Alexandria, Virginia, Celebrates the Holidays with Full Schedule of Festivites October 1, 2008
Media Release                                                                                                         CONTACT:
Emily Hellewell
ehellewell@visitalexva.com
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ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS
WITH FULL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 29, 2008) - Discover the wonders of the holidays in Alexandria, with a backdrop of historic warmth nestled in with contemporary flair. Holiday tree-lightings, candlelight tours, ornament workshops and parades are just a handful of the season's festivities. Check out the listing below or go to VisitAlexandriaVa.com for Alexandria's event calendar.

November 28 - December 14
MOUNT VERNON BY CANDLELIGHT

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703.780.2000, MountVernon.org
During this holiday program, visitors learn about the Washingtons' Christmas traditions; tour the candlelit Mansion including the rarely-seen third floor; and meet historical characters including Martha Washington. On the grounds, guests enjoy caroling around a roaring campfire. This is the only time of the year that Mount Vernon is open exclusively for public evening tours 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets are on sale beginning November 1st.
Entrance Fee. Reservations Required

November 28 - January 6
CHRISTMAS AT MOUNT VERNON

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703.780.2000, MountVernon.org
Mount Vernon is joyfully decking the halls for "Christmas at Mount Vernon," a special daytime program offered from Thanksgiving Day weekend through the Twelve Days of Christmas. Exciting additions this year include a dozen themed Christmas trees, a gingerbread Mount Vernon by former White House pastry chef Ronald Mesnier, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and a Christmas camel just like George Washington had on the grounds during Christmas 1787! The popular tradition continues on opening the rarely-seen third floor of the Mansion and inviting visitors to meet the charming "Mrs. Washington." Entrance Fee

December 4
TORPEDO FACTORY ART CENTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Galleries are open for holiday shopping plus music, refreshments and drawings for prizes at this annual party. Free! 6-9 p.m.

December 4-6
38TH ANNUAL CAMPAGNA CENTER SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK WEEKEND

George Washington Masonic Memorial & throughout Old Town
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301
703.549.0111, ScottishChristmasWalk.com
Even the dogs wear kilts during the annual Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria, Virginia. On December 6, more than 120 Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans will parade through the streets of Old Town led by Willard Scott as Grand Marshal. They'll be joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, as well as terriers and hounds of every description.
The weekend's festivities include a children's tea, a Celtic concert, a marketplace, the Holiday Designer Tour of Homes, Santa's Workshop, and a scotch tasting-the Taste of Scotland,
Proceeds go to support the Campagna Center's programs for underserved children and families.
For detailed schedule information on all Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend events, go to ScottishChristmasWalk.com or call (703) 548-0111.

December 6
BURKE & HERBERT HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS

Alexandria Marina
703.838.5005, VisitAlexandriaVa.org
On Saturday, December 6, 2009, 50 powerboats, sailboats and the District's fireboat, the John Glenn spouting water 70 feet into the air, will parade down the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., to Alexandria fully decked out in holiday spirit and cheer for the 9th annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Beginning at 5pm in the Washington Channel (between East Potomac Park and the Southwest Waterfront), the parade will head to the Alexandria waterfront marina by 6pm. The brightly lit boats are creatively decorated as they compete in categories such as "Best in Show," "Best Thinking Outside the Christmas Box," and "Hardiest Souls." The best place to view the parade is the docks of the Alexandria marina, as parade concludes there and many of the boats will tie up in the harbor. The festivities begin at 4pm in Alexandria marina with entertainment, live music and Santa.

December 6
HOLIDAY ON THE AVENUE

The Del Ray neighborhood welcomes the holidays with its holiday tree lighting and luminaria lining Mount Vernon Avenue. 6 p.m. Free

December 6
AMERICAN REVOLUTION RE-ENACTMENT: A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS

Carlyle House Historic Park
121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.549.2997, NVRPA.org/Parks/CarlyleHouse/index.php
The "Soldier's Christmas" program features re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, as well as costumed interpreters from the Carlyle House. Noon-4 p.m. Entrance Fee

December 6
ORNAMENT DECORATING WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES

Alexandria Archaeology Museum
105 North Union Street, #327, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4399, AlexandriaArchaeology.org
Be inspired to decorate take-home, artifact-shaped dough ornaments based on colors and patterns from the Alexandria Archaeaology Museum's collection of excavated artifacts. 1-4 p.m. Free

December 12-13
GUNSTON HALL PLANTATION CHRISTMAS AND YULETIDE DINNER

Gunston Hall
10709 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck, VA 22079
703.550.9220, GunstonHall.org
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. While enjoying Plantation Christmas, indulge in a delicious Yuletide Dinner. Reservations are necessary. Entrance Fee

December 13
CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS IN CAMP

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
703.838.4848, FortWard.org
Holiday event interprets how Christmas was observed 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 13
HISTORIC ALEXANDRIA CANDLELIGHT TOURS

Gadsby's Tavern Museum
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4242, HistoricAlexandria.org
Tour Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and Old Presbyterian Meeting House by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. Tour times are from 5-9 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) and $5 for children (ages 6-17). Pre-sale tickets, $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, are available before December 1. Reservations are recommended.

December 13
KWANZAA CRAFT WORKSHOP

Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4356, AlexBlackhistory.org
Join the Alexandria Black History Museum staff in a fun interactive program that will guide you through a review of the principles of this unique 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 12:30 p.m. Free

December 21
HOLIDAY FAVORITES WITH THE COLONIAL HANDBELL RINGERS

The Lyceum
201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.838.4994, 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. 2 and 4 p.m. Free

December 31
FIRST NIGHT ALEXANDRIA

FirstNightAlexandria.org
First Night Alexandria is a celebration of the New Year through the performing arts. Coffee shops, retail stores, office lobbies, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional talent. This year there will be approximately 70 acts on nearly 40 stages from the Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout and Bill Kirchen and the Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods, the Grandsons, the Hula Monsters and many more. Kid and teen-friendly activities draw families to this alcohol-free, city-wide event. At midnight fireworks at the George Washington Masonic Memorial celebrate the New Year. 6 p.m. to midnight. Entrance fee, adults 13 and older.


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