Holidays in Alexandria VA

Nostalgic Holiday Wonder

Just minutes from Washington, D.C., feel transported by an old-fashioned sense of holiday wonder on Old Town Alexandria's brick-lined streets, twinkling with holiday traditions like Christmas events, New Years and the top 10 reasons to visit this holiday season in Alexandria. Bask in the warmth of time-honored festivities like the Campagna Center's 46th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, and the 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 to gifts for pets. Cozy cafés and chef-driven restaurants tucked into 18th-century buildings invite you to warm up with loved ones and good cheer.

Under a canopy of sparkling lights, a stroll on King Street is like being in a real-life Dickens Village. 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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