"Holidays On Main Street" Kicks Off With Dec. 8 Del Ray Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting

December 01, 2019 10:57 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Holiday Season Kick-Off will take place Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, beginning a month-long holiday celebration on Main Street. 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 open to all. Among the activities planned:

  • Holiday Season Kick-Off: The Del Ray community will come together on Sun. Dec 8 at 6 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues. The event features an appearance by Santa, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring full-size lotions, full-size soaps and/or body wash, men's and women's deodorant, new men's and women's underwear in various sizes, new men's and women's long johns in various sizes, or twin air mattresses 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.

  • Twelve Days of Wellness in Del Ray: From Dec. 9-20, the Del Ray wellness community will offer twelve days of self-care during the holidays, featuring special promotions, classes, workshops, and more.

  • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out: Join the Shops of Del Ray on Th., Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine. Find the perfect gift on The Avenue or at an outdoor pop-up market featuring local artisans at the Del Ray Psych & Wellness parking lot, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenue.

  • 4th Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specials at top Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood beer crawl on Sat., Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting Community Lodgings.  Click here for tickets.

  • Del Ray Holiday Pop-Up Market: Find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans and at-home entrepreneurs on Sat., Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square.

  • First Night Alexandria: On New Years' Eve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 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 complete information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

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