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The Annual Old Town Holiday Decorating Contest is Around the Corner!

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Alexandria, VA – Like to get into the holiday season? You could be recognized for your efforts, as the 51st Annual Old Town Holiday Decorating Contest will be judged from Dec. 11-16! The event, which is hosted by the Old Town Walled Garden Club, recognizes the most striking holiday exterior decorations in Old Town.

Incidentally, Alexandria was recently named one of the most magical Christmas towns in the entire world by Oprah Magazine

This year is a little different than previous years, as local businesses can now compete against themselves for the coveted honor – in addition to the residential category.

The Rules

  • The decorations should feature only natural materials.
  • For the residential contest, the decorations must all be made by the homeowners themselves. Professionally-made decorations are not eligible for the residential contest.
  • For the commercial contest, decorations can be professionally created, however decorations should only feature natural materials.

Judging criteria include originality of design, scale, color, contrast, and attractiveness from the street. The first, second, and third place winners  for the residential contest will again be awarded generous prizes from local restaurants.

There Is No Application To Enter 

There is no entry form for the contest! A team of volunteers will drive around every street in Old Town to find the most festive homes and businesses.

Interested in participating in the residential competition, but not familiar with how to create a natural holiday door wreath, there are local wreath making classes being held at Boxwood, 128 South Royal on Dec. 5 and Dec. 9. For more information, stop by the store, visit or email [email protected].

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