Alexandria’s Biggest Holiday Weekend

December 6-8, 2019
Plan Your Magical Holiday Getaway to Old Town Alexandria

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 Charming Christmas Towns Across the World in 2019 and by Southern Living as the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie in 2019, Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend December 6-8, 2019 is the perfect time to enjoy a winter weekend getaway. Bask in the warmth of time-honored festivities like the Campagna Center's 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, as well as the 20th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River. Step back in time and enjoy a colonial Christmas at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Enjoy several other festive happenings, from holiday concerts to winter wonderlands.

Come take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season as you stroll under a canopy of twinkling lights that shine above brick-lined streets. Discover why Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ named Alexandria a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2019. Enjoy warm drinks in cozy cafes and pubs and unforgettable meals in independent restaurants. Stroll instead of scroll as you wander historic streets and step inside dozens of locally owned boutiques that welcome you with greenery at their doorsteps.

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Campagna Center’s 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade

In 1749, the City of Alexandria was officially established by three Scottish merchants and named after its original founder, John Alexander, also of Scottish descent. Today, the city continues celebrating its heritage with a weekend of festivities. At the Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11 a.m., dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, as well as terriers and hounds. The parade, which takes place rain or shine, begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square with a massed band concert.

More weekend events include the Taste of Scotland scotch tasting on December 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., a holiday Heather and Greens Sale December 6-7, 2019, and a Holiday Home Tours December 7, 2019 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.  

20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Old Town Alexandria's historic waterfront will shine for the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019, as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Enjoy dockside festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. in Waterfront Park including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company and holiday music and giveaways from 97.1 WASH-FM.

Take part in hands-on activities including a Letters to Santa postcard station from Penny Post, a holiday craft activity from AR Workshop Alexandria and a bookmark making station from Old Town Books. Enjoy polpette (Italian meatballs) from Pizzeria Paradiso and a hot chocolate bar from Dolci Gelati. On the Alexandria City Marina, Riverside Taco Company presents a Parade Day Patio Party with hot cider and bottomless bites included in admission. At 3:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina to take photos with children and families at the annual Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival.

2018 Best of Alexandria Show: Letter of Marque, Captain Walter Weiss, “Hanukkah, the festival of lights”
2018 Best of Alexandria Show: Letter of Marque, Captain Walter Weiss, “Hanukkah, the festival of lights”
2018 Best Powerboat: Iechyd Da!, Captain Larry Chandler, “A Bohemian Rhapsody Holiday”
2018 Best Powerboat: Iechyd Da!, Captain Larry Chandler, “A Bohemian Rhapsody Holiday”
2018 Best Sailboat: Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage, “Little Drummer Boy and Friends”
2018 Best Sailboat: Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage, “Little Drummer Boy and Friends”
2018 Best Spirit of America: Mental Recession, Captain Seth Frankel, “Caps Caps Caps” celebrating Stanley Cup champions the Washington Capitals
2018 Thinking Outside the Christmas Box: Firefly, Captain Dave Easter, “Jingle Bones”
2018 Most Animated: Kairos, Captains Michael Bradford and Tipper Williams Bradford, “Kairos Christmas on the Potomac”
2018 Most Holiday Cheer: Reva D, Captain Rich Hart, “The Griswalds”
2018 Most Spirited Crew: Blown Away, Captain Mike Moreau, “Nightmare Before Christmas”
2018 Best Theme: Fuelin Around, Captain Jack Stoddard, “Christmas Cheer”
2018 Hardiest Soul: O'Sea Dee, Captain Wil Neubauer, “A Blue Christmas” with Elvis impersonator
2018 Best Try: Nelson, Captain Hank Hart, “Starry Night, Winter Lights”
Where to Stay Take your pick from boutique hotels steps from restaurants and holiday events to brands you love while enjoying some of the lowest rates of the year. Learn More ›
Old Town Weekend Itinerary Named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2019 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, follow this itinerary for a perfect weekend getaway. Start Planning ›
Alexandria Restaurants Restaurants in Old Town Alexandria offer unforgettable meals in a beautifully historic and walkable setting. Bon Appétit ›
Bars & Pubs Casual evening out or chic night on the town—immerse yourself in a vibrant bar and pub scene. Learn More ›
Holiday Shopping While you’re here, snag holiday gifts for family and friends in the Shop Small headquarters of the D.C. region. Browse Boutiques ›
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 ›
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 ›
Getting Here From Metrorail to water taxi, there are plenty of ways to get to Alexandria this holiday season. Learn More ›
Explore the Region With Alexandria as your home base, discover more holiday happenings in the region. Start Exploring ›

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