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Alexandria’s Biggest Holiday Weekend 2024 will take place December 6 to 8, 2024. See details of the 2023 Biggest Holiday Weekend below.

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December 1-3, 2023

Alexandria’s Biggest Holiday Weekend


Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend takes place December 1 to 3, 2023, making it the perfect time to enjoy a winter weekend getaway and experience the destination Good Housekeeping dubbed one of the Best Places to Travel in December 2023. Bask in the warmth of time-honored festivities like the 52nd Annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, as well as the 23rd Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon on the Potomac River. Enjoy more festive happenings throughout the weekend.

Come take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season as you stroll under a canopy of twinkling lights that shine above brick-lined streets. Discover why Travel + Leisure readers named Alexandria one of the Best Cities in the U.S. 2023. Enjoy warm drinks in cozy cafes and pubs and unforgettable meals in independent restaurants. Stroll historic streets and step inside dozens of locally owned boutiques that welcome you with greenery at their doorsteps.

Both parades will occur rain or shine. Text “ALXEVENTS” to 888777 to receive event updates.

Your Guide to Holiday Parade Day in Alexandria 2023

52nd Annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade sponsored by Wegmans

Alexandria was founded in 1749 by Scottish merchants and was named after Scotsman John Alexander who owned the land that became Alexandria. Today, the city continues celebrating its heritage with the iconic Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands, as well as terriers and hounds, community groups and more. Learn more.

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Old Town Alexandria’s historic waterfront will shine on December 2, 2023, for the 23rd Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon as brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Enjoy dockside festivities, local food, music and family-friendly activities. Learn more.

More Holiday Weekend Events

November 24 - December 3, 2023
Various locations throughout Old Town Alexandria
December 1 - December 23, 2023
Del Ray Artisans
December 2 - December 16, 2023
Little Theatre of Alexandria
December 3, 2023
Pat Miller Square

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