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 Year's 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 47th 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.

Here in the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters, dozens of independent boutiques welcome you with greenery at their doorsteps, offering everything from chic fashions to gifts for pets, and festive shopping events like Small Business Saturday, Museum Store Sunday, and an alternative Black Friday Experience. 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 one of “America’s Top Holiday Towns” in 2016 by USA Today and a "Top 10 Christmas Town" by HGTV, Alexandria offers an authentic holiday experience - the way it was meant to be.


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Top 10 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 ›
Shop Small for the Holidays Alexandria invites shoppers to experience Small Business Saturday, Museum Store Monday and an alternative Black Friday experience in a magical setting… Learn More ›
Winter Holiday Events Holiday events deck Alexandria's streets, from colorful Del Ray to the waterfront. Learn More ›
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Experience one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions with the 18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Learn More ›
Christmas at Mount Vernon Celebrate the holidays at the most visited historic estate in America. Learn More ›
Dining on Major Holidays Skip the hours in the kitchen and let our restaurants cook for you. Learn More ›


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