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Holiday Happenings in Old Town

I have to say this is my favorite time of year. I love the holidays. The smells, the goodies, the decorations and all the fun things to do.

We’ve been working on a lot of great events and activities in Old Town and across Alexandria this year that I think you are really going to enjoy. So add these to your holdiay to-do list, and don’t forget to check it twice 

Black Friday Sale

Learn more at shoplocalalexandria.comAlexandria retailers will open early on Black Friday, November 29, to offer door-buster discounts.

Participating stores, including Red Barn Mercantile, will open at 6 a.m. During this sale, the early birds definitely get the discount worm. If you come in between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., you’ll get discounts of up to 30 percent off your purchase. Come in between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and you’ll receive discounts of up to 20 percent off and 10 percent  off starting at 10 am.

City of Alexandria tree lighting

This is the official kickoff to the holiday season! At 6 p.m. November 29, the mayor and Santa Claus will light the city tree in Market Square. Entertainment features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, performances by the Alexandria Harmonizers and the Alexandria Choral Society, caroling and a community sing-along.

Take a picture with Santa

Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (except for December 7—Scottish Walk Parade day—when hours are 1-5 p.m.), Sundays, noon-5 p.m.
No appointments.
210 N. Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Admission: $20 for a 5 x 7 photo print

Santa and Mrs. Claus are back in Old Town Alexandria to take pictures with children every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, you can have Breakfast with Santa at the Union Street Public House on December 23 and 24. This opportunity is presented by the Old Town Boutique District in partnership with the City of Alexandria and the support of area businesses.

Shop local first week & give back

We’re teaming up with the Old Town Boutique District, Think Local First DC and Causetown to host Shop Local Week 2013, promoting independently owned, community-minded businesses as the preferred option for holiday shoppers. The week features a variety of local business promotions along with a “Charity Cash Mob,” when businesses across the region will give a portion of purchases to literally ANY school or charity customers choose when they mention Shop Local Week. You can learn more and print out your sample charity selection form here. This offer will also be available to online purchases too! Just enter your charity’s information in the special instructions window at check out.

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