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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Your Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale Questions Answered

Heads up, shopaholics—hot deals are headed your way at this year’s Alexandria Sidewalk Sale. On Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14, 2016, more than 50 Alexandria shops will offer deep discounts on sought-after merchandise like high-end shoes and mid-century furniture, children’s toys and home décor in this city known for its unique independent boutiques. You can even snag free parking at city meters thanks to the City of Alexandria!

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7 Ways Alexandria is Like a European Old Town

Alexandria, Virginia is known as the city that’s “minutes from Washington, DC, yet a world away,” and when we say “a world away,” we mean it. Around every corner is a picturesque cobblestone streetscape, a surprising architectural detail, or a classic-style pub, all reminiscent of Europe—without the jet lag. Travel blogger Brianna from Casual Travelist said of Alexandria, “It’s a great walking city and much more European in style than many of the other East coast cities.”

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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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Farmers’ Markets in Alexandria, Virginia

This fall, get outside and explore Alexandria’s vibrant neighborhoods by visiting our farmers’ markets, conveniently dispersed throughout the city.  Each market offers its own, unique glimpse into Alexandria’s character, with something for everyone to fall in love with and take home (unless, of course, you eat it first).  Whether you’re a longtime resident or just visiting for the weekend, we’ve compiled a roundup of farmers’ markets in Alexandria so you can experience each one like a local.

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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