2021 Holiday Events and Experiences in Alexandria, Virginia November 4, 2021

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2021 Holiday Events and Experiences in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Enchants Visitors with Nostalgic Holiday Wonder 

Alexandria, VA— Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. Recognized by Oprah Daily as one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World in 2021, Alexandria brings an old-fashioned sense of holiday wonder on centuries-old brick-lined streets, twinkling with holiday traditions that make visitors feel transported.

This holiday season marks the return of Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend featuring the Campagna Center’s 50th Anniversary Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and the 21st Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon. Don’t miss cherished holiday traditions throughout the season, including Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon and Waterskiing Santa on Christmas Eve.

Throughout the season, holiday markets abound citywide for festive al fresco experiences. Lovers of the arts can soak up live performances from the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Little Theatre of Alexandria, and more. For parades, candlelight tours, festive performances and more, check out the upcoming events below.

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

Featured Holiday Events

2nd Annual Alexandria Shop Small Week
November 26 to December 2, 2021
Various locations throughout Alexandria, VA
visitalexandriava.com/holidays/shop-small-week

Experience Alexandria’s biggest shopping week of the year, the second annual Alexandria Shop Small Week from November 26 to December 2, 2021. Kicking off with Plaid Friday: Alexandria’s Small Business Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Alexandria Shop Small Week is an opportunity to show your support for the D.C. region’s largest destination for independent boutiques with seven days of deals and promotions including Museum Store Sunday, a small business Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, an Alexandria Shop and Stay giveaway at @VisitAlexVA on Wednesday and a new Moonlight Merriment event on Thursday.

Campagna Center’s 50th Anniversary Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade
December 3 and 4, 2021
Taste of Scotland: Friday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Parade: Saturday, December 4, at 11 a.m.
Admission: Free to view; $75 registration fee to march in parade; $200 and above for Taste of Scotland Scotch Tasting
Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-0111
campagnacenter.org

Campagna Center is thrilled to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Scottish Walk Weekend in Alexandria. In 1749, the City of Alexandria was established by Scottish merchants. Today, the city continues celebrating its heritage with a weekend of festivities. At the Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, 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 weekend kicks off with the Taste of Scotland Scotch Tasting on Friday evening in the newly renovated Atrium Building. The 50th Anniversary parade will take place on Saturday, December 4 at 11 a.m. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) will serve as the Grand Marshall of the parade this year. The parade will depart from St. Asaph St. heading north, head east from Queen St., head south from Fairfax St., and head west from King Street, ending right in front of City Hall.

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon
December 4, 2021
Parade begins at 5:30 p.m.; Dockside festivities 2 to 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street)
Admission: Free; $ for food/drink and some activities
Parade viewing areas: Founders Park (351 N. Union St.), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.), Waterfront Park (1A Prince St.), Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.), Shipyard/Harborside Park (1 Wilkes St.), Windmill Hill Park (501 S. Union St.) and Ford’s Landing Park (99 Franklin St.)
703-746-3301
VisitAlexandriaVA.com/BoatParade

Old Town Alexandria's historic waterfront will shine for the 21st annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon at 5:30 p.m. as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Enjoy dockside festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. in Waterfront Park including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company and holiday music and giveaways from 97.1 WASH-FM. Take part in hands-on activities including a Letters to Santa postcard station from paper goods boutique Penny Post and a holiday ornament activity from AR Workshop Alexandria. Enjoy savory bites from Mae’s Market and Café, gourmet popcorn from America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn and a hot chocolate bar from Dolci Gelati. At 3:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina to attend the annual Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival.

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon
December 17 and 18, 2021, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $60 adult/$38 youth with mansion tour; $58 adult/$36 youth without mansion tour; for members, $50 adult/$28 youth with mansion tour; $48 adult/$26 youth without mansion tour
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
mountvernon.org/illuminations

Kick off the holiday season with sparkling fireworks overlooking the Potomac River. Tour the Mansion to learn about holiday celebrations during Washington’s time with live 18th-century music. See the lantern-lit historic area, the Mansion aglow in beautiful amber light, and the Upper Garden and Greenhouse dazzling in blue and lavender with moving wintry light patterns. You'll hear classic holiday music and patriotic inspirational quotes on the Bowling Green. Visit with Sutlers that produce 18th-century wares and crafts, available for purchase at the 18th-century Winter Market. Enjoy the atmospheric setting of an 18th-century winter encampment, the working Blacksmith Shop and Aladdin the Camel. Hear season's greetings by General Washington on the Mansion’s piazza and watch stunning holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. Complete any last-minute gift needs at the Shops at Mount Vernon, open late during Christmas Illuminations.

Waterskiing Santa   
December 24, 2021, at 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
Alexandria’s Waterfront: Waterfront Park (1 King St. and 1A Prince St.), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.), Founders Park (351 N. Union St.) and Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.)
waterskiingsanta.com

Now in its 36th 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 Waterfront Park (1 King St. and 1A Prince St.), with more great views from the Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.), Founders Park (351 N. Union St.), and Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.). Come early to see the pre-show (on jet skis).

More Holiday Events & Experiences

Waterfront Art Market
Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season through December 19, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center’s waterfront entrance, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4570
torpedofactory.org

Visit the Waterfront entrance at Torpedo Factory Art Center to discover new artwork from a rotating lineup of the Art Center’s studio artists. Find paintings and photographs to jewelry and wearables, then step inside to browse the three floors of the Art Center for even more original art for purchase. (There will be no markets on Sunday, November 14, or Saturday, December 4.)

Ice & Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run
November 19, 2021, to January 2, 2022, open nightly 5 to 10 p.m.; January 8 to February 27, 2022 (ice skating only), open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $9 for general admission to Village; $22 for village admission and skating; beginning January 8, $14 for ice skating; free ages 2 and under
Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
novaparks.com/events/ice-lights

Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run will return this year, featuring an ice rink, multiple new holiday light displays perfect for Instagramming, a retail area, food, music and more. The Ice and Lights Village is a short drive from Old Town.

Annual Old Town Alexandria Cookie Crawl
November 20 and 21, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Admission: $35 registration fee
Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
oldtownbusiness.org

Kick off the holidays early during Old Town Business’s annual Old Town Cookie Crawl. Receive a commemorative tin and stop by all 25 retailers on the crawl to receive a cookie at each location. It’s fun for the whole family and a great way to explore Old Town’s walkable shopping district.

City of Alexandria Tree Lighting
November 20, 2021, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-5592
alexandriava.gov

Join Mayor Justin Wilson and a host of friends for the lighting of the city’s 40-foot Holiday Tree at City Hall. Santa arrives at Market Square via the King Street Trolley to help light the tree, then will circle the block, waving at visitors as he passes on his way back to the North Pole. Enjoy a welcome from the Town Crier and a bit of live music to set the festive mood. As a COVID precaution, there will not be photos with Santa this year. Admission is free, and the event will occur rain or shine.

Alexandria Choral Society’s “Snow Globe Series” Kick-Off Concert
November 20, 2021, at 8 p.m. (plus additional pop-up performances throughout the season)
Admission: Free
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-951-7849
alexandriachoralsociety.org

The Alexandria Choral Society announces its return to live performances with a series of free, outdoor holiday pop-up concerts throughout the city of Alexandria, beginning with a kick-off outdoor performance on Saturday, November 20th at the Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town. Accompanied by pianist Wei-Han Wu, ACS will perform a flurry of seasonal favorites from around the world, like ‘Daa Naa Se (Oh, Give Thanks)’, ‘S’Vivon’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘Ose Shalom’, ‘Riu, riu, chiu,’ and ‘Christus Natus Est.’ While this concert is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted. Limited seating will be available by reservation. Please click here to register online ahead of the event. Walk-up audience members will also be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional pop-up performances will take place on November 23 at John Carlyle Square Park, November 30 at Casa Chirilagua/Four Mile Run Plaza and December 7 at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.

46th Annual Turkey Trot
November 25, 2021, at 9 a.m.
Admission: $20 per adult; $15 for youth ages 13-20; $5 for children under 13; $10 for race t-shirt
Race begins at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
alexandriaturkeytrot.com

Participate in the return of DC area's premiere turkey trot. The Flat, fast, USATF-certified five-mile course starts and ends at George Washington Middle School. The Alexandria Turkey Trot offers a generous cash and gift prize purse to the winning runners. Please support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy, by bringing two nonperishable food items (cans, boxes) on race day. 

Mount Vernon by Candlelight   
November 26 and 27, 2021, and December 3, 4, 10, 11 and 19, 2021, at various times
Admission: $36 for adults (ages 12 and up); $28 for youth (ages 6-11); for members, $26 for adults; $18 for youth
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
mountvernon.org/candlelight

Join us for a candlelit guided tour and learn about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Visit with Mrs. Washington and other 18th-century residents of Mount Vernon in a 45-minute candlelit tour of the Mount Vernon estate, followed by a reception. Hear stories of Christmases past from costumed character actors portraying Washington’s family, friends, and enslaved or hired staff. Arrive at the Ford Orientation Center 15 minutes before your ticket time to view themed Christmas trees, warm up with light concessions and more. Greet Aladdin, the Christmas camel, in the 12-Acre Field. Finish the evening with live music, cider, and cookies in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center Lobby. 

Hometown Holidays at Port City Brewing Company
November 27, 2021, beginning at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-797-2739
portcitybrewing.com

On Small Business Saturday, 30 Alexandria-based makers will take over the Port City parking lot. Come take care of all your holiday gift giving needs, and sip while you shop.

Museum Shopping Evenings at Carlyle House
December 2, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m., December 3, 9 and 21, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Carlyle House Museum Shop, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
novaparks.com

Enjoy shopping small and local. Stop by the Carlyle House Museum Shop for wonderful holiday gifts. An assortment of Virginia made items, ornaments, soaps, and more are available for purchase.

Del Ray Artisans' 26th Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market 
December 3 to 5, 10 to 12 and 17 to 19, 2021; Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Admission: Free 
Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301 
703-838-4827
delrayartisans.org  

Del Ray Artisans annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists. Choose from wall art, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass and much more from different artisans each weekend. Plus, purchase 2022 wall calendars, cookbooks and upcycled tote bags to support Del Ray Artisans. 

The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “A Christmas Carol”
December 3 to 18, 2021, at various times
Admission: $20
The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-0496  
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. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours, plus mask-wearing, is required.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Presents: “The Nutcracker”
December 4 to 5, 2021, at 12 and 5 p.m.
Admission: $28+ for adults; $26+ for seniors and students
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for Performing Arts NOVA Alexandria Campus, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311
metropolitanarts.org

Metropolitan School of the Arts looks forward to bringing you their magical Nutcracker performance. Enjoy this exciting production as Clara fights the evil Mouse Queen and her army of fierce mice to save the handsome and kind Nutcracker doll. Love will become real as the Nutcracker’s curse is lifted and he turns into a handsome young prince. On this great adventure, Clara will be transported to a fantastical land where she will meet the dazzling Snow Queen, dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and many more wonderful characters. This is a delightful performance with over 120 performers and the pure sound of the holidays with the wonderful Tchaikovsky score.

Scottish Walk Open House at Carlyle House
December 4, 2021, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
novaparks.com

Visit Old Town on Saturday, December 4, 2021, to enjoy Alexandria’s rich Scottish heritage and see the Scottish Walk Parade march past Alexandria’s oldest stone building, Carlyle House. After the parade, enter the museum gates and step back in time for a free open house in the spirit of the holiday season. Please note that Carlyle House will letting smaller groups in at a time to allow for social distancing inside the museum.

Holiday Festival at Torpedo Factory Art Center
December 4, 2021, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4570
torpedofactory.org

Torpedo Factory Art Center joins the fun on Alexandria’s most festive weekend of the year. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire boat around 3:30 p.m. on the Waterfront. Music fills the halls and the waterfront, beckoning people to browse three floors of open artists’ studios. Santa will even take a spin on the famous Torpedo Bike. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status.

Candlelight Tours at Lee-Fendall House
December 4, 11 and 18, 2021, on the half hour from 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for children (ages 5-17)
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
leefendallhouse.org

Celebrate the holiday season with evening candlelight tours of the Lee-Fendall House decked out in Victorian splendor. The antique toy exhibit will also be on view. Space is limited to 10 people at a time, and advance reservations are required. Face masks and social distancing will be in place throughout the tour.

Old Town Boutique District’s Holiday Week
Begins December 5, 2021
Admission: Free
Various boutiques throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
oldtownboutiquedistrict.com

Head into December with the first-ever OTBD holiday week, kicking off Sunday, December 5. Look out for a kick-off event at Hummingbird, tastings, trunk shows and doorbuster deals, and spend the holidays in the most magical place on earth.

Old Town North Holiday Markets
December 5, 12 and 19, 2021, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Montgomery Park, 901 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-8066 
www.oldtownnorth.org

In addition to Old Town North’s weekly Thursday Farmers Market, the Old Town North Community Partnership will be hosting three holiday markets at Montgomery Park. Explore the festive, European-style markets for hand-crafted gift items and specialty food items.

Holiday Kissing Ball Workshops
December 5 and 12, 2021, at 2 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person (advance registration required)
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
leefendallhouse.org

Learn the history behind using greenery to decorate homes for the holidays, then craft your own boxwood kissing ball using fresh cuttings from the Lee-Fendall garden. Please note that these workshops will be held outdoors, so please dress appropriately.

Del Ray Holiday Tree & Menorah Lighting
December 5, 2021, at 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Pat Miller Neighborhood Square at Mount Vernon Ave. and E. Oxford Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
703-683-2570
visitdelray.com

Kick off the holidays with a visit to Del Ray for the annual holiday tree and menorah lighting. Continue the celebration and start your holiday shopping with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias and feature storefront windows hand-painted for the holidays. Masks are required. Look for a donations drive for Carpenter’s Shelter.

Colonial Holiday Nights at Carlyle House
December 10 and 11, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $10 per adult; $3 for children, ages 6 to 12
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
novaparks.com

Experience the holiday season with Carlyle House focusing on how the Carlyles and their enslaved workers observed the holidays during the 18th century. Stay tuned for updates about live music. Be sure to check out last minute deals in the Museum Shop. Tours offered of the first floor with timed entry on the hour and half hour. Space is limited and reservations are required. All participants including those under the age of 5 must be registered.

Alexandria Citizens Band’s 5th Annual Alexandria Holiday Sing-Along
December 10, 2021, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
434-362-0265
Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
alexandriacitizensband.org

Experience a jolly good time at the always popular Alexandria Holiday Sing-Along. You’ll join in song with your neighbors as Conductor Mike Evans and the hometown Alexandria Citizens Band play your holiday favorites. Don’t miss ringing in the season with this fabulous music tradition. Wear your holiday sweaters and Santa hats. Masks are required. Free tickets available via Eventbrite.

Del Ray Vintage & Flea Market
December 11, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Parking lot of 1900 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
703-915-2214
delrayvintageflea.com

Don’t miss the holiday edition of this monthly outdoor vintage and flea market in the heart of Alexandria’s bustling Del Ray neighborhood. Find 50+ vendors offering vintage, antique, thrift and artisan goods at two open-air lots, with free appraisals plus bakery and coffee booths.

A Victorian Christmas
December 11, 2021, on the hour from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for children (ages 2-12); free for children under 2
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
leefendallhouse.org

Experience the wonder of the season by visiting the Lee-Fendall House for a family-friendly Victorian Christmas. Enjoy traditional décor, music, seasonal crafts, a visit with Santa, a toy exhibit and more. All recommended health requirements, including face masks and social distancing, will be followed.

Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show at Carlyle
December 11, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
John Carlyle Square Park, 300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, VA 22314
thecarlylecommunity.com

John Carlyle Square Park will dress up for the holidays and host more than 80 artisans and crafters, independent consultants and other local small businesses. Check off your shopping list with everything from unique handmade jewelry to organic bath and body products to home décor, holiday ornaments and much more. Take a break from shopping to enjoy the beautiful Christmas Carols Show and bring little ones the Elves’ Shop where they can create a customized Christmas ornament. But make sure they do not miss when Santa stops by, ready to take pictures with him.

Civil War Christmas in Camp
December 11, 2021, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation is $2 per person; $5 per family
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4848
alexandriava.gov/fortward

Get in the holiday spirit with a patriotic Union Santa Claus, reenactors in winter camps celebrating the season, period decorations, soldier-led fort tours and kids’ crafting activities.

Tall Ship Providence Christmas Story Time
December 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2021, at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person, with a special rate of $25 for families of more than 5
Tall ship Providence, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-772-8483
tallshipprovidence.org

Come aboard the tall ship Providence for a special Christmas story time. This year's tale will be “The Christmas Ship,” the true story of the schooner Rouse Simmons, the ship that for years supplied Christmas trees to the people of Chicago by making a dangerous winter crossing of Lake Michigan. This story is sure to delight young sailors ages 5 to 12. Check in at the Gazebo on the G-H Pier next to Founder's Park.

6th Annual Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl
December 11, 2021, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Admission: $15 for advanced tickets; $20 at the door
Various locations along Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
703-683-2570
visitdelray.com

Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specialty drinks and delights at Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood bar crawl to benefit Neighborhood Health. Enjoy holiday costume contests for individuals and groups, raffle prizes and live music. Trolley transportation will be provided along the avenue.

Civil War Christmas at Carlyle House
December 17 to 18, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $10 per adult; $3 for children, ages 6 to 12
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
novaparks.com

Discover how Christmas was celebrated when the Green family lived at Carlyle House and the Mansion House Hotel was being used as a Civil War hospital. Stay tuned for updates about live music. Be sure to check out last minute deals in the Museum Shop. Tours offered of the first floor with timed entry on the hour and half hour. Space is limited and reservations are required. All participants including those under the age of 5 must be registered.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Presents: Home for the Holidays
December 17, 2021, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 to $85 per adult, $5 per youth, $15 per student
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Center for Performing Arts NOVA Alexandria Campus, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311
alexsym.org

This December, the ASO brings back the joy of live holiday music that audiences yearned for in 2020. ASO will accompany dancers from BalletNOVA with selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Alexandria Choral Society joins the ASO for choruses from Händel’s Messiah and will lead the audience in popular holiday carols. The concert will be presented with no intermission. Masks are strongly recommended for non-vaccinated attendees by the CDC, our concert venues and the ASO. For information based on current health guidelines, please visit our website prior to each concert.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Presents: Home for the Holidays
December 19, 2021, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: $20 to $60 per adult, $5 per youth, $15 per student
George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314
alexsym.org

This December, the ASO brings back the joy of live holiday music that audiences yearned for in 2020. ASO will accompany dancers from BalletNOVA with selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Alexandria Choral Society joins the ASO for choruses from Händel’s Messiah and will lead the audience in popular holiday carols. The concert will be presented with no intermission. Masks are strongly recommended for non-vaccinated attendees by the CDC, our concert venues and the ASO. For information based on current health guidelines, please visit our website prior to each concert.

Olde Year’s Day at Torpedo Factory Art Center
December 31, 2021, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4570
torpedofactory.org

The whole family can celebrate the close of 2021 at Torpedo Factory Art Center. Find hands-on activities, meet artists working in their studios, and get inspired for 2022.

Annual First Night Alexandria
December 31, 2021, from 12 p.m. to midnight
Admission: Free for Market Square Kickoff, Battle of the Buskers, Block Party and fireworks finale; ticket prices vary for individual shows
Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
703-963-3755
firstnightalexandria.org

Experience the region’s signature New Year’s Eve festival of music and more. Enjoy live performances throughout the day and into the evening for kids, teens, adults and seniors. New events include a kick-off at Market Square and a “Battle of the Buskers,” leading up to the midnight countdown and fireworks finale over the Potomac River. Visit the event website for a full schedule of events.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. Recognized by Oprah Daily as one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World in 2021, visitors 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 50th Anniversary Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, as well as the 21st annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon 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. Recognized as a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience—the way it was meant to be. To learn more about Alexandria at the holidays, visit VisitAlexandriaVA.com/Holidays.

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