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Date(s) - 11/20/2021 - 12/12/2021
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With the town entirely decorated, the holidays are a special time in Occoquan and HolidayFest is fun for the whole family! This year, the event kicks off with lighting the town tree and a passport contest on November 20. During our Holiday Artisan Market on December 4 & 5, River Mill Park turns into a magical holiday experience! Visitors will delight in a special visit from Santa Claus, then enjoy heart-warming fire pits with marshmallow roasting, sample hot chocolate, listen to talented singers with a holiday spirit while shopping special artisan tents in the evening. Shop Small weekend allows visitors to support that which makes Occoquan so special: the many small shops and eateries! Use the time during HolidayFest to participate in the passport event from 11/20 to 12/12 and earn a chance to win gift cards. Then, we wrap up HolidayFest with a festive staged reading of A Christmas Carol in River Mill Park.


Tree Lighting & Shop Late

November 20

Our annual tree lighting event kicks off HolidayFest and many shops will be open late! Head to Town Hall at 314 Mill Street on Saturday, November 20 for our ceremony at 8pm.

Shop, Dine, & Win!
Passport Event

Nov 20 – Dec 12

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

Shop Small Weekend

November 26-28

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

Gingerbread House Contest

Enter your creation at River Mill Park on December 4, 2021

Use your imagination and gingerbread to build anything from a simple cottage to an elaborate historic reproduction and enter to win! More info

Visit with Santa

Santa will arrive by boat at the town dock at Mamie Davis Park on December 4 at 10:30am. Kids of all ages are then invited to escort Santa to River Mill Park for the Artisan Market! He will be ready to visit with families from 11am to 1:30pm both market days. More info


Holiday Artisan Market

December 4-5

River Mill Park becomes magical for this special holiday shopping event! Join us in the park for many artisan booths, hot cocoa, caroling, and a visit from Santa! Free shuttle service from the commuter lot at 123 and Old Bridge Road will be available. More info

Market dates and times:

  • December 4, 11am to 8pm
  • December 5, 11am to 4pm

Some of our favorite cold-weather activities are back this year, too: caroling, cocoa, and roasting marshmallows will take place from 4pm to 7pm on December 4. Santa may make an appearance too! More info

A Christmas Carol

December 11-12

Get in the holiday spirit with a festive staged reading of A Christmas Carol in River Mill Park, featuring Castaways Repertory Theatre. Seatings are at 3pm and 5pm on December 11 and 12. Tickets are $5 for adults /youth; ages 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door and on EventBrite.

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