The Holiday Boat Parade returns to Alexandria and the Wharf this weekend to fill the Potomac and Washington Channel with lights and cheers.
Boaters decorate their boats with lights, decorations, inflatables and more during a celebration with fireworks and live music.
Boats depart from Old Town Alexandria Waterfront at around 5:30 PM and will arrive at the wharf around 7:00 PM
At the Wharf, you can visit a beer garden, vineyard, toast to s’mores, decorate ornaments, ice skate, and other activities. Here is the schedule.
In the old town of Alexandria, the celebrations on the quayside start at 2 p.m. There’s a pop-up beer garden, Christmas music, and food here.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will pass by on a fireboat before heading to the Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival. Here are more details.
Anyone looking for vacation fun has plenty to do on the first weekend in December in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Another sign that the Christmas season has begun: the annual downtown Christmas market starts today. News4’s Mark Segraves takes a look at what’s new this year.
Numerous Christmas markets are open, including the Adas Israel Congregation’s outdoor Hannukah Bazaar, Heurich House Chriskindlmarkt (in Dupont Circle), Takoma Park Gift (ing) Market and the McLean Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival.
Here is a complete guide to the DC area Christmas markets.
Dates until January 2nd
Morven Park, 17195 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, Virginia
More than a million Christmas lights form larger than life displays that shine in Morven Park. Holiday Road runs through January 2nd. Tickets start at $ 35 per person. Here you will find more information.
Tailgate on the bullpen
Open Saturday lunchtime
1201 Half St SE, Washington, DC
Whether you’re looking for Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Alabama, or Georgia, you can check out the ACC and SEC championship games at the Bullpen.
In addition to games on the big screens, you can watch the 19thNS Street band, s’mores around fire pits and hot drinks. Entry is free. Here you will find more information.
Hanukkah celebration in Glen Echo Park
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Glen Echo Park, 7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland
Head to Glen Echo Park for an afternoon of children’s theater, crafts, and Hannukah fun. Tickets start at a suggested donation of $ 5 to the party and shows start at $ 15. Here is more information.