Upper King Street Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic Walk in Old Town Alexandria

Experience Old Town Alexandria’s holiday magic when you stroll along red-brick sidewalks beneath glittering lights draped over the trees lining historic King Street. Use our self-guided walking route below to inspire your own ramble. Keep reading to discover the most stunning holiday storefronts, a winter wonderland to stop by for a seasonal cocktail, decorated historic sites and more.

Based on the latest CDC health guidance, it is recommended that everyone wear a mask in public indoor spaces in Alexandria, except when actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.

1. Start at Triangle Park’s Holiday Tree

Begin your seasonal stroll by the holiday tree at Triangle Park (home of the Sacangada Totem sculpture) at the corner of King and Fayette streets, then start to make your way beneath the twinkling lights in the trees lining the King Street mile.

2. Stop at Sparkling Storefronts

Enjoy holiday scenes outside stores and eateries like Red Barn MercantileToday’s CargoImagine Artwear, BoxwoodO’Connell’sHard Times Café and more. Put on your mask and pop in for gift-shopping as you snag consignment fashion, home décor, the perfect piece of jewelry and more.

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Red Barn Holiday Storefront

3. Raise a Glass at Augie’s Mussel House & Beer Garden

Find a spot in Augie’s spacious, heated beer garden under sparkling string lights. Order a Belgian ale or mulled wine to pair with nearly a dozen flavors of mussels.

4. Pick up a Hot Drink at ESP Tea & Coffee

More in the mood for a caffeine boost? Grab a dirty chai or seasonal latte (plus a sweet or savory slice of pie) from ESP Tea & Coffee. Want to walk a bit more before refueling? Stop by Café du Soleil or Misha’s Prince Street location closer to the waterfront.

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Tree at Market Square

5. Marvel at the Market Square Holiday Tree

Cattycorner from The Alexandrian, find the height of holiday cheer at Alexandria’s Market Square at 301 King Street, where the city’s seasonal tree cuts a sparkling silhouette against the evening sky.

6. Pick up Stocking Stuffers at Spice & Tea Exchange

Across the street from Market Square is Spice & Tea Exchange, the perfect spot to pick up tiny gifts like tea blends, salts, candles and more. Mask up and scour more shops for stocking stuffers or Hanukkah gifts, such as Shop Made in VA, Made in ALX, Intertribal Creatives, King Street Souvenirs, The B.E.S.T. Gift Shop, Old Town Sock Co. and Alexandria’s Visitor Center.

7. Step onto Side Streets for A-door-able Displays

Ramble along the brick-red sidewalks off King Street and onto Old Town’s charming side streets. Try S. Fairfax and Lee Streets, or forge your own festive path.

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Holiday wreath block

8. Discover a Decorated Historic Site

Step off King Street onto N. Fairfax St. to enjoy the delicate white lights dancing around the Carlyle House property. Then, explore the glowing garden oasis behind the 18th-century abode.

9. Savor Sweet Spots

Grab a sweet pick-me-up with decadent fudge, truffles and more treats from Kilwins, a seasonally-appropriate affogato drink—espresso poured over Dolci Gelati’s award-winning gelato—or defy the weather with scoops from Casa Rosada and Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats.

10. See the Sparkling tall ship Providence

End your expedition with a riverside outdoor meal on a heated waterfront patio. Try a seafood feast at Vola’s Dockside Grill, and take a peak at the seasonal tree at nearby Waterfront Park.

11. Have a Waterside Meal

End your expedition with a riverside outdoor meal on a heated waterfront patio. Try a seafood feast at Vola’s Dockside Grill, tuck into Spanish tapas at BARCA Pier or relax at Blackwall Hitch’s riverside lounge, then take a peek at the seasonal tree at nearby Waterfront Park.

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Del Ray holidays

12. Bonus Walk in Del Ray

For more of the city’s seasonal spirit, head to the nearby Del Ray neighborhood and enjoy adorable window murals, a festive holiday tree and menorah, sweets spots, independent boutiques and more. Check out holiday events such as the Shops of Del Ray’s Holiday Sip & Shop on December 9 to enjoy special promotions and complimentary wine and refreshments, or the 6th Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl on December 11 for specialty drinks and delights at Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood bar crawl. For an extra boost of seasonal cheer, visit "Holiday Card Lane" at the 100-300 block of E Luray Avenue, dotted with giant greeting cards.

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