The 47th Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade will take place throughout Old Town Alexandria,December 1-2.The City of Alexandria was officially established in 1749 by three Scottish merchants and named after its original founder, John Alexander, who was also of Scottish descent. On December 2, dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans will parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, plus terriers and hounds. The weekend will also include the Taste of Scotland scotch tasting on December 1, a holiday Heather and Greens sale, & the Campagna Center’s Holiday Designer Tour of Homes on December 2.
Image below: Alexandria Christmas Scottish Walk - bagpipes - Credit: Matt Chenet for Visit Alexandria
The18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will take place on Alexandria's waterfront at the foot of Cameron Street near the Torpedo Factory Art Center on December 2. Dozens of brightly lit boats will cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront, & judges will award prizes in eleven categories, including Best in Show, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box, and Hardiest Souls. Media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as the parade announcer while the Fresh FM Street Team presents music, games and prizes on the dock from 5 to 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina before the parade at 3 p.m. and will walk to the Torpedo Factory Art Center where he will meet with children until 6 p.m.
Image below: A boat on parade - photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Alexandria
First Night Alexandria will take place onDecember 31 from 2 p.m. to midnight, when there will be fireworks along the Potomac River at the foot of King Street. There will be more than 150 performances at 23 indoor venues, with live music, dancing, children’s face painting and games. The afternoon’s Ninth Annual Fun Hunt will be accompanied by all-new activities for families and pets. There will be dancing in the street at the east end of King Street beginning at 10 p.m.
Image below: A view of a First Night Alexandria celebration - Photo by J. Clifford for Visit Alexandria
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, with The Fairfax Ballet, led by artistic director Margaret Virkus, will perform Tchaikovsky'sThe Nutcracker in the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, December 16. The classic family presentation features “a winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice.”
Synetic Theatre will present Hansel & Gretel December 1-23.The wordless production of the fairy tale by theBrothers Grimm will transport the audience to a house in the woods built of bread and cakes with windowpanes of sugar. There, Hansel and Gretel “must outsmart the half-blind and hungry Witch in order to return to their family. The production is considered suitable for all ages. Visit http://synetictheater.org/
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present A Christmas Carol, adapted from the classic book by Charles Dickens and directed by Eleanore Tapscott, December 1-16.The production will feature Ebenezer Scrooge, “a miserable Victorian humbug, as he travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays.” There will be special effects, Victorian carols and, of course, Tiny Tim.
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, which was adapted from the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery & is directed by Michael J. Baker, Jr., January 13-February 3.The show has a book by Donald Harron & music by Norman Campbell. The tale is set at the turn of the century, “when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The “boy” turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures.