18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

The 18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is this Saturday, following the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade.  Dozens of brightly lit boats will cruise the Potomac River at the waterfront.  Then a panel of judges will award prizes in categories such as: Best in Show, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box, and Hardiest Souls.

The parade begins at 5:30PM.  And as if that wasn’t enough, Santa Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina before the parade at 3PM.  He will meet with children until 6PM at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and he will be available to take photos.  The annual Holiday Festival, live music and a scavenger hunt will also take place at the Torpedo Factory.

The parade will stretch for one mile from Founders Park at the north end to Ford’s Landing City Park at the south end, with the parade finishing near Wilson Bridge.


Sounds fun!


Small Business Saturday in Alexandria

Small Business Saturday is coming and will be bigger than ever this year!  Avoid the mall and head down to Old Town and Del Ray where more than 50 independently owned boutiques and shops will be open and ready to serve you.  Shoppers will be treated to free parking at parking meters, live music, shopping and activities at the Torpedo Factory from 10AM until 8PM, including a free gift wrapping station from Safe Space NOVA and NOVA Pride from noon until 8PM.  There will be surprise giveaways from the Elf Prize Patrol from 11AM until 2PM and holiday caroling from The Alexandria Singers from 11AM until 1PM.  And to get even more in the spirit, there will be a Santa Stroll on King Street starting at 11AM outside of Penny Post, (1201 King Street).  Click here for more details.


Small Business Saturday is part of a whole weekend of “Shop Small” festivities in Alexandria that include an alternative Black Friday experience and the first-ever Museum Store Sunday.  We can’t wait.


The Scottish Walk Weekend 2017

Get ready to kick off the holiday season!

The first two weekends in December, the Campagna Center (TCC) is having a series of fun events that should not be missed!

Here is what you can look forward to:

Taste of Scotland is Friday, December 1 from 6:30pm to 10 pm in Old Town.  It is a scotch tasting evening at the Atrium Building that also includes beer and wine.

Scottish Christmas Walk Parade is Saturday, December 2 at 11am (rain or shine).  The parade route begins at the intersection of Wilkes Street and South St. Asaph Street, then will head north on South St. Asaph Street to Queen Street, turn right on Queen Street to North Fairfax Street, then turn right and head south on North Fairfax Street.  (Got that?)

Heather and Greens Sale – order by November 19 (pick-up December 1-2) at The Campagna Center.

Holiday Home Tours take place Saturday, December 2 from 12:30 – 4 pm.  Old Town homes are featured, each decorated for the holidays by local interior designers and florists.

Deck the Halls with Santa is Saturday, December 9 from 10 am to Noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Old Town.

Taste of Scotland, Holiday Home Tours, and Deck the Halls tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.

All proceeds from the events directly support the programs of The Campagna Center, such as Early Head Start, Building Better Futures, and New Neighbors. Feel free to ask me about the programs.

See you there!


Blüprint Chocolatiers

If you are looking for premium, hand-dipped and molded chocolates, give Blüprint Chocolatiers a try.  It is unique artisan chocolate shop in Old Town Alexandria (1001 King Street) that has been open since 2014.  Chocolatiers Kim and Bruce Gustafson use the finest chocolates, fruit purées, select coffees, spirits, nuts, premium teas, and spices in their creastions.  The results are a distinctive and beautiful chocolate selection.  Flavors range from the more familiar mocha, chocolate caramel and dark chocolate to the more daring lavender honey, fig orange blossom and grand marnier.

To complement their chocolate selection, they offer tea, espresso, coffee and hot chocolate.  They also offer a limited assortment of chocolate-themed desserts and bean-to-bar chocolates. Chocolate gift boxes for special and holiday occasions are available.

They can also provide a tasty touch of class to a wedding, a reunion, or a corporate event.  Give this local business a try!