If you’ve been following Fairfax Family Fun for some time, you already know we are HUGE fans of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. It’s not just for the eclectic variety of world-class artists they bring through reasonably priced shows, the kid-friendly performances and summer series, and the educational outreach Wolf Trap offers — it’s also because of the fun atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and family-friendly vibe the venue has. Wolf Trap truly has no equal in our area and it’s one of our absolute favorite places. I’ve been attending Wolf Trap shows for many years and consider it a gem we’re lucky to have!
Wolf Trap also puts on some great and totally FREE events each year, and one of the most fun ones is coming up: the annual Holiday Sing-A-Long! This annual musical celebration presents all kinds of traditional holiday music and is a great way for families to spend a fun evening. Read below for details, and our tips to make the most of your visit!
- 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 yours pot (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 limited and you may end up farther out, so plan 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.
- As part of the annual tradition, there will be a candlelight procession during the last verse of “Silent Night” and a Jing-A-Long during “Jingle Bells,” so also bring a candle (and a lighter!) and a bell. Don’t forget your cameras and donation for Toys for Tots!
Filene Center photo (c) and courtesy of Wolf Trap and used with permission