December 31: First Night Alexandria culminating with midnight fireworks along the Potomac at the foot of King St. The annual music festival is the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party in the D.C. region. Fun for the family begins at 2 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Image below: photo of a previous First Night Alexandria celebration by J Clifford for Visit Alexandria.
Synetic Theater is presenting My Father’s Dragon, thru January 6.This wordless Family Theater Production, directed and choreographed by Company Member Tori Bertocci, is based on the book of the same name by Ruth Stiles Gannett. The story “follows the adventures of Elmer Elevator as he stows away to Wild Island in an attempt to rescue a captive baby dragon."
The Little Theatre of Alexandria is presenting Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Donna Ferragut and directed by Shelagh Roberts, thru December 16.The holiday classic features Ebenezer Scrooge as he “travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays.” The family show has special effects, Victorian carols, Tiny Tim and more.
Scrroge (Brian Lyons-Burke) observes The Cratchit Family (From left: Christine Tankersley, James Kennedy, Molly Johnson, Sarah King, Katherine Watters, Joel Durgavich and Avery Clifford Evans) Photographer: Rich Farella
George Washington’s Mount Vernon has Fireworks, Candlelight Tours, and More Specialty Programming, thru December 31. Visitors of all ages can tour the Mansion, watch 18th-century demonstrations, and hear stories of Christmases past from costumed characters. Special Events include Mount Vernon by Candlelight - a festive evening tour. The experience begins in the Ford Orientation Center, where visitors can enjoy the sounds of the holiday season and view spectacular Christmas trees highlighting the lives of the Washingtons and their home. When the tour begins, visitors are guided into the 18th century for a lantern-lit tour of the historic area, where they can see the Slave Quarters and the Blacksmith Shop.
Inside the Mansion, Martha Washington and others welcome visitors and share stories of past Christmases.
George Washington's Birthday Celebration events will take place all day on February 18.Admission is free.The events will include a presidential tribute featuring honored guests and a wreath-laying at the Washington's Tomb, plus remarks given by esteemed speakers. Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard will conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will play patriotic music.There will be dancing on the bowling green and the Washington family will share stories about past celebrations of the General's birthday. Visitors can pose like George Washington in front of a life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne painting in the Education Center Lobby.The Old Guard will conclude the ceremony with a gun salute to the first president.
George Washington's 287th Birthday will be celebrated on February 22 – the actual day of his birth.Admission will be free and there will be a moving ceremony honoring new citizens in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium. Visitors can "savor a piece of birthday cake in the Vaughan Lobby(while supplies last)."