Alexandria, Virginia, located near Washington, D.C., is a favorite destination for visitors all year long, and especially during the holidays. Blending the old with the new, Old Town Alexandria is known for its numerous trendy restaurants and shops housed in charming historic buildings, an array of popular seasonal street festivals and special holiday events. This sampling of festive events includes seasonal highlights to help you plan your itinerary for a memorable holiday visit. (Also see Page 2 for More Holiday Events in Alexandria)
2012 Holiday Highlights:
City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting
November 23, 2012 from 7 - 9 p.m.
The annual holiday tree lighting will include musical entertainment, Santa Claus and more in Market Square at 301 King Street - Telephone 703-746-5592.
Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Open House
November 29, 2012 - 6 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy music, refreshments and more while browsing and shopping for the holidays at the wonderful galleries. Telephone 703-838-4565. More about the Torpedo Factory
Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
November 30 and December 1, 2012
A weekend of events in historic Alexandria, hosted by the Campagna Center, honors the community's Scottish heritage and launches Alexandria's holiday season during this popular annual event. More about Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
December 1, 2012
More than 50 brightly decorated boats light up Alexandria's harbor as they cruise along the Potomac River at the City's historic waterfront - Alexandria Marina at the foot of Cameron Street, behind the Torpedo Factory. More about Southeast US Holiday Flotillas
Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
December 8 and 9, 2012 - Tour Times Vary
This festive candlelight tour visits Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Lee-Fendall House and the historic Bank of Alexandria building. Enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and tastes of chocolate. Tickets are: $20; $15 for seniors ages 65 and older; $5 for children ages 6-17. Pre-sale discounts are available if tickets are purchased before December 1. Reservations are recommended. Telephone: 703-746-4242.
Christmas Tour of Washington and Old Town Alexandria
Group Tours - Reservations Required
Experience the holiday magic of Old Town Alexandria's colonial holiday decorations and several magnificent landmarks in the nation's capital on this holiday tour offered to groups, led by an experienced and entertaining guide. Telephone 703-519-1749.
First Night Alexandria
December 31, 2012
First Night Alexandria is the largest, family-focused New Year's Eve celebration in Northern Virginia, featuring approximately 70 acts on 40 stages, fireworks at midnight, free parking, and free shuttles throughout Old Town and Del Ray.
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