USA Today recently named Alexandria one of America’s Top Holiday Towns, where “visitors feel like time travelers to Christmas Past.” And on Old Town’s King Street, you can feel transported by a nostalgic sense of holiday wonder on brick-lined streets twinkling with holiday traditions. We’ve created this guide to help you experience all of the holiday cheer on King Street from cozy restaurants and boutique shopping to seasonal events and much more.
Want to celebrate Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend but don’t know where to start? Dinna fash yersel! (That’s Scottish for don’t worry.) We’ve rounded up our top picks to keep you covered all weekend long.
Alexandria’s holiday season is in full swing, and there’s plenty of exciting family-fun to be had by all. To help find the best things to do with kids during the holidays, we asked local parents about their favorite family holiday traditions in this historic city. Don’t have kids? Don’t worry, there’s no age requirement for these fun activities—grab a few friends and find your inner child.
‘Tis the season to catch up with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. Whether you have family in town visiting, or just want to catch up with your neighbor, we’ve got you covered with ten places to meet for meals in Alexandria this holiday season. Forget about grocery shopping and celebrate in style at one of these extraordinary restaurants. Looking for restaurants that are open on major holidays? We’ve got you covered, too. Just check out our listings to see what’s open.
In Alexandria, the most wonderful time of the year brings out the best of our city’s historic streets—store windows sparkle with festive displays, Old Town homes boast seasonal greenery and the mayor and Santa Claus will light Alexandria’s holiday tree in Market Square. From the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade to Waterskiing Santa, Alexandria is packed full of authentic holiday traditions, old and new in 2016. Continue reading
Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood is an eclectic and walkable neighborhood filled with an extraordinary art scene. From the architecture and art galleries to the extensive murals around every corner, Del Ray is a great place to spark your creativity.
Visit Alexandria recently hosted an #InstaMeetALX for a photo walk of Del Ray’s murals, with each one telling a different story about Del Ray and its history and culture. If you missed out, we’ve got you covered with this fun walking tour of murals in Del Ray featuring some of our favorite shots from the photo walk. You can make a day of exploring Del Ray’s street art, with no shortage of awesome restaurants to fuel your adventure along the way. You can start at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center and work your way south on Mount Vernon Avenue, or start at Junction Bakery & Bistro and work your way north.
Alexandria is nationally known for its historic houses and museums, but a lesser known claim-to-fame has been hiding in the shadows and streets of these buildings for centuries: some of the biggest trees in the country and commonwealth of Virginia. Our city is home to over 100 champion or notable trees. With foliage expected to peak in Virginia over the next few weeks, we’ve compiled an introductory guide to larger-than-life leaf peeping in Alexandria. Whether you’re looking for an all-out “tree-o-caching” adventure or a simple scenic drive along the Potomac, there are extraordinary options for everyone to enjoy the fall foliage. Continue reading
Halloween in Alexandria is so legendary, one day is not enough to experience all of the eclectic tricks and treats throughout October. Whether you’re in search of hair-raising haunts, family fun, or simply want to satisfy your sweet-tooth, celebrate “witch-ever” way you prefer all month long with these eekstraordinary parties, tours, events and more.
The highly anticipated Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall on September 24, 2016 to powerful reviews from visitors. In just a few days on October 1, another thread in African American history will be told at Mount Vernon with the opening of the ground-breaking exhibition called “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” focusing on the personal stories of Mount Vernon’s enslaved people.
Alexandria is most known to visitors for historic Old Town, but is made up of many neighborhoods that offer a rich experience of local flavor. Venture into the city’s West End to the Seminary Hill neighborhood for history, outdoor sanctuaries, innovative arts and hidden gems just off the beaten path. The neighborhood is even home to T.C. Williams High School, whose football team inspired the movie “Remember the Titans.” Whether you have a few hours or a weekend, we’ve rounded up our favorite things to do in this West End neighborhood including the best restaurants, outdoor activities and local favorites.