Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria This Holiday Season

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 First Night, Alexandria is packed full of authentic holiday traditions, old and new in 2017. Continue reading

Top Things To Do With Kids This Holiday Season

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.

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10 Places to Meet for Meals in Alexandria this Holiday Season

‘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.

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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Alexandria

Been searching for St. Patrick’s Day plans in the D.C. region? Luckily you just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Irish-inspired festivities and food specials happening this month in Alexandria to help you go green in a big way:

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Seasonal Spirits: Cocktails and Festive Drinks

When temperatures start to fall, nothing warms you up like a cup of good cheer. Thankfully, Alexandria is practically overflowing with holiday spirit(s)! From special brews to festive cocktails, mulled wine and artisan cider, Alexandria restaurants and pubs are concocting and pouring yummy holiday drinks that will keep you toasty and toasting all the way to New Year’s and beyond.

Don’t want to be left out in the cold? Read on for our list of the top seasonal spirits in Alexandria! And of course, please drink responsibly (remember, too much eggnog got Grandma run over by a reindeer!).

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You Told Us: #CraveYourLocal Holidays in Alexandria

When Alexandria’s grassroots #CraveYourLocal campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago, we asked you, our loyal followers, what you crave about the holidays in our historic city.  Alexandria is famous for its holiday traditions and events, and was recently named one of the Best Cities to Visit For Christmas. So it should come as no surprise that many of you crave the twinkle-lit trees, magical holiday decorations, and local boutiques during the holiday season. Keep reading to see what social media users, locals and visitors crave in Alexandria—you might just see your answer! And keep using #CraveYourLocal for more opportunities to be featured on the blog and social media channels.

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Alexandria is Your Shop Small Headquarters for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

Check out our 2016 Shop Small blog post featuring Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

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.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Top 5 Extraordinary Gifts for the Home

In a town chock-full of independent boutiques overflowing with artisanal wares, home décor and fashionable accessories for both bipeds and dogs, just where do you start your holiday shopping? We’re here to help! Today we kick off our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Extraordinary Gifts, with our top picks for one-of-a-kind, it’s-a-perfect-fit gifts from Alexandria. Up first: Top 5 Extraordinary Gifts for the Home! Continue reading

Small is the New Black: Your Guide to Black Friday Shopping in Alexandria

Black Friday: for some people, it spells malls crawling with frantic shoppers fighting over mass-produced merchandise. Not so in Alexandria! If you like supporting small businesses, snagging one-of-a-kind deals and downing free donuts, the DC area’s “Shop Small” headquarters is the place to kick off your holiday shopping spree. Continue reading