Holidays in Alexandria, VA

Nostalgic Holiday Wonder

Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. Recognized by Oprah Magazine as one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World in 2019 and by Southern Living as the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie in 2019, Alexandria is filled with nostalgic wonder during the holiday season, complete with twinkling lights that shine in the trees above brick-lined streets and dozens of independent boutiques that welcome you with greenery at their doorsteps.

Seasonal favorite events happening throughout Alexandria and at the city’s historic waterfront include the Campagna Center’s 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend December 6-7, 2019, featuring a parade with dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans, the 20th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on December 7, 2019, and the 25th Annual First Night Alexandria, the largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region complete with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Southern Living Holiday Pick See why Southern Living named Alexandria the perfect southern town for a Hallmark Christmas movie. Learn More ›

Kick off the holiday shopping season in the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters with Alexandria’s alternative Black Friday experience on November 29, 2019, followed by Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019 and Museum Store Sunday on December 1, 2019. For one-of-a-kind parades, candlelight tours at historic sites, festive performances and more, start planning your visit to one of America’s Top Holiday Towns. Strolling historic King Street is like being in a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair, boutique shopping, cozy cafés, and chef-driven restaurants tucked into 18th-century buildings that invite you to warm up with loved ones and toast to the holiday season.

Top 14 Reasons to Visit This Holiday Season Alexandria’s holiday season is in full swing, and there’s plenty of exciting family-fun to be had by all. 'Tis the Season ›
Holiday Happenings From holiday events at historic sites to unique parades throughout Old Town and the waterfront, see what’s happening this holiday season. Browse Events ›
Shop Small for the Holidays Shop local in a magical setting of holiday wonder in Alexandria, the D.C. region’s Shop Small destination for independent boutiques. Browse Boutiques ›
Biggest Holiday Weekend On December 6-8, experience holiday magic on historic streets during Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend. Start Planning ›
Instagrammable Holiday Hotspots Looking for the perfect shot to capture your wintry escape? Here are our favorite Instagram spots in Alexandria. Take a Tour ›
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend Join the Campagna Center December 6-7 for their 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade. Learn More ›
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Alexandria’s historic waterfront shines December 7 at 5:30 p.m. as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River. Learn More ›
Christmas at Mount Vernon From November 29 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 ›
Waterskiing Santa On December 24 at 1 p.m., gather along Alexandria’s waterfront for a spectacular show by Waterskiing Santa and his merry crew. Learn More ›
First Night Alexandria Enjoy live performances in unique venues and a spectacular fireworks show during the largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region. Learn More ›
Dining on Major Holidays Skip the hours in the kitchen and let our restaurants cook for you. Learn More ›
Plan Your Holiday Party Need last-minute assistance planning a holiday party for your group or company? Let us help. Learn More ›

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