Historic Manassas, Inc.

November 27, 2023

Wrap yourself in the magic and charm of the Historic Manassas “Merry Old Town” and Holiday Market

Photo by City of Manassas.

This December 1, Historic Downtown Manassas begins its beloved and long-awaited Merry Old Town, a wonderful multi-day event that includes the lighting of the city's Christmas tree by Santa, the Christmas Parade, Carriage Rides and, of course, the Holiday Market.

Friday, December 1, Santa will arrive by train at the station at 5:15 p.m. He will walk to the newly renovated Manassas Museum where he will light the tree and invite children to share their wish lists.

Photo by Mike Beaty

On Saturday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m., one of the most anticipated and colorful Christmas events in Northern Virginia takes place, the 77th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Christmas floats, marching bands, dancers, and much more will wind their way through Historic Manassas.

Historic Manassas, Inc. will host the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Historic Manassas Train Depot Parking Lot.

Santa's Village: A Whimsical Haven for All Ages

Step into Santa's Village, a whimsical haven for the whole families where the air will be filled with laughter and excitement as children explore the wonders of this enchanting village.

Culinary Delights and Unique Finds: Food and Craft Vendors Galore

Satisfy your taste buds with an array of delectable treats from our food vendors. From s'mores to hot cocoa, indulge in the flavors of the season. Explore the market's charm with over 30 craft vendors offering unique, handcrafted treasures – the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

All Aboard the VRE Santa Train!

Photo by Virginia Railway Express.

As if the day couldn’t get any more magical, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) will be hosting the Santa Train, a journey through the scenic landscapes aboard the VRE Santa Train is a perfect addition to your holiday festivities.

Historic Downtown Extravaganza

Photo by City of Manassas

Venture into Historic Downtown Manassas where local businesses and restaurants will warmly welcome you. Discover unique holiday gifts, indulge in delicious meals, and immerse yourself in the charm of the season. It's a perfect opportunity to support local businesses and find one-of-a-kind treasures.

Come to the Harris Pavilion Ice Rink and skate beneath twinkling lights and relish the joy of this timeless holiday activity. Whether you're a novice, a seasoned skater, or a spectator the ice rink promises a delightful experience for all (more details here).

Join us for a day of festive delights, unique shopping, and joyful entertainment at the Historic Manassas Holiday Market and the Merry Old Town Experience. Let the magic of the season surround you as we come together to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Mark your calendar, invite your friends and family, and make lasting memories. We can't wait to share this enchanting day with you!

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