Holidays in Alexandria, VA

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Make Old Town Alexandria part of your holiday tradition.


Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located on the waterfront just minutes from Washington, D.C. and voted one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities in the U.S 2023. 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 heated al fresco dining spots or duck into cozy Alexandria restaurants. Show your love for Alexandria’s dozens of independent boutiques that provide personal service and curated gift selections all season long.


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Holiday Accolades

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.

Oprah Daily

Sparkling with Christmas Charm

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

Southern Living

Best Place to Spend Christmas

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

Conde Nast Traveler

Quaintest Christmas Village

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

Fodor’s Travel

A Christmas Town That Is as Charming as the Movies

The Pioneer Woman says that the historic streets decorated with lights in quaint Old Town Alexandria are perfect for completing your holiday shopping.

The Pioneer Woman

Best Place to Spend Christmas

Good Housekeeping encourages visitors to enjoy the well-appointed row houses around King Street, and take a trip to nearby Mount Vernon for candlelight tours and fireworks.

Good Housekeeping

$5 Parking Garages

Find $5 garage parking in Old Town on Saturdays and Sundays, and after 5 p.m. on weekdays, at the Courthouse Square Garage, 111 S. Pitt Street, and the Market Square Garage, 108 N. Fairfax Street.


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