Holiday events with Historic Alexandria (Courtesy Photo)

Join the Office of Historic Alexandria in celebrating the holidays. Whether it be a workshop on how to celebrate Kwanzaa, a Candlelight Tour of Historic Alexandria museums, watch reenactors demonstrate how Civil War soldiers experienced Christmas, or listen to the Colonial Handbell Ringers in concert, the Office of Historic Alexandria has the event for you! If you’re looking for a uniquely Alexandrian gift idea, our gift shops have what you’re looking for, including this year’s ornament featuring the Lee-Fendall House Museum.

Dec. 1 Ship Biscuit Ornaments 
Alexandria Archaeology Museum 
1 – 4 p.m.

An almost completely intact ship’s biscuit from the 18th century was found in Alexandria last year. To commemorate the discovery, visitors are invited to make their own ship’s biscuit. Each biscuit will be stamped with the year and then baked at home to track its preservation. Free. No registration required. While supplies last. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.

Dec. 4 Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society’s Special Fundraising Performance of A Christmas Carol 
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
 600 Wolfe St. 
Dec. 4
Reception at 6:00 with a Silent Auction
Performance from 8:00 – 9:15 (no intermission)

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society’s hosts a Special Performance of A Christmas Carol at the Little Theater of Alexandria. Enjoy a lovely family evening including a wonderful Silent Auction, appetizers and sweets, beverages including a champagne punch, and a classic performance of A Christmas Carol. Free Photo Opportunities with Father Christmas.  Click here for information or call 703-549-6242

Tickets:  $25.00 per person.  Available at http://www.gadsbystavernmuseum.us/ or at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.  All Proceeds benefit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

Dec. 8 Kwanzaa Workshop 
Alexandria Black History Museum 
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Kwanzaa, celebrated Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, is one of three inherently African American celebrations, along with Juneteenth and Watch Night. This interactive workshop will present what you should know about Kwanzaa and how to do it.  Included will be history, principles, symbols, activities, and decorating ideas to aid in planning your own Kwanzaa Celebration.  The program will be entertaining and educational for children, youth, and adults. There is a $5.00 fee for this event.  The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, five blocks from the Braddock Metro Station on the Blue Line.  Free street parking is available. For more information and to register please call 703.746.4356.

 Dec. 8 Civil War Christmas in Camp 
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site 
12 – 4 p.m.

Learn about Christmas traditions during the Civil War.  This program features a patriotic Union Santa Claus, soldiers, and civilians celebrating the holiday in winter camps, the decorated Officers’ Hut, a Victorian tree, fort tours, kids activities.  Suggested donation: $2/person; $5/families. Program is weather dependent.

Dec. 8 Candlelight Tours 
Ongoing tours 4 – 9 p.m. 
$25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and older) + active military, and $5 for children (ages 5-12).

Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town at Alexandria’s most popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, and Lee-Fendall House, enjoying seasonal decorations, entertainment, and light refreshments.  This year features special guest site the Alexandria Black History Museum featuring the wonderful African American dollhouse exhibit “Our Alexandria” from The Sharon J Frazier and Linwood M. Smith Dollhouse Collection. For tickets, please visit here.

Dec. 9 Facetime with History 
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 
1-5 p.m.

Mr. & Mrs. William Bates - Guests stranded at the City Tavern after dancing the night before. On the 2nd Sunday of every month, guests will be greeted by a person from the past while journeying through the museum. Guests can always expect conversations and stories that will deepen their understanding of the past and how it connects to today.  Included in admission fee. Sponsored by the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society.

Dec. 14 Holiday After Work Concert 
The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum 
6-8 p.m.

This month features a special holiday concert with Meridian. Meridian weaves together the most beautiful music and themes of Christmas with much older Winter Solstice traditions. Meridian is Colin de la Barre and Olivia Gale who are two bright stars rising in New England, shining fresh harmonies on timeless material. They bring strong and sweet voices, Colin's riveting arrangements, and Olivia's just-right dusting of guitar to songs of the season. This month’s concert will be held at The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street. Take the free trolley that runs every 15 minutes from the King Street Metro station! This concert runs from 6-8 p.m. $5/free for members of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Dec. 16 Colonial Handbell Ringers Concert 
The Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum 
2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

The Colonial English Handbell Ringers perform clad in colonial attire, bringing a 5-octave set of nearly 80 handbells from the world-famous Whitechapel foundry in London. The ringers will perform children’s classics, timeless holiday tunes, and original show-stoppers. Audience participation in the sing-a-long encouraged. Identical performances at both 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free concert – first come, first served. No reservations will be accepted in advance and seating capacity is limited.

Dec. 31 First Night – Ship Biscuit Workshop 
Alexandria Archaeology Museum 
2 – 5 p.m.

An almost completely intact ship’s biscuit from the 18th century was found last year in Alexandria. To commemorate the discovery, visitors are invited to make their own ship’s biscuit. Each biscuit will be stamped with the year and then baked at home to track its preservation. Free. No registration required. While supplies last. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.