This Weekend in Alexandria (12/19 - 12/21)
Friday, December 20 – Sunday, December 22, 2019
Christmas may be just around the corner, but there are still plenty of festive events happening all around Alexandria to get you even more in the holiday spirit. Take a break from the last minute rush of shopping and wrapping to spend time with your family and friends and make some new traditions as the final countdown begins!
Friday, December 20 - Sunday, December 22
Del Ray Artisans' 24th Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market
Still need some last minute gifts? Check out the annual Del Ray Artisans’ Holiday Market, where you’ll find unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, including a wide selection of original wall art, handcrafted pottery, photography, sculpture, paper crafts, handmade jewelry, glass art, and more. Also for sale are 2020 wall calendars, locally published cookbooks, and tote bags whose profits help support Del Ray Artisans. Friday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Free admission. 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA. For more information, visit www.delrayartisans.org.
Friday, December 20
The Thirteen Choir: “Silent Night, Starry Night: The Constellation of Apollo; Holiday Carols”
If the winter sky makes you starry-eyed, you’ll love The Thirteen’s vocal voyage through space and their unique presentation of the Christmas story. In addition to featuring the traditional holiday carols, you’ll also hear The Thirteen’s own arrangement of “Silent Night,” and contemporary composer Kile Smith’s “The Consolation of Apollo,” making this a must-see event! Perfect for anyone who finds wonder in the universe, The Consolation of Apollo pairs the words of the Apollo 8 astronauts on Christmas Eve 1968 with the writings of Roman philosopher Boethius for an exceptional and inspiring take on the Christmas story. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, projected images from NASA’s Hubble telescope will be shown throughout the performance. Tickets: $17.50. Showtime at 7:30 p.m. Episcopal High School, 1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA. For more information and tickets, visit https://washingtondc.eventful.com/events/thirteen-choir-silentnightstarrynighttheconstell-/E0-001-132380371-5.
Saturday, December 21
Alexandria Harmonizers Annual Holiday Show: “The Secret of Christmas”
Celebrate the sounds of the season with the Alexandria Harmonizers, the area's premiere a cappella chorus, as they present their annual holiday show, “Celebrate the Season.” Additional features to the performance include special guests Pratt Street Power and the Quin-Tones. Perfect holiday fun for all ages, this may just become a part of your yearly tradition. General admission: $35; Premier admission: $75. Showtime from 4:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call (703) 403-0296 or visit www.harmonizers.org.
Friday, December 20 - Saturday, December 21
Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon
Take a step back in time at Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and a fantastic fireworks display choreographed to festive holiday music. Before the fireworks, stroll the estate as you listen to local choirs singing songs from the season and visit with re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment. If you’ve ever wanted to meet the First Lady, now’s your chance, as Martha Washington will be greeting holiday guests. For even more sweet fun, watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the 18th-century process of chocolate making, then visit Aladdin the camel. Stay warm and cozy by the bonfire as you sip hot chocolate or cider, then visit the Museum and Education Center (open from 5:30 to 8 p.m.) before picking up last-minute gifts at the Shops at Mount Vernon. Tickets $36 adult/$26 youth with mansion tour; $30 adult/$20 youth without mansion tour. 05:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA. For more information, call (703) 780-2000 or visit www.mountvernon.org.
Sunday, December 22
Chanukah On Ice!
Come out to Pentagon Row to skate on the outdoor rink with your family and friends! Get in the spirit of the Festival of Lights during the lighting of the giant 6-foot menorah, then enjoy refreshments like hot latkes and kosher hot dogs and get ready to win prizes during the free raffle! Tickets: $13, includes skate rental. 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Pentagon Row, 1201 South Joyce Street, Arlington VA. For more information, call (703) 820-2770 or visit www.chabadalexandria.org.