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December 2-4, 2022

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 2 to 4, 2022, making it the perfect time to enjoy a winter weekend getaway and experience the destination Condé Nast Traveler named one of the Best U.S. Cities to Visit at Christmas and Oprah Daily called one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World. Bask in the warmth of time-honored festivities like the 51st Annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, featuring a parade of Scottish clans and Scottie dogs, as well as the 22nd 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. 2022. 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.

Your Guide to Holiday Parade Day in Alexandria 2022

51st Annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade

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 3, 2022. 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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22nd Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon

Old Town Alexandria’s historic waterfront will shine on December 3, 2022, for the 22nd Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon as more than 50 brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy dockside festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. in Waterfront Park including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, local food, music from 97.1 WASH-FM and hands-on activities from Alexandria boutiques. At 3:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina before attending the annual Holiday Festival at Torpedo Factory Art Center, which takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. The Old Town North Alliance presents a family friendly event on the North Waterfront from 2 to 7 p.m. at Canal Center and Oronoco Bay Park featuring artist vendors, music, food and drink, interactive demonstrations and kids activities, plus the opportunity to view boats arriving in Alexandria for parade assembly. Learn more.

2021 Winning Boats

More than 50 boats took part in the 2021 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon.

2021 Best of Alexandria Show sponsored by Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ:

Santé, Captain Daniel Ricks, “COEXIST”

2021 Best Powerboat:

Kairos, Captain Tipper Williams Bradford, “Santa & His Cast of Characters”

2021 Best Sailboat:

Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage, “The Island of Misfit Toys”

2021 Thinking Outside the Christmas Box:

Tuesday, Captain Joseph Landa, “Oompa Lumpa”

2021 Most Holiday Cheer:

Part of Five, Captain Alan Trombley, “Spooky Christmas”

2021 Best Spirit of America:

Aggie, Captain Tamara Collum, “NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN PARTY”

2021 Most Spirited Crew:

D’Entanglement, Captain Dayon Harrison, “D’Entangled Christmas Wonderland”

2021 Best Theme:

Surprise, Captain Sarah Ollila, “X-mas Files”

2021 Hardiest Soul:

Miss Behavin, Captain Kirt Barbee, “Gilligan Island”

2021 Best Try:

Knot Tied Down, Captains Peter Furness & Rita Martin, “Jurassic Christmas”

More Holiday Weekend Events

December 3, 2022
Torpedo Factory Art Center
December 4, 2022
Pat Miller Square
December 2 - December 18, 2022
Del Ray Artisans
December 3 - December 17, 2022
Little Theatre of Alexandria
December 3 - December 17, 2022
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden
December 4 - December 18, 2022
Montgomery Park
November 18 - January 1, 2023
Cameron Run Regional Park

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