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Capture the Holiday Excitement in Alexandria, VA

Holiday lights in Old Town Alexandria VAWhether taking a stroll through Old Town Alexandria and passing under dazzling Christmas lights or spending a day in nearby Washington D.C. to catch up on some national history, Alexandria, VA stands as one of the top holiday getaway destinations.

Featuring a wide array of holiday events in Alexandria, including excursions to Mount Vernon by candlelight or Black Friday sales at the Tanger Outlet mall, this peaceful and iconic Virginia city holds something for everyone.

Visiting Historic Old Town Alexandria

Holiday shopping in Old Town AlexandriaLined with twinkling lit trees providing a warm, holiday glow over Old Town Alexandria, this shopper’s paradise boasts some of the best shopping in the Washington D.C. area. With a range of boutique shops, home decor shops, antique galleries, and much more, everyone from executive travelers to fashionistas can discover holiday delights ideal for the season.

Holiday Light Tours

Patomac waterfront boat with holiday lightsIn addition to the more than 50 boats draped in stunning Christmas lights cruising the historic waterfront of the Potomac, you can easily find a fascinating Alexandria area holiday light tour that is ripe with holiday cheer. Some other highly respected holiday light tours include a candlelight trip to Washington’s Mount Vernon or a historic tour through the illuminated Old Town Alexandria.  Explore holiday sites in the Nation’s Capital with a D.C. Metro Hotel Package Deal and two tickets for the Washington Metro Rail and shuttle service to and from Huntington Station is included with your hotel stay.

Holiday Events at the National Harbor

Known as the premier shopping center within Alexandria and Washington D.C., the National Harbor is also renowned for its inspiring holiday-themed events. In addition to the Gaylord National Resort’s ICE!, some other fun-filled events include several Harbor holiday movies, an ugly sweater run, free family nights at the National Children’s Museum, and much more.

Holiday ICE

Whether staying in Alexandria as a family or with a government organization, one of the must-see holiday events in Alexandria is the Gaylord National Resort’s ICE! spectacular. Located next to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, visitors to this eye-catching holiday affair step into a winter wonderland of nearly 5,000 blocks of ice hand-sculpted by international artists.

Holiday Shopping at Tanger Outlet Malls

Holiday shopping at Tanger Outlet Mall AlexandriaAfter enjoying the history and beauty of the National Harbor, you can also head on over to the Tanger Outlet malls to discover a comprehensive outdoor/indoor Alexandria shopping experience.  Take advantage of the special holiday shopping promotions many retailers offer Thanksgiving to Christmas.  Book the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria’s Tanger Outlets Shopping Package and receive a $50 shopping card per night you stay.  And best of all, shuttle service to National Harbor is included.

Preparing for your Holiday Getaway to Alexandria

With the entire range of holiday events in Alexandria, don’t forget to checkAlexandria hotel out the Alexandria area hotels within close vicinity to the variety of entertainment and holiday fun.  The Holiday Inn Express Alexandria Fort Belvoir offers spacious Alexandria hotel rooms with plenty of room for the entire family and your holiday shopping finds.  Make more room in your budget for holiday gifts with our free Smart Start breakfast, free WiFi, and parking.  Unwind after a long day of holiday shopping at our Alexandria hotel in a king Jacuzzi suite featuring a luxury jetted whirlpool tub.  Of hotels in Alexandria VA, the Holiday Inn Express is the ideal choice for your Washington D.C. area holiday getaway.

Military Ball Season comes to Alexandria and the D.C. Area

Marine Corps Birthday Ball CeremonyFall has arrived and with it comes Military Ball season. From the Coast Guard’s Commandant’s Ball on November 1st  to the Marine Corp Birthday Ball on November 8th, the Alexandria area comes alive with elegant dresses, formal uniforms and dashing tuxedos.  It’s an exciting time for Alexandria area military communities to come together, celebrate honored traditions, honor those who have sacrificed and dress up in their best.

Many spouses are anxious about what to wear to a military ball, what to expect at their first military ball and how best to honor their service member.  Here are a few key things to remember to make your first military ball experience an enjoyable evening:

  • Remember this is a work function and you’re representing your spouse.  Keep this in mind as you select your attire, your conversation topics, and as you decide on how many times to visit the bar.
  • Match your attire to your spouses.  There are numerous blogs that give great advice on appropriate military ball dress. The common theme: be comfortable, keep the dress code in mind and don’t show too much skin.  There are many online resources with specific tips for selecting your military ball gown with links to local resources for purchasing the perfect military ball dress.
  • Put your phone on silent and don’t look at it during the ceremony.
  • Be mindful of your alcohol intake.  Remember you’re around people your spouse works with, for and possibly works for him or her.
  • Holiday Inn Express Alexandria-Fort Belvoir hotel guest roomIf your ball is taking place more than a few miles from home, consider getting a hotel room in the area.  If you plan to have drinks, this just makes sense, and it’s a way to extend the fun of this exciting night!


Of hotels in Alexandria, VA, the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria-Fort Belvoir still has guest rooms and affordable military ball rates King jacuzzi suite at the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria hotelavailable.  With award-winning service, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking, the Alexandria, Virginia hotel is a great option for your special night.  Our convenient location near Old Town Alexandria puts you within minutes of Fort Belvoir, Fort Meade, Andrews Air Force Base and Quantico.  Click here to book your military ball hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express in Alexandria, VA.  Relax and unwind after the ball with one of our king Jacuzzi suites offering the luxury of a jetted tub separate from the shower. Above all, remember to relax and enjoy the evening.