Identify a responsible driver, use public transportation, or stay the night.
• Use the program Sober Ride 2020, http://www.wrap.org/soberride/.
• Avoid binge drinking and drinking games. If you are buzzed you are impaired.
• Remember HALT: don’t drink if you’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
• Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
Legal Assistance Holiday Schedule
Fort Belvoir Legal Assistance Office will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 28, 30 and 31. The office will also be closed Jan. 1. On Dec. 29 there will be a walk-in service, 9-10:30 a.m. for active duty and their dependents only.