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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Christmas parades in Northern Virginia (2015)



The holidays in the D.C. metro area are a lot of fun. With many events across the region, there is always something fun and interesting to do throughout the season. There are festivals, visits from Santa, special tours at historical sites and beautiful decorations, to name a few. Oh, and there are also several parades. 

Photo I took at the 2012 parade

Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend


A very popular event each year, this one is always scheduled for the first weekend in December. That being said, this year’s event will take place from Dec. 4 through Dec. 6 with the parade starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Old Town Alexandria. This parade features over 100 marching units and typically draws a big crowd. 

This year marks the parade’s 45th year. Sponsored by the Campagna Center (in partnership with The Scottish Government, The Saint Andrew’s Society of Washington, D.C. and the City of Alexandria), proceeds go to benefit the center’s six educational programs. There are a number of events throughout the weekend. Check out the Campagna website for more information. Events take place rain or shine. 

Warrenton Christmas Parade


This year’s annual parade takes place on Fri., Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in Old Town Warrenton. As customary every year, the Christmas parade route is on Main Street. See Santa and the town’s Christmas tree lighting too! This year also features a Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market). For more information and updates associated with the parade, you can follow the official Facebook page.  

This is a town I need to explore more. I’ve been there a couple of times and really enjoyed my tour of the 19th century jail and museum at the  Fauquier History Museum.


Greater Manassas Christmas Parade


Each December this parade takes place in Old Town Manassas. Now in its 70th year, the parade is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.  The parade route doesn’t appear to be listed just yet, but information is likely to come. Check out www.gmchristmasparade.org for details. This one is also advertised as being held rain, snow or shine.


Annual Christmas and Holiday Parade (Leesburg)



Every year Leesburg holds its annual parade. I went to this parade in 2012 and it was held during the day hours, but I noticed for the past year or two it takes place at night. This year’s parade will take place on Sat., Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the historic district. It starts at Ida Lee Drive, travels down King Street and finishes on Fairfax Street. We really enjoyed the parade we saw in 2012. 

Parades are not just for the warmer months in Northern Virginia. Come check out one or more of the local holiday parades, in my experience it’s a great time out. The evening parades are likely to be a little chilly, so bundle up and have fun!

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