This November, start the holiday season off right with some fun and festive holiday events. From the annual City of Alexandria Tree Lighting, to cocktail classes and cookie decorating, as well as the 47th Annual Turkey Trot and Small Business Saturday these events are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Below is a list of events we’re looking forward to throughout Alexandria and the DC area.
Annual City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Nov. 19, 6 pm – 7 pm 300 King Street, Old Town
Ring in the city’s official start to the holiday season with the lighting of a 40-foot tree adorned with nearly 40,000 twinkling lights! You’ll also enjoy appearances from Alexandria’s Town Crier and you may just spot Santa himself. Visit the event website here for more info.
Holiday Cocktail Class at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza and Tap Nov. 7 – Dec. 13, 6 pm – 8 pm
401 East Braddock Road, Del Ray
At this interactive cocktail class, patrons will be welcomed with a starter cocktail and then taught how to make three special holiday cocktails while learning the story behind each cocktail. The class includes a starter and entrée course to enjoy, plus guests will receive a parting cocktail gift bag to enjoy at home. Visit the event website here for more info.
Art Fest at Torpedo Factory Art Center Nov. 12 – 13, 12 pm – 4 pm 105 North Union Street, Old Town
Listen to live music and sip drinks from local craft brewers and wineries as you shop for affordable art deals on all three floors of the Art Center. Choose from a variety of tiered tickets for drinks plus discounts on select affordable art. Visit the event website here for more info.
Holiday Pottery Sale Nov. 12, 10 am – 4 pm
2389 South Dove Street
Shop for your holiday gifts at the Alexandria Clay Coop, displaying the work of more than 30 members. Meet the local artists who make and sell beautiful pottery, and then stop by their next door neighbors, the Happy Cat Hotel & Spa, the Local Motion Project, and America’s Favorite Popcorn. Plenty of free parking. Visit the event website here for more info.
Ice and Lights – The Winter Village at Cameron Run Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, 5 pm – 10 pm 4001 Eisenhower Avenue, Cameron Run
Enjoy ice skating while surrounded by a winter wonderland at Cameron Run Regional Park. Ice and Lights offers a fun, outdoor family experience, perfect for snapping family pictures with a variety of displays. Tickets are available for the Village Only or Village and Ice Skating evenings November 18 – January 1. Daytime ice skating is available weekends and holidays in January and February. Prices range $8-20 per person depending on activity and date. Capacity is limited; reservations are required to ensure access on a specific date. Visit the event website here for more info and to purchase tickets.
“Here for the Pie” Cookie Decorating Workshop Nov. 19, 3 pm – 4:30 pm 1212 King Street, Old Town
This interactive two hour workshop lead by guest instructor and local Alexandria Cookie Artisan, Desiray of Orbiting Cookie Company includes a set of 6 Themed Cookies with which you’ll learn how to use piping inconsistencies to add texture, the skill of brushing and layering icing, how to add dimension through timed flooding, applying sprinkles, piping details and edible painting, and tips and tricks to achieving a perfectly baked sugar cookie. You’ll get to take home a custom scribe and will walk away with Desiray’s no-fail white velvet sugar recipe, your decorated cookies, and “cookier” tips and tricks. Visit the event website here for more info and to purchase tickets.
47th Annual Turkey Trot
1005 Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray Nov. 24, 9 am
Earn your Thanksgiving dinner this year by signing up for Del Ray’s favorite Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot. In the spirit of the season, participants are encouraged to bring and donate non-perishable food items to ALIVE. Visit the event website here for more info and to sign up today.
Tour Mount Vernon by Candlelight Nov. 25 – Dec. 18, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon
Take a candlelit guided tour of George Washington’s estate while learning about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia. Hear stories of Christmases’ past and the build-up to the American Revolution as you visit the slave quarters, outbuildings, and Washington’s Mansion, then enjoy a reception with live music, cider, and cookies. Visit the event website here for more info and to purchase tickets.
Small Business Saturday
Old Town Nov. 26
Celebrate Small Business Saturday in the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters, with offerings from dozens of independently owned boutiques in Old Town Alexandria and beyond. Stroll the historic streets as you enjoy special discounts or gifts with purchase. Get all of your holiday shopping done in Alexandria’s boutiques where you’re offered the best in personalized customer service with curated gift suggestions ranging from home décor, chic fashions and gourmet food to classic toys and gifts for pets. Visit the event website here for more info.
Del Ray Shop Small Crawl
Del Ray Nov. 26, 10 am – 6 pm
Shop small and shop sooner this holiday season. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, the shops of Del Ray will join in on the Old Town tradition and host a Shop Small Crawl on November 26, featuring special promotions, giveaways and other holiday surprises. Visit the event website here for more info.
Holiday Makers Market at Port City Brewing Company Nov. 26, 1 pm – 5 pm 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Port City Brewery
Shop for holiday gifts as you enjoy a pint or two at Port City Brewing Company. More than two dozen Alexandria-based makers, artists, and creators will pop-up at Port City offering handmade goods and cozy holiday items. Local food trucks will be on site for the event. Visit the event website here for more info.
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