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City of Falls Church News & Updates

Posted on: December 1, 2023

Holidays in The Little City!

Holiday Events

Spend the holidays with us in The Little City! Stay tuned as more events and information get added!

The Little City Bonus Gift Card Program Returns!

Buy the gift card now through our partner Yiftee! The City of Falls Church’s digital e-gift card, The Little City Gift Card, injects funds into the local economy, helps support local businesses and restaurants, and incentivizes residents and visitors to shop, dine, and spend The Little City Bonus Gift Card with local merchants in The City of Falls Church.

  • Bonus Gift Card Program – How it Works
    • Buy $30 Card, Get FREE $15 Card ($45 total)
    • Buy $50 Card, Get FREE $25 Card ($75 total)
    • Buy $100 Card, Get FREE $50 Card ($150 total)

The Little City Gift Card is more than just a digital e-gift card —it’s a way to show your support for the vibrant community of 70+ participating businesses and restaurants in the City of Falls Church. These gift cards, perfect for holiday shopping, dining, and entertainment, can also be used at participating restaurants during Falls Church Restaurant Week

Santamobile from the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department

Santa will wave from atop the “sleigh” (a firetruck!) to children and adults of all ages who brave the cold to see him. Santa's elves will hand out candy canes and fire safety information.

Watch Night New Year's Eve Celebration

  • Sunday, December 31 from 7 p.m. to Midnight
  • Star Drop Countdown at 11:55 p.m. near the intersection of Broad and Washington Streets
  • Official Event Website

Celebrate New Year's Eve in the City of Falls Church! The annual Star Drop returns, as well as Grand Fun Alley and all its moonbounces, rock walls, and more. Stay tuned for the main stage entertainment line up and details on other activities.

Holiday Teas

  • Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10
  • Registration Open Only for Saturday, December 9 (check availability here No Walk-Ins
  • Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Avenue from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 

Enjoy a special holiday tea hosted by the Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation! This experience will include a tea and talk at the historic Farmhouse, which will be decorated in mid-19th century period décor. The talk will be presented by the 1858 mistress of the Farmhouse, Eirene Blaisdell. The tea consists of tea sandwiches, assorted sweets, warm scones, and a bottomless cup of tea. Registration is required. Senior discount does not apply. 

Donation Drives

Toys for Tots, Managed by the Police Department: Donate by Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m.

  • Bring new, unwrapped toys and items for teens to a donation box located in the lobbies of City Hall, Police Department (City Hall East Wing), Community Center, or Mary Riley Styles Public Library
  • Donations are given to children and teens in need

Santa's Ride Toy Drive, Managed by the Sheriff's Office: Donate by Tuesday, December 12

  • Bring new, unwrapped toys to a donation box located in the City Hall lobby
  • Donations are given to children in local hospitals

Sober Ride: Free Rides Home

  • Visit for codes (released at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 15)
  • Up to $15 free from Lyft; quantities are limited
  • Enter the code in the app's Payment tab under "Add Lyft Pass"
  • Available nightly from 10 p.m. on Friday, December 15 through 4 a.m. on Monday, January 1, 2024
  • Must be 21 years or older

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