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Shop, Dine, & Win! Contest

Nov 19 - Dec 4 


Shop and dine at your favorite Occoquan businesses for a chance to win Occoquan business gift cards!


Participating businesses will be announced closer to the event date.

How to play:

  • Spend $10 or more at six (6) different participating businesses.

  • Receive a stamp from the business on the official form (pick one up at a participating business or download here.

  • Return form to the red mailbox at Town Hall (314 Mill Street) by Sunday, December 4 at 5:00pm ET OR submit via mail to Occoquan Business Partners, PO Box 661, Occoquan, VA 22125 (postmarked by Friday, December 2, 2022).

  • You can enter more than once!

Winners drawn Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Winners will have their gift certificates mailed to the address on their entry form. All prized gift certificates expire March 31, 2023.


One stamp per store, per day. Multiple forms may be submitted. Only one prize per person. Must be 18 years or older to win. Gift certificates have no cash value. Gift certificates may only be used at the business listed on the certificate. Occoquan businesses and their immediate families are not eligible to win. Addresses collected are not shared or sold. Participants can unsubscribe at any time. Per Virginia code, participants may submit one free entry by downloading a form and mail it to the Occoquan Business Partners, PO Box 661, Occoquan, VA 22125 (postmarked by Friday, December 2, 2022).

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Annual Town Tree Lighting
& Shop Late Night

Saturday, November 19 at 6:00pm


Shop Occoquan throughout the day, while enjoying visits from Santa! When you #shopsmall and #shoplocal, you're supporting your neighborhood artists, shop keeps, restaurant owners and their hardworking staff. Businesses are busy curating unique holiday selections just for you! Many businesses will be open until 8:00pm or later this evening and carollers will create a festive ombioence throughout town.


Join us at 6:00pm in front of Town Hall for our annual holiday tree lighting. Mayor Earnie Porta will officiate this time honored tradition, as Occoquan residents and visitors gather to kick off the holiday season.

Before and after the Tree Lighting, enjoy s'mores and roasting marshmallows at River Mill Park.

Free shuttle service will be available from the Rt 123/Old Bridge commuter lot.

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Shop Small Weekend

November 265-27

Get a jump on (or finish up) your holiday shopping at the best #shopsmall boutiques and retailers in the area! Occoquan merchants will have unique offerings of home decor, clothing, gourmet food, fine art, beauty, chocolates, jewelry, stationery, and of course gifts for all ages.

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Holiday Artisan Market 

December 3-4


This year, our Holiday Artisan Market transforms River Mill Park into a magical holiday shopping experience! Join us for a Holiday Artisan Market on December 3 & 4 when artisans and craft persons will offer original, handmade work in a full range of media. From handmade bath and body products, candles, gourmet food products and home décor to fine art and jewelry, you are sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list–and maybe something for yourself too.

  • Saturday, December 4 from 11am-5pm

  • Sunday, December 5 from 11am-5pm

Free shuttle service from the commuter lot at 123 and Old Bridge Road will be available.

Visit with Santa

Visit with Santa while you are in town! The big guy will arrive by boat at the town dock at Mamie Davis Park on 12/4 at 10:30am.


Kids of all ages are then invited to escort Santa to River Mill Park. He will be ready to visit with families from 11am to 1:30pm both market days.

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Letters to Santa


Drop your letter to Santa in our special North Pole mailboxes at Town Hall (314 Mill St, Occoquan, VA) or Hitchcock Paper Co. (125 Mill St, Occoquan, VA). If you include a return address, Santa will send a personalized letter back!


Free coloring and fill-in Santa letters with envelopes will be available to kids of all ages. On the weekends, kids can fill out and decorate their letters at Hitchcock Paper Co. and drop it in the mailbox on site.


Volunteer in the Fun!


We are in need a few good volunteers to help with the Holiday Artisan Market (December 3 & 4). If you can dedicate an hour or two, please contact Julie Little at