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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 Magazine as one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World in 2020. 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.

Dozens of independent boutiques are going above and beyond to keep visitors safe with the ALX Promise shield and are ready to welcome masked customers. Stroll among al fresco dining spots or pick up gourmet goodies to-go.

Enjoy outdoor happenings throughout Alexandria, like Christmas at Mount Vernon, Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run and holiday markets in Alexandria’s Del Ray and Carlyle neighborhoods. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will not occur in 2020. Visit our events calendar for more events and happenings.

Safety Reminders: Face coverings are required in Virginia at all indoor public places, except while eating, drinking or exercising. Face coverings are also required outdoors whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. Please bring a face covering with you whenever you go out.

Additionally, boutiques are following state guidelines to limit occupancy for your safety and that of their staff. Please be prepared to briefly wait outside before browsing.

Health & Safety Protocols Alexandria is committed to reducing risk so visitors and locals alike can relax while experiencing our city. Learn More ›
Top Things to Do This Holiday Season Let yourself be surprised and delighted by Alexandria’s holiday magic along historic streetscapes. Season's Greetings ›
Shop Small for the Holidays Don your face mask and shop local in a magical setting of holiday wonder in Alexandria, the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters. Explore Boutiques ›
Events and Happenings From physically distanced holiday events at historic sites to unique virtual experiences, see what's happening this season. Browse Events ›
Christmas Tree
Christmas at Mount Vernon From November 27 through December 31, Christmas past meets Christmas present at George Washington's estate.
Ice & Lights
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.
Holiday Instagram Guide Discover dazzling holiday trees and twinkling lights along Old Town’s historic King Street, picture-perfect door décor, plus new touches like an… Start Snapping ›
Holiday Magic Walk in Old Town Experience Old Town Alexandria’s holiday magic and discover the most stunning holiday storefronts, a winter wonderland to stop by for a seasonal… Seasonal Stroll ›
Enjoy Heated Outdoor Dining Experience something new this winter as you dine outside to stay safe and savor chef-driven flavors. Stay Warm ›
Alexandria Shop Small Week From November 27 to December 6, experience Alexandria’s biggest shopping week of the year, the first-ever Alexandria Shop Small Week. Start Shopping! ›
Flex Getaway or Staycation Enjoy a weekend away with our flexible hotel package including free hotel parking and rates as low as $69 through December 31, 2020. Learn More ›
Scottish Christmas Walk
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Campagna Center has determined it will not be able to host the 50th Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend in 2020.
Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Alexandria will not be hosting the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River in 2020. Learn More ›


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