We’ve Found the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie
Just a short hop from D.C. as the sleigh flies, it’s an ideal setting for mistletoe moments.
'Tis the Season
With a population of 159,000, Alexandria, Virginia, is hardly rural, yet its Old Town nationally designated historic district lives like a small town—and a gorgeous one at that. Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria has an overflow of charm, character, and beautifully preserved architecture, including rowhouses dating back to the 18th century.
On an ordinary day, you can enjoy great dining and shopping, a happening Potomac waterfront, and Instagrammable scenics galore. But add Christmas lights and decorations aplenty? You’ll find yourself wondering: “Was that Candace Cameron Bure I just saw crossing King Street?” Here’s what makes an Alexandria Christmas so Hallmark-worthy:
The Romance of the Place
There’s something about the charming storefronts and brick streets, the Christmas red-and-green, the crisp Virginia air. They make us want somebody to head for the nearest mistletoe and pop the question.
The 49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade, featuring Scottish clans and Scottie pups, will happen December 6 and 7 in 2019. (What if, at the last minute, you’re called upon to coordinate the parade because the regular director slips on an icicle and twists her ankle, leaving you and that handsome single fire chief to save Christmas . . . )
A Former White House Employee
Alexandria’s Santa is a former White House St. Nick. He plays a mean bagpipe when he’s not making his list and checking it twice.
You’ll hear local carolers singing for shoppers on Saturdays during the holidays. Hand bell choirs will join the fa-la-la this year. (We just hope they don’t get into a competitive cookie bake-off that pits a beautiful soprano against a handsome bell ringer.)
Magical Main Street
King Street is Alexandria’s main street, running all the way from the metro rail station to the Potomac waterfront. Lit top to bottom for the holidays, it’s sprinkled with all kinds of locally owned shops and eateries, with a free trolley to ferry you along.
Christmas Lights + Boats = Hallmark Moment
Grab your new boyfriend (who’s secretly a prince if this is a Hallmark movie) and head to the Alexandria Waterfront on December 7 at 5:30 p.m. for the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. It’s part of a Potomac Christmas tradition, with boaters cruising the river from here and from The Wharf in D.C. on the same day.
Community Tree Lighting
The annual lighting ceremony on Market Square (complete with an intro by the town crier) happens the Saturday before Thanksgiving this year (November 23, 2019).
Happy New Year!
First Night Alexandria is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration held in Old Town and marking its 25th year in 2019. What better moment for a Hallmark couple to profess their undying love beneath a winter sky alight with fireworks . . . Hey, it could happen.