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5 Things To Do With Family Over Christmas In Alexandria

Posted on Dec 22,2017
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

Image via Nick Eckert - Visit Alexandria

By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Are you hosting family this Christmas? In between Christmas Day, your relatives may be pining to get out. Luckily there are a number of ways keep family entertained around Alexandria.

While not everything is open during the long holiday weekend, there's always something fun going on in Alexandria.

Here are five events to enjoy during Christmas:

1. Have a laugh at the Waterskiing Santa show

This fun event is a 32-year Christmas Eve tradition on the Alexandria waterfront near Blackwall Hitch. "Papa Noel" Comeaux transforms into Santa along with other Christmas characters to waterski on the waterfront. The show provides lots of laughs as Santa and his elves ski on the freezing Potomac River and the Grinch tries to steal Christmas. It starts promptly at 1 p.m. with a pre-show at 12:45 p.m. and a meet-and-greet after the show.

2. Experience a colonial Christmas at Mount Vernon

Head down the George Washington Memorial Parkway to spend Christmas at the first president's estate. Meet Aladdin the Christmas Camel, tour the mansion decked out in holiday decorations and take a holiday dinner tour. The estate is open every day including Christmas Eve and Day.

3. Attend a concert or performance

A few performances are scheduled for the days surrounding Christmas. Journey back to 1912 London with the performance of "Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush" at Metrostage through Dec. 24 or catch Freddie Jackson or Charles Esten performing at The Birchmere.

4. Visit a historic museum

All museums are closed on Christmas, but a few will be open on the surrounding days. All museums typically open on Saturdays will be Dec. 23, although the Alexandria Black History Museum will close at 1 p.m.Gadsby's Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open on Christmas Eve from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. while The Lyceum and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum are open Dec. 26. Check hours for all city museums here.

5. See light displays around Alexandria

As most things will be closed on Christmas Day, it's an opportune time to check out the Old Town Alexandria or Del Ray lights with minimal foot or vehicular traffic. See the Christmas tree and decorations at Market Square, or head to Del Ray to check out the tree at Mount Vernon and East Oxford Avenues and local business displays. Best of all, the King Street Trolley will be running on a regular schedule every 10 to 15 minutes, between the King Street Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront, from 10:30 a.m. to midnight.

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