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'Tis the season to celebrate in Rosslyn

Join us as we ring in the holidays in the neighborhood with fun, festive outdoor events, all season long!

You're invited to celebrate with the Rosslyn BID this December as we welcome the holiday season! Get in the giving spirit with our annual Holiday Clothing Drive, kick off the festivities with our Tree Lighting Ceremony and join us on the Plaza for Rosslyn's Holiday Market to browse local vendors and take in the cheer. Looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping? We've got you covered with our Holiday Buying Guide to help you shop local and find something for even your impossible-to-please people will love!

While you're out and about in the neighborhood this season, keep an eye out for Cheerio, our usually nice, sometimes naughty—but always friendly!—neighborhood mascot. When you spot Cheerio around town, scan the QR code to play fun digital games throughout the neighborhood. Don't forget to use #RosslynCheer and tag us in your posts! Plus, check out our special Holiday Chocolate Countdown game on the Plaza. Guess the sweet treat depicted on the calendar and you might just be a winner!

Stay tuned to our weekly e-newsletter and our social media (@RosslynVA) to keep up with all things Rosslyn Cheer throughout the season.

Please review the most up-to-date Virginia guidance surrounding COVID-19 before attending any in-person events. 

Merry & Bright for our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Central Place Plaza | Thursday, December 9 | 5 p.m. 

We're kicking off the holiday season with one of our favorite traditions; Rosslyn's Tree Lighting! Join us live on the Plaza for music, drinks, prizes and festive fun! Beginning at 5 p.m., the evening will include performances by the H-B Woodlawn Secondary School choir, a live mariachi band, raffle prizes throughout the night and an onsite beer, wine and spiked cider bar hosted by Open Road

Then, we'll lead the countdown to the neighborhood tree lighting! Watch with us on the Plaza or tune-in from home. We'll also be livestreaming the event on our Facebook page (like our page to receive a reminder when we go live!). Follow the link below for full details and we'll see you on December 9!

Tree Lighting details

Get your wish lists ready for Rosslyn's Holiday Market

Central Place Plaza | December 10 & 11 | 5-8 p.m. & 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

We're bringing two days of local vendors, festive drinks, photo ops with Santa and more. The celebrations continue on the Plaza with activities you and the whole family will love—including your pup! Browse our 13 unique vendors for artisan crafts, handmade clothing, natural beauty products and delicious treats.

Join us on December 10, 5-8 p.m., for a dog-friendly evening at the market, complete with photos with Santa for your dog (5-7 p.m.) and pet-inspired giveaways! Open Road will also be onsite with a beer, wine and seasonal cocktail bar to keep spirits bright.

The Market will return on Saturday, December 11, 11 a.m-4 p.m., for Family Day! Santa himself will be on the Plaza between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for photo ops, and we'll be serving free hot chocolate to keep you warm throughout the day. Stick around a special holiday performance of "The Miraculous Magical Balloon" by Synetic Theater at 3 p.m. Plus, enter to win Cheerio penguin plushies! Full market details below.

Holiday Market details

'Tis the season of giving

Various locations around Rosslyn | November 29-December 17 

Clear out your closet while you give back this holiday season with our annual Holiday Clothing Drive! Since 2011, this drive has benefitted our friends at Path Forward, a local organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Arlington. The tradition continues beginning Monday, November 29 through Tuesday, December 17

Bring your adult-sized, gently used winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves in plastic bags and look for the gift-wrapped donation boxes at various locations around Rosslyn (including the BID's office!). Stay tuned for a full list of drop-off locations around the neighborhood - coming soon!

Holiday Clothing Drive details

Where's Cheerio?

Various locations around Rosslyn | Beginning December 1

You can spot our friendly neighborhood mascot all over Rosslyn this chilly season! Throughout December, you'll find Cheerio at various locations throughout Rosslyn—look for him bundled up in his favorite holiday sweater, striking a yoga pose, taking a selfie and more!

Each Cheerio is complete with QR codes, with some leading to exciting prizes. To play "Where's Cheerio?," simply scan the QR codes on the Cheerios you find along Wilson Blvd. Keep scanning until you find the one that gets you an Instagram filter for your selfie with Cheerio! Send us your selfie on Instagram (@RosslynVA) and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card. The Cheerio filter will move around five times over the course of December—that’s five chances to win!

Follow the link below for full contest details and to learn more about our upcoming Rosslyn Cheer digital activations.

Play "Where's Cheerio?"

Join us for a Holiday Chocolate Countdown

Central Place Plaza | Beginning December 1

We’re counting down the days ‘til the holidays! Beginning on December 1, find our Holiday Chocolate Countdown at Central Place Plaza, where Rosslyn BID Ambassadors will reveal a new clue each day leading up to the holidays. (Hint: The answers are all good enough to eat!)

If you can guess what kind of dessert the emoji clues are hinting at before the end of each game period, you'll be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card from that restaurant! Find full details, including entry guidelines and raffle dates, below. Good luck!

Countdown details

Get a head start on your holiday shopping

Check out our Holiday Buying Guide for gift ideas everyone will love!

Not sure what to get someone in your life this year? We've got just the thing! Whether you're shopping for the mom-who-has-everything or your picky-friend, our Holiday Buying Guide has something for even the hard-to-please. 

Rosslyn is home to over 50 restaurants and retailers, and below you'll find ideas for gifts that make it easy to support local businesses while you cross off your holiday shopping. With options for in-store and online purchases, we've made it easy to get through this year's shopping—hassle free!

Holiday Buying Guide

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 Featured Rosslyn Events

Rosslyn Holiday Clothing Drive
Monday, November 29 - Friday, December 17

Rosslyn's Holiday Chocolate Countdown
Wednesday, December 1
at Central Place Plaza