Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday Happenings in Del Ray


Del Ray Celebration of the Holidays

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Luminarias,

& Visit with Santa Claus!

Saturday, December 5  at 6 pm


Events are free & at the Del Ray Farmers Market

Corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Oxford Avenue

And along Mt. Vernon Avenue

Sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association


·    Enjoy thousands of Luminaries along Mt. Vernon Avenue

·   Sing holiday carols at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market led by "The Shrinemonters"

·   Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate provided by Evening Star & Buzz Bakery

·   Sit on Santa’s lap and have a photo taken (please note that last year pictures were finished by around 7 pm.)

·  Visit businesses that will be open late for shoppers & offering holiday specials

· Enjoy special performances by the TC Williams High School Choir

And, in the true spirit of the holidays, we are collecting needy items for Carpenter's Homeless Shelter.  If you could bring and donate any of the following, it would be great to show how much the community cares about others.  Please bring any of the following to the Tree Lighting and  drop in the marked boxes:

· Disposable diapers

· Wash Cloths

· Toothpaste & Tooth Brushes

· Deodorant
· Razors/shaving cream

· Metro Smart Trip Cards

· Food – canned goods (soup, vegetables, ramen, easy mac)

Please note that volunteers are needed as follows: 

Sat. December 5 at 1 pm to fill & distribute the luminarias (bags with sand & candles) along Mt. Vernon Avenue, 4 pm to light them and at 10 pm to extinguish & pick them up. Meet at Mt. Vernon & E. Oxord  To help, email

Beginning December 5th Vote for Your Favorite Tree . Twelve trees along Mt. Vernon Avenue have been adopted and decorated by area non profits. We invite you to Walk the Avenue and look at all the trees and then VOTE for your favorite in the Best Decorated Tree Competition!  Each tree will have a sign with a number on it. Pick which one you like the best and then go to beginning the evening of December 5th to cast your vote for your favorite. Voting will be open until Christmas Day, December 25 and the winning non-profit will receive $500 from the Del Ray Business Association.

Special thanks to Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn from Pork Barrel BBQ , Holy Cow and the sushi bar for donating our beautiful 25-foot tree at the market and to Cathy Puskar who has arranged a crane and cherry picker to get the tree up for all of us to enjoy. If you see them, be sure and tell them thanks!!

We'd also like to thank  Cathy Puskar  who arranged with  Pulte Homes and Velasquez Contracting, Inc.  to get the tree put up for all of us to enjoy.  


The Front Porch will open at 5pm on Saturday, December 5 with a special menu and hot drinks cocktail menu . All will be adult and kid friendly . Movies will start at 6 and continue on thru the evening.


Eat, Drink & Be Merry at Del Ray Towers Holiday Sip & Shop, Saturday, December 5 from noon to 3 pm in the DRT Kitchen.  Jewelry, pet accessories, nail designs and much more all from artistic residents of the Del Ray Towers.


Find something for everyone on your list at the Holiday Pop Up Market.  Find us at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Hume Avenue.  Saturday, December 5 th and Sunday, December 6 th from 11 am to 4 pm.  Truly Life and PawsGo, will be there!


Wednesday, December 9th the Del Ray retail stores will hold LADIES NIGHT OUT from 6-9 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Ladies can enjoy disocunts and shopping locally!  Participants include Bellies and Babies Consignment (20% off everything), UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (20% off jewelry and tinker kits, and $5 to use at their gift wrapping station), Purple Goose (20% off store, 30% off holiday decorations), Greenstreet Gardens (20% off gifts and goods – not greenery) and FireFlies, Top it Off (offering $5 scarfs), and Kiskadee (20% off shoes and clothes).



UpCycle Creative Reuse Center will have a gift wrapping station that will be open during their studio shop hours (check out their web site) from November 28 through December 19.  Use UpCycle’s selection of gift wrap, ribbon and bows to put the finishing touches on our holiday gifts.


Kids Promote Animals for Adoption with their Art - In the great hall of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and UpCycle Creative Reuse Center have teamed up to involve children in helping to promote shelter animals that are available for adoption. The event will be held on Thursday, December 31 from 2-5 pm.  AWLA will have Shelter animals that are available for adoption at the Torpedo Factory Art Center for children to meet. They can select one animal to paint, draw or create collage to help publicize him/her for adoption.  Each artwork piece will be photographed and displayed on both organizations' Facebook pages for friends to "like." The artwork that receives the most "likes" for each animal will be added to the animal's AWLA and Petfinder profile and be viewed by a large number of people and help raise awareness to get the animal adopted. The winning artists will each win a personal tour of the Shelter by the Executive Director and gift certificates to UpCycle Creative Reuse Center. The top winner will get a "Paw-Party" at the Shelter with 15 of his/her friends.


@home real estate lounge & design center is hosting free photos with Santa this Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at our office, 111 South Alfred Street in Old Town.


Emma's Espresso & Wine Bar  is available to host private events for up to 50 guests - SaturdaySunday and Monday evenings from 6 - 10 pm. Perfect for holiday gatherings. Stop by for details or email

DRBA & DRCA JOINT HOLIDAY PARTY HONORING MAYOR BILL EUILLE: Join the Del Ray Business Association and the Del Ray Citizens Association in a joint holiday celebration that is also an opportunity to celebrate Mayor Bill Euille’s decades of service to Alexandria!  Celebration will be upstairs at Evening Star, Sunday, December 6 from 6 to 9 pm.





December 6 at Bon Vivant from 4-6 pm

Complementary brief chair massages, intuitive & spiritual readings, mindfulness meditation & self-hypnosis lessons, samples of oils, soaps, & skin creams, stimulating brain activities, coloring activities for children & food tastings.


Brought to you by businesses at 2016 Mount Vernon and beyond!

Bon Vivant – Del Ray Psych & Wellness Associates – The Vital Body – Sunflowers Healing and Wellness – Your Blissful Journey – Kathleen Hanagan, LCSW – The Love And Business Sage – Sustainable Wellness – Maria Body Image Studio – Truly-Life – Blackbird Bookers


Raffle -- Enter the raffle to win prizes like Reiki sessions, coloring books and discounted services.





20 th Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market

Three weekends

December 4-6December 11-13December 18-20

Different artists every weekend


Friday’s6 to 9 pm

Saturday’s 11 am to 6 pm

Sunday’s 11 am to 6 pm


Del Ray Artisans Gallery at the

Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

2704 Mt. Vernon Avenue

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