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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

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

Alexandria's Holiday Market

  • December 21, 2014
  • 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

Santa Brunch

  • December 21, 2014
  • Times: 11am-2pm
  • Venue: Indigo Landing
  • Admission: $35 adults; $17.50 children 12 and under
  • 1 Marina Dr.
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-548-0001

Enjoy a festive occasion for the whole family - our sumptuous Sunday Brunch with holiday treats and a visit with Santa for the kids to share their holiday dreams.

A John Waters Christmas

  • December 22, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Birchmere
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $49.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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A John Waters Christmas

John Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult ... Learn More

Breakfast with Santa

  • December 22, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Recurring every week day
  • Times: 8:30-12:30PM
  • Venue: Union Street Public House
  • Admission: $10 per child ages 0-12, $15 per person 13+
  • 121 South Union Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-548-1785
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Breakfast with Santa

Have breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus before they take off for the big night. Ticket price is $10 per child (age 0-12) and $15 per person (age 13+) and includes a continental breakfast, visit ... Learn More

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services

  • December 24, 2014 to December 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Dec. 24/3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.; Dec. 25/10:00 a.m.
  • Venue: Christ Church
  • Admission: Free
  • 118 North Washington Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-549-1450
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services

Join in Christmas Eve worship services at 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 or 10:30 p.m. in the Historic Church where George Washington worshipped. Children are welcome at all services. The 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. ... Learn More

Christmas Eve Dinner

  • December 24, 2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: From: 5pm to 10pm
  • Venue: La Bergerie
  • 218 N. Lee Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-683-1007
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Christmas Eve Dinner

3 Course Dinner Menu, $69 per person (excluding tax/gratuity), strolling violinist, Children’s (12 & under) Menu - $18, reservations encouraged.

Celebrate New Year's Eve

Celebrate New Year's Eve

DJs and special menu!

First Night Alexandria: Potters' Art Family Program

First Night Alexandria: Potters' Art Family Program

Learn about Alexandria's salt-glazed potters at this fun, hands-on First Night Alexandria program. Discover the unique styles and techniques between H.C. Smith (1825-1841) and B.C. Milburn ... Learn More

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise Aboard Nina's Dandy

New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise Aboard Nina's Dandy

Ring in the New Year on the Potomac! Enjoy outstanding service, outstanding food and outstanding views of our Nation's majestic monuments while cruising aboard Nina's Dandy. Also enjoy outstanding ... Learn More

New Year's Eve Prayer Service

New Year's Eve Prayer Service

First Night Celebration in the Historic Church on Wednesday, December 31 at 10:00 p.m. is a New Year’s Eve Prayer Service with readings from the Bible and Charles Dickens’ "A ... Learn More

On-Going Events

Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market

  • December 21, 2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Fri/6-9pm; Sat/10am-4pm; Sun/12-4pm
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: FREE
  • 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
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Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market

Del Ray Artisans 19th Annual Holiday Market features handcrafted work from local artists; handmade ornaments to benefit Del Ray Artisans; plus a Bake Sale to benefit Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. ... Learn More

New Year'e Eve Celebration

  • December 31, 2014
  • Venue: Indigo Landing
  • Admission: $75 adults; $39 children 12 and under
  • 1 Marina Dr.
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-548-0001

Join us for a four course pre-fix menu, music, dancing and party favors!

New Year's Eve Dinner

  • December 31, 2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: From: 5pm to 10pm
  • Venue: La Bergerie
  • 218 N. Lee Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-683-1007
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New Year's Eve Dinner

4-course dinner, $99 per person (excluding tax/gratuity), strolling violinist, Children’s (12 & under) Menu - $18, reservations encouraged.

New Year's Eve Special

Celebrate New Year’s Eve, 2014 3-course Prix-fixe dinner $39.95/per person RSVP

 

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