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Press Release: Occoquan HolidayFest



Three weeks of holiday fun are coming to Occoquan!


(Occoquan)—The Town of Occoquan and Occoquan Business Partners are pleased to announce the lineup for the annual Occoquan HolidayFest in historic Occoquan, Virginia. We have plenty of shopping, entertainment, and family fun planned for this magical time of the year.


Annual Town Tree Lighting & Shop Late Night

Saturday, November 20 314 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

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 8pm or later this evening.

After you’ve had a bite to eat and checked some names off that gift giving list, join us at 8pm 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.

Free shuttle service 12pm-8:30pm from the Rt 123/Old Bridge commuter lot.


Holiday Artisan Market

December 4 from 11am-8pm December 5 from 11am-4pm River Mill Park (458 Mill St), Occoquan, VA

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 4 & 5 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.

​Free shuttle service from the commuter lot at 123 and Old Bridge Road will be available December 4: 11am to 9pm and December 5: 11am to 5pm.


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.

Sweets with Santa

From 4pm-7pm on December 4, fire pits will be available to roast marshmallows. S’more packets and hot cocoa will be available for purchase and Santa may make an appearance too!


Shop, Dine, & Win! Contest

November 20 - December 12 Town of Occoquan, VA

Shop and dine at your favorite Occoquan businesses for a chance to win $1,600+ in Occoquan business gift cards! Current participating businesses include:

  • Anewed Soul Designs

  • Art A La Carte Gallery

  • Artists’ Undertaking Gallery

  • Babba and Me

  • Ballywhack Shack

  • Bar J Chili Parlor

  • D’Roccos Grill

  • Forever Young

  • Gift & Gather

  • Glory Be

  • Grind N Crepe

  • Hitchcock Paper Co.

  • Jerry’s Occoquan Jewelers

  • Leaf & Petal

  • Madigan’s Waterfront

  • Man Overboard Enterprises

  • Marin Woodturning

  • Nazbros

  • Organic Allure

  • Patriot Scuba

  • Potomac Chocolate

  • Puzzle Palooza Etc

  • Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio

  • So Bohemian

  • So Olive

  • The Loft Gallery

  • The Reclaimed Treasures

  • The Spot on Mill Street

  • theOCQ.com

  • Third Base Pizza & Frozen Custard

  • VanEch Studio Home & Garden

  • Zorba’s Grill

A Christmas Carol Staged Reading

December 11 at 3pm & 5pm December 12 at 3pm & 5pm River Mill Park (458 Mill St), Occoquan, VA

Get in the holiday spirit with a festive production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This staged reading from Castaways Repertory Theatre will take place outdoors in River Mill Park.

Tickets are $5 for adults/youth; ages 12 and under are free. Bring camp chairs and dress appropriately for an outdoor performance! Tickets are on sale now HERE.


Letters to Santa

November 20 - December 24

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. Or pick up a letter at Town Hall or Hitchcock Paper Co. during the week and bring back any time until Christmas Eve.

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For updates or to learn more, go to visitoccoquanva.com/holiday.


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