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Holidays in Alexandria, VA


Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located on the waterfront just minutes from Washington, D.C. and recognized by Oprah Daily as one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World for three consecutive years since 2019. Feel transported by an old-fashioned sense of holiday wonder with a stroll along the King Street mile, like a real-life Dickens Village, complete with European flair.

Stroll among al fresco dining spots or savor takeout from your favorite Alexandria restaurants. Show your love for Alexandria’s dozens of independent boutiques that provide personal service and curated gift selections all season long.

Stay tuned for more details on Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend (typically the first weekend in December) featuring the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon. Visit our events calendar for upcoming events and happenings.

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Alexandria’s Biggest Holiday Weekend

Stay tuned for details on Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend, the perfect time to enjoy a winter weekend getaway in early December. Bask in the warmth of time-honored festivities like the Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, as well as the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon on the Potomac River. Enjoy several other festive happenings throughout the weekend.

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A Magical Christmas Town

Find out why Oprah Daily named Alexandria one of the “Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World” in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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Sparkling with Christmas Charm

Read Southern Living’s ode to Alexandria’s historic streets, small businesses and seasonal spirit.

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Conde Nast Traveler says the Old Town Alexandria’s brick-lined streets feel lifted out of a Charles Dickens novel.

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Fodor’s Travel invites you to enjoy holiday highlights like Market Square 40-foot tree adorned with nearly 40,000 twinkling lights.

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