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2023 Holiday Festival

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Torpedo Factory Art Center joins the fun on Alexandria’s most festive weekend of the year!

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Festivities inside the Art Center – (the building closes to the public at 6 PM).

Dusk – 8:00 PM:  Festivities outside the Art Center – A video light projection by Monica Stroik, in collaboration with artists from the Art Center, on the Waterfront Façade of the building. View the list of artists here.

Santa arrives by fire boat around 3:30 p.m. on the Waterfront.  Music fills the halls and the Waterfront, beckoning people to browse three floors of open artists’ studios and galleries.

2:00 – 6:00 PM
Favorite Holiday tunes and more, located in the Grand Hall (first floor)

To visit with Santa, get your Free Timed Entry Ticket Online Here. Tickets are limited.

Day of tickets, for a potential visit, available starting at 4:15pm in the Grand Hall near the King Street Doors.

Arrives by Boat, Waterfront marina
Approx. 3:30 PM
Making his way from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on the Waterfront marina outside the Art Center. Their party then moves into the building.

Santa Meets with Children (& Their Adults), Overlook Room (325)
4:00 – 5:45 PM
Meet the big man himself with Mrs. Claus and share your holiday wishes. Use your personal camera to take a picture. Free Timed Entry Ticket Online Here.

Annie Bowler, Illustrations, Studio 313
12:00-5:00 PM
Come make holiday ornaments, cards and decorations using recycled art materials! All ages welcome but especially geared towards young artists.

Biscuit Ornaments, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Studio 327
2:00 – 5:00 PM
A nearly complete ship’s biscuit from the 18th century was found in Alexandria. Make your own ship’s biscuit ornament to commemorate the discovery and the city’s waterfront history! Each biscuit ornament will be stamped with the year and then baked at home to track its preservation. No registration required. (Free)

Handmade Holiday Card Making with Sara Mayman, Grand Hall
2:00-6:00 PM
Create your own holiday card with handmade stamps.

DEMO: Saya Behnam, Painting, Studio 229
1:00-3:00 PM
View the making of botanical inks, sourced from nature to the canvas.

Lynn Fernandez, Leatherworking, Studio 227
Public Reception with holiday cookies and new creations.

Angela Esteve, Painting with Paper, Studio 333
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Public Reception with gluten free cakes and new artwork.

DISPLAY: Murat Sener & Salih Zeki Sayar, Ceramics, located in Grand Hall
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
View new works of ceramic to bring home or give as holiday gifts.

Tara Barr, Painting, Studio 8
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Enjoy 25% off Original Paintings and 10% off Reproductions and Small Gift Items.

Mehmet Uskul, Painting, Studio 25
12:00-4:00 PM
Enjoy 20% off all artwork

Yoshiko Ratliff, Painting, Studio 203
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Enjoy 15% – 20% off select items.

Rosemary Feit Covey, Experimental Printmaking, Studio 224
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Enjoy 10% off all items under $500.

Saya Behnam, Painting, Studio 229
10:00 AM – 4:00 pm
Enjoy 10% off select items.

Annie Bowler, Illustrations, Studio 313
10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Enjoy 10% off prints

Tracy Wilkerson, Mixed Media, Studio 319
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
One free greeting card ($8.00 value) with purchase of $40 or more.

Donna Lomangino, Painting, Studio 322
Enjoy little treats and 10% off selected works

Annie Bowler, Winter Star, Digital


Mehmet Uskul, Oil on Canvas 60×48 in


Saya Behnam, pressed flowers


Rosemary Feit Covey. One of a Kind, wood engraving , cards and prints in various sizes


Tara Barr, Mug Stack, Oil on Canvas

Sales & activities subject to change without notice. All artists are independent businesses.


December 2
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Contact Us

Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Email: [email protected]
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Open Daily

Visit Daily10 a.m. - 6 p.m.*

Masks are optional for visitors, artists, and staff, though may be required in some studios and galleries. Check Today’s Hours for expanded information.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

* Periodic 5 p.m. closure for private events. See dates on Today’s Hours.

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Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit.

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