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Style · December 5, 2018

Best Bets: Santa at the caboose, “She Loves Me”

Santa at the caboose, “She Loves Me,” “The Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah.”
Holiday events continue this weekend in Fauquier with visits from Santa at the Warrenton caboose on the greenway, breakfast in Remington and photos in Warrenton at GumDrop Square.

Other entertaining options include the community theatre’s holiday musical, “She Loves Me,” Handel’s “Messiah” at St. James’ Church, a craft fair at LFCC and caroling in Remington.

GumDrop Square
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton

Hosted by Experience Old Town Warrenton, the annual event features photos with St. Nick and opportunities for children to shop for small gifts at Santa’s Secret Workshop at $2 per gift. GumDrop Square opens after the Warrenton parade this Friday. On Friday nights Main Street will be closed to traffic with a beer and wine garden, food trucks, music, stories with Mrs. Claus, shopping and a Christmas market. Free admission.

Christmas in Remington
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
Main Street, Remington

Santa will light the town Christmas tree and lead caroling citizens around town. Select business open late for shopping. Free.

“She Loves Me”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton

The Fauquier Community Theatre, in its 41st season, presents the holiday musical, “She Loves Me.” Set in a 1930s European perfumery, shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper and they live for the love letters that they receive. The identity of their admirers remains unknown. Advance reservations are highly recommended and reserved seating available online or by, calling 540-349-8760. Adults, $20; students and seniors, $18.

Craft fair at Lord Fairfax Community College
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
6480 College St., Warrenton

Lord Fairfax Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society hosts a craft fair with vendors and bakers offering one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for family and friends. Children’s activities included. Free admission.

“The Nutcracker”
705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton
4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9

The Lasley Centre for Performing Arts presents its sixth annual full-length production of the classic ballet at Fauquier High School. Appealing to all ages, audience members will get to visit a gourmet treat shop and the “Nutcracker Boutique” with souvenir items for sale. Reserved seating available online. Adults, $25; children ages 12 and younger and senior citizens 65+, $20. Tickets at the door, $30.

Santa at the Caboose
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
S. Fourth St., Warrenton

Families can visit Santa at the vintage red caboose on the Warrenton Branch Greenway. Visitors can enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, carolers, music and roasted marshmallows. Hosted by Fauquier parks and recreation and Friends of the Warrenton Caboose. Free.

Remington Breakfast with Santa
8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Dec. 9
200 E. Marshall St., Remington

Santa will be at the Remington Vol. Fire and Rescue Department for breakfast and photos from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast is free for every new, unwrapped toy donated. The cost is $9 per person without a toy donation. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, scrapple, bacon, fried potatoes and onions, biscuits and gravy, spiced apples, juice coffee and tea.

Handel’s “Messiah”
4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
73 Culpeper St., Warrenton

The Saint James’ Episcopal Church choir and an eight-piece chamber ensemble present George Frederick Handel’s most recognized work, the “Messiah.” The choir will perform part one of the three-part oratorio, which narrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Free admission.

Other options in and around Fauquier:

> Santa visits Sumerduck

> Piedmont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert (tickets limited)

> The Skyla Burrell Band at Drum & Strum

> Catlett community Christmas dinner

> Historic holiday house tours at Sky Meadows State Park

> Old Town Warrenton mural walking tour

> Christmas concert at PALS Church in Bealeton

> Holiday Hand Bell Concert in Southern Fauquier

> Christmas concert in Middleburg

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