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Holiday Calendar 2006

<b>Ongoing

</b>Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Runs from Dec. 1-Jan. 6, 2007. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Gather the Family at Woodlawn runs Dec. 1-31 at Woodlawn. Experience an 1820s Christmas with America's First Family before trees, Santa and stockings. Tours available from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $7.50/person; $3/grades K-12. Visit www.woodlawn1805.org or call 703-780-4000.

The Alexandria Jaycees will sell Christmas trees this season, with proceeds in part benefiting the chapter's holiday shopping tour for kids. Each year, the Alexandria Jaycees sell top-quality trees to the community to generate funds for the chapter. The annual tree sales support the Holiday Shopping Tour for underprivileged kids and the chapter's general programming funds for community and leadership development. The Holiday Shopping Tour gives area kids a fun shopping day with funds provided and pizza party to follow, which allows them to purchase gifts for their families. This year's shopping event is set for Dec. 9. The Alexandria Jaycees tree lot is located in the parking lot at the Safeway on the corner of S. Royal and Gibbon Streets in Old Town Alexandria. Tree sales run Nov. 25 until Dec. 17 or when trees sell out). Lot hours are: Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The tree lot features a variety of trees, including Canaan Firs, Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs, and Scotch Pines in heights from 4-10 feet. Prices range from $35-$70. The Alexandria Jaycees, part of Junior Chamber International, is a leadership training and community service organization for Alexandrians aged 21-40. For more details or for membership information, call the Jaycees' 24-hour recorded event line 703-866-7171 or visit www.alexjaycees.org.

Tree Sale. The Alexandria Police department Christmas tree sale begins on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Alexandria Union Station parking lot (110 Callahan Drive). The official lot hours are: Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This year's tree selection includes Scotch Pines, Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs, and Concolor Firs. They will range in size from 4 1/2 feet to 10 feet tall. Proceeds benefit the Alexandria Police Youth Camp.

The Little Theater of Alexandria will perform Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 1-10 at 600 Wolfe St., Old Town. Performances are Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 and 5 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 and 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $11.50/person and can be purchased at www.thelittletheatre.com.

<b>Bazaars and Fairs </b>

<i>Throughout the holiday season, visit one of the many bazaars and fairs for unique gifts for family, friends and others on your list. A variety of items will be sold along with food and beverages.

</i>Thursday, Nov. 30

A Christmas Marketplace. Noon-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Vendors sell unique, holiday gift wares in a boutique setting. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Heather and Greens Sales. Noon-5 p.m. at at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Try a touch of heather and greens to enhance holiday decorations with a Scottish flair. Purchase fresh heather bundles or a variety of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and more. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Friday/Dec. 1

A Christmas Marketplace. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Vendors sell unique, holiday gift wares in a boutique setting. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Heather and Greens Sales. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Try a touch of heather and greens to enhance holiday decorations with a Scottish flair. Purchase fresh heather bundles or a variety of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and more. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Tree Sale. The Alexandria Police department Christmas tree sale begins on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Alexandria Union Station parking lot (110 Callahan Drive). The official lot hours are: Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This year's tree selection includes Scotch Pines, Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs, and Concolor Firs. They will range in size from 4 1/2 feet to 10 feet tall. Proceeds benefit the Alexandria Police Youth Camp.

Saturday/Dec. 2

A Christmas Marketplace. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Vendors sell unique, holiday gift wares in a boutique setting. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Heather and Greens Sales. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Try a touch of heather and greens to enhance holiday decorations with a Scottish flair. Purchase fresh heather bundles or a variety of wreaths, garlands, flatwoods and more. Free. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Craft Sale. Heritage Presbyterian Church is holding a craft sale "Made by the Bell" from 9 a.m.-noon at the church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to support Heritage Presbyterian Women’s outreach programs for children and women. Call Jenny Kennedy at 703-360-9420 for more information.

Annual Christmas Bazaar. The American Indian Society of Washington, D.C. will host their annual Christmas crafts bazaar from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Church of Saint Clement, 1701 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria. American Indian arts, Christmas crafts and fresh baked goods will be sold as well as raffle tickets for a Pendleton Blanket and a Buffalo Sculpture (metal with wood base) by Native American artist, Pete Yazzie. You need not be present to win. Visit www.aisdc.org.

Art & Crafts Holiday Market. 10 a.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Search through gifts created by more than 20 artist members and enjoy baked goods. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

Sunday/Dec. 3

Art & Crafts Holiday Market. Noon-5 p.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Search through gifts created by more than 20 artist members and enjoy baked goods. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

Friday/Dec. 8

Holiday Shopping Boutique. 6-9 p.m. there will be a Holiday shopping boutique at Kirkpatrick Farms Clubhouse, 25520 Sumerall Drive. The event is a one-stop holiday shopping with a variety of local vendors, refreshments and door prizes. Free. For information contact elaine@stripling.com or www.shopdulles.info.

Saturday/Dec. 9

Craft Sale. Heritage Presbyterian Church is holding a craft sale "Made by the Bell" from 9 a.m.-noon at the church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to support Heritage Presbyterian Women’s outreach programs for children and women. Call Jenny Kennedy at 703-360-9420 for more information.

<b>Alexandria Lights Up </b>

<i>A few areas in Alexandria are celebrating a community-wide holiday kick-off with tree lightings. Area tree lightings include various activities such as photos with Santa, receptions, caroling and more.

</i>Friday/Nov. 24

Tree Lighting. City of Alexandria will hold a tree lighting from 7-9 p.m. The event includes musical entertainment with greetings from the Mayor and Santa Claus in Market Square, 301 King St. Free. 703-838-4844.

Saturday/Dec. 2

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Begins at 3 p.m. with a holiday review featuring local school groups performing. Santa will arrive via boat dockside at the gazebo. Pets are welcome for photos as well. Boat parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. Visit www.funside.com for more.

Lights of Love. The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary will present the 25th annual Lights of Love program at 5 p.m. in the hospital's main lobby. For a donation of $5 dedicate a light in memory of a loved one or to honor a friend, neighbor, or relative who has added joy. For a donation of $100, dedicate a light in the tree-top star. This year's contributions to Lights of Love are designated for therapeutic enhancements to make our hospitalized patients more comfortable. Entertainment at this year's program will include the "Festival of Music" by the West Potomac High School Soundsations and songs by Dr. Cleve Francis, Inova MVH cardiologist and renowned vocalist. A reception in the hospital cafeteria will follow the program. All are invited to attend. The hospital is located at 2501 Parker's Lane, Alexandria. For any questions contact the Volunteer Services Office at 703-664-7260.

<b>Holiday Music Events </b>

<i>There are a multitude of music events to celebrate the holidays and being with loved ones. There are concerts by high schools, choirs and more.

</i>Tuesday/Nov. 28

Music Performance. 10:30 a.m. ArtsPower will perform "My Heart in a Suitcase" at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria. Tickets required. For information call 888-278-7769 or visit: www.artspower.org. Event parking is $5.00 in the garage adjacent to the Center.

Friday/Dec. 1

Music Performance. Philomela, a female vocal ensemble, will present a 30th anniversary concert at 8 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $20/adults; $15/seniors; $10/children. Call Cheryl Castner 301-855-8019.

Holiday Performance. Seminary Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary will sing part 1 of Handel's Messiah plus the Hallelujah Chorus with donations benefiting ALIVE. Starts at 7:30 p.m. at the chapel, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria. All are invited to participate or just listen. Free. E-mail Susan Dawson with questions at SDDawson@starpower.net.

Saturday/Dec. 2

Holiday Concert. 7-9 p.m. Empowered Women International presents Music From Around the World, a holiday concert of Russian folk and classical music performed by Russian-born musician and orchestra conductor, Svetlana Nikonova, her family and St. Petersburg Trio at the Lyceum at 201 S. Washington St. in Old Town Alexandria. $25/person with a special holiday promotion: buy one get one free. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered at the artist reception following the concert. Purchase your

tickets online at www.ewint.org, by phone at 703-778-6310 or by mailing a check to EWI for Concert at 1307 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

Tuesday/Dec. 5

Music Performance for Holidays. 7:30 p.m. at Pendleton Hall, Ainslie Arts Center at Episcopal High School, 3900 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. The National Chamber Players will perform holiday music for brass quintet. Free. 703-933-4135.

Saturday/Dec. 9

Holiday Performance. The Asaph Ensemble will be performing their Christmas performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. in Alexandria. The Company will be premiering a new work, "Petite Suite," to music by Claude Debussy. The highlight of the evening will be the restaged and newly costumed "Clara's Christmas." Tickets $15/adult; $10/children and seniors. For more information call 703-368-1812.

High School Christmas Concert. Bishop Ireton Christmas Concert featuring students playing in the Concert Band, Choir, and Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in the Garwood Whaley Auditorium, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria.

Free. 703-212-5183.

Sunday/Dec. 10

Holiday Performance. 5 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic (WMP) will present its annual performance of Handel's Messiah with the NOVA Community Chorus. Erin Phelps, the 16-year old winner of the 2006 WMP Concerto Competition, will also perform Barber's Violin Concerto. General admission tickets are $15. Students 18 and under are free. All concert tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.wmpa.us.

Music for the Holidays. The Brass of Peace will perform at 7 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free but there will be a free will offering. 703-549-1421.

Wednesday/Dec. 13

Winter Concert. 7 p.m. at Springbank Arts Center Auditorium at West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Lane, Alexandria. Free. Performed by the West Potomac Orchestra.

Dec. 17

Holiday Music Performance. From 3-5 p.m. enjoy music by "The Colonial Ringers and the Canterbury Ringers" at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. Visitors will also be able to give a try with the music bells. Call Bob Schurk at 703-838-4994.

Christmas Candlelight Service. 7 p.m. Alexandria Presbyterian Church, 2405 Russell Road, Alexandria, will hold its annual Christmas Candlelight Service with choirs and instrumentalists, the Belmont Brass, and carol singing

by candlelight. A reception will follow. For information, call

703-683-3348 or visit www.alexandriapres.org.

Tuesday/Dec. 19

Winter Performance. 7 p.m. in the Mount Vernon High School Little Theatre. Free. Performances by the Mount Vernon High School Bands. Contact Richard.Bacz@fcps.edu or call 703-619-3163.

Wednesday/Dec. 20

Holiday High School Performance. 7 p.m. in the Mount Vernon High School Little Theatre. Performances by the MVHS Choirs and Orchestras. $4/student; $7/adult but no more than $15/family. Contact Suzanna.Sitomer@fcps.edu or call 703-619-3163.

<b>Family Holiday Events</b>

<i>Families can come together and enjoy a multitude of events geared towards families, from candlelight tours to a children's tea party.

</i>Thursday/Nov. 23

Turkey Trot. 31st annual Turkey Trot from 8:30-11 a.m. at Cora Kelly School. Runners are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods. $10 on-line or $15 on race day. Visit www.pwba.org for event information.

Friday/Nov. 24

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Saturday/Nov. 25

Scottish Preview. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Includes bagpipe performances, Celtic music, military living history demonstrations and more. Free. Call 703-838-4994 for more information.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Sunday/Nov. 26

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Thursday, Nov. 30

Children's Tea Party. 3:30-5 p.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St., Alexandria.This new special event features children's author and Alexandria resident Leslie Young, accompanied by the main character in her books, Plaid the Scottie dog. Leslie will read from "Plaid: A Tale of Compassion" and "Plaid: A Tale of Joy," and children can have their picture taken with Plaid. $25/adult and child and $10/each additional ticket. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Friday/Dec. 1

Santa Railway Express. Ride with Santa from King Street Station to Old Town Manassas and back on two Fridays before Christmas. The train departs King Street Train Station in Alexandria at 1:25 p.m. and travels to Old Town Manassas Train Station. Passengers will disembark for holiday stories and treats. The train returns to King Street at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but still come and take part in the activities that will be held at the station. Children will receive a special goody bag and holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Saturday/Dec. 2

The Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. 10:30 a.m. beginning at the corner of Wilkes and South Pitt Streets in Old Town and ending at the Campagna Center. Parade Grand Marshal Is Alison Starling, Co-Anchor, Good Morning Washington/ABC7 News and Alexandria resident. Over 100 Scottish Clans, pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, re-enactment groups, Scottie dog groups, dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus will march down the cobblestone streets of Old Town. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Holiday Designer Tour of Homes. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Stroll through six lovely homes of historic importance dressed up for the holidays by acclaimed interior designers and local florists. The tour features select homes in Old Town, Alexandria. Tickets required $25/advance or $30/day of purchase and can be purchased at homes. Call 703-549-0111 for tickets. For more information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, visit www.campagnacenter.org or www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.

Victorian Christmas Ball. 8-11 p.m. in the historic ballroom of Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for dance warm-ups. $30/person in advance or $40 at the door includes live music, dance instruction and desserts of the period. Period attire, either military or civilian is encouraged. Call 703-838-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org for more information or to register.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Holiday Cocktail Party. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association is hosting a holiday cocktail party from 5-7 p.m., at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. in Old Town Alexandria. The evening establishes a new relationship with The Athenaeum School of Ballet and the Washington Ballet, who will be

working together this spring on a production of The Little Prince, and who will establish a new Athenaeum tradition next year with a collaborative production of The Nutcracker. The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Guests are also invited to bring an unwrapped gift for children, ages 1-18, that will be donated to the Alexandria Domestic Violence Shelter. Visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703-548-0035.

Sunday/Dec. 3

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Holiday Tea at Woodlawn. Enjoy a special blend of tea and period confections while learning about tea customs of the early 19th century and then take a tour of the house. Noon and 2 p.m. $25/tea or $30/including tour. Reservations required. Private teas available for groups. Visit

www.woodlawn1805.org or call 703-780-4000 ext. 27.

Saturday/Dec. 9

Historic Candlelight Tour. Four of Old Town Alexandria’s historic sites will welcome guests and open their doors from 5-9 p.m. for the festive Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour program. The area’s premier traditional holiday event features period music, seasonal decorations and special costumed tours. This year’s tour will include Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Lee-Fendall House and the newly re-opened Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. The tour is self-guided. Ticket prices are $20 for adult, $15 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6-17. For information, tickets and group sales information, contact the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum at 703-838-4242. Tickets for this event can also be purchased on-line at www.HistoricAlexandria.org.

Civil War Christmas Celebration. Fort Ward Museum is holding its annual Camp Open House from noon-4 p.m. There will be live history, music of the period, decorations, tours and refreshments. Suggested donation. A highlight of the program will be a Civil War-era Santa Claus, dressed according to a wartime image made popular by Thomas Nast. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site is located at 4301 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria. 703-838-4848.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Sunday/Dec. 10

Shopping Fundraiser. Shopping at Ten Thousand Villages, 915 King St. in Old Town, from 6-8 p.m., 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to non-profit organizations Empowered Women International, ALIVE and U.S. Green Building Council. Find handmade items while donating money to a worthy cause. Call 703-684-1435 or visit www.villagesofalexandria.com for more information.

Victorian Holiday Tea and Tour. 3 p.m. at the Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. Guided by docents in period dress, experiencee 19th century family life and learn about holiday decorations and traditions. $25/person. Reservations required by Dec. 7. For additional information, or to make reservations, call 703-548-1789. Visit www.LeeFendallHouse.org for more.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Learn about the Washington's Christmas traditions, meet historic characters and tour the home by candlelight, including the rarely seen third floor from 5-8 p.m. at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Visit www.mountvernon.org or call 703-780-2000 for cost information.

Holiday Tea at Woodlawn. Enjoy a special blend of tea and period confections while learning about tea customs of the early 19th century and then take a tour of the house. Noon and 2 p.m. $25/tea or $30/including tour. Reservations required. Private teas available for groups. Visit

www.woodlawn1805.org or call 703-780-4000 ext. 27.

Friday/Dec. 15

Santa Railway Express. Ride with Santa from King Street Station to Old Town Manassas and back on two Fridays before Christmas. The train departs King Street Train Station in Alexandria at 1:25 p.m. and travels to Old Town Manassas Train Station. Passengers will disembark for holiday stories and treats. The train returns to King Street at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but still come out and see the train and activities at the station. Children will receive a special goody bag and holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

<b>Art and Classes </b>

<i>The many art studios will hold their annual holiday art gatherings where people can meet the artists, browse and buy some orginial art work. There are also many workshops available to learn about Kwanza and decorate ornaments based on excavated artifacts. </i>

Thursday, Nov. 30

Annual Holiday Open House. 6-9 p.m. enjoy the Torpedo Factory Art Center's holiday open house with live music by the Satin Doll Trio, art raffle, door prizes, wine and more. Shop for gifts. In the raffle visitors can win a $6500 sculpture cast from "Allegory of Night." Gallery is located at 105 North Union St., Alexandria. Visit www.torpedofactory.org or call 703-838-4565.

Friday/Dec. 1

Artists Reception. The Del Ray Artisans' Fine Art & Crafts Holiday Market will have a free reception from 7-10 p.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

Saturday/Dec. 2

Holiday Ornament Decorating Workshop. 1-4 p.m. at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St., 3rd floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Families are invited to celebrate the holiday season with an afternoon of historic arts and crafts with the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Decorate take-home ornaments using shapes, colors and patterns based on the Museum's collection of excavated artifacts. Free. Call Alexandria Archaeology for more information, 703-838-4399.

Kwanzaa Craft and Game Workshop. From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. This free workshop, conducted by Museum staff, is geared towards those wishing to learn more about Kwanzaa or find inexpensive ways of incorporating this celebration into their lives. The Museum staff will present a brief overview of the principles of this African American celebration. Participants do not need to bring anything, as all supplies will be provided. For more information call the Museum at 703-838-4356.

Art & Crafts Holiday Market. 10 a.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Search through gifts created by more than 20 artist members and enjoy baked goods. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

Sunday/Dec. 3

Art & Crafts Holiday Market. Noon-5 p.m. at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Search through gifts created by more than 20 artist members and enjoy baked goods. Call 703-838-4827 for more.

Dec. 9

Victorian Holiday Tradition. Learn to make your own kissing ball of boxwood from the garden while learning about other holiday practices dating to Victorian times. 10 a.m. at Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. $20/reservations required. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or

703-548-1789.