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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria This Weekend!

Looking for something to do? Here are some suggestions

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Alexandria, VA – During the holidays, many people wait until the last minute to purchase gifts. If you belong to that group, there are plenty of events this weekend that will get you into a festive mood. If you belong to the group that buys in advance, since you probably already plan to be out and about, these events will be right up your alley!

Del Ray Ladies’ Night

Del Ray Ladies Night is tonight! Find tremendous deals. (Courtesy photo)

Thursday, Dec. 12

6-9 p.m.

Stores throughout Del Ray

Check out one of Alexandria’s most popular shopping events! Read Zebra’s article for more info.

Alexandria’s 2019 Holiday Sing-Along

Hear fantastic holiday music inside Del Ray United Methodist Church.(Courtesy photo)

Friday, Dec. 13

7:30-9 p.m. (FREE tickets available!)

Del Ray United Methodist Church

100 E Windsor Avenue

You won’t want to miss this holiday tradition! Bring the whole family and join your neighbors and friends. Conductor Mike Evans and the Alexandria Citizens Band will play all your favorites. Get tickets HERE!

A Christmas Carol” at the Little Theatre

Enjoy Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Dec. 13–Sunday, Dec. 15

Times vary ($20 per person)

Little Theatre of Alexandria

600 Wolfe Street

The Little Theatre Players perform the Charles Dickens classic. For tickets, click HERE.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight & Christmas at Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Dec. 13–Sunday, Dec. 15

Various times (Ticket prices vary)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Take a special tour of the Mount Vernon Estate by candlelight and/or learn about Christmas traditions celebrated by General Washington and his family. For more info and tickets, click HERE and HERE.

Del Ray Artisans’ Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market

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Friday, Dec. 13–Sunday, Dec. 15

Times vary (Browse for FREE!)

Del Ray Artisans

2704 Mount Vernon Avenue

The Holiday Market, in its 24th year, offers shoppers a variety of items – all art! Choose from wall hangings, glass, pottery, and much more. Proceeds from the event benefit Del Ray Artisans.

Yuletide by Candlelight

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is participating( in Yuletide by Candlelight. (Stock image)

Saturday, Dec. 14

Starts: 5–9 p.m. ($8–$30 per person)

Alexandria’s historic museums

Learn about and experience Alexandria holiday traditions for centuries past. For more info and tickets, click HERE!

Holiday Open House at River Farm 

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Saturday, Dec. 14

9 a.m.-2 p.m. (FREE!)

American Horticultural Society’s River Farm

7931 E Boulevard Drive

The manor house will be open to all! Enjoy decorations, food, drinks, a visit from Santa, and more. Need a last-minute gift? The gift shop will be open as well.

Colorful Holiday Ornament Workshop

Make keepsake ornaments at Wear Ever Jewelry. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Dec. 14

Starts: 11:30 a.m. ($75 per person)

Wear Ever Jewelry

1112 King Street

Using enamel on copper, you will be able to create your very own holiday keepsake. All materials provided! Activity recommended for ages 14 and up.

The Alexandrian & Jackson 20’s Winter Wonderland

Enjoy Winter Wonderland at Jackson 20. (Courtesy photo)

Recurs daily

Time: 4–10 p.m. (FREE!)

Jackson 20

480 King Street

The restaurant’s renovated courtyard will feature pop-up vendors and more to get you into the holiday spirit. To stay warm, there will be heat lamps and blankets available. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to Children’s National Hospital.

Del Ray Holiday Pop-Up Market

Pat Miller, Sue Kovalsky, Gayle Reuter, Santa, Kate Moran, Patty Moran, Carol Bailey, and Ryan Bailey at the Del Ray Holiday Tree Lighting. (Photo: Del Ray Business Association)

Saturday, December 14

1–4:30 p.m. (Browse for FREE!)

Pat Miller Neighborhood Square

Mt Vernon & E Oxford Avenues

Having trouble finding a gift for someone special? This market is bound to have something. It features local artisans and entrepreneurs.

ASO Presents: Nutcracker Potpourri

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

Saturday, December 14

Time: 7 p.m. ($5-$85 per ticket)

Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center

Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus

4915 E Campus Drive

The ASO will delight with twice the fun. They will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, then play some of Ellington’s classic swing version. Which will you like better? Find out by buying your tickets HERE.

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Market

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For info on the Old Town Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Old Town North Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Four Mile Run and Artisans Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

Note: The West End Farmers Market returns in May 2020.

Civil War Christmas in Camp

The Fort Ward entrance (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Dec. 14

12–4 p.m. (Donations suggested)

Fort Ward Museum

4301 W Braddock Road

Learn how soldiers spent Christmas in camp with re-enactors. See period decorations. Meet a Union Santa Claus. Take tours. Learn about donations HERE.

Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl

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Saturday, Dec. 14

1–6 p.m. ($15 in advance; $20 at door)

Along Mount Vernon Avenue

Take a break from the rush of the holidays while benefiting Community Lodgings. Del Ray restaurants offer specialty food items, beer, and cocktails. Invite your friends. Click HERE to register in advance.

A Victorian Christmas

The Lee-Fendall House hosts Victorian Christmas. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday, Dec. 14–Sunday, Dec. 15

Times and ticket prices vary

Lee-Fendall House Museum

614 Oronoco Street

Enjoy traditional Victorian decorations, treats, and more. Santa will be there for photos! Get your tickets HERE.

Colonial Handbell Ringers Concert

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Sunday, Dec. 15

Starts: 2–4 p.m. (FREE!)

The Lyceum

201 S Washington Street

The Colonial English Handbell Ringers will perform holiday favorites using 80 bells while dressed in colonial attire. Audience participation and singing are welcome.

The Mount Vernon Flutes Holiday Concert

The Athenaeum (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, Dec. 15

Starts: 2–3 p.m. (FREE!)

The Athenaeum

201 Prince Street

Members of the Mount Vernon Concert Band will perform in the Athenaeum’s gallery. They have been a seasonal favorite for years!

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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