Dec. 3 Tree Lighting Kicks Off "Mindful And Merry In Del Ray"

November 28, 2016 9:00 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

     The Del Ray Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Sat., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, kicking off a month-long holiday celebration, "Mindful and Merry in Del Ray."  The holiday theme and activities reflect the Del Ray neighborhood's reputation as a dining, retail, wellness, and arts destination in the region, along with its commitment to supporting Alexandria non-profits year-round. 

     All events are free and open to all.  Among the activities planned: 

  • Holiday Tree Lighting: Kick off the holidays with a visit to Del Ray for the annual holiday tree lighting on Sat., Dec. 3 at 6pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.  The event features an appearance by Santa Claus, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring nonperishable food and diapers for Carpenter’s Shelter.  Continue the celebration (and start your holiday shopping!) with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias in honor of the late Nancy Dunning.  

  • "Be the Light":  The creators of The Courage Wall and Unity will launch "Be The Light," an interactive public art project, on Dec. 3.  Participants will write how they will be the light for others on a blank gift card, then light a battery-operated candle and place them on a community display. A 24' x 8' display will house over a thousand candles and intentions.  This project, displayed at the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue, will run through Dec. 25.

  • Holiday On The Avenue:  Local artists are creating a winter wonderland through a series of hand-painted holiday windows at businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue.  Businesses and local non-profits are also teaming up to decorate Christmas trees along the Avenue; the winning tree, selected by online voters, will earn $500 for that non-profit.

  • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out:  Join the Shops of Del Ray on Thurs., Dec. 8 from 6pm to 9pm to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine.

  • Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, and food specials at select Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood bar crawl. Donations for charity will be collected. Fri., Dec. 9 starting at 4pm.  

    "Mindful and Merry in Del Ray" is presented by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.   

      Click here to volunteer to help with the tree lighting.

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