Marshmallows and hot dogs roast above the flickering flames of a bonfire. Children pet farm animals beneath a canopy of twinkling lights. Santa even makes a few appearances, greeting the crowds and granting kids' holiday wishes. This is the idyllic scene at Hunt Club Farm's Winter Wonderland—a holiday-themed celebration intended for merrymakers of every age. While touring 5,000 square feet of animated displays, families can view intricately staged scenes that feature lifelike reindeer pulling sleighs, penguins standing atop snowbanks, and elves crafting Christmas toys. Additionally, the Winter Wonderland includes a shopping area with a full-service Christmas tree market, as well as booths selling the wares of local bakers, artisans, and snowflake chiselers.
Disney's Daytime Emmy Award–winning Imagination Movers will perform their In a Big Warehouse concert in the grand interior of the Lisner Auditorium, playing their most popular songs and bringing the magic of their eponymous TV series to life. The popular New Orleans–based rock band bridges all generation gaps with fun and educational songs chock-full of memorable melodies and bounding rhythms that adults love as much as kids, fueling long van drives and kindergarten karaoke. With an extravagant set and ecstatic energy, the Imagination Movers give a performance that gets audiences dancing, clapping, and singing along, with guest appearances from Playhouse Disney favorites Choo Choo Soul, Nina, and Warehouse Mouse.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Come ready to have fun.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: 18 and older
The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.
Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.
Originally built in the 1760s, the 645-acre Belvedere Plantation hosts the yearly Harvest Festival each October, filling weekends with family-fun attractions ranging from pumpkin patches to hayrides. Eight acres of cornfield are sculpted into a NASA-themed maze, inspiring brave farmstronauts to venture into uncharted territory. Adrenaline pumps through the veins of onlookers observing pig races, while turbo-charged pedal tractors thrill speed seekers. A double slide stretches out to 100 feet, whisking human missiles through space and time, as amiable goats, chickens, pigs, and turkeys look on with a been-there, done-that nonchalance.
Winemakers from across Virginia convene at the Lake Anna Wine Festival, a gathering launched in 2013. Those winemakers pour samples of their vineyards' varietals while food vendors serve snacks and artisans show their crafts. Though the wine is solely for the 21-and-older crowd, there's entertainment for the whole family. The festival takes place in Cutalong, a scenic golf-course community along Lake Anna.