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Mindfulness in the Mountains

Mindfulness in the Mountains: ‘Healing by the Sea’ Comes to Virginia

Reducing Stress Through Mindfulness

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the holiday stress right now, you may want to head to the mountains for a mindfulness retreat. Mindfulness could be your answer to coping with long lines, holiday travel, shopping, or the perfect images we craft in our mind of picturesque holiday celebrations that we cannot make a reality.  

Situated in Stephens City, at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley between the beautiful Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, is the Inn at Vaucluse Spring. It’s where Dr. Tiffany Niide, her husband Derrick and their two children now call home. It’s also where you can attend one of the Inn’s mindfulness workshops.

The terms “mindfulness” and “meditation” get tossed around quite a bit these days. Meditation, once considered flakey, is now highly-touted for its health benefits.  Numerous studies from powerhouse schools such as Harvard Medical School  and Johns Hopkins University have shown that mindful meditation can ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression and pain.  

Dr. Niide believes that we can retrain our brains through the practice of meditation to find more peace, ease, innate wisdom and reduce our stress levels.

Healing by the Sea

Dr. Niide was born in Honolulu and reared on Oahu and Kauai.  She left the island paradise to attend the University of California San Diego where she earned a B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. After graduating, she returned to Hawaii to attend medical school.  

She practiced at the Makai Ola center where calming ocean tides were a part of the healing experience offered at the seaside clinic.  Makai Ola roughly translates to “healing by the sea.” With a unique host of non-traditional holistic offerings, the center combined physicians, psychologists, massage therapists, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

The practice fit nicely with Dr. Niide’s background. In her early 20s, she started exploring meditation. It didn’t take her long to realize those same meditation strategies could be used to help her patients and clients. As she delved deeper into additional research and specialty training, she began incorporating a mindfulness-based therapy into her medical practice. She found that she could use meditation to decrease and eliminate the need for medications.  Meditation also helped her clients with stress reduction.  

From the Sea to the Mountains

However, a new calling began to emerge a few years ago. Dr. Niide loved her practice and the surrounding rural beauty was unmatched, but she longed to facilitate retreats. That’s when her dream of running an Inn was crystalized and that’s what led her to the Inn at Vaucluse Spring.

Her vision deepened when her children were young teenagers and spending less time in an office and more time with family was becoming a priority. 

Owning an Inn was the ideal way their family could work and play together.  “We want our children to learn invaluable people skills by working alongside us, helping us clean, cook, serve and interact with our amazing guests from all over the world,” Dr. Niide said. The Inn was a family affair and it was also a way for her husband, Derrick, to showcase his breakfast and baking talents.  

The search for the inn began with spending countless hours scouring the internet and visiting inns from coast to coast. They were searching for a place where she could host mindfulness workshops and to provide her guests with a relaxing and restorative experience – a place where people could find solace and retreat-living away from the hectic lives they led.  In 2015, the Niides found their personal family haven nestled in the mountains of Virginia.

“We were mesmerized not only by the peaceful setting, abundant spring, and history, but also by the people that grace this place,” Dr. Niide recalled.  

The sprawling grounds, the abundance of a natural spring that generates 1.5 million gallons of crystal clear water each day, the unique village of guesthouses and even a private innkeeper’s quarters on the property were exactly what they wanted.

The surrounding Shenandoah Valley was an additional bonus because it is rich with culture and history with great natural wonders such as Shenandoah National and State Parks, Skyline Drive, caverns, Virginia wineries, breweries, distilleries, shopping and antiquing.  

The Aloha Spirit Lives on in Virginia

Hawaii is personified by the warmth, friendliness, and the authenticity of Hawaii’s people. That essence is referred to as the “Aloha Spirit.” The Niides have carried forth this spirit to their home in Virginia.   The spirit shines through in their love for the Inn.

“It’s hard to put into words the feeling of peace and tranquility that this property exudes,” Dr. Niide says of the Inn.

She wants their guests to share in that spirit and to feel nurtured, refreshed and rejuvenated.  She wants her mindfulness programs to help with personal transformations.  

Whether searching for a way to decrease stress or simply wanting to invite more joy and meaning into your life, Dr. Niide believes that mindfulness is a powerful tool that we can all cultivate with practice.

She has seen the personal transformation and benefits of mindfulness in her own life, in the individuals that she has worked with both in community and clinical settings and in the group workshops she has led.

“The power of learning, practicing, and supporting each other in a group setting has been particularly rewarding, as we share in this “being human” experience together,” she said. Best of all, we now have our own healing by the sea tucked away in the mountains of Virginia.

If you are looking to learn more about meditation, corporate mindfulness workplace programs, mindfulness in leadership, or simply staying at the Inn to experience one of Derrick’s culinary delights, you can contact the Inn and Dr. Niide at mail@vauclusespring.com.

Content by Jan Johnston Osburn

Edited by Jessica Monte



Christmas in Middleburg

Christmas in Middleburg Dazzles the Crowds

This past weekend, NVSL Magazine headed out to the charming town of Middleburg, Virginia to take in their gorgeous Horse and Hunt Club review.  Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious meal at the King Street Oyster Bar, visited with Pauline and Aliloo at their gift shop and rug parlor on Madison Street and attended The Horse in Ancient Greek Art at the National Sporting Library and Museum.  Later in the day, we watched the town’s glorious parade set against a backdrop of the town’s dazzling holiday decorations. Local dance groups, bands, show cars, horses and hounds, non-profits and public servants walked the parade with standing room only alongside the parade route.  Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, Supervisor Tony Buffington, Chair Phyllis Randall and a number of Middleburg Council Members were in attendance.


Below are a few of our editorial board’s favorites.  To view the full gallery and purchase images by NVSL Magazine Photographers Vincent Sales and Jessica Monte, visit: http://jessicamontephotography.zenfolio.com/middleburgchristmasparade






Northern Virginia Tops Richest Counties

Loudoun County Tops Forbes List of Richest Counties in America

Anyone who lives in the DC metro area can tell you about the excessive cost of living and the sometimes-intolerable traffic, but there are advantages –  nearly half of the richest counties in America are within an hour from the capital.

Forbes recently published its list of the richest counties in America and Loudoun County tops the list with a median household income of $125,900, according to 2015 Census Bureau.  However, the county’s own economic development team  released data from the U.S. Census Bureau this past September that placed Loudoun No. 1 in household median income for the 10th consecutive year. It checked in at $134,464.

Forbes describes Loudoun as “A commuter county located 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. and the Pentagon, Loudoun County residents have the option of commuting into the city or taking advantage of the impressive job market growth at home. Major employers in the area are Dulles Airport, Verizon and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ensuring that Loudoun isn’t relying on the capital — there are 11,700 businesses in the county that employ more than 161,000 people.”

If that’s not enough, Loudoun residents can also boast about the presence of technology companies and data centers — up to 70% of the world’s Internet traffic  flows through Loudoun’s data centers each day.

Here’s Forbes’ list, with Virginia representatives in bold:

  1. Loudoun County, $125,900
  2. Falls Church, $122,092
  3. Fairfax County, $112,844
  4. Howard County, Md., $110,224
  5. Douglas County, Colo., $109,926
  6. Los Alamos, NM, $107,126
  7. Williamson County, Tenn., $104,367
  8. Arlington County, $104,354
  9. Hunterdon, County, NJ, $102,797
  10. Santa Clara County, Calif., $102,191

What do these statistics mean for those of us who reside in Northern Virginia?  We can enjoy the many wonderful venues, arts, entertainment and sporting events throughout our great region. Additionally, we are in a strong position to help others.  Check out this article written by our Editor Linda Carducci on easy ways to be active in the community this holiday season.

Article by Jan Johnston Osborn

Edited by Jessica Monte


Serve & Celebrate Northern Virginia

Generosity is Always in Fashion

Celebrating the holiday  season with service, time, talent or monetary donations for those less fortunate, is a meaningful way to enjoy the holidays and region. Bringing Christmas and holiday cheer to others is fun and easy to do in Northern Virginia.

We’ve put together this list of volunteering and giving opportunities for the holidays.

  1. Loudoun Cares maintains a calendar of Events and projects that are just looking for helping hands.  Loudoun Cares acts as a clearinghouse for various agencies, and you can find all kinds of opportunities to serve in Loudoun County and Fairfax County.
  2. The Salvation Army Bell Ringers are looking for volunteers to man the kettles in many areas.  You can also donate to the Thrift Store if you want to create a little space in your home before Santa visits.
  3. The Wish List Project is one week away from the drop off event. There are still over 150 kids hoping to have a few gifts to open this holiday. Most of the remaining individuals are from local area schools whose families are facing significant financial challenges. These kids mainly asked for basic clothing needs until they were encouraged to list a few toys or other fun things a child would enjoy. Please take a look at the list at http://wishlistangels.com/ and see if you can help brighten the holidays for someone in need.
  4. You can find other Volunteer Opportunities in specific areas by checking out https://www.volunteermatch.org/.
  5. Crossroads UMC provides many opportunities to support the homeless, the hungry and the hurting. Winter break often means many children who rely on school lunch go without food when they are away from school.  Help prepare and deliver food  to the homeless in DC.  Also UMC collects presents  through the Bells & Lights program. This is a great opportunity to give a child, family or individual a special something that will make them feel honored during the holidays.
  6. Check your local food banks or consider volunteering with the Capital Area Food Bank.
  7. Where else can you check? Local Rotary, Lion or other community organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Facebook is also a great resource for finding service opportunities in your neighborhood.

Know of a project or program within your community, group or church that is missing? Please drop a comment and let us and our readers know. Celebrating the good throughout the region is what NVSL is all about.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from NVSL Magazine!

Content by Linda Carducci

Edited by Jessica Monte

Holiday Gifts Ideas for Men

Military Themed Gift Ideas for Men

With Christmas just around the corner, you may find yourself struggling to get the man of the house (who already has everything) something unique.  Here are some great military themed ideas that would make anyone, Veteran or not, happy this holiday season.

Bottle Breacher – $24.00

Hand crafted 50 Caliber bottle openers made by Active Duty service members and Veterans.  Made in the USA, the staff at Bottle Breacher create the best functional bottle and wine opening gifts for any man worth his salt.


Tactical Christmas Stocking – $13.99

“The tactical Christmas stocking is a perfect stocking to place on your fireplace mantle for any person that enjoys the fine art of ninja moves, surviving in the wilderness, or just loves” real deal weaponry.  Perfect for the outdoorsman, prior service vet, current service member, or law enforcement official.



Readyman Wilderness Survival Card (2.0) – $13.00

The Wilderness Survival Card is a set of tools and devices that are a game changer for somebody in a survival scenario.  With this many survival tools on tap, it’s a great value in a wallet-sized package.



Military Grade Baby Carrier – $169.00

“Perfect for the military parent who doesn’t purchase a product unless its battle tested, this military grade baby carrier is sure to pass all the tests.”  The baby carrier is modeled after the MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment), made from 1000D Nylon outer construction, has a hidden hood that acts as a sun shield for your baby, and allows that man of the house to keep his cool while carrying his brood around town.



Semi-Automatic Rubber Band Hand Gun – $17.99

The PPK Rubber Band Gun is a wooden hand gun that shoots rubber bands up to 20 feet away with the simple press of the trigger.  Perfect for rubber band fights where you need better accuracy and would rather not use your fingers and/or risk having a back blast into your eye or face.



Combat Flip Flops – $19.99 – $49.99

Veteran owned firm that creates jobs in “dangerous places”, Combat Flip Flops works to create its products in Bogata Columbia, Afghanistan and Loas as a way to stimulate a localized economy for women.



R.Riveter – Large Dopp Kit Toiletry Bag – $95.00

Stop him from using the old canvases toiletry bag he picked up in basic.  He won’t miss it at all and its time to upgrade his style as well.  Military spouse owned firm that creates high quality, American Made handbags and accessories.  Every part and piece that goes into the bags, from the hand-stitched liner to the hand-cut leather – is crafted and secured by different military spouses stationed from coast to coast.



Holiday Front Porch Decoration Inspiration

Celebrate the Holidays in Style

Front porch holiday decor is one of the most fun ways to celebrate the season.  Nominations are coming in for best holiday decor across Northern Virginia, and we thank you.  Please keep sending your votes in; email style@northernvirginiastyle.com   In the subject line, please note “Holiday Decor Nomination.”

In the meantime, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites from around the web, including decor you can make or purchase to add to your seasonal decor.

The Creativity Exchange Shares a How-To Article on Homemade Topiaries


Brooklyn Limestone Front Stoop Tutorial


Frontgate Asheville Estate Topiary and Inspo


Style Estate Holiday Decor


Three Little Kittens Williamsburg Wreathes and Decor



Pottery Barn PreLit Burlap Potted Trees


Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine Best Winter Decor

Winter Wonderland Contest

Nominate Your Favorite Northern Virginia Holiday Business or Home

The  season for lights, displays and holiday decor has arrived. Have you or someone you know transformed a home or business into a winter wonderland? If so, it’s time to nominate that person for this year’s Holiday Decorations Award – even if it’s you!

Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine recognizes the top three candidates who express their holiday creativity with extraordinary decor, gardening and plants, lights, sights and other displays! Commissioners find candidates through nominations and by visiting neighborhoods.

Final candidates are selected based on points awarded by Commission judges. Winners of this year’s contest will be presented with a “Certificate of Recognition.”

Nominations are accepted between November 28 and December 12, 2017.  Please email style@northernvirginiastyle.com to nominate an individual or business who has created a beautiful winter wonderland for the holiday season.

Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

15 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season!

Feel your best to enjoy the season!

1) Get a good nights rest! This will make for a clear and engaging mind during the holidays and allow you to enjoy the time with family and friends.  When your mind is clear, you’ll also be able  to make healthy choices your body desires.

2) When you wake up, set an intention for the day while drinking a glass of water. Think about how you want your mind and body to feel during this season of blessings. Take 5 deep breaths after setting your intentions for the day.

3) Upon waking, after your deep breaths, journal about 5 blessings in your life.

4) Stay hydrated.  Drinking water throughout the day will keep your energy levels up for all of the holiday activity.

5) Eat healthy in the morning. This will set the tone for the rest of the day.

6) Talk a walk, stroll or jog outside…even in the cold! It is amazing what fresh air does for the mind and body. Grab your family and have them join you or take this time to be alone in nature.  Exercise is both invigorating and restorative.

7) Take stretch breaks while cooking and socializing! You might not feel it while you are cooking and chatting, but you’ll feel it later. Take time to do full body stretches.

8) Before heading out to holiday events, create a few minutes of time for yourself to either do breathing, go for a stroll, sip a cup of tea or read a magazine.

9) Just as important as creating time for yourself, with all the involvement of the holidays, create time for activities with your family. Game night, movie night, walking or driving around the neighborhood to see decorations are always fun.

10) Eat something healthy at home before heading out to parties or events so that you stay true to your healthy intentions. This sets the tone for making good choices.

11) Moderation not deprivation… remember that it is okay to indulge! Enjoy the piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or a sprinkle sugar cookie at the holiday party or that wonderful holiday cocktail. Eat or drink slowly and savor the flavor and be mindful of how you want to feel the next day.

12) The holidays are full of delicious food all around us. But, more importantly it is about being with family and friends and making memories together.

13) Take a walk at night to help digest your food and clear your mind.

14) Take 5 deep breaths before bed and think about 5 new things you are grateful for.  Settle in for a solid night of sleep.

15) Kindness…each day take time to do something kind for someone. Be mindful and present. It doesn’t have to be a big thing…sometimes the smallest act of kindness leads to the biggest smiles.



Content by Leigh Braverman Schoener

Edited by Jessica Monte

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in Northern Virginia

Support Small Businesses this Holiday Season

Tomorrow is Black Friday and Saturday is Support Small Business Shopping.   We’ve tallied up the favorites from across the region to share the best sales you’ll want to make sure to hit!  Happy holidays and enjoy finding gifts for your loved ones!


Running through December 31st, The Alamo Drafthouse has amazing offers on gift cards right at the box office! For every $50 you purchase, receive a $10 Snack Pass, which can be used to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages at any Alamo! And if you purchase gift cards between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (11/24-11/27), receive a $10 Snack Pass for every $40 gift card purchase!

Zazu is offering all Alex & Ani Merchandise at 20% off through November 27, 2917




Black Friday Sale! ALL coats and jackets 15% off. Four more racks at 50% off! Leather, suede, bomber, tweed, puffer, faux and fur REAL.





All In-Stock Merchandise will be 40-50% off (excluding loose stones, watches, special orders)
Closed Friday and Open ofor 10% Off on Small Business Saturday


Rouge Spa is offering 15% off on Black Friday! Don’t miss out on this amazing Black Friday deal!





Middleburg’s Finest Chocolates is Celebrating Small Business Saturday


Enjoy 17% off of your purchase on Small Business Saturday!





Tickets to the  Wolf Trap provide the chance to experience the talents of musical and dance legends, as well as the top artists from every genre—classical, pop, rock, jazz, opera, folk, and dance.

Wolf Trap
1551 Trap Road
Vienna,Virginia 22182


Adventure seekers and the people who love them can rest easy because Northern Virginia is now home to iFly in Ashburn, VA. From the iFly website: "Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the air. Super fun, super safe and super cool!"

20315 Commonwealth Center Dr,
Ashburn, VA 20147
(571) 446-4359



For just $6.95 per month,  MoviePass is the gift the movie buff will appreciate.  MoviePass provides an  unlimited pass to as many movies as they'd like each month.   To use your MoviePass you'll need an iPhone or Android.

When you visit The Wagon Wheel Ranch in Winchester, VA you can choose from a variety of horse trail experiences at all levels.  At The Wagon Wheel Ranch, your guide will be either a rodeo champion, the ranch Herdsman, or one of the knowledgable cowboys or cowgirls. All of the horses at The Wagon Wheel Ranch are working cow horses who are saddled and ready for all terrain and weather conditions.

Wagon Wheel Ranch
5522 Cedar Creek Grade
Winchester, VA 22602

Hourly Guided Trail Rides at the Salamander Resort & Spa Equestrian Center offers a variety of equestrian experiences through the beautiful Hunt Country. Riding lessons are available to all skill levels, carriage rides, equine communication, essential horsemanship, yoga in the stable, yoga on horseback, & equi-spective (a self awareness & leadership development course).  The Salamander Resort & Spa Equestrian Center is open daily weather permitting. 

The Salamander Resort & Spa Equestrian Center
500 North Pendleton Street
Middleburg, VA 20117



Food & Beverage Gift Guide 2017



Middleburg Chocolates

During the holiday season, you'll want to try the peppermint inspired indulgence:  peppermint straws, peppermint bark, and peppermint cookies.   Not a fan of peppermint?  Middleburg Chocolates helps you create a splendid chocolate assortment.

Middleburg Chocolates
12 E. Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-5010


Donna Hay's Basics to Brilliance, available at Bard's Alley in Vienna.   From Donna Hay, "I designed it specially so there is something for everyone – lots of classics that are undoubtedly crowd-pleasers, with a few exciting new twists I know people will love. The book has everything from the perfect tender steak and golden roast chicken to a classic sponge and the best-ever chocolate brownies – each basic recipe has clever variations and simple flavour change-ups, so one recipe becomes many and you can build on your cooking repertoire."  To read the full article, visit Better Reading.

Bards Alley
110 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180
(571) 459-2653


Virginia Hubs

Home Cooked Salted, Sweet Heat, Honey Kissed, Choco Covered, and  Redskins Peanuts, as well as chocolate covered Peanut Brittle Bites available at The Very Virginia Shop in Historic Leesburg.    Also check out the Virginia Gentleman Barbecue Sauce, Virginia Chutney, and local honeys also available in The Very Virginia Shop.

The Very Virginia Shop
16 S. King Street
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
(703) 973-6400

Holiday Shopping Guide 2017

Holiday Shopping Guide for Northern Virginia 2017

Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine is happy to provide this essential guide to the best gifts of the holiday season.  Whether the recipient is naughty or nice, we promise you'll find find something just right . . .

Food & Beverage


Beauty & Health

Home & Design

Windy Hill Foundation Jazzed for a Good Cause

Northern Virginia’s Most Generous & Stylish Dress Up for Gatsby Gala to Benefit Community

On Friday night, Windy Hill Foundation hosted a Gatsby Gala at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia.  Everyone in attendance was jazzed about Gatsby; there were beads, fringe and feathers galore, not to mention the polished pinstripes and spats.   All the glitz, glamour and schmoozing was for a good cause to benefit the Windy Hill Foundation which supports area residents with housing, childcare, and even movie nights.  Windy Hill Foundation’s mission is do everything possible to make sure Bingo starts on time and rents stay affordable.


Northern Virginia’s most generous and stylish citizens had the chance to dress up, practice their schmoozing, and bid at auction with all of the money raised going to support Windy Hill Foundation.  The evening entertainment was a roaring good time with performances by Doc Scatlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra featuring Chou Chou, a stunning singer and actor with the voice of Betty Boop and the beauty of Marilyn Monroe.    Northern Virginia’s movers and shakers tore up the dance floor and enjoyed a night of fun all in the name of doing good for the community.  Below are a few of our favorites from the evening:

Doc Scatlin and Windy Hill guest before the show started.

Philanthropist and owner of Loudoun Times-Mirror Peter Arundel was in attendance (seated on far left).

Chou Chou of Doc Scatlin and His Imperial Palm Orchestra –– voted Best Show in the Washington, D.C. area!
Old cameras and press passes were on display thanks to Doc Scatlin and his crew.
Philanthropist and owner of Loudoun Times-Mirror Peter Arundel was in attendance (far left).
Chou Chou sang her heart out.

Holiday Happenings Across Northern Virginia

Your Holiday Celebrations: Enjoy the Region, Support Your Local Small Businesses & Artists, and Do it in Style!

The holidays are here! From holiday displays to winter celebrations, to visits with Santa or watching a parade, the Northern Virginia region offers much to see and do that will keep help you celebrate through end of the year. So, whether you are looking for holiday cheer or searching for the perfect Thanksgiving pie, here are a few seasonal events that you might want to check out.


Christmas in Old Town Alexandria Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Image credit: R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria

Christmas in Old Town Alexandria – Named one of “America’s Top Holiday Towns” in 2016 by USA Today and a “Top 10 Christmas Town” by HGTV, old town Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience. The City of Alexandria hosts events including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Scottish Walk weekend, the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, candlelight tours, Christmas in Camp, and a variety of holiday concerts.

When: Various. Check website for dates for individual activities.


Pie at Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Blueberry Crumb Pie at Nall’s Market

Nalls Farm Market – Driving toward Winchester on Rt. 7 east, you’ll find Nalls Farm Market in Berryville, VA. From the road, Nalls Farm Market looks like any country roadside stand but there’s something special inside – a pie shop. From the instant you arrive and breathe in the freshly baked pie aroma, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to Grandma’s house. The smell is nothing short of baked bliss. This is a great place to pick up your holiday pies but order early!

Hint: Try the Apple Nut Caramel but you can’t go wrong with any of them.


Bull Run Festival of Lights Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Bull Run Festival of Lights, Photo by NOVA Parks

Bull Run Festival of Lights The Bull Run Festival of Lights is a 2.5 mile drive-through holiday light show combined with a holiday village and carnival. The seasonal light display features 40,000 animated lights set to music with displays including penguins, snowmen, candy canes, jumping deer, Santa’s workshop, Frosty the Snowman, tin soldiers, elves and Santa.

After viewing the lights, you can enjoy visiting the Winter Wonderland Holiday Village that features amusement rides, an ice skating rink, entertainment, shopping, contests, food, and more.


Festival of Lights: November 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018. Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Village and Carnival: December 8, 2017 – January 1, 2018. Hours: 5:30-9:30. Monday – Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Holidays. Santa will be at the Village until December 23. 

Snowflake Stampede: – Saturday, November 18, 2017, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a 2.5 mile fun run or walk and a special preview of the Festival of Lights on foot.



Festival of Lights City of Fairfax Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Festival of Lights and Carols in the City of Fairfax

City of Fairfax Festival of Lights & Carols  Enjoy a day of holiday cheer and festivities including lunch with Santa, s’more’s by the yule log, ice sculpting, hot cider, face painting, Christmas tree lighting and caroling in Fairfax city

When: December 2nd 2017, 11AM-7PM


Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Show Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Show

The Fredericksburg Arts & Crafts Show offers a wide variety of quality handmade items.
You will find unique gifts for people on your holiday list. Maybe you’ll pick up a little something for yourself as well.

When: December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2017

Holiday Parade Since 1985, the Fredericksburg parade has become a downtown Fredericksburg holiday tradition with bands, marching units, and floats, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

When: December 2nd, 2017 at 5:30pm


Christkindlmarkt Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Christkindlmarkt in Haymarket

Christkindlmarkt After a 3-year hiatus, Christkindlmarkt returns this year for a taste of old Germany. If you’ve ever strolled through the traditional Christmas markets in Europe, you’ll love the Christkindlmarkt in Front Royal.

When: December 2nd, 2017


Village at Leesburg Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Image courtesy of Village at Leesburg

Village at Leesburg Christmas Tree Lighting Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage to light the Musical Tree. This 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights performs daily music and light shows. The festivities include horse-drawn carriage rides, live performances, holiday characters, cozy fire pits and more. You are encouraged to bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

When: November 18th, 2017 3:00PM-6:00PM

Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park

Leesburg Animal Park Christmas Village – The Leesburg Animal Christmas Village has a new indoor facility that will be decorated with beautiful holiday ornamentations and the outdoor common area will showcase thousands of lights. You can have a photo with Santa, with live animals, or participate in the bonfire and marshmallow roasting. While you’re there, you can pick up a Christmas tree or a wreath at the on site farm market.

When: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 from 6-9 PM

Holidays in Leesburg Fine Arts & Craft Show Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Holidays in Leesburg Fine Arts & Craft Show

Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Ida Lee Recreation Center This annual show features more than 95 local and regional artisans with fine, handmade creations and products including candles, stained glass, carved wood, jewelry, leather products, table linens, and much more. Admission is free to the public and door prizes are drawn every hour. 

When: December 2nd, 9:00AM-4:00PM and December 3rd, 10:00AM-4:00PM

Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting in Leesburg Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting –The Leesburg community kicks off the holiday season with the town Christmas tree lighting, featuring performances from local elementary schools, high schools, words from the mayor, council and guest speaker. Join in a holiday sing-a-long and stay in town for the evening for Leesburg’s First Friday event. Local businesses and merchants will be open late to host some holiday cheer.

When: December 1st, 2017 at 6:00PM

Christmas Carriage Rides at the Village of Leesburg Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Sounds of Christmas in Historic Leesburg

Sounds of Christmas Downtown – Historic downtown Leesburg will be dressed up in its finest holiday décor to welcome visitors to celebrate the season. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, see the strolling carolers, or take a photo with Santa at Coldwell Banker.  

When: Saturday, December 9th & 16th, 12:00PM-3:00PM

Christmas at the Oatlands Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Christmas at the Oatlands

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens – Visit the historic estate as it comes alive with afternoon teas, holiday house tours, a small works art show, shopping, wreath making, a Christmas cabaret and children’s theater. Oatlands Mansion will be decorated for Christmas and open for walk through tours through the end of December.  Each room of the 1804 Oatlands mansion will sparkle with unique decorations, some featuring materials from the gardens on the property. The holiday décor will also feature beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout the home. The Mansion will close at 5:00 p.m. daily.

When: November 17th – December 30th 2017  

Santa Claus in Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Santa Claus in Northern Virginia

Leesburg Christmas and Holiday Parade and Festival – Who doesn’t like a parade? Catch Santa and his friends parade down King Street, through the heart of historic Leesburg.

When: December 9th, 2017 6:00PM

Jingle Jam Tallyho Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Jingle Jam at Tally Ho in Historic Leesburg

Jingle Jam Leesburg’s holiday rock n’ roll concert features many local and regional artists playing traditional holiday tunes. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tickets will go on sale on November 13, 2017, at 5:00 am at Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, in-person sales only with a 5-ticket limit.   

When: December 9th, 2017. Check website for times.



Manassas Christmas Parade – Old Town Manassas celebrates the Christmas season each year with a weekend of old-fashioned family fun at the “Merry Old Town” celebration. The festivities include a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Manassas Christmas Parade, a gingerbread contest and lots of holiday activities for all ages.

When: December 2nd, 2017 10:00AM



Middleburg Christmas Parade, Photo Courtesy of Carol Guzy for The Washington Post

Celebrate Christmas in Middleburg On the first Saturday in December, the community is transformed into a Christmas oasis. A tree lighting, a Christmas parade, shopping, carolling, and more. Over 10,000 visitors make Christmas in Middleburg a family tradition. 

When: December 1st-2nd, 2017. Check website for times.


Mount Vernon Advent Calendar

Christmas at Mount Vernon  Christmas at one of Northern Virginia’s top attractions transports visitors back in time to experience the holidays like George Washington did with themed decorations, a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and even a Christmas camel.

When: November 24th – January 6th, 2018


Lake Anne Plaza Christmas Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Cookie decorating, Arts & Crafts, and See Santa Ride a Boat Around Lake Anne

Lake Anne Village Center  Welcome the holidays with a Lake Anne tradition of a petting zoo, entertainment, ornament-making for children, Faux Bear, holiday market vendors, and the arrival of Santa by barge. Santa arrives at 12:00 p.m. to visit with children on the plaza.

When: December 2nd , 2017 11AM-2 PM

Ice Skating Reston Town Center Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Ice Skating at the Reston Town Center, Image Courtesy of Where Outside Is In

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion It’s that time again. From early November to mid-March, the Reston Town Center becomes an ice skating pavilion. The skate shop is stocked with over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men’s size 13, in both Figure and Hockey styles.

When: Visit website for details and times


NOVA Parks Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Northern Virginia Style & Living
NOVA Parks Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights  Bring your family and friends to be dazzled by the magical Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Every year from mid-November until just after New Year’s Day, the garden is transformed into a half-mile, walk of lights. Revisit perennial favorites such as the animated Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk – and look for new displays each year. Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot beverages by the fire. 

When: November 10th-January 7, 2018

Wolf Trap Christmas Singalong; Image Courtesy of Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap National Park Holiday Sing-A-Long  – Sing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs with the United States Marine Band vocal groups from the metropolitan Washington area. The audience is invited to bring candles to light during the last verse of “Silent Night,” the final song of the program. There is also a ‘Jing-A-Long’ during the singing of Jingle Bells, so bring a bell along with your candle. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

When: December 2nd,  4PM



Warrantor Christmas Parade Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Warrenton Christmas Parade

The Warrenton Christmas Parade The Warrenton Christmas Parade is returning after winning the “Best Annual Event” for a fifth year in a row from the Piedmont Lifestyle Magazine. The parade will travel down historic Main and Mayor Powell Duggan and his special guest will illuminate the town’s Christmas tree on the courthouse steps at the conclusion of the parade.

When: On December 1st, 2017 6:00PM



The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony


The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Shenandoah Conservatory’s premier performance series featuring a dynamic line-up of music, theatre and dance by the conservatory’s own award-winning faculty and students, as well as unforgettable performances by internationally acclaimed guest artists. With more than 150 performances annually, the Conservatory Performs is the region’s most robust and diverse performing arts presenter.

When: Various performance dates in November and December

Cocktails at Christmas at the Belle Grove Plantation

Cocktails at Christmas at the Belle Grove Plantation Belle Grove is an authentic 1797 Manor house located in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, Virginia. It was built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Join in for this festive cocktail party that has become an annual tradition. Each year they create a special cocktail featuring Copper Fox Distillery’s Belle Grove 1797 Whiskey. The evening will also include holiday music and the opportunity to tour the decorated Manor House lit by candlelight.

When: December 10th, 2017 5:00 PM


Article by Jan Johnston Osburn

Edited by Jessica Monte

Tchaikovsky & the Nutcracker in Northern Virginia

Tchaikovsky’s Ballet: A Staple of the Holiday Season

Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine Celebrates Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

Anticipating the holiday magic means looking forward to family and friends, gift giving, food, drinks, and merry cheer-making.  And, it’s also the time where we anticipate The Nutcracker.  It’s the quintessential holiday ballet that has become synonymous with the season.

The Nutcracker was the first ballet I had ever attended. From the moment I laid eyes on Drosselmeyer, the ornate sets, glistening costumes, and remarkable choreography, my eyes were fixated on the stage.   This is what makes The Nutcracker so compelling. Ballet is a unique art form and through dance, we are touched which makes it a must-see piece of holiday culture.  Fortunately for those of us in the Northern Virginia region, there are a number of companies putting on Nutcracker productions.

Sugar plum fairy Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine
Northern Virginia Style & Living Magazine

Check out the links below to find the nearest Nutcracker Ballet to you.

Gainesville Ballet School – Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia.  The full-length ballet features international guest dancers, faculty and students of the award-winning arts organization.

When: Friday, Nov. 24th, 2017, 2pm and 7 pm

Academy of Russian Ballet – Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia.

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017. 2pm and 6pm

Classical Ballet Theater  –  Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia.

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017 2:00pm, Saturday, November 25, 2016 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:00pm

Metropolitan School of the Arts  –  Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia. “Nutcracker in a Nutshell”, 30-minute version for younger audiences, Metropolitan School of the Arts at 5775 Barclay Road in Alexandria, VA.

When: Sunday, November 26 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra – George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA. The FSO and the Fairfax Ballet present the timeless holiday classic.

When:  Saturday, December 16, 4pm

Center for Ballet Arts  –  Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, 4915 E Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA

When: Saturday, December 16th,  3:00 & 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 17th @ 3:00 PM


Article written by Jan Johnston Osburn

Edited by Jessica Monte

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