We just had the best Leesburg Christmas outing as a family, so I wanted to share our itinerary. It includes 3 kid-friendly spots and 1 great restaurant. All recommendations are free including the parking as Leesburg City’s parking garage is free during the Holidays! The Leesburg Christmas lights are beautiful and unique with the historic courthouse and downtown. All you need to know before you go celebrate the holidays in Leesburg is below!
Also, check out upcoming Leesburg Christmas and Holiday events on the town’s government website here.
Stop #1: The Old Lucketts Store (11 min North of Leesburg)
The Old Lucketts Store was first on our Leesburg Christmas afternoon trip and it is so much more than just 1 store! It is actually a large outdoor property with at least 2 large historic homes filled with vintage hip antiques, about a dozen garden cottages and lots of vintage trucks. The whole property has so many lovely photo op spots for family photos.
My kids loved going inside all the little cottages (doors and windows are open so actually outdoors) and wandering the little pathways to find new treasures. We got donuts at an adorable Carpe Donut Truck and ate them by one of the 2 bonfires. The kids also loved climbing around the vintage Mail truck and saying hi to the live chickens!
A great tip from a reader on Instagram is to go across the street to the Community Center and play on the playground after your time at Lucketts. It is encouraged to park at Lucketts and not at the center.
TIP: Get there around 3 or 4 PM before they close at 5PM so you can be there when the sun is setting and the lights are twinkly!
LUCKETTS STORE – A Leesburg Christmas Tradition (33 miles from Fairfax and 49 miles from DC)
⏰ Currently open 10am to 5 pm Thursday thru Sunday. No tickets required except to shop at the Design House. Everything else is open air and free!
🅿Literally a full field of parking!
🚻 There are 5 portable restrooms in the parking lot with hand sanitizer outside.
😷 Everyone was wearing a mask. Great social distancing spot destination with 2 bonfires and plenty of seating separated around.
♿Unfortunately, I would say not wheelchair or stroller friendly as lots of gravel for the pathways. Baby carrier would work great!
Stop #2: Dinner at Döner Bistro (13 minutes south of Lucketts)
Next we drove just 13 minutes south to downtown Leesburg and got take out at the delicious Döner Bistro! The drive was beautiful at night to see some of the Leesburg Christmas lights on the historic homes.
I might be biased because I lived in Germany for years, but Döners (Turkish type of Gyro) is just one of the best bites! This is a German restaurant that also specializes in pretzels, French fries (pommes!) bratwurst, currywurst and lots of great German food. My kids love this food and it’s a treat to have great German food in Virginia.
Great Covid protocols as you order from your phone and pick up outside in the Biergarten set up in front of the restaurant.
Address: 13 C Fairfax Street SE, Leesburg VA 20175
Hours (Check website to confirm as these are Dec. 2020 hours): Fridays and Saturdays noon – 7:30 PM and Sunday noon – 6PM.
Stop #3: Leesburg Town Hall Parking Garage (3 minutes drive from Döner Bistro)
How can a parking garage be a stop on our Leesburg Christmas Itinerary?! Just look at the pictures! The parking garage is free during the holidays and is right in the middle of town. When you walk from your car to the exit next to the Town Hall, you will see 2 of the best Leesburg Christmas lights displays.
The hall is lit up with snowflakes and the park next to it has a lovely music and lights show! My kids started twirling and dancing as soon as the music came on!
Stop #4: Loudoun County Courthouse – Best real Christmas tree in Leesburg (4 minute walk from parking garage)
The finale of the Leesburg Christmas lights is the Loudoun County Courthouse all lit up around the square, trees, columns and a beautiful real tree out front! My kids loved walking through the open wrought iron gate and (again) dancing around the tree! It really is a beautiful square first built in 1895.
When we visited Leesburg, a block of historic King Street between W Market Street and Loudoun Street was blocked off for pedestrian traffic only. It was so nice to stroll down the decorated street and window shop. A couple restaurants had outdoor seating with heaters.
That’s it! I hope you can enjoy Leesburg at Christmas soon and check out video of our trip on my Instagram. Check out my list of 15 more northern Virginia, DC and Maryland Holiday Light Displays here! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!