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Holiday Festival

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy the 2018 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights from the riverfront, then warm up inside the Art Center for more festive programming and after-hours art.

On Alexandria’s most festive weekend of the year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center invites you to the annual Holiday Festival. The Art Center will be the afternoon destination for visitors after the 48th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and before the 19th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the Potomac, which floats past the Art Center’s riverfront entrance.

The afternoon will also feature open studios, gallery exhibitions, hands-on art projects, live music with the Alexandria Choral Society Pro Coro and Silver 5 Brass Quintet, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Visit all 3 floors of the Art Center and meet hundreds of artists up close and in person. Shop for handmade jewelry, ornaments, original ceramics, family portraits, couture fashions, and other original works of art.

Stop by our newly-opened cafe, Bread and Water Company, and enjoy a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate during your visit.

Festivities run from 2 – 8 pm to welcome visitors in from the waterfront both before and after the Boat Parade.


 Schedule of Signature Events

  • 2:30 pm: Silver 5 Brass Quintet outdoor performance to welcome Santa Claus
  • 3 pm: Santa Claus arrives by City of Alexandria Fire Department Boat at the Art Center docks
  • 4:30 pm: Alexandria Choral Society performance inside the Art Center
  • 5:30 pm: Holiday Boat Parade of Lights at the Art Center docks
  • 6 pm: Start of extended Holiday Hours at the Art Center
  • 8 pm: Doors close


December 1, 2018
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Daily10 am - 6 pm*
Thursdays10 am - 9 pm
*The Torpedo Factory sometimes closes at 5 pm for private events. Check Today’s Hours to see if this could affect your visit. *Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit. *The Torpedo Factory is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Target Gallery has limited availability during City holidays.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.