Northern Virginia kicks off the holiday season with the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade that takes place on December 2 to 3 through Old Town Alexandria. Drawing nearly 30,000 families from across the region, the Parade ranks as one of the Top 20 Events in the South by the Southeast Tourism Society. Partake in the cultural extravaganza that takes place rain or shine. Join more than 100 Scottish clans dressed in traditional garb marching with bagpipes through the historic town of Alexandria.
The Campagna Center
The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade is the largest fundraising activity for The Campagna Center, a non-profit organization that helps children in need. The Center focuses on early childhood education and started several programs that include the Early Head Start, Alexandria Head Start, Campagna Early Learning Center, Afternoon Adventures and the Summer Safari.
Some key events that you can expect during the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade are:
Christmas Market place & Heather and Greens Sale
Get the perfect gift for every person on your list at the Christmas marketplace where thousands of vendors assemble. In addition, several traditional Scottish holiday decorations are available during the Center’s heather and greens sale.
Date & Time: Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 to 10:30 p.m. for Taste of Scotland guests only)
Deck the Hall with Santa
Children can enjoy Deck the Hall with Santa and partake in an entertaining afternoon with Santa Claus and Plaid, the Dog. The fun-filled event features age-appropriate crafts, raffles, seasonal treats and goodies for the whole family.
Date & Time: Friday, December 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m
Price: $30/adult and $15/child
Taste of Scotland
Food lovers can participate in a traditional Taste of Scotland featuring a sampling of Scottish food, beer, and wine. A silent auction will also be held.
Date & Time: General admission begins from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
General Admission Tickets: $100/person
The Holiday Designer Tour of Homes
Stroll down the Old Town roads and get a glimpse of the historic buildings decorated by interior designers and local florists
Date & Time: December 3, 11a.m. to 4p.m
Price: $30 in advance; $35 at tour locations
The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade Route
The parade begins at Wilkes and South Saint Asaph Streets, and ends at Market Square with a massed band concert
Date & Time: Saturday, December 3 from 11a.m
Tickets for all events are available at The Campagna Center, 418 South Washington Street, by phone at (703) 549-0111 x146, or online.
Apart from the parade, all events will take place at George Washington Masonic Memorial at 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria.
Image Courtesy: Alexandria News