Santa Lights Manassas, also known as the Tree Lighting, has been a fixture in the Manassas community for over 29 years! It takes place on the Friday night before the Christmas Parade beginning at 5:15p.m. This year’s event takes place on Friday, December 1.

The magic of the evening begins with holiday musical performances and then Santa arrives in Manassas shortly after 6 p.m. After the tree is lit, Santa and Mrs. Claus greet all the children and listen to their holiday wishes at the TD Tent. Families can enjoy free wagon rides to get into the holiday spirit. The Harris Pavilion Ice Rink will be open for business as well as the downtown shops and restaurants.
Below are some questions and tips to help you enjoy Santa Lights Manassas:


  • What is the timeline of Santa Lights Manassas?   
5:15pm  Entertainment begins on West Street and Museum Lawn Stage
6:19pm  Santa arrives on the VRE train at the Manassas Depot
6:30pm  The tree lighting ceremony begins
6:45pm  Santa heads to greet children at the TD Tent


  • What is there to do at Santa Lights Manassas?
There are a variety of things to enjoy during this event:
Free wagon rides after the tree is lit
Visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the TD Tent
Ice skating available at Harris Pavillion ($)
Local shops to visit
Local restaurants to dine in


  • Where is the best place to view Santa arriving and heading to the Manassas Museum lawn?
Anywhere on the south side of West Street next to the train station, along Prince William Street or on the Museum lawn. 


  • How long does Santa visit with children?
Santa stays until the last child has sat on his lap.


  • What time are the wagon rides over?
The wagon rides continue until the last group of families have taken a ride.


  • What time does the ice skating rink close?


  • What streets are going to be closed for Santa Lights Manassas and when do they start to close?
West Street from Center Street to Prince William Street at 3:00pm
Prince William Street from West Street to Main Street at 3:00pm
Battle Street from Center Street to Prince William Street at 3:00pm


  • Is there handicap parking available?
Yes, at the Manassas Train Depot Lot.


  • Where do I park?
Along the side streets in Historic Downtown or in the parking garage located off Prince William Street.  You can access the garage from the intersection of Main Street and Prince William Street.


  • Where are the restrooms located?
They are located at the Manassas Train Depot, the Harris Pavillion and the Manassas Museum.


  • What if it rains or snows?
In the event of inclement weather, Santa Lights Manassas will continue as scheduled.  There is no postponement or rescheduling of the event.


  • Do you have a lost and found?
Yes, at the Manassas Train Depot side door.