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.
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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. Check Out Unique Works of Art
As you wander toward the waterfront, enjoy the Art Walk by Old Town Business Association and The Art League, with eye-catching pieces from some 25 artists adorning lampposts along King Street and on select side streets.
3. Enjoy Sparkling Storefronts
Stop at The Hour to see a sparkling collection of mod barware in the storefront, and a dazzling showroom inside. Enjoy holiday scenes outside stores and eateries like Today’s Cargo, Imagine Artwear, Red Barn Mercantile, Boxwood, O’Connell’s, Hard 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.
7. 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.
8. 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, like The Old Town Shop, Old Town Sock Co., Ten Thousand Villages, Old Town Books and Alexandria’s Visitor Center.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. See the Sparkling tall ship Providence
Discover another glittering historic attraction when you walk the final blocks to the waterfront. See the Potomac River lit up by tall ship Providence, an 18th-century full-scale reproduction of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones’ first American command. See the sloop draped in white Christmas lights from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s. Book a dockside tour to get an even closer look, complete with historical interpretation.
12. 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, and take a peak at the seasonal tree at nearby Waterfront Park.
13. 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. 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.