December 1: The 19th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, which can be viewed Founders Park (351 North Union Street), Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron Street), Waterfront Park (1A Prince Street), Shipyard/Harborside Park (1 Wilkes Street), and Ford’s Landing Park (99 Franklin St). Visit www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com
December 24: Waterskiing Santa on Alexandria’s Waterfront from the Alexandria City Marina and Waterfront Park. Visit www.WaterskiingSanta.com
December 31: First Night Alexandria culminating with midnight fireworks along the Potomac at the foot of King St. Visit www.FirstNightAlexandria.com
Image below: Alexandria Christmas Walk: Photo by Matt Chenet for Visit Alexandria
George Washington’s Mount Vernon will have Fireworks, Candlelight Tours, and More Specialty Programming, November 23-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 will 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 will be 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 other Mount Vernon residents will welcome visitors into their home and share stories of past Christmases.
Synetic Theater will present My Father’s Dragon, December 4-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 will present Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Donna Ferragut and directed by Shelagh Roberts, November 30-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 will have special effects, Victorian carols, Tiny Tim and more.