Alexandria Celebrates the Holidays with Full Schedule of Festivities July 7, 2009
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ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS
WITH FULL SCHEDULE OF FESTIVITES
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ALEXANDRIA, VA (July 7, 2009) - Discover the wonders of the holidays in Alexandria. Celebrate the season with holiday tree-lightings, candlelight tours, ornament workshops, parades and more. Check out the listing below or go to www.visitalexandriava.com/ for Alexandria's event calendar.


November 27-29; December 4-6 and 11-13
MOUNT VERNON BY CANDLELIGHT

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703.780.2000, www.MountVernon.org
Mrs. Washington hosts an enchanting evening of candlelit tours! Lantern-lit lanes, hot cider, and ginger cookies recall the charm of days gone by, while caroling around a roaring fire and early-American music bring merry melody to the holiday season. During Mount Vernon by Candlelight, visitors can tour the first and second floors of the Mansion. This is the only time of the year when the estate is open to the public for special evening tours. Ticket sales begin November 1 at Mount Vernon's Ford Orientation Center or online at MountVernon.org. 5-8 p.m. Adults: $18; Children 11 and under: $12.


November 27, 2009 - January 6, 2010
CHRISTMAS AT MOUNT VERNON

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703.780.2000, www.MountVernon.org
The halls are decked for Christmas at Mount Vernon, a special daytime program offered from Thanksgiving Day weekend through the Twelve Days of Christmas. Exciting additions include a dozen themed Christmas trees, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, and 18th-century dancing! The popular tradition continues on opening the rarely-seen third floor of the Mansion and inviting visitors to meet the charming "Mrs. Washington." Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Christmas at Mount Vernon is included in regular Estate admission: $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-11, and free for children under 6.


December 3
TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4565, www.TorpedoFactory.org
Studios and galleries are open for holiday shopping plus music, refreshments and drawings for prizes at this annual party. 6-9 p.m. Free


December 4- 5
39TH ANNUAL CAMPAGNA CENTER SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK PARADE AND WEEKEND

Throughout Old Town
703.549.0111, www.ScottishChristmasWalk.com
Even the dogs wear kilts during the annual Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria, Virginia. On December 5, more than 100 Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans will parade through the streets of Old Town. They'll be joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, as well as terriers and hounds of every description.
Parade: Saturday, December 5 starting at 11 a.m.
Christmas Marketplace: Friday, December 4, all day, George Washington Masonic Memorial.
Taste of Scotland: Friday, December 4, evening, George Washington Masonic Memorial.
All events are free


December 5
10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS

Alexandria Marina
703.746.3301, www.VisitAlexandriaVA.org
Alexandria's harbor sparkles when brightly lit boats cruise along the Potomac River at the City's historic waterfront. Festivities begin in the afternoon; boat parade is at dusk at Alexandria marina at the foot of Cameron St., behind the Torpedo Factory. Free


December 5
HOLIDAY ON THE AVENUE

Mount Vernon Avenue, between Nelson Avenue and W. Glebe Road
www.VisitDelRay.com
Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood gets into the festive spirit with Holiday on the Avenue. Many local businesses around the one-mile stretch of Mount Vernon Avenue feature all-day events and stay open until 9 p.m. The Del Ray tree lighting is at 6 p.m. at Colosanto Park at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue. Then follow Santa down the luminary-lit Mount Vernon Avenue. Kids can sit on Santa's lap for a photo at the end of the walk. Join in the caroling and stop in the shops for a hot drink. Free


December 5
A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS

Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.549.2997, http://www.nvrpa.org/park/carlyle_house_historic_park/
The "Soldier's Christmas" program will feature re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, as well as interpreters from the Carlyle House and will highlight life in Alexandria during the holidays at the time of the American Revolution. Activities include demonstrations of military drill, fife and drum music, gaming, and cooking. The Regimental surgeon will discuss Continental Army medicine and demonstrate 18th-century surgical instruments in the basement, while officers and ladies entertain guests in the dining room. Activities and games for children. Noon-4 p.m. $5 suggested donation.


December 5
ORNAMENT DECORATING WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES

Alexandria Archaeology Museum (inside the Torpedo Factory)
105 N. Union Street, #327, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4399, www.AlexandriaArchaeology.org
Be inspired by the colors and patterns of pottery excavated in Alexandria and make a memorable holiday keepsake. Participants can decorate and take home dough ornaments which are shaped like artifacts from the museum's own collection. Great for families. 1-4 p.m. Free


December 11-12
GUNSTON HALL PLANTATION CHRISTMAS AND YULETIDE DINNER

Gunston Hall
10709 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck, VA 22079
703.550.9220, www.GunstonHall.org
Plantation Christmas: Experience the hospitality of an 18th-century plantation holiday. Lanterns will line the path that takes you to George Mason's home. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sip warm cider by the fire and sample period foods prepared in the colonial hearth kitchen. Costumed characters will greet you in the house and throughout the grounds. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission: Adults $15; Children 6-18 years, $8; Children 2-5 years, $2. Reservations not required.
Yuletide Dinner: While celebrating Plantation Christmas, indulge in delicious a traditional fare of a full complement of courses served in a candlelit tavern setting. Friday December 11, 6:30 and 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 12, 4:30, 6, and 8 p.m. Admission includes admittance to Plantation Christmas. Adults, 11 and older $49.95; Children 6-10 years, $24.95; 2-5 years $9.95. Reservations required.


December 12-13
HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA CANDLELIGHT TOURS

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4242, www.HistoricAlexandria.org
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and experience the unique charm and history at Old Town Alexandria's most popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and the Apothecary Museum by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. Sunday features kid-friendly tours. Tour times are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) and $5 for children (ages 6-17). Pre-sale discounts, $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, are available before December 1.


December 12
CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS IN CAMP

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
703.838.4848, www.FortWard.org
Learn how soldiers and families celebrated Christmas during the Civil War. Features a patriotic Santa Claus, living history interpreters, Victorian tree and decorations, period music, light refreshments and reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Guided tours of the fort, weather permitting. 12-4 p.m. Suggested donation $2 adults, $1 for kids.


December 12
KWANZAA CRAFT WORKSHOP

Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4356, www.AlexBlackHistory.org
Join the Alexandria Black History Museum staff in a fun interactive program that will guide you through the principles of this African American holiday as well as instruct you in ways to make Kwanzaa gifts called Zawadi. All supplies will be provided. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free


December 12
THE BLACK CANDLE: A KWANZAA CELEBRATION FILM SCREENING

Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4356, www.AlexBlackHistory.org
Filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, the documentary The Black Candle is a timely illumination on why the seven principles of Kwanzaa are so important to African-Americans today. The movie traces the holiday's growth out of the Black Power movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free


December 20
HOLIDAY FAVORITES WITH THE COLONIAL HANDBELL RINGERS

The Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum
201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4994, www.AlexandriaHistory.org
Join the Colonial Handbell Ringers as they play more than 60 bronze bells. Musical selections include Christmas classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Feliz Navidad," and "Frosty the Snowman." Sing along with your favorite Christmas carols. Two one-hour shows! First at 2 p.m. and then repeated at 4 p.m. Free


December 31
FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA

Throughout Old Town
703.746.3301, www.visitalexandriava.com/ or www.FirstNightAlexandria.org
New Year's Eve celebration with music, dance, performing arts for all ages with more than 100 performances in 25 indoor venues throughout Old Town. All ages are welcome and all venues are alcohol free. 6 p.m. to midnight. Fireworks at midnight. Entrance fee

 

Media Contact: Emily Hellewell, 703.746.3309, EHellewell@VisitAlexVA.com

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