From new riverside dining to immersive new public artwork and tours that highlight the city’s African American history, there are plenty of new things to do in Alexandria, just minutes from Washington, D.C.

It’s a Shopper’s Paradise

Art on the Avenue will take place on Nov. 12th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Del Ray, featuring more than 350 juried artists, from quilters to cartographers. Grab a bite from 20+ food vendors with live music along the avenue. Peruse 50+ independently owned shops and boutiques touting one-of-a-kind deals during Plaid Friday: Alexandria’s Small Business Black Friday on Nov. 25, followed by Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26. The holiday magic atmosphere in this destination is reminiscent of a real-life Dickens Village, complete with a European flair. There are even centuries-old brick-lined streets to stroll along the “King Street mile, making it even more authentic.

Celebrate With a Weekend Getaway

Alexandria’s Biggest Holiday Weekend takes place from December 2 to 4. Signature events include the 51st Annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and the 22nd Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac River sponsored by Amazon. A canopy of twinkling lights that shine above the brick-lined streets will greet you as you enjoy ducking in one of the many cafes or pubs for a warm holiday drink.

A holiday festival at Torpedo Factory Art Center on Dec. 3, 2-8 p.m. will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus as they arrive by fire boat around 3:30 p.m. on the Waterfront. Music fills the halls and the Waterfront, beckoning people to browse three floors of open artists’ studios.

Take a history-focused walking tour of town and stop at Gadsby’s Tavern, a favorite haunt of Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, that’s now a museum, restaurant, and event space.

NOVA Parks is proud to offer Ice and Lights–The Winter Village at Cameron Run, opening Nov. 18. Ice & Lights offers a fun, outdoor family experience to see unique light displays through Jan. 1, 5-10 p.m. Take family pictures or selfies with a variety of displays and take a spin on the outdoor ice rink.  Tickets are available for the Village or Village and Ice Skating daily through January 1st.  Daytime ice skating is available weekends and holidays in January and February.


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