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Top 10 Reasons to Visit This Holiday Season

Alexandria is home to some of the best and most authentic holiday traditions in the nation. From the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade to the bedecked historic streets, the city is chock-full of seasonal activities, one-of-a-kind shopping and festive treats, perfect for any weekend getaway. Because here, our hotel firesides are your new home for the holidays. History buffs, fashionistas and foodies alike all find extraordinary holiday experiences in Alexandria-here's how to find yours:


Holiday Stroll

1. Stroll King Street

Feel the holiday magic of historic King Street and marvel at the twinkling greenery, storefronts sparkling with elaborate displays, and centuries-old brick-lined avenues aglow with festive performances and the light of Alexandria’s Holiday Tree. ... Learn more

Scottish Santa

2. Scottish Christmas Walk

Don your plaid for the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, where Old Town is flooded with dozens of Scottish clans dressed in tartan, along with terriers, hounds and drum and pipe bands in this annual salute to Alexandria’s heritage.... Learn more

50 Gifts

3. Shop Small

Shop Alexandria’s independent boutiques for the perfect holiday gift, from handcrafted jewelry to artisanal olive oil, complete with personalized service and one-of-a-kind wares. ... Learn more

Holiday Boat Parade

4. Boat Parade of Lights

Cheer on your favorite vessels at the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights as the brightly-lit ships pass Alexandria’s historic harbor. ... Learn more

Chirstmas at Mount Vernon

5. Christmas at Mount Vernon

Celebrate the Christmas season at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and tour the mansion’s rarely-viewed third floor, relish chocolate-making demonstrations and meet Aladdin the camel.... Learn more

Dickens Christmas Carol

6. Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Catch Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale at MetroStage’s A Broadway Christmas Carol or the traditional A Christmas Carol at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.... Learn more


7. Festive Feasts

Delight in festive eats like hot chocolate, fruitcake and mulled wine with loved ones and good cheer at Alexandria’s cozy cafés and chef-driven restaurants tucked into 18th century buildings. ... Learn more

Candlelight Tours

8. Candlelight Tours

Embark on a candlelight tour of historic sites dressed for the holidays including Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Lee-Fendall House, and Carlyle House. ...

Holiday Craft Markets

9. Holiday Craft Markets

Discover original fine arts and crafts by local artists at one of Alexandria’s lively holiday markets, including the Del Ray Artisans’ Holiday Market, Alexandria’s Holiday Market in Carlyle, the Campagna Center’s Holiday Marketplace, and the Torpedo Factory’s artist’s market, with more than 80 studios open year-round. ...

First Night

10. First Night Alexandria

Join New Year’s Eve revelers at First Night Alexandria, when 22 Old Town locations including coffee shops, stores, hotels and museums turn into performance venues and fireworks light up the Potomac. ... Learn more


Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301 or 800-388-9119
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