When I was a child, I couldn’t wait for Santa’s Workshop to come to my school. Every year, I drafted several lists and planned ahead. I would walk in, final list in hand, money saved, and my head full of dreams about the magnificent gifts I was going to give. Everyone was just going to LOVE my thoughtful selection.

When it came time to exchange presents, they couldn’t open their gift fast enough. I thought I might burst while waiting for them to see the carefully selected $2 trinket that I just knew was going to be their favorite.

Your child can experience this same sense of pride and joy that comes with giving. Enter… the Sugarloaf Craft Festival.

Forget that it’s called a “Craft Festival.” This is your single best opportunity to take your children holiday shopping and let them select gifts. Bring them with their imagination, list, budget, and head filled with dreams. This place has something thoughtful for everyone. It’s literally a crafty holiday emporium that won’t break the bank.

My children have purchased stain glass night lights, miniature glass blown animals, scarves and wraps, framed photography, jewelry boxes, wooden pens, and many other handmade and artistic creations for their friends and family. There are even creative gifts that they can give to their furry friends. When you’re ready for a break, grab a treat to eat and catch a puppet show or let them perform in a play. With so many wonderful items to choose from, you may just want to come back and do a little shopping by yourself.

  • What: Christmas Shopping with Children
  • Where: Dulles Expo Center at 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA
  • When:  Dec 6th-8th. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Closes at 5 on Sunday)
  • Cost: Children 12 and under are free, Adults are $10 at the door or $8 online

Sugarloaf Website | Dulles Expo Website



Christina Chee

Christina Chee is a lifestyle and real estate consultant who loves to share insights that help others to live happy and empowered lives in Northern Virginia. Learn more about how you can make your Northern Virginia experience a great adventure — whether you’re new to the region or a life-long resident. Contact her here or visit www.virginialifestyles.com.