Alexandria Announces Mount Vernon Holiday Trolley November 19, 2013
CONTACT:
Claire Mouledoux
CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com, 703-652-5367

Alexandria Announces
Mount Vernon Holiday Trolley


Alexandria, VA - New this year, visitors can take a trolley from Old Town Alexandria to George Washington's Mount Vernon and back again to Old Town, in a ride that unites George Washington's estate with his adopted hometown. The Mount Vernon Holiday Trolley will board near the Alexandria Visitors Center and Market Square at the corner of King and N. Fairfax streets on the hour from 9 am to 3 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the holiday season. Alexandria's Town Crier will join visitors on the inaugural Holiday Trolley ride at 9 am on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 29. The trolley will operate through December 29.

During the holidays, Mount Vernon decks the halls with traditional decorations and delights Christmastime visitors with festive activities while Old Town Alexandria similarly glitters under twinkling lights as one of HGTV's "Top 10 Christmas Towns." The Holiday Trolley will reconnect these two iconic destinations, allowing visitors to experience Northern Virginia's most popular historic attraction during the day and return to historic Alexandria for superb shopping, dining and culture.

"Transportation to Mount Vernon is a top visitor request. The Holiday Trolley ties two extraordinary holiday experiences together making for one unforgettable experience for visitors, locals and out-of-town guests," said Patricia Washington, President & CEO of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association.

Tickets include a round-trip trolley ride and admission to Mount Vernon at a cost of $25 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at the Alexandria Visitors Center, 221 King Street, online at www.trustedtours.com or by phone at 202-832-9800.The Visitors Center is both a trolley ticket outlet and a warm waiting area located just across the street from the trolley boarding area. Visitors should look for the orange and green trolley on the corner of King Street and N. Fairfax Street in front of Market Square (301 King Street). The trolley departs Old Town on the hour from 9 am to 3 pm and returns from Mount Vernon on the half hour from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (Mount Vernon closes at 4 pm).

The Holiday Trolley unites George Washington's home at Mount Vernon with his adopted hometown of Alexandria into one richly authentic experience. With more than one million visitors a year, Mount Vernon is the most visited historic attraction in Northern Virginia while Old Town is a "best of" when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the first president. More than 140 locations in present-day Alexandria are associated with the nation's first president, who conducted business, gathered with friends, worshiped and even owned a townhouse in the city.

The special service is provided by Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington, DC in partnership with the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and George Washington's Mount Vernon.

DETAILS

WHAT: Mount Vernon Holiday Trolley

INFO: Trolley from Old Town Alexandria to Mount Vernon during the holiday season

DATES: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 29 to December 29, 2013
No service on Saturday, December 7 (Old Town's Scottish Christmas Walk parade day)
Special service on Thursday, December 26 (day after Christmas)

TIMES: Depart Old Town Alexandria 9 am to 3 pm on the hour
Return from Mount Vernon 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on the half hour

WHERE: Corner of King Street and N. Fairfax Street in front of Market Square
 near the Alexandria Visitors Center. Look for the orange and green trolley.

TICKETS: Tickets include round-trip trolley ride and admission to Mount Vernon
$25 adults; $8 children under 12

Purchase at:
Alexandria Visitors Center, 221 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314
202-832-9800
www.trustedtours.com

Holidays in Alexandria, VA
Named a Top 10 Christmas Town by HGTV and a "quintessential holiday getaway" by Baltimore Magazine, Alexandria dazzles with twinkling lights and festive boutique windows nestled in an extraordinary historic setting. Brick-lined streets teem with classic seasonal events, cozy eateries, and art and history venues. To plan a day or weekend in Alexandria, go to www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/holidays.

Holidays at Mount Vernon
George Washington's Mount Vernon joyfully decks the halls for Christmas at Mount Vernon, a special daytime program offered Thanksgiving weekend through January 6. Each day, visitors can tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, admire traditional decorations, watch historic chocolate-making demonstrations and meet the National Thanksgiving Turkey and Aladdin the Camel. (Fond of unusual animals and plants, George Washington paid 18 shillings in 1787 for a camel to temporarily live at Mount Vernon for his guests during Christmas). For more information, visit MountVernon.org/Christmas

About Old Town Trolley Tours
Washington, DC's original hop-on hop-off trolley tours since 1986, Old Town Trolley Tours is the best way to see the city, highlighting the best of DC with 20 stops and more than 100 points of interest.
www.TrolleyTours.com/washington-dc

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