It’s the most wonderful time in Del Ray! The holiday season reflects the community’s reputation as a dining, retail, wellness, and arts destination in the region, along with its commitment to supporting Alexandria non-profits year-round. Here are five ways to get in the holiday spirit along Mount Vernon Avenue:
Keep community traditions: Kick off the holiday season with a community Christmas tree and Menorah lighting, carols, and more at the Del Ray Holiday Kick-Off on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square After the event, get an early start on holiday shopping and stroll Mount Vernon Avenue as it is lit with thousands of luminarias in honor of the late Nancy Dunning. Participants are urged to bring new full-size lotions, deodorants, and body wash; ground coffee, or flip flops/shower shoes in various sizes for Carpenter’s Shelter. The event is free and open to all.
Give back: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, and food specials at 15 top Del Ray restaurants during the 6th Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl on Sat., Dec. 11 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The eventraises funds for Neighborhood Health, a non-profit that works to improve health and advance health equity in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax by providing high-quality primary care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, click here.
Make time for self-care: From Dec. 8 to 19, The Wellness District of Del Ray will offer twelve days of wellness tips and special promotions. Follow @thewellnessdistrictdelray on Facebook and Instagram for short videos highlighting the Twelve Days of Wellness during the bust holiday season.
Shop local: Find the perfect gift while supporting Del Ray’s small businesses. Shop local and enjoy special promotions while sipping wine during the Shops of Del Ray’s Holiday Sip & Shop on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at select Del Ray boutiques. Finish your list and discover handmade gifts at the Del Ray Artisans’ Annual Holiday Market, held each weekend in December, or at the Del Ray Holiday Pop-Up Market on Dec. 11, featuring local artists and entrepreneurs.
Make memories: Local artists will use the storefront windows in Del Ray as a giant canvas, hand-painting holiday-themed windows along Mount Vernon Avenue. Pick up a coffee or hot chocolate and a sweet treat at one of Del Ray’s coffee shops or bakeries and check out the windows and participate in a holiday scavenger hunt available at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon & Oxford Avenues.