Long before I moved to Alexandria, I had been coming to Old Town for the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade. It was, well, just something you did if you lived anywhere in the mid Atlantic region.
With a typical annual appearance of 30,000, it seems lots of folks make this an annual tradition.
Consistently ranked by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events in the South, the Scottish Christmas Walk has grown into an entire weekend filled with events and festivities.
Some of the events include a
- Christmas Marketplace
- Heather and Greens Sale
- Deck the Halls with Santa
- Taste of Scotland Patron Pub
- Holiday Designer Tour of Homes. (Yes, this is everyone’s big chance to actually go inside some of those gorgeous historic homes we always wonder about when we are wandering around OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, eyeing their beautiful Christmas decorations).
As some of you know, ALEXANDRIA VA has a rich Scottish heritage and it is this weekend that really brings it all home. There will be more than 100 Scottish clans dressed in tartans and playing bagpipes, history re-enactors, antique cars and, of course, Santa Claus.
While seeing hundreds of men in skirts kilts is always a thrill, the biggest crowd pleasers are simply The DOGS. In this canine-centric city, the adorable, wonderful Scotties and West Highland Terriers are simply the parade’s highlight. They are quite the sight in their kilts and Christmas sweaters.
So, if you’re in the area the weekend of 11/30 – 12/1, make plans to head to OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA‘S premiere Christmas event. It’s the best place to be for getting into the holiday spirit!
OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK WEEKEND 11/30-12/1/12