Each year, Alexandrians give generously of their time and money to ensure that others have a joyous holiday season.
Archives: ‘Holiday Happenings’
Chanukah began on December 1 this year, and although the City did not light the large outdoor menorah until last night, many Alexandrians are celebrating the entire eight-day Festival of Lights, the minor Jewish holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.
On Saturday, December 4, Alexandria’s 11th Annual Burke & Herbert Holiday Boat Parade drifted down the Potomac River. More than 50 boats sailed from as far away as Quantico to be part of the parade. WTOP’s “Man About Town” Bob Madigan emceed the event from the deck of the Cherry Blossom.
See this listing for all holiday events in Alexandria.
Alexandria, Virginia, is famous for its holiday traditions and festivities. See why Alexandria was named a “Top 10 Christmas Town” by HGTV, and take part in special events throughout the season. For parades, candlelight tours, ornament workshops, holiday concerts and more, check out the listings below or go to www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com for even more on Alexandria’s event calendar. Feel transported by an old-fashioned sense of holiday wonder as you celebrate, dine and shop on America’s historic main streets.
Today, a weekend of activities celebrating Alexandria’s Scottish heritage culminated in the 40th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk. This year’s Grand Marshall , Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead, was unable to attend because of inclement weather. The parade included over 100 Scottish clans, pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, re-enactment groups, Scottie dog groups, dignitaries, and, of course, Santa Claus through Old Town
First it was TV megahits Glee and The Office . . . now First Night Alexandria is part of the nationwide a capella craze! The harmonies of two a capella ensembles are part of the colorful line-up of more than 100 live performances throughout Old Town Alexandria for First Night’s annual New Year’s Eve bash — professional a capella ensemble Musikanten and the popular College of William & Mary Stairwells. The Stairwells will usher in the New Year just prior to the fireworks finale.
By Kristi Shelloner Alexandrianews.org This delightful, locally crafted version of the Dickens classic, is a must see for Alexandria families. The simple staging, period costumes and choral pieces move the story forward briskly and brightly. In just a little over an hour Scrooge achieves his redemption and is welcomed back to his neighborhood with just [...]
In 2003, Alexandria Realtor Nancy Dunning thought it would be a good idea to place thousands of luminaries along Mt. Vernon Ave. to draw attention to the fact that Del Ray was open for business for the holiday season. On Friday, Dec. 5, just before she could put her plan into effect, Dunning was murdered in her Mt. Ida home. That year, her friends and family lighted the luminaries in her memory and the tradition continues
The holidays are a time when thieves are on the prowl. Here are some safety tips to help keep your home, your car, your possessions and your family safe during the holiday season.