Things to Do in November and December in Alexandria and Northern Virginia in 2018

Are you new to the Alexandria, Northern Virginia area?  Or maybe you are anticipating a house full of guests and are wondering how to entertain them?  Look no further!  We have pulled together the best of what Alexandria has to offer in 2018 for November and December.  We even threw in two of our favorite Washington DC activities to round out your choices.

National Tree

National Christmas Tree

National Christmas Tree Lighting

United States Botanic Garden
if you are a miniature train enthusiast this is a must see

Christmas at Mount Vernon

Colonial Ringers Handbell Ensemble at the Lyceum  – dates to be announced

Nov. 12  – Civil War Christmas in Camp at Ft. Ward

Nov. 27 – City of Alexandria Christmas Tree Lighting at Market Square, 6pm
Caroling and a community sing along

Nov. 27  – Jan. 6Christmas at Mt. Vernon

Dec. 2Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Dec. 4-6Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

Dec. 4-23Holiday Market
John Carlyle Square, 300 John Carlyle Street. Shop for unique art and craft items at this holiday market, while enjoying live entertainment, traditional European food and sweets, wine and beer.

Dec. 5Torpedo Factory Art Center Open House
Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and celebrate the holiday season with live jazz, an art raffle, door prizes, wine, and refreshments. Artists will keep their studios open late for visitors to find special handmade gifts. The Alexandria Choral Society will perform seasonal favorites throughout the evening. Stop in before and after the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

Dec. 5 – 16th Annual Alexandria Boat Parade of Lights

Dec. 12 – 13Old Town Candle Light Tours

Dec. 18-19Christmas Illuminations at Mt. Vernon
Mount Vernon will open its doors for two evenings of holiday-themed fireworks and special programs. Fireworks show begins at 8:45 p.m., beforehand watch colonial artisans make chocolate, meet re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment, enjoy cider by a bonfire, and learn 18th century dance moves from costumed guides.

Dec. 24Waterskiing Santa Claus

Have fun!

Virginia and Michael