Holidays in Alexandria

Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for special Holiday events.

Page updated on Nov 26, 2018 at 2:56 PM

Join the Office of Historic Alexandria for special Holiday events.

Museum Shop Sunday
November 25
Give the gift of history to your friends and family! Stop by you favorite Alexandria museums for special activities and discounts in their museum shops.

Scottish Walk Open House
December 1, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum • FREE

Features special guests The Schod Family Apothecary demonstrating 19th-century apothecary products making.

How to Celebrate Kwanzaa Workshop
December 8, 11 a.m and 1 p.m.
Alexandria Black History Museum • $2/person

Have you ever wanted to celebrate Kwanzaa, but are not sure how to begin? This event includes the history of Kwanzaa and hints on easy to make crafts, games, gifts, recipes, and holiday decorating.

Civil War Christmas in Camp
December 8, noon — 4 p.m.
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site • Individual $2 / Family $5

Learn about Christmas traditions during the Civil War. Program feature a patriotic Union Santa Claus, soldiers and civilians celebrating the holiday in winter camps, the decorated Officers’ Hut, a Victorian tree fort tours, and kids’ activities. Program is weather dependent.

Candlelight Tours
December 8, 4 — 9 p.m. Advance ticket sales.
Adults $25 / Seniors 65+ $20 / Active Military $5 / Children (5-12) $5

Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town at Alexandria’s most popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, and Lee-Fendall House, enjoying seasonal decorations, entertainment, and light refreshments. This year, Alexandria Black History Museum joins the tour as the guest site, featuring “Our Alexandria,” The Sharon J. Frazier and Linwood M. Smith Dollhouse Collection. These beautiful miniatures tell the story of African American life in Alexandria and Virginia.  Public parking is available near all sites, but a free shuttle will also be provided, running in a continuous loop between the sites.  

Colonial Handbell Ringers Concert
December 16, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Alexandria’s History Museum at The Lyceum • FREE (first come, first served)

The Colonial English Handbell Ringers perform clad in colonial attire bringing a 5-octave set of nearly 80 handbells from the world-famous Whitechapel foundry in London.