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Alexandria,VA is on HGTV’s Top 10…

Jessica Richardson Local Lifestyle

…Christmas Towns in the United States! 

Alexandria, VA goes all out for the Holidays. The celebrations begin with the canopy of white lights along King Street and the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Market Square the day after Thanksgiving. The festivities then ramp up on December 3 when the annual Scottish Christmas Walk, the Holiday Tour of Homes and the Boat Parade on the Potomac take place.

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The community spirit shines especially bright during the annual Scottish Christmas Walk. In 1669, Scottish immigrant John Alexander purchased a tract of land which would become the town of Alexandria in 1749. The men and women who eventually settled the town were also of Scottish descent. It’s only fitting Old Town (Alexandria) celebrates its Scottish heritage with an annual parade. This year marks the 46th parade.

Many different Scottish Clans participate in the parade. Audience favorites include the tartan-dressed dogs and the bagpipe marching bands. It’s fun for all ages. Click here for a map of the route.

Scotty Dog on Parade

Scotty Dog on Parade in Dog-Loving Alexandria, VA

The children love the chance to see Santa during the walk. Once he’s done with the parade, he can be seen on a boat cruising down the Potomac River in the Holiday Boat Parade.

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If you missed Twig’s fall Tour of Homes, you can still peek into the lovely historic houses of Old Town. These homes are dressed up in holiday decorations. Join The Campagna Center’s tours on December 3 from 11 am to 4 pm. Finally, round out your day with the Holiday Boat Parade which begins at the waterfront at 5 pm. The boats are decorated in holiday cheer as they cruise by on the Potomac River.

Also, on the weekend of the Dec 2 and 3, there is a Taste of Scotland event as well as the sale of Heather and Greens. For more information about these events, click here.

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