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Holiday Fun in Alexandria
Holiday Fun in Alexandria

Sometimes pretending you are a visitor in your own town is the best way to get to know new, fun things going on in your town. Today I paid a visit to the Visitor's Center in Historic Alexandria to find out some holiday happenings. 

Here are some of the top things to do this holiday season:

1) Candlelight Tours 2010 - This is one of the oldest and most popular events in Old Town Alexandria. This Saturday, December 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. or Sunday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. you can tour Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and the Athenaeum. The tours are by candlelight with wonderful holiday music, costumed guides, and light refreshments. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children. Tickets are on sale at Gadsby's Tavern Museum located at 134 North Royal Street in Alexandria, VA. 

2) Holiday Concerts - Alexandria Holiday Concerts are also not to be missed. This Saturday, December 11, the Bell's Angel's of St. John Lutheran Church Handbell Choir will be performing at 1:00 p.m. at the Market Square located at 301 King Street. Then at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday you can catch the Alexandria Harmonizers, the Men's Barbershop. On Sunday, December 12, the St. Matthews United Methodist Church Handbell Choir will be performing at 2:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. you can hear the Swing Blues of the Blue Book Value Band. 

3) A Civil War "Christmas in Camp" - Fort Ward Museum is presenting this event this Saturday, December 11 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. This festive holiday event interprets how Christmas was observed during the Civil War. There will be living-history interpreters, a Victorian Christmas tree, period music, and refreshments. Fort Ward Museum is located at 4301 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria, VA. 

4) First Night Alexandria - Celebrate the New Year with the Second Annual Fun Hunt. This evening includes 100 live performances, children's face painting, clowns doing balloon sculptures, fireworks at midnight at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, and more. The performances will start at 7 p.m. on the 31st. You can purchase your tickets at the Visitor's Center at Ramsay House located at 221 King Street. Children 12 and under are free!