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Holidays in Alexandria, VA

Make Old Town Alexandria part of your holiday tradition.

Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located on the waterfront just minutes from Washington, D.C. and recognized by Oprah Daily as one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World for three consecutive years since 2019. Feel transported by an old-fashioned sense of holiday wonder with a stroll along the King Street mile, like a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair.

Stroll among al fresco dining spots or savor takeout from your favorite Alexandria restaurants. Show your love for Alexandria's dozens of independent boutiques that provide personal service and curated gift selections all season long. And this year, you'll want to "shop small" and "shop sooner" to make sure you get the gifts you want in time for the holidays.

Enjoy Alexandria's biggest holiday weekend (Dec. 3-5) featuring the 50th Anniversary Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon. Experience outdoor happenings like Christmas at Mount Vernon, Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run and multiple holiday markets throughout Alexandria's Old Town North, Del Ray and Carlyle neighborhoods. Visit our events calendar for more events and happenings.

Based on the latest CDC health guidance, it is recommended that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces in Alexandria, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about health & safety and what's open in Alexandria. All events are subject to change.

Holiday Events Discover signature outdoor events, festive holiday markets, heartwarming sing-along concerts and more. Explore Events ›
Here’s How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Alexandria Ring in 2022 in Alexandria, VA, with mouthwatering New Year’s Eve menus and spectacular fireworks. Learn More ›
Top Things to Do in Alexandria This Holiday Season Alexandria transports visitors with an old fashioned sense of holiday wonder, twinkling with holiday traditions and magical events. Get Festive ›
Shop Small for the Holidays Shop local and shop sooner in a magical setting of holiday wonder in Alexandria, the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters. Explore Boutiques ›
Alexandria’s Most Insta-Worthy Holiday Spots Find dazzling holiday trees and twinkling lights, picture-perfect door décor, photogenic signature seasonal events and more. Start Snapping ›
Holiday Magic Great Walk in Old Town Stroll beneath glittering lights draped over the trees lining historic King Street. Use our self-guided walking route to inspire your own ramble. Take a Seasonal Stroll ›
Dining on Major Holidays Explore more than 50 locally owned restaurants offering special holiday menus available for dine-in, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Explore ›
Enjoy Heated Outdoor Dining This winter, warm up as the temperature drops at Alexandria’s heated outdoor dining destinations in Old Town, Del Ray and beyond. Stay Warm ›
Christmas at Mount Vernon From November 26 through December 31, Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate. Learn More ›
Ice & Lights Winter Village From mid-November through February, step into a winter wonderland at Cameron Run complete with an ice skating rink and beautifully-lit photo ops. Learn More ›
Love Alexandria Hotel Package Enjoy a weekend away now through December 19, 2021 with hotel rates starting as low as $83 per night and up to $200 in added value. Learn More ›
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Sponsored by Amazon Check out the winning boats from this year's spectacular parade. See the Winners ›
50th Anniversary Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend Celebrate Alexandria's Scottish Heritage with a weekend of festivities during the 50th Anniversary Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, Dec. 3-4, 2021. Learn More ›
Alexandria Shop Small Week From November 26 to December 2, experience Alexandria’s biggest shopping week of the year, the second annual Alexandria Shop Small Week. Start Shopping! ›

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