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Holiday Happenings

Filipino Community Celebrates 500-year Christmas Tradition

December 15, 2017

Each year, the Filipino community in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington participates in ‘Simbang Gabi’ (Filipino for "Night Mass”). It is a long-treasured Philippine tradition where worshipers attend Mass for nine consecutive days from Dec. 15–24 in preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Historic Alexandria Commemorative Ornament

December 15, 2017

The Office of Historic Alexandria is pleased to announce that this year's Historic Alexandria Commemorative ornament features the historic Murray-Dick-Fawcett House at 517 Prince Street. Constructed ca. 1772, the house is a unique example of early American craftsmanship.

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Free Holiday Lyft Rides Offered Throughout Metro Area To Prevent Drunk Driving

December 13, 2017

Combating that holiday period when, last year, “781 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December 2016”, a local nonprofit organization announced today that free safe rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area during the winter holidays.

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Festive Carolers To Bring Smiles In Old Town Alexandria

December 13, 2017

Around 100 carolers showed up Saturday night, Dec. 9 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Old Town Alexandria during the snowfall.

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Donate Toys And Ride Dash Free On December 13

December 11, 2017

DASH will give free rides to passengers who donate a new, unopened toy on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Toy donations will benefit the Community Toy Drive sponsored by Volunteer Alexandria, and make Christmas extra merry for an Alexandria boy and girl this holiday season. To donate your toy, simply place it in the bag next to the farebox.

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Alexandria Boat Parade Wins USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award

December 8, 2017

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights was ranked number eight among ten award winners, alongside the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia and Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade. The public voted from a list of 20 Best Holiday Parade nominees chosen by a panel of experts.

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The King Street Trolley Welcomes Santa With Free Photos On December 16

December 6, 2017

Santa Claus Is Coming To Old Town. On Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. - Noon at Alexandria’s City Hall Market Square, Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) and Santa Claus, invite you to join us for a fun-filled morning of free photos with Santa courtesy of Jackie Garcia Photography. 

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Festive Carolers To Bring Smiles In Old Town Alexandria

December 4, 2017

On Dec. 9, around 200 carolers from the Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will sing in the streets of Old Town Alexandria. This is the Diocese’s third year hosting this event. 

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Winning Boats From Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade Of Lights Announced

December 4, 2017

More than 50 beautifully illuminated boats competed for prizes in a dozen categories at the 18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

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Police Chief To Light City’s Largest Menorah

December 4, 2017

Chanukah -The Festival of Lights- for many of us brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew our sense of identity.  The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria.

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