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Welcome the holiday season with Rosslyn Cheer!

Join us as we celebrate the holidays in the neighborhood with fun, festive events all season long.

You're invited to join the Rosslyn BID this December as we celebrate the 2023 holiday season! Stay tuned as more holiday fun is added and follow on our weekly e-blast and our social media (@RosslynVA) to keep up with all things Rosslyn Cheer throughout the season.

Give back at the Holiday Clothing Drive 

Various Rosslyn locations | Monday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 15

Clear out your closet while you give back this holiday season with our annual Holiday Clothing Drive! Since 2011, this drive has benefited our friends at PathForward, a local organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Arlington.

Dozens of donation boxes will be stationed in buildings across the Rosslyn neighborhood, where you can drop off adult-sized, gently used winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves in plastic bags.

Learn more about PathForward’s mission and how you can support the organization in this article featuring Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships, Liz Nohra.

Find Dropoff locations

Grab some holiday goodies from the Rosslyn Trike

Central Place Plaza | Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 12 p.m.

Start the Rosslyn Cheer celebrations early at Central Place Plaza! Beginning at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 6, we'll be giving away free holiday ornaments while supplies last.

Brighten your week as we Light the Plaza!

Central Place Plaza | Thursday, Dec. 7 | 5-8 p.m.

One of our favorite holiday season traditions returns on Thursday, Dec. 7! Join us for music, raffles, an outdoor bar, and more, as we light Central Place Plaza with an array of holiday lights. Good Morning Washington’s Kidd O’Shea will also be there to help us count down live on air with ABC7!

Beer, wine, and spiked cider will be available to get you in the holiday "spirits". And if you need a snack to pair with your drink, Pop's Praiseworthy Popcorn will be selling their delicious kernels on the Plaza!

Get in the spirit with your furry friends at Santa Paws Yappy Hour

Central Place Plaza | Friday, Dec. 8 | 5-7 p.m.

Rosslyn’s holiday festivities will continue on Friday, Dec. 8, with a dog-friendly evening! Bring your furry friends out to Central Place Plaza to enjoy pictures with Santa and pet goodie giveaways.

Happy Hour, which runs from 5-7 p.m., will include beer, wine, and spiked cider to warm you up, while your pup can enjoy a puppuccino or bone broth for a small donation, with proceeds benefiting R-DOGS. Dog-friendly vendor tables will be on-site as well to provide fun activities for you and your pets!

Find the perfect local gift for everyone's wish list at the Rosslyn Holiday Market

Central Place Plaza | Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We're bringing two days of local vendors, festive drinks, photo ops with Santa, and more! A variety of local vendors will be selling unique goods from art and jewelry to bath products, snacks, and more, perfect to get your holiday shopping started (or completed!).

Santa will be at the Plaza to take photos from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on both days, so don’t forget to drop off your letters for him at our North Pole mailbox or submit them virtually hereFree hot chocolate will also be available to warm you up while you enjoy a day of shopping, live music, and additional holiday programming.

In addition to all the fun happening on Central Place Plaza, across the way at Assembly there will be more holiday festivities happening on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Head over for brunch or coffee and enjoy festive holiday activities for the whole family! Little ones can write letters to Santa and curl up for story time with Mrs. Claus, while complimentary gift wrapping will be available for all the goodies purchased at the Holiday Market.

Explore the vendors

Please note: Vendor applications are now closed.

Check off the rest of your holiday shopping list with our Rosslyn Holiday Gift Guide

Not sure what to get someone in your life this year? We've got just the thing! From the mom who has everything to your foodie friend, our Holiday Gift 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!

Make sure to check back on this page, follow us on social media @RosslynVA, and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter for updates on all the fun programming during Rosslyn Cheer!

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 Featured Rosslyn Events

Rosslyn FRESHFARM Farmers Market
Wednesday, May 1 - Wednesday, October 30
at Central Place Plaza

Trail Tuesdays with Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail
Tuesday, May 14 - Tuesday, September 10

Rosslyn Cinema
Friday, June 7 - Friday, June 21
at Gateway Park