The Junior League of Northern Virginia’s 17th Annual The Enchanted Forest will take place November 18-19, 2017, at the Westin Tysons Corner. The event will feature live entertainment, Kids in the Kitchen holiday activities, visits from Santa, a model train display, kids’ crafts, gifts for purchase, premium events for adults and kids, and a silent auction of more than 80 lavishly decorated themed trees and wreaths.
The Enchanted Forest is your first opportunity to take photos with Santa, get a head start on your holiday shopping, and kick off your holiday season.
Proceeds benefit the JLNV’s community initiatives, including our Kids in the Kitchen programming. By supporting The Enchanted Forest you are helping the JLNV empower families to make healthy eating and active living a priority, and supporting the development of women who will build better communities for years to come.
New this year:
Fran’s Candy and Cake Supplies and The Junior League of Northern Virginia present The Enchanted Gingerbread House Contest.
Do you want to show off your decorating skills? Enter the Enchanted Gingerbread House Contest. Register for the contest here. Gingerbread house creations will be on display in our enchanted forest on November 18 and 19. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Professional and Best Novice.
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $15 for children. Admission will be good for the entire weekend. Children under age 2 are free. Children’s tickets include two children’s crafts. Individual premium event tickets include general admission. Click here to purchase tickets before the event.
Please see our schedule of events for general admission hours, entertainment schedule and premium event times.
SANTA!!! Photos, Stories and More (included in admission-all ages)
A professional photographer will be available in the forest for those wishing to take photos with Santa and get a head start on their holiday cards. Santa will also be sharing some tales of life in the North Pole and other exciting adventures. See Schedule of Events for times.
Holiday Treats with Kids in the Kitchen (included in admission-all ages)
Learn about our Kids in the Kitchen program through our Kids in the Holiday Kitchen exhibit. Children will learn how to make a healthy, holiday themed snack, learn about making balanced food choices and much more.
Silent Auction via HandBid (included in admission)
Wander through an enchanted forest of theme-decorated trees and wreaths available for silent auction. This is a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping or treat yourself to something special. Ensure you win your favorite tree by receiving updates when new bids are placed or by utilizing the “buy it now” option through HandBid. Volunteers will be available to assist attendees in using HandBid.
Breakfast with Santa (premium-all ages)
Jump start your holiday season with an exclusive breakfast with Santa! Feast on a scrumptious buffet of breakfast treats in an intimate setting, while hearing Santa tell some amazing tales about the North Pole. A professional photographer will capture photos with Santa for kids and the young at heart.
Reindeer Games with Santa (premium-all ages)
Ever wonder how Santa and his elves entertain themselves on the North Pole? With Reindeer Games, of course! Join Santa for one of his favorite Reindeer Games (Santa BINGO!), while enjoying delicious treats and milk.
Sugarplum Tea Party (premium-all ages)
Join ballerinas from the Adagio Ballet School of Dance for a Sugarplum Tea Party complete with a dance lesson, apple juice “tea” and cupcakes, a princess themed craft, and a photo with the ballerinas. Includes a General Admission ticket.
Gingerbread House Decorating (premium-all ages)
Calling all Hansels and Gretels! Decorate your own edible gingerbread house with royal icing and an assortment of candy at one of the Gingerbread Workshops. Your completed house, covered in candy trimmings, will be yours to take home that day.
Live Entertainment (included in admission- all ages)
A variety of live entertainment will take place in the enchanted forest throughout the weekend, including The Great Zucchini, Ukulele Phil and the Hula Kids, Pirate Magic, Groovy Nate, and the Maple Irish Dance Academy. The Capital Trackers model train display is also back by popular demand and will run throughout the weekend. Attendees can also join in some North Pole Exercise sessions led by volunteers from the JLNV’s Physical Activity Committee. See our Schedule of Events for more details.
Bright & Merry BASH! (premium-21 and over only)
Kick off the holiday party season in our Enchanted Forest. Our Bright & Merry BASH includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, games of chance, and a raffle. Dress code is cocktail attire or your holiday best.
We pride ourselves on working with a variety of local and national businesses, organizations and individuals in supporting our mission to develop a community of women leaders dedicated to building better communities and healthier families. To learn more about how you or your organization can get involved with sponsoring items for our enchanted forest or raffle or opportunities to partner with the Junior League of Northern Virginia, contact Taylor Bezerra at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!
We’d like to give a BIG thank you to our current list of corporate and individual sponsors:
|American Girl Doll||Maryland Science Center||Rubini Jewelers|
|Briar Patch B&B||Olive Oil Boom||Scout Bags|
|Cana Vineyards||One More Page Books||Sprinkles Cupcakes|
|Chrysalis Winery||Paradise Springs Winery||Spy Museum|
|Disney World||Philip Carter Winery||Stone Tower Winery|
|Dover Downs||Possibilities Publishing Company||The Grooming Lounge|
|Entertainment Cruises||Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club||Tiny Dancer|
|Fran’s Cake & Candy Supplies||Red Barn Mercantile||Total Wine and More|
|jetBlue||Red Velvet Cupcakes|
|Liberty Mountain Resort||Reston Limousine|
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FROM ALL OF US AT THE JLNV TO ALL OF YOU – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!