By Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than through song? And what better place to do that than at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, the National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna? This hugely popular park and concert venue may be best known for its summer shows, but each winter it also hosts a fun and free community singalong. The Wolf Trap holiday singalong this year is on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 4 pm. Read below for details, and our tips to make the most of your visit!
The Holiday Sing-A-Long is a free community event and Washington-area holiday tradition that features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band on stage with hundreds of local choristers. “Special guests” for the performance include Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus. This is also an interactive event, since guests are encouraged to bring bells to chime along during “Jingle Bells” and battery-operated candles for an elegant candlelight procession set to “Silent Night.” The event is not all about Christmas, though, as it also includes Hanukkah songs.
The event begins at 4 pm and runs for two hours. Gates to the park open at 3 pm and as usual organizers expect the event to fill early. This is a rain-or-shine event, no tickets are required and guests can sit anywhere, either in the regular seats under cover or on the law. Guests also are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for Wolf Trap’s Toys for Tots collection; the toys will go to children in the greater Washington area.
Planning on going? If so, please note the following useful tips:
- The event begins at 4 pm, but you’ll want to get there earlier than that to get a spot, since it’s first-come, first-served. Wolf Trap has plenty of space for kids to run around, so once you’ve staked out your spot (a seat or a spot on the lawn), you can let the kids play in one of the other areas to the side of the stage.
- The weather at this time of year can change rapidly, so bring coats/jackets and a warm blanket to put on the ground if you get lawn seats.
- Parking is free, but the later you get there the further out you will be, so arrive early or plan extra time to take the shuttle or walk up the hill if need be.
- Wolf Trap is generous with its food and beverage policies (you can bring your own food and drinks) but all coolers and bags are subject to inspection; please see their rules to ensure you’re in compliance. Of course, you don’t have to bring anything at all… Wolf Trap has enough dining and concessions options onsite.
- Remember to bring a battery-operated candle and a bell. Don’t forget your cameras and donation for Toys for Tots!
- Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA, 22182
Happy holidays! Enjoy the show!
Filene Center photo (c) and courtesy of Wolf Trap and used with permission