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There are many things to do in Alexandria throughout the year but the holidays are a very busy time with dozens of events and festive decor from corner to corner. In fact, Alexandria was named one of America’s Top Holiday Towns by USA Today, and was also in the top 10 for HGTV’s best Christmas Towns. Not too shabby for an old town.


If you’re looking for an authentic holiday experience, Alexandria is a good place to visit. Here are some of the community’s best events happening in 2017, along with a little information on how to participate.


Scottish Christmas Walk

This beloved tradition takes place on December 2, 2017. The streets of Old Town are filled with Scottish bagpipe players adorned in ceremonial kilts, honoring the Scottish heritage of Alexandria’s roots. This is a great parade for all ages that is fun and educational.


Del Ray Artisans’ 22nd Annual Holiday Market

Over the first few weekends in December, Del Ray Artisans’ holiday market comes alive, offering handmade crafts and special novelty items that can only be found in Alexandria. If you’re looking for gifts with stories behind them, shopping for jewelry, glass items, and all types of art from local artists in the holiday market will be your ticket. As a bonus, a percentage of the profits from all holiday market sales go towards donations for art exhibits and similar programs.


Christmas at Mount Vernon

Come see how a founding father celebrated the Christmas holiday by attending special holiday-themed tours at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Running now through January 6th, kids and adults alike can take in a gingerbread house version of Mount Vernon as well as themed decorations and dancing.


First Night Alexandria

On New Year’s Eve, a solid display of fireworks takes place over the Potomac as the clock strikes 12. There is a small admission fee to take advantage of all of the activities before the fireworks, but, getting a front row seat to performances throughout the town.


Did your favorite Alexandria holiday tradition not make the list? If so, comment below and let us know what else you’re looking forward to this season!