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Photo Essay: Historic Leesburg, Va. shows off its festive spirit Special

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 17, 2012 in Lifestyle
Leesburg - Leesburg, Virginia is all dressed up for the holidays, showing off its festive spirit. As Christmas approaches, the shop windows are all decorated in the town's historic district and seasonal events have been taking place.
Leesburg historic district is currently decked out with festive windows in most of the storefronts. Visitors to this section of town can enjoy the decorations, see historic buildings, shop in the quaint shops or eat in the restaurants that line Leesburg's streets.
Located about 40 miles west of Washington, D.C., Leesburg, like many other Virginia towns, has a historic district that dates back to earlier centuries and has strong roots in Early Colonial American history. Officially established in 1758, Leesburg remains the seat of government of Loudoun County in modern day. Walking through the historic district downtown one gets a strong feel for yesterday, but it is blended with the conveniences of today. Old world charm with modern flavor is perhaps an apt description.
According to the Downtown Leesburg website, there are about 80 retail, professional and service businesses located in the 12 block area. Also located in this area is the Loudoun County Courthouse, which has drawn some controversy in recent years over Christmas decorations and public seasonal displays. Many visitors can be observed walking around and enjoying the decorations, along with the opportunity to explore the history and memorials located on the courthouse's grounds.
Every year the town hosts its annual Christmas and Holiday Parade, along with two weekends of horse-drawn carriage rides through the town's historic district. Additionally, the Leesburg Downtown Business Association is sponsoring a couple of Saturdays that provides free carriage rides with a paid receipt from any of the town's downtown merchants. The next opportunity for a carriage ride will be on Dec. 22.
The holidays appear to be a special time of the year to visit Leesburg. While many people go straight to the popular Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Center off Route 7, the historic district in town is definitely worth checking out.
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