Nov 18 – Dec 3

The Town is all dressed up for the holidays! Join us for two weeks of holiday activities:

Tree Lighting & Pop Up Market (Nov 18)
Shop, Dine & Win! Contest (Nov 18-Dec 3)
#ShopSmall Weekend (Nov 24-26)
Artisan Market (Dec 2-3)
Gingerbread House Contest
Occoquan Express Shuttle Service

Letters to Santa (Nov 18-Dec 15)

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HolidayFest and Holiday Artisan Market

When: November 18 – December 3, 2023

Where: Throughout the Occoquan Historic District

With the town entirely decorated, the holidays are a special time in Occoquan and HolidayFest is fun for the whole family! For a full schedule and more details, head to Visit Occoquan.

Annual Tree Lighting & Shop Late

November 18, 2023, 6PM

Our annual tree lighting event kicks off HolidayFest and many shops will be open late! Head to Town Hall at 314 Mill Street for our ceremony at 6 pm. Visitors are invited to roast marshmallows for s’mores at the entrance to River Mill Park! 

Shop, Dine, & Win! Passport Event

Nov 18 – Dec 3, 2023

Shop and dine at your favorite Occoquan businesses for a chance to win gift cards to use this holiday season!

Shop Small Weekend

November 24-26, 2023

Get a jump on (or finish up) your holiday shopping at the best #shopsmall boutiques and retailers in the area.

Holiday Artisan Market

December 2, 2023, from 11am to 5pm

December 3, 2023, from 11am to 4pm

River Mill Park becomes magical for this special holiday shopping event! Join us in the park for nearly 50 artisan booths, hot cocoa, caroling, and a visit from Santa!  Vendors Only

Visit with Santa

December 2-3, 2023

Santa will arrive by boat at the town dock at Mamie Davis Park December 2 at 10:30am. Kids of all ages are then invited to escort Santa to River Mill Park! The big guy will be ready for a singalong and a visit with families at the top of the hour from 11am to 1:00pm both market days.

Concerts in the Park

December 2-3, 2023

As a special extra, concerts are scheduled both days at the market. Both concerts are at 3pm.

Gingerbread House Contest

December 2-3, 2023

Use your imagination and gingerbread to build anything from a simple cottage to an elaborate historic reproduction and enter to win! Vote on your favorites during the Artisan Market. Enter by 11am on December 2.


For more information on HolidayFest, head to Visit Occoquan

Occoquan Express

The Occoquan Express

Don’t worry about parking. Jump the FREE shuttle bus service into town all season! It’s our way to make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier this year. Strollers and service animals are welcome on the shuttle. 

Occoquan Express shuttle service will be available:

  • Saturday, 9/2, 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday, 9/9, 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday, 9/16, 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday, 9/30, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 10/7, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 10/14, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 10/21, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 10/28, 12pm-11pm
  • Saturday, 11/4, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 11/11, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 11/18, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 11/25, 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday, 12/2, 11am-5pm
  • Sunday, 12/3, 11am-5pm  
  • Saturday, 12/9, 12pm-8pm  
  • Saturday, 12/16, 12pm-8pm  


Where to Park

Head to the VDOT Commuter Lot at the corner of Rt. 123 and Old Bridge Road. The shuttle will run approximately every 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

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