Happy new year

First Day Hikes at Sky Meadows

Jan. 1, 5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane

Celebrate New Year's at Sky Meadows with your own sunrise hike or ranger led hikes later in the day. While the American tradition of celebrating the New Year occurs at midnight on New Year's Eve, other cultures celebrate by enjoying the sunrise on New Year's Day. As part of the continuing American experience of sharing our vast cultural traditions, Sky Meadows will open their main gates (on Edmonds Lane) at 5:30 a.m. Enjoy your own hike from the Backcountry Trailhead to view the sunrise at one of the overlooks on the Piedmont Overlook Trail, South Ridge Trail or Ambassador Whitehouse Trail. Special hikes: Hike for Monarch Habitat at 10 a.m., “Auld Lang Syne” Hike at 1 p.m. Leashed pets are welcomed on all hikes. Parking fees waived on New Year's Day.

New Years Eve 2022 Dinner & After Party

Sat. Dec. 31, 5 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Orlean Market & Pub, 6855 Leeds Manor Road, Marshall (Orlean)

“Eat. Drink. Be.” is the motto of the Orlean Market and Pub, which seems like a perfect idea for New Year’s Eve. Head on out to the pub in the center of Orlean this Saturday for NYE dinner and entertainment. A three-course fixed price menu will be served at 5 and 7 p.m. with entree choices ranging from prime rib to seafood, quail, and more, and a selection of Lava Cake or Pistachio Ricotta Cake for dessert. Plan to stay for the after party and dance into the new year with friends and family. Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres and champagne included, party ticket discount available for diners. RSVP and menu selection for dinners is highly recommended. Call 540-364-2774 for reservations. Menu available at orleanmarket.com/specialmenu

Farm Animal Experience Tour

Sat., Dec. 31, 2:30 - 4 p.m. | Silver Key Ranch, 11311 Barnes Road, Catlett

Take the family out to the veteran-owned family farm Silver Key Ranch where you will be welcomed by Tess, the livestock guardian dog, and have the opportunity to meet the animals and learn about life on a working farm that changes constantly with the needs of the animals. Activities during the 90-minute tour may include things like bottle feeding a calf, holding a baby goat, feeding the chickens, and collecting eggs. Take home some delicious meats from their farm store. Tickets available here

New Year’s Eve party with live music by Freddy Hall 

Sat., Dec. 31, 12 - 8 p.m. | Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, Vint Hill

Old Bust Head will celebrate the coming of the new year with a British flair: ring in the New Year early with London (7pm EST/12am GMT) and watch the streamed fireworks display at Big Ben live on the big screen. Stay for live folk/pop music on the taproom stage from Freddy Hall from 5 - 8 p.m. The Jackleg Pizza Food Truck will be on site, and new beers include Made in the Shade IPA V 3.0 (on draft), and Helles Lager (on draft). Information here. 

Not ready to let go of the glow of the holidays yet?

There is still time to see the lights at Maple Tree Farm (ends Dec. 30) and the Bull Run Festival of Lights (through January 8). 

A Fauquier favorite, the holiday experience at Maple Tree Farm includes a walkthrough almost a half-mile long with a fairyland of twinkling lights and holiday music, a light show across the pond that is synchronized to music, a 24-foot Christmas tree, characters dressed up for photo opportunities, as well as fire pits, children’s crafts, puppet shows, sweet treats, hot drinks, and more.

Load your family in the car for one of Northern Virginia’s favorite holiday activities, the Bull Run Festival of Lights. The route is 2.5 miles, illuminated by a wide array of holiday light displays. Be socially distant and drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn off your headlights and just follow the magical glow.



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