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December 15, 2014 Published in Holiday Happenings, Other News

Del Ray Alight For The Holidays

Del Ray holiday tree lit by Santa on Saturday. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

Del Ray holiday tree lit by Santa on Saturday. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

Santa flipped the switch and the 30-foot tall Del Ray Christmas tree came to life. The tree was donated by businessmen Mango Mike Anderson and his business partner Bill Blackburn.

Luminaria line both sides of Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

Luminaria line both sides of Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

The Del Ray Business Association also sponsored the placement of 2,000 luminaries along Mt. Vernon Avenue from Hume to Nelson. This tradition began in 2003 as an idea conceived by Nancy Dunning. She was murdered in her Del Ray home before she saw her plans come to fruition but the tradition has continued each year as a tribute to the many contributions she made to Del Ray and to Alexandria.

There were 500 carolers who sang traditional songs for those who gathered to watch the holiday spectacle. The T. C. Williams High School choir performed as well.

The Tree Decorating Competition – 12 trees along the Avenue – is underway until Dec. 25. Vote for your favorite tree at www.visitdelray.com or click here to vote.  More photos at this link.

Del Ray Tree Lighting, Luminaria and Visit with Santa

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