Candlelighr Tour (Courtesy Photo)

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’s guest site is the Alexandria Black History Museum, featuring “Our Alexandria,” The Sharon J. Frazier and Linwood M. Smith Dollhouse Collection. These beautiful miniatures tell the story of African American life in Alexandria and Virginia. Tour any time 4 – 9 p.m. on Saturday. Please allow 1.5 - 2 hours to tour all four sites. A free shuttle is provided, running in a continuous loop between the sites.

Dec. 8 and 9 Freedom House Museum Open
Freedom House Museum, 1315 Duke St. 
1-5 p.m. 
$5 per person

Experience a powerful exhibit in the basement of the building, which was once part of a larger complex used by the slave-trading firm Franklin and Armfield. Through first-person accounts of enslaved men and women and details from the business, encounter the harsh reality of the domestic slave trade and Alexandria's role. For more information, please visit here.

Dec. 8 How to Celebrate Kwanzaa Workshop 
Alexandria Black History Museum 
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 
Cost: $2.00, no pre-registration required

Description: Have you ever wanted to celebrate Kwanzaa, but are not sure how to begin? Join the staff of the ABHM and Marilyn Patterson, CEO of Joyous Events, for an informative morning that includes the history of Kwanzaa, and hints on easy to make crafts, games, gifts, recipes and holiday decorating. For more information, call 703.746.4356. Tickets available at Alexandriava.gov/Shop.

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

Learn about Christmas traditions during the Civil War.  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” fromThe Sharon J Frazier and Linwood M. Smith Dollhouse Collection. For tickets, please visit here.

Dec. 9 Facetime with History 
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 
1-4 p.m., Included with Regular Admission

While going through the museum, guests will meet Mr. and Mrs. William Bates of Baltimore who are facing a familiar dilemma--oversleeping!  Find out why they were in Alexandria and how they can get home. This monthly series allows guests to spend time with people from the past in an informal setting, much like meeting at the tavern to catch up with friends. While the individual varies, through conversation and stories, guests will deepen their understanding of the past and how it connects to today. Sponsored by the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society, this event is included with regular admission.  

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. The duo brings 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! $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.