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Old Town Alexandria kicks off the holiday season, Santa arrives Special

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 26, 2011 in Lifestyle
Alexandria - The day after Thanksgiving some people run off to the stores in hopes of snagging some good Black Friday deals, however others look ahead to Christmas festivities.
The day after Thanksgiving in Alexandria, Virginia shows a little of both. Old Town Alexandria is a section of the city full of quaint and trendy shops, excellent restaurants and, perhaps above all else, a rich history.
The city offered free parking for the day and many shops offered special shopping deals as the traditional launch of the holiday shopping season kicked off.
Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving also brings the annual City of Alexandria Holiday Tree Lighting. And many people, both locals and visitors, came out for the festivities.
Officially founded in 1749, the city is firmly rooted in American history with settlers arriving in the 1600s. As one of America's earliest towns, due to its proximity to the Potomac River, Alexandria rapidly grew in trade and the population grew.
Over time Alexandria has always maintained a steady sense of this history, even in the commercial aspects of town. People come from near and far to enjoy the culture, history, dining, shops and museums.
One tradition the city carries each year is the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in the picturesque Market Square, which is located on historical King Street right in the middle of Old Town Alexandria.
Last night Alexandria's Town Crier opened up the ceremony at 7 p.m. and then stood at attention while the mayor of the city, William D. Euille, greeted the public, introduced officials and announced the lighting of the tree.
After the tree was lit, the public was treated to a Santa's Frosty's Follies performance by The Metropolitan Fine Arts Center.
As the lovely performance ended, Santa arrived.
After the performance concluded, the kids were invited to visit with Santa, as the city held a community sing-along by the tree.
All in all, a great event and the weather was absolutely beautiful. During the day the temperatures were in the upper 60s Fahrenheit and it wasn't until late in the evening when the air was chilly, but just a tad, warm enough to walk around and enjoy the holiday and Christmas festivities.
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