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Weekend Planner

Some suggestions for your weekend in and around Alexandria.

Choose from a variety of local activities as we close out 2012 and welcome the New Year.

First Night Alexandria

  • Where: Various Locations in Old Town Alexandria
  • When: Monday beginning at noon.
  • Why Go: This family-friendly event will feature live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, moon bounce, food and more. Stay for midnight fireworks on the river to celebrate the New Year.
  • Price: Adults $20; Ages 12 and under FREE; Active duty military FREE with ID (see www.firstnightalexandria.org for details).

Christmas Cookie Burn 5K

  • Where: Mount Vernon RECenter, Alexandria
  • When: Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Why Go: Burn off some of those holiday calories at this 5K event that takes you through the wooded trails near Mount Vernon RECenter.
  • Price: $15 entry fee.

"The Nutcracker"

  • Where: Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale
  • When: Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Why Go: This classic holiday ballet, featuring young Clara and her nutcracker prince, will be performed by the Virginia Ballet Company and School.
  • Price: Tickets range from $20 to $30. 

150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil War Raid at Lake Accotink

  • Where: Lake Accotink Park, Springfield
  • When: Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Why Go: This quiet observation of the burning of the wooden trestle over Accotink Creek in 1862 will be commemorated by a recitation of events and simulated torching of the trestle.
  • Price: FREE.

Library Events:

  • Treasure Hunt at the Library! at Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria. Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For ages 6 to 12. FREE.
  • Noon Year’s Eve Party at Beatley Central Library, Alexandria. Monday at 11:30 a.m. FREE.  

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