The Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend with a return of the annual Holiday Festival. Festivities run 2 – 6 pm, but the doors stay open until 9 pm to welcome visitors in from the waterfront.
The Torpedo Factory will be the afternoon destination for visitors after the 46th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and before the he 17th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, which floats past the Torpedo Factory’s riverfront entrance.
The Torpedo Factory Artists invite shoppers into their studios to find original gifts of art. Handmade jewelry and ornaments, original ceramics, couture finds, objet d'art, and other fine works will be available to browse and buy. Special holiday promotions and discounts will be available from dozens of artists and galleries.
The afternoon will also feature a children’s scavenger hunt, live music with the Alexandria Choral Society and Braddock Brass, and a visit from Santa.
Admission to the Holiday Festival is free. More information can be found at torpedofactory.org/holidayfestival.
Schedule of events:
- 2 – 6 pm: Children’s scavenger hunt across three floors of artists’ studios.
- 2:30 pm: Alexandria Choral Society performs
- 3 pm: Santa Claus arrives on the City Marina pier via Alexandria’s fire boat, the Vigilant.
- 3:15 – 6 pm: Santa is available for visits and photos with visitors of all ages on the 3rd floor landing.
- 3:15 pm: Braddock Brass performs
- 4 pm: Alexandria Choral Society performs
- 5 pm: Braddock Brass performs
- 9 pm: Doors close
Shop Small, Shop Local, Support Working Artists
In 2014, Alexandria was estimated to be home to nearly five time the national average for creative business (Americans for the Arts), thanks in large part to the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which is home to the nation’s largest community of publicly accessible working artists’ studios under one roof.
All of the artists in the Torpedo Factory Art Center are also independent small-business owners. Not only do they help to shape the distinctive creative personality of Old Town Alexandria, but on average, dollars spent at local businesses return three times more money to the local economy compared to a chain. (Civic Economics)