This holiday season, make your shopping experience memorable and worry-free in Alexandria, the DC region’s Shop Small Headquarters. Over 80% of the shops in Old Town and Del Ray are independently owned—which means you can find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your “nice list”, all in one weekend.
To fully experience Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Alexandria, we’ve rounded up all the best deals, community events and personalized promotions that make Alexandria your Shop Small Headquarters.
New This Year: Random Acts of Holiday Cheer
Reward yourself while shopping small, with Alexandria’s NEW Random Acts of Holiday Cheer, happening all week from Monday, November 23rd to Small Business Saturday, November 28th. The random acts will kick off on Monday with the ongoing Scottie Dog Prize Hunt. While you get your shopping done throughout the week, keep an eye out for several stuffed animal Scottie dogs, each with a prize attached to it from an Alexandria business. For those who are serious about scavenger hunts, you can stay tuned for clues by following Visit Alexandria’s social media channels or by using #ALXscottie and #ExtraordinaryALX. Keep reading for details about more Random Acts of Holiday Cheer on Small Business Saturday in Alexandria.
Photo Credit: Visit Alexandria
Friday, November 27th
Photo Credit: James Cullum for Visit Alexandria
On Black Friday in Alexandria, you don’t have to worry about defending yourself from frantic shoppers or missing out on great deals. You don’t even have to worry about finding a parking spot, with free parking at parking meters and City-owned garages thanks to the City of Alexandria. Instead, over 50 of our independent boutiques will open early to kick off the shopping season with unique deals on designer and coveted merchandise, including home décor, chic fashions, gourmet food, classic toys and gifts for dogs. So, what’s the deal, exactly? In addition to individual promotions, most participating stores will open at 6 a.m. and offer the following discounts:
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: 30% discounts
8:00 a.m.—10:00a.m.: 20% discounts
After 10:00 a.m.: 10% discounts
To make sure you can hit all of the shops on King Street without missing any deals, the Free King Street Trolley will begin operating at 6 a.m. Once you’ve checked everything off your shopping list, stay in town for the popular City of Alexandria Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on the historic Market Square. The ceremony includes live entertainment, a special visit from Santa Claus and community caroling.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28th
R Nowitz for Visit Alexandria
Small Business Saturday in Alexandria is the perfect way to kick-off holiday celebrations and shop without the chaos. Instead, community-focused experiences bring out the joy of giving back with special promotions, including merchandise discounts, gifts with purchase, complimentary services, treats, and festive activities for shoppers to enjoy. Here are more NEW Random Acts of Holiday Cheer that will surprise and delight Alexandria shoppers on Small Business Saturday:
Elf Prize Patrol: Holiday elves will be hitting the streets to give out special prizes to shoppers throughout Old Town and Del Ray
FA, LA, LA, LA, LA: Busker-style caroling is the soundtrack for shoppers in Alexandria, with carolers throughout the streets of Old Town.
Swag Bag Giveaway: the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce will hand out approximately 250 bags filled with gift cards and goodies from Alexandria businesses at market square in Old Town from 9 a.m. – Noon and in front of Holy Cow restaurant in Del Ray from Noon-1 p.m.
Spot The Bag Contest: In partnership with the Old Town Boutique District, there will also be a “Spot The Bag” contest. Individuals spotted toting shopping bags from one of our Alexandria boutiques will be selected to win special prizes.
Header image by R Kennedy for Visit Alexandria