Dec. 2 Tree Lighting Kicks Off Holiday Season In Del Ray

November 26, 2017 3:43 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
    The Del Ray Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, kicking off a month-long holiday celebration. The holiday activities reflect the Del Ray neighborhood's reputation as a dining, retail, wellness, and arts destination in the region, along with its commitment to supporting Alexandria non-profits year-round. 

     All events are free and open to all.  Among the activities planned: 

  • Holiday Tree Lighting: Kick off the holidays with a visit to Del Ray on Sat. Dec 2 at 6pm for the annual holiday tree lighting at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.  The event features an appearance by Santa Claus, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring nonperishable food and diapers for Carpenter’s Shelter.  Continue the celebration (and start your holiday shopping!) with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias in honor of the late Nancy Dunning.  

  • Holiday On The Avenue:  Local artists have been commissioned to complete a series of hand-painted holiday windows at businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue.  Businesses and local non-profits are also teaming up to decorate Christmas trees along the Avenue; the winning tree, selected by online voters, will earn $500 for that non-profit.

  • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out:  Join the Shops of Del Ray on Thurs., Dec. 7 from 6pm to 9pm to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine.  Find the perfect gift on The Avenue or at an exclusive outdoor pop-up shop of local artisans at the Just ASK parking lot, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenue.

  • 2nd Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specials at 12 Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood beer crawl on Sat., Dec. 9 from 2pm to 6pm.  Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting Neighborhood Health, which provides essential health care to the uninsured in our community.

  • Twelve Days of Wellness in Del Ray:  The Wellness community kicks off 12 days of self-care during the holidays with outdoor Polar Bear Yoga; the series includes special giveaways, classes, workshops, and more. 

  • First Night Alexandria: On New Years Eve from 6pm to 9pm, bring the entire family out for an old-fashioned carnival featuring games, face-painting, and more at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. 
    All events are presented by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit

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