2018 Holiday Events in Alexandria, Virginia November 8, 2018

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2018 Holiday Events in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Enchants Visitors with Nostalgic Holiday Wonder 

Alexandria, VA—Just minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, recently named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, is filled with nostalgic wonder during the holiday season. In historic Old Town Alexandria, twinkling lights shine in the trees above brick-lined streets and dozens of independent boutiques welcome you with greenery at their doorsteps, offering everything from chic fashions and home décor to classic toys and gifts for dogs. Seasonal favorites happening throughout Alexandria and at the city’s historic waterfront include the Campagna Center’s 48thAnnual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade with dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans, the 19th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River, and the 24th Annual First Night Alexandria, a spectacular New Year’s celebration with more than 150 performances and a fireworks finale. 

Kick off the holiday shopping season in the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters with a bigger-than-ever Small Business Saturday, returning for a second year Museum Store Sunday, plus Alexandria’s alternative Black Friday experience. For parades, candlelight tours, festive performances and more, check out the upcoming events below. Named one of America’s Top Holiday Towns by USA Today and a Top 10 Christmas Town by HGTV, strolling historic King Street is like being in a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair, cozy cafés, and chef-driven restaurants tucked into 18th-century buildings to warm up with loved ones and good cheer. 

For more holiday events and activities, visit www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/holidays

Top Events:

48th Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade         
November 30-December 1, 2018 at various times; parade is December 1, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Admission: Free for parade and Heather and Greens Sales; $180-$290 for Taste of Scotland; $40 for Holiday Home Tours
Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-0111
www.CampagnaCenter.org/ScottishWalkWeekend  

Don’t miss Old Town Alexandria’s most spectacular holiday weekend! In 1749, the City of Alexandria was officially established by three Scottish merchants and named after its original founder, John Alexander, also of Scottish descent. Today, the city continues celebrating its heritage with a weekend of festivities. The Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11 a.m., when dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, as well as terriers and hounds. The parade, which takes place rain or shine, begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square with a massed band concert. 

More weekend events include the Taste of Scotland scotch tasting (November 30), a holiday Heather and Greens Sales (December 1) and Holiday Home Tours (December 1). The Campagna Center partners with Mazda North America, the Scottish Government, the St. Andrews Society, the City of Alexandria, and The Campagna Center’s 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year, Passport Auto Group, to host the annual parade. Consistently ranked by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events in the South, this event has grown from a small informal parade to an entire weekend filled with events and festivities. Join the conversation online by using #SCWW18. 

19th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights                   
December 1, 2018, parade at 5:30 p.m. 
Admission: Free
Alexandria City Marina, 0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314
Parade viewing areas: Founders Park (351 North Union Street), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron Street), Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street), Shipyard/Harborside Park (1 Wilkes Street), and Ford’s Landing Park (99 Franklin Street)
703-746-3301
www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/BoatParade   

On the day of the Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, Alexandria's historic waterfront shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River for the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, which was named a Top 10 Best Holiday Parade by the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards in 2017. Tommy McFly of TommyShow.com and NBC4 will serve as the parade announcer. Enjoy festivities at the Alexandria City Marina from 4 to 8 p.m., including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company featuring their popular seasonal Tidings Ale, a pop-up Vola’s Dockside Grill and giveaways from Lyft, which is also offering 20% off your ride to the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights with the code HOLIDAYPARADE18!. Take part in a Letters to Santa postcard pop-up from paper goods boutique Penny Post, a DIY holiday wood ornament craft activity from AR Workshop Alexandria and a hot chocolate bar from Dolci Gelati. Parade-goers are invited to step into the Torpedo Factory Art Center, located at the Alexandria City Marina, for their annual holiday festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. 

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is part of a Potomac River holiday tradition with The District’s Holiday Boat Parade taking place at The Wharf in Washington, D.C. the same evening at 7 p.m.

Waterskiing Santa   
December 24, 2018, 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
Alexandria’s Waterfront from the Alexandria City Marina and Waterfront Park, Alexandria, VA 22314
www.WaterskiingSanta.com   

Now in its 33rd year, this favorite D.C.-area Christmas Eve event returns to Old Town Alexandria. Gather along historic Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront for a spectacular show by Waterskiing Santa and his merry crew. The prime viewing area is the Alexandria City Marina and Waterfront Park. Come early to see the pre-show (on jet skis) and stay afterwards to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and their merry crew by the Christmas Tree.  

First Night Alexandria  
December 31, 2018, from 2 p.m. to midnight
Admission: $25 through November 30, 2018; $30 December 1-30, 2018; $35 December 31, 2018
Afternoon activities: 2-5 p.m. including the 10th Annual First Night Alexandria Fun Hunt
Performances: 7 p.m.-midnight at warm indoor venues throughout Alexandria 
Midnight fireworks: Potomac River at the foot of King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3299
www.FirstNightAlexandria.com   

This annual New Year’s Eve music festival and more takes over Old Town Alexandria with more than 150 performances at 25 warm indoor venues. Come enjoy the Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun Band, Vaughan Ambrose Trio, Magician Mike Rose, R&R DJs and many more entertainers while dancing into the New Year with DJ Ray Casiano. The afternoon’s 10th Annual First Night Alexandria Fun Hunt is a fun way to explore Old Town and take a chance on winning great prizes. From 6 to 9 p.m., families with children 12 years old and younger can enjoy the “Kids Karnival” at Charles Houston (Old Town), William Ramsay (West End) and Mount Vernon (Del Ray) Recreation Centers. There will be face painting, balloons, special hosts in costumes along with carnival styled games, dancing and fun. Join us for dancing on King Street near the waterfront beginning at 10 p.m. This safe, family-friendly and fun-filled day culminates with a spectacular First Night fireworks finale over the Potomac River at midnight.  

More Holiday Events:  

Friendship Firehouse Museum’s Kid’s Krafts Day
November 17, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $5 per child; $2 per adult
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
www.AlexandriaVA.gov/FriendshipFirehouse  

Come create and take home craft and ornament projects inspired by early firefighting history. They will be great gifts for the holidays or any time of year! For ages 4-8 and their caregivers. Children and caregivers work on crafts and visit the historic firehouse together. Purchase tickets online at Alexandriava.gov/Shop.  

Alexandria Cider Festival
November 17, 2018, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Admission: $45
Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4554
www.AlexandriaVA.gov/Shop   

Enjoy a selection of ciders from more than 12 Virginia cideries. Ticket includes tastings, a souvenir glass, live music and fun fall activities. Food trucks will also be on-site. Additional tasting tickets and special tasting lectures available for purchase onsite. Dress for the weather as this event is outdoors. 

“Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush” at MetroStage
November 20-December 23, 2018 at various times
Admission: $55
MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-9044
www.MetroStage.org 

The Old Bull and Bush Public House is alive with British music hall songs and carols, corny jokes and funny sketches, tuneful melodies, sing-a-longs and sausage rolls! Celebrate the holidays with Florrie Forde, the most famous music hall star of the era, and her troupe of British performers.

Black Friday Alexandria               
November 23, 2018
Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray 
VisitAlexandriaVA.com/BlackFriday          

Alexandria’s alternative Black Friday experience features more than 50 independent boutiques kicking off the holiday shopping season with one-of-a-kind deals on designer and coveted merchandise, including home décor, chic fashions, gourmet food, classic toys and gifts for dogsStore offers vary, with special discounts throughout the day and more than 10 boutiques opening at 6 a.m., including Bellacara, The Shoe Hive, The Hive, fibre space, Red Barn, Penny Post and Pacers. Sugar Shack Donuts will also open at 6 a.m. and is offering a free house donut with the purchase of any seasonal holiday drink. The Old Town Boutique District celebrates with Plaid Friday, a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to big box stores’ Black Friday that is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays. Look for the plaid bow outside all Old Town Boutique District stores to see which stores are participating and shop local this holiday season. After the shopping is done, stay for the popular City of Alexandria Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on historic Market Square. As the official kick-off to the holiday season in Alexandria, the ceremony includes a welcome by the Town Crier, Santa’s Frosty Follies performance by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center and a special visit from Santa. 

City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony                        
November 23, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-5592
www.AlexandriaVA.gov   

An official city event at which the City tree is lit, the program includes a welcome by the Town Crier, the mayor and other city officials, a visit by Santa and a Santa’s Frosty Follies performance by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center for residents and visitors to open the holiday season.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight                  
November 23-24 and 30 and December 1, 7, 8 and 16, 2018 at various times
Admission: $25 for adults (ages 12 and up); $17 for youth (ages 6-11)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org/CandleLight 

Join Mount Vernon's residents and visitors for a festive evening. The experience begins in the Ford Orientation Center, where you can enjoy the sounds of the holiday season and view spectacular Christmas trees highlighting the lives of the Washingtons. Light concessions will be available for purchase. When your tour begins, you will be guided into the 18th century for a lantern-lit tour of the historic area, where you will see the Slave Quarters and the Blacksmith Shop. Inside the Mansion, Martha Washington and other Mount Vernon residents will welcome you into their home and share stories of past Christmases. After the tour concludes, continue the experience by visiting the Greenhouse and participating in 18th-century dancing, just as the Washingtons might have done during the holidays. Enjoy cookies while sipping warm cider, listening to fireside caroling, and paying a visit to Aladdin the Christmas camel. The evening will conclude with live music in the Education Center Lobby and an opportunity to visit the Education Center exhibits and The Shops. 

Small Business Saturday in Alexandria                 
November 24, 2018
Throughout Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray
VisitalexandriaVA.com/SmallBusinessSaturday   

Small Business Saturday is bigger than ever in the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters, where more than 50 independently owned boutiques in Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray will offer special in-store activities. The popular Elf Prize Patrol returns from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. treating shoppers in Old Town and Del Ray with surprise giveaways. Other highlights include free parking at parking meters, pop-up musical performances by The Alexandria Singers and the Alexandria Citizens Band from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., a postcard pop-up from Penny Post, special activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, hands-on arts activities by the Mobile Art Lab and holiday tunes and cheer by DJ Josh Goldman. Small Business Saturday in Alexandria is a partnership of Visit Alexandria, the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Old Town Boutique District and the Del Ray Business Association. 

Photos with Santa in Old Town Alexandria
November 24, December 8, December 15 and December 22, 2018, from 12 pm to 3 pm.
Admission: Advance reservation required. To reserve a 10-minute slot for your child to meet with Santa, make any size donation to the bookstore’s special Santa account, which will be used to provide books, toys and games for the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program’s Holiday Party.
Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-4092
www.Hooray4Books.com  

The region’s most beloved Santa and Mrs. Claus return to Old Town Alexandria to take keepsake photos with children. Expanded this year to include four Saturdays, Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome families starting on Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2018, and from December 8 through December 22, 2018. Advance reservation is required. To reserve a 10-minute slot for your child to meet with Santa, make any size donation to the bookstore’s special Santa account, which will be used to provide books, toys and games for the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program’s Holiday Party. The photographer from local studio Tisara Photography has been invited to take pictures for you at these events. Photos with Santa in Old Town Alexandria is presented by the King Street Corridor Initiative and Hooray for Books! 

Museum Store Sunday in Historic Alexandria   
November 25, 2018
Admission: Free to browse
Hours vary by site
Various locations
www.VisitAlexandria.com/MuseumStoreSunday   

Visit your favorite historic Alexandria museums for Museum Store Sunday, the day after Small Business Saturday, for unique and historically inspired gifts with special offers, seasonal refreshments and more. Participating museum stores include the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, Friendship Firehouse Museum, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria Black History Museum, Fort Ward Museum, Freedom House Museum, and the Carlyle House. The museums of historic Alexandria are pleased to participate in this international campaign led by the Museum Store Association. 

Del Ray Artisans’ 23rd Annual Holiday Market
November 30-December 2, December 7-9 and December 14-16, 2018; Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Admission: Free to browse
Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
703-838-4827
www.DelRayArtisans.org 

Del Ray Artisans’ Annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, including pottery/ceramics, photography, jewelry, fiber, paper crafts and glass. Different artists will be featured each weekend.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “A Christmas Carol”
November 30-December 16, 2018 at various times
Admission: $20
The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-0496  
www.TheLittleTheatre.com  

The Little Theatre of Alexandria rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable, bitter old miser travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim, “A Christmas Carol” is a must-see for the entire family.

Story Time for Little Historians
December 1, 2018, 11 a.m.
Admission: $3 suggested donation
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4356
AlexandriaVA.gov/BlackHistory 

Bring your little learners to the Alexandria Black History Museum for cultural stories and creative craft activities that introduce world history and folklore. Story time will take place every first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. in the Watson Reading Room (located next door to the museum.) Explore our museum exhibits afterwards to learn about local Black History. All ages are welcome, but the event is most suitable for children 3-6 years old.

Christmastide at Gunston Hall
December 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for children; Friends of Gunston Hall receive a 50% discount 
Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck, VA 22079
703-550-9220
www.GunstonHall.org   

Explore Gunston Hall this holiday season, and experience the celebrations for its inhabitants of two very different centuries. Join the Mason family in a simple, unadorned Christmas in the 1780s, and Mr. and Mrs. Hertle's glittering festivities in the 1920s. Enjoy period music in the Mansion and the Visitor Center, dig your hands into some 18th and 20th century holiday craft activities, and sample 18th-century style fare. Sing along with Christmas carols you already know and appreciate the melodies of 18th-century holiday hymns. Plus, families can visit with Santa Claus in the Visitor Center and pick up last minute gifts in the museum shop. 

Scottish Walk Open House at The Apothecary  
December 1, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3852
AlexandriaVA.gov/Apothecary 

Tour the historic Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and learn about this family-run business and the products they sold to the residents of Alexandria between 1792 and 1933. Special guests The Schod Family Apothecary will demonstrate the making of 19th century apothecary products. Don’t miss the Apothecary’s museum shop, which is filled with fun, creative and unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list! 

Ship Biscuit Ornament Making
December 1, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street #327, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4399
www.AlexandriaArchaeology.org 

An almost completely intact ship’s biscuit from the 18th century was found in Alexandria last year. To commemorate the discovery, visitors are invited to make their own ship’s biscuit. Each biscuit will be stamped with the year and then baked at home to track its preservation. No registration required. While supplies last. 

Holidays on the Avenue in Del Ray
December 1, 2018, 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Pat Miller Neighborhood Square at Mount Vernon Avenue and E. Oxford Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
703-683-2570
www.VisitDelRay.com   

Kick off the holidays with a visit to Del Ray for the annual holiday tree lighting, featuring a special appearance by Santa Claus who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Continue the celebration and start your holiday shopping with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias. Pick your favorite in the neighborhood business association's annual Christmas tree decorating contest.

Portside Fitness: Alexandria Holiday Sweater Run
December 2, 2018 at 8 a.m. followed by brunch at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Admission: Free to run; ticket required for brunch at Chadwicks  
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Chadwicks, 203 Strand St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-1463
www.RunPacers.com  

Everyone knows the holidays are made for friends, fun, running and delicious food. Join Pacers Running, the City of Alexandria and Chadwicks at Waterfront Park on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 8 a.m. for a run. All paces are welcome, and no ticket is required to join the run. Come out in your holiday finest (running shoes strongly encouraged!). The run route will take you south through Old Town on Union Street and then connect to the George Washington Memorial Parkway Trail. There will be different turnarounds options from 4 miles up 20 miles—plenty of options to fit your training goals. Tickets are required for a seat at Chadwicks’ "Run then Brunch." One run group will have brunch at 9 a.m. and the second group will go at 10 a.m. Come in your holiday sweater to receive 20% off your tab. Brunch seating is limited, so make plans with your running crew now and secure a ticket to attend. For more information, visit www.RunPacers.com. Join the conversation online: #ForEveryRun #holidaycelebrate.   

Del Ray Holiday Pop-Up Market 
December 2, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Pat Miller Neighborhood Square at Mount Vernon Avenue and E. Oxford Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
703-683-2570
www.VisitDelRay.com 

Find the perfect gift at this pop-up market featuring local artisans and at-home entrepreneurs. 

Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out
December 6, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Throughout Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
703-683-2570
www.VisitDelRay.com 

Shop local and enjoy special promotions while sipping Virginia wine.

Believe: Our Holiday Pops Concert
December 7 and 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. on Saturday
Admission: $25 premium reserved seating; $20 general admission; $15 groups of 10+, free children 5 and under
Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302
www.AlexandriaSingers.com 

Join the Alexandria Singers for its annual holiday pops concert weekend as they weave pop and jazz arrangements of traditional holiday classics with new tunes that will instantly become your holiday favorites. 

Alexandria Black History Museum’s How to Celebrate Kwanzaa Workshop
December 8, 2018, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission: $2
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4356
AlexandriaVA.gov/BlackHistory  

Have you ever wanted to celebrate Kwanzaa, but are not sure how to begin? Join the staff of the Alexandria Black History Museum and Marilyn Patterson, CEO of Joyous Events, for an informative morning that includes the history of Kwanzaa, and hints on easy to make crafts, games, gifts, recipes and holiday decorating.

Civil War Christmas in Camp
December 8, 2018, from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: $2 suggested donation per person; $5 per family
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
www.AlexandriaVA.gov/FortWard 

Learn about Christmas traditions during the Civil War. Program features a patriotic Union Santa Claus, soldiers and civilians celebrating the holiday in winter camps, the decorated Officers’ Hut, a Victorian tree, fort tours and kids’ activities.

Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
December 8, 2018, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Admission: $25 adults; $20 seniors (65 years and older) and active military; $5 children (ages 6-17)
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242 
Shop.AlexandriaVA.gov  

Travel through centuries of local history as you learn more about Alexandria during the holiday season at Carlyle House, Gadsby's Tavern Museum and the Lee-Fendall House. Enjoy each site by candlelight, smell seasonal greenery, sip on drinks and taste period inspired food. Seasonal libations will be available for purchase.

Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl              
December 8, 2018, 4 p.m.
Admission: $10 for advanced tickets; $15 at the door
Throughout Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
703-683-2570
www.VisitDelRay.com 

Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specialty cocktails, beer and food specials at select Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood bar crawl to benefit local nonprofits.

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon          
December 14 & 15, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Admission: $35 adult/$25 youth with mansion tour; $30 adult/$20 youth without mansion tour
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.MountVernon.org/Illuminations  

Join Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music. Before the fireworks begin around 8:30 p.m., take a stroll through the estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, and learn 18th-century dance moves from costumed guides in the Greenhouse. George and Martha Washington will also be on site to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests. Watch colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of creating chocolate. Keep toasty by warming up by a bonfire, visiting the blacksmith shop, or enjoying some hot chocolate or cider. Additional food will be available for purchase. The Museum and Education Center will also be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Alexandria After-Work Concert Series
December 14, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 
Shop.AlexandriaVA.gov  

Co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, join us for monthly Friday-night concerts on the second Friday of the month. The December program features Jim and Anna Holloway providing an illustrated lecture on Christmas traditions reflected in songs. The program will feature live music, the stories behind the songs and chances to sing-along. Free concert; donations will benefit the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. No ticket required, just show up and enjoy the music! Beer and wine for sale and light refreshments available. 

A Victorian Christmas
December 15, 2018, 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: $10; free to members
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
www.LeeFendallHouse.org 

Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Lee-Fendall House. The house will be beautifully decorated for the season and there will be holiday crafts, photographs with Santa, seasonal treats, story time, an antique toy exhibit and more!

Portside Holidays: Storytime with Santa
Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 3 to 4 p.m.                                 
Admission: Free
Alexandria Waterfront Marina at the foot of Cameron Street near the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-3301
PortsideInOldTown.com

Join the region’s most beloved Santa and Mrs. Claus for a special storytime that includes a reading of holiday stories like “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Take part in the Penny Post pop-up where you can write a letter to Santa that he will take back with him to the North Pole, enjoy a gourmet giant s’more from The Capital Candy Jar, and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from Dolci Gelati’s hot chocolate bar. Storytime with Santa is part of Portside in Old Town, Alexandria’s new waterfront programming series that offers free-to-the-public themed happenings in history, art, music and fitness with activities for families and for adults, plus additional pop-up experiences and events. 

Colonial Handbell Ringers Concert
December 16, 2018, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 
703-746-4994
www.ColonialRingers.com 

The Colonial English Handbell Ringers perform clad in colonial attire, bringing a 5-octave set of nearly 80 handbells from the world-famous Whitechapel foundry in London. The ringers will perform children’s classics, timeless holiday tunes and original show-stoppers. Audience participation in the sing-a-long encouraged. 

Ship Biscuit Ornament Making During First Night Alexandria
December 31, 2018, from 2 to 5p.m.
Admission: Free
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street #327, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4399
www.AlexandriaArchaeology.org 

An almost completely intact ship’s biscuit from the 18th century was found last year in Alexandria. To commemorate the discovery, visitors are invited to make their own ship’s biscuit. Each biscuit will be stamped with the year and then baked at home to track its preservation. No registration required. While supplies last.

Find more holiday events at www.visitalexandriava.com/holidays.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA

Located just minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria was named one of “America’s Top Holiday Towns” by USA Today in 2016. Visitors can feel transported by an old fashioned sense of holiday wonder on Old Town Alexandria's centuries-old brick-lined streets, twinkling with holiday traditions and magical events. Bask in the warmth of time-honored festivities like the Campagna Center's 48th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, as well as the 19th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River. Dozens of independent boutiques welcome you with greenery at their doorsteps, offering everything from chic fashions and home décor to classic toys and gifts for dogs. Duck into cozy cafés and chef-driven restaurants tucked into 18th-century buildings to warm up with loved ones and good cheer. Under a canopy of sparkling lights, a stroll on historic King Street is like being in a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair. Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience—the way it was meant to be. For more information, visit www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/holidays

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