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Winter Holidays in Alexandria

Feel transported by an old fashioned sense of holiday wonder on Old Town Alexandria's brick-lined streets and historic waterfront, with festive events, twinkle-lit trees and shopping at local boutiques. Alexandria is famous for its holiday traditions and events, including the Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade with dozens of Scottish clans in tartan, the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River, and First Night Alexandria, a spectacular New Year's celebration with 100 performances and a fireworks finale. Independent boutiques kick off the shopping season with a one-of-a-kind Black Friday event, where windows lit with holiday decorations sparkle with storewide deals. Named a Top 10 Christmas Town by HGTV, Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience - the way it was meant to be.

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Featured Events

Ornament Decorating at Friendship Firehouse

  • November 08, 2014 to November 22, 2014
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Friendship Firehouse
  • Venue: Friendship Firehouse
  • Admission: $2 includes ornament
  • 107 S. Alfred Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-746-4994
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Ornament Decorating at Friendship Firehouse

The Friendship Firehouse Museum is offering ornament decorating on Saturday November 8, 15, and 22, from 1-4 p.m. Participants can decorate and take home dough ornaments made in shapes inspired by ... Learn More

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Join "Mrs. Washington" as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours, fireside caroling and festive treats. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. ... Learn More

Waterskiing Santa Comes to Old Town Alexandria

  • December 24, 2014
  • Times: 1 p.m. (Pre-show at 12:45 p.m.)
  • Location: Alexandria’s Waterfront between King and Oronoco streets, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Admission: Free
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Waterskiing Santa Comes to Old Town Alexandria

Now in its 29th year, this favorite DC-area Christmas Eve event comes to Old Town Alexandria for the very first time. Gather at Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront for a spectacular show by the ... Learn More

Happening This Month

Pre-Advent Quiet Day

We welcome Ms. Carter Echols, former canon at the National Cathedral and canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of New Jersey, for an exploration of the mystery of the Incarnation and the ways our daily ... Learn More

Santa & Mrs. Claus visit fibre space

Santa & Mrs. Claus visit fibre space

Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting fibre space! Bring your children out to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. They can also get their photo taken, with plenty of time to make your holiday cards. (Digital or ... Learn More

Thanksgiving Lunch Cruise

  • November 27, 2014
  • Times: Sailing 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. with boarding at 11:30 a.m.
  • Venue: Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships
  • Admission: $70.00 which includes two and half hour cruise, traditional Thanksgiving meal, tax and gratuity
  • Zero Prince Street (1 Prince Street for GPS purposes)
  • Alexandria, VA 22485
  • Phone: 703-683-6076
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Thanksgiving Lunch Cruise

The flavors of Thanksgiving . . . Family, Friends and Food. Celebrate them all aboard Nina's Dandy! Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal of Roasted Turkey, Virginia Ham, Stuffing, Yams, Mashed ... Learn More

Black Friday Sale and Festivities

  • November 28, 2014
  • Times: 6 a.m. and all day
  • Location: Old Town Alexandria
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 703-746-3301
Black Friday Sale and Festivities

Local boutiques will open early, offering once-a-year deals to lure shoppers to Alexandria. Last year saw more than 50 participating local boutiques, encouraging shoppers to choose smaller stores. ... Learn More

Black Friday Sale!

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and the largest single sale you will ever find at fibre space.™ Don’t fight the mall traffic and crowds this ... Learn More

Small Business Saturday

  • November 29, 2014
  • Times: all day
  • Location: Old Town Alexandria
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 703-746-3301
Small Business Saturday

For Small Business Saturday, over 40 of Alexandria's independent boutiques will offer special promotions, gifts with purchase, complimentary services, treats, and/or festive activities inside their ... Learn More

Alexandria's Holiday Market

  • December 05, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11am - 8pm
  • Location: John Carlyle Square
  • Admission: FREE
  • 300 John Carlyle Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
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Alexandria's Holiday Market

Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the Carlyle District into a lively outdoor Holiday Market. While shopping for unique art and craft items for your ... Learn More

Deck the Halls with Santa: Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

  • December 05, 2014
  • Times: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Venue: Campagna Center
  • Admission: $35.00 adults; $20 children
  • 101 Callahan Drive
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Phone: 703-549-0111
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Deck the Halls with Santa:  Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

Looking for a way to involve children in the holiday celebrations? Look no further than our Deck the Halls event for a fun-filled afternoon full of arts & crafts, musical entertainment, and a ... Learn More

Heather and Greens Sale: Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

  • December 05, 2014
  • Times: Friday, 9 am-5 pm; Saturday, 8 am-4 pm
  • Venue: Campagna Center
  • 418 South Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-549-0111
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Heather and Greens Sale: Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

Purchase fresh heather bundles or a variety of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and much more to add festive flair to any home or office this holiday season. Pre-orders will be available online for quick ... Learn More

Taste of Scotland: Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

  • December 05, 2014
  • Times: 6:30 pm - 11 pm
  • Venue: Campagna Center
  • Admission: Patron Tickets: $180/person ($100 tax deductible) or $290/couple ($150 tax deductible); General Admission Tickets: $110/person ($50 tax deductible)
  • 101 Callahan Drive
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Phone: 703-549-0111
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Taste of Scotland:  Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

Attended by nearly 500 guests annually, this merry event at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple features a Scotch tasting menu including a variety of Scotches direct from Scotland ... Learn More

The Art League Presents Artfête

  • December 05, 2014 to December 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Open House and Holiday Party: Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Ceramics Sale: Friday, noon-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Jewelry Sale: Friday, noon-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Location: The Art League’s Madison Annex
  • Admission: Free
  • 305 Madison Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-683-2323
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The Art League Presents Artfête

The Art League helps kick off the holiday season with an annual art celebration and open house featuring exhibits, live music, artist demonstrations, steamroller printing and refreshments, as well as ... Learn More

A Soldier's Christmas

  • December 06, 2014
  • Times: 12 - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Carlyle House
  • Venue: Carlyle House
  • Admission: Free
  • 121 N. Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-549-2997
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A Soldier's Christmas

The "Soldier's Christmas" event will feature re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, as well as costumed interpreters from historic Carlyle House who will highlight colonial life in ... Learn More

Annual Family Ornament Decorating Workshop

  • December 06, 2014
  • Times: 1:00-4:00pm
  • Venue: Alexandria Archaeology
  • Admission: Free!
  • 105 North Union Street, #327
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-746-4399
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Annual Family Ornament Decorating Workshop

Decorate a take-home artifact-shaped dough ornament inspired by colors and patterns from the City’s finest collection of 18th and 19th century excavated artifacts. It’s fun, free, and for ... Learn More

Holiday Marketplace: Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

  • December 06, 2014
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Venue: Campagna Center
  • 418 South Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-549-0111
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Holiday Marketplace:  Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

This fun, festive marketplace features a unique collection of regional artists, crafters and boutique businesses. A complete list of vendors will be available on the website.

Holiday on the Avenue in Del Ray

  • December 06, 2014
  • Times: 6-9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Along Mount Vernon Ave. in Del Ray
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-683-2570
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Holiday on the Avenue in Del Ray

Discover your holiday spirit with a visit to Del Ray for the annual holiday tree lighting and a special appearance by Santa Claus, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. The ... Learn More

Old Town Holiday Home Tours: Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

Old Town Holiday Home Tours: Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stroll through some of Old Town Alexandria’s most splendid historic homes decked out for the holidays by acclaimed interior designers and local ... Learn More

Plantation Christmas at Gunston Hall

Plantation Christmas at Gunston Hall

Let the Christmas Past become part of your Christmas Present! Ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sip warm cider by the fire, and sample period food prepared in the hearth kitchen. Return to the 18th ... Learn More

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