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Date(s) - 11/20/2020 - 12/13/2020
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HolidayFest in Occoquan

November 20 – December 13

Enjoy this festive season with a socially distanced celebration in historic Occoquan! The Town of Occoquan, with the Occoquan Merchant’s Guild are pleased to present HolidayFest: three weeks of in-person and online activities, November 20 through December 13!


This fun festival will feature a virtual tree lighting, a gingerbread house competition, Fireside Family fun, raffle prizes, seasonal workshops and much, much more. HolidayFest in Occoquan kicks off with a virtual tree lighting on November 20 at 8pm. Don’t miss it!


HolidayFest Passport Contest

November 20 – December 13

See complete details on how you can enter to win $100 worth of gift cards from participating Occoquan merchants!

Gingerbread House Contest

The Town invites the public to enter the HolidayFest Gingerbread House Contest. Voting will take place virtually and winners will be announced at Fireside Family Night on Saturday, December 12, at 4 pm and receive a $25 prize to use at any local Town of Occoquan business! Registration for the contest can be found here.


Letters to Santa can be dropped off in front of Town Hall till December 18. If you add a return address, Santa may write back!

Annual Tree Lighting (virtual)

Friday, November 20 at 8pm

Occoquan HolidayFest kicks off on Friday, November 20, at 8pm with Mayor Earnie Porta hosting a virtual holiday Tree Lighting broadcast live here.


Shop Small Weekend

Over the Thanksgiving weekend shoppers are encouraged to visit Occoquan merchants in person or online for holiday gifts and special deals!  #ShopSmall #ShopOccoquan


Shop Occoquan, an Online Gift Market

Saturday, December 5, at 6pm–The Occoquan Merchants Guild will host Shop Occoquan, an Online Gift Market. This will be streamed live on Facebook and featuring a collection of must-have gifts from local shop owners and makers.


Holiday Market

Saturday, December 5 from 11am-4pm– cancelled due to current COVID gathering restrictions


It’s a Wonderful Trivia Night

Friday, December 11 from 6:30-8:30pm–cancelled due to current COVID gathering restrictions


Fireside Family Fun

Saturday, December 12 and 13

Our Fireside Family event has been reshaped from its original format so that it can be held in a manner consistent with newest state guidance and public health. We are opening it up to multiple seatings over two days on December 12 and 13.

Visit with Santa

7 seatings available. Children and their families are invited to sit in distanced picnic circles in the park to visit with Santa.

Duration: 20 minutes. $5 per person. Limit 25 people each seating. No private photo opportunities.

Tickets available on EventBrite.

A Christmas Carol

4 seatings available. Older children and adults are invited to sit in distanced picnic circles in the park as Castaways Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Adult beverages will be available for purchase, sponsored by Patriots for Disabled Divers.

Duration: 90 minutes. $5 per person. Strict limit 25 people each seating, no exceptions.

Tickets available on EventBrite.

Be sure to check the growing schedule of merchant activities all throughout HolidayFest!


The Commonwealth of Virginia recently issued new COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions that limit public gatherings. These restrictions directly impact many of the Town’s previously planned holiday events. Some are of a type that we simply do not believe can be held in a manner consistent with the public health and welfare and have been cancelled. Others can be reevaluated and restructured to accommodate state guidelines. We will continue to enforce social distancing and mask-wearing protocols on any Town-sponsored events.


The health and well-being of our residents, patrons and businesses and local community is paramount. The Town of Occoquan will continue to closely monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health and government authorities to guide decisions about Town events.

Thank you.



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