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Nov
19
Sun
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows @ Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
Nov 19 2017 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 1 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows @ Village at Leesburg Shopping Center | Leesburg | Virginia | United States

Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing five-story-tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows.

Daily Show Schedule: On the hour, noon to 9 p.m. starting Nov. 19 until Jan. 1.

Nov
24
Fri
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides @ Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
Nov 24 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 23 @ 9:00 pm
Holiday Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides @ Village at Leesburg Shopping Center | Leesburg | Virginia | United States

Cozy up to a holiday tradition and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the festively decorated Village at Leesburg, including a perfect view of the spectacular 52-foot-tall tree with more than 15,000 dazzling lights and amazing music and light shows daily. Meet in the Village Plaza. Join us on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m.starting Nov. 24 until Dec. 23.

Dec
14
Thu
Second Thursday and Torpedo Talks: Desiree Venn Frederic @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Second Thursday and Torpedo Talks: Desiree Venn Frederic @ Torpedo Factory Art Center | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Enjoy a special Thursday after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Check out our monthly lecture series Torpedo Talks at 8 p.m. in the Main Hall, featuring some of the contemporary art world’s best-known artists, art curators and art professionals. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it.

This December, join us for receptions at the Target Gallery, New Project Studio, Art League Gallery and the Associates Gallery. At 8 p.m., join us in the Main Hall for a conversation with Sierra Leonean-born immigrant, writer and installation artist Desiree Venn Frederic as a part of our monthly Torpedo Talks. This is a free event.

Venn Frederic is a social entrepreneur, installation artist, writer and activist whose work pulls heavily from her transnational experiences. She uses her work to negotiate multiple strata of marginalization being both undocumented yet identifying as an aboriginal indigenous woman. She shares her experiences as an artist, as well as her personal journey as an immigrant and how it has influenced her creative process.

Dec
15
Fri
The Late Shift: STEAM-Powered December @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Late Shift: STEAM-Powered December @ Torpedo Factory Art Center | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Science and the arts collide in December. The American Geosciences Institute joins the festivities for a night of music, interactive art, artist presentations and more. The Target Gallery celebrates the opening of Interlude: Unfinished Works. Interdisciplinary artist Fumi Amano talks about her work and her experience in the Post-Graduate Residency. This event is presented in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute.

Dec
16
Sat
Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest @ Washington Convention Center
Dec 16 all-day
Washington Nationals 2017 Winterfest @ Washington Convention Center  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Nationals’ premiere event of the offseason returns for the holiday season. This event is open to fans of all ages. Guests can enjoy holiday and baseball themed activities and interactive events, meet and greet their favorite Nationals players and coaches, take a photo with Santa, donate a toy to a child in need, enjoy their favorite ballpark concessions and much more.

Dec
24
Sun
The Waterskiing Santa @ Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
Dec 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Waterskiing Santa @ Old Town Alexandria Waterfront | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Come see the waterskiing Santa along with Frosty the Snowman, the Jet Skiing Grinch along with many others at Old Town Alexandria’s Waterfront at 1 p.m. This is our 32nd year. Join our one-of-a-kind holiday event. Get pictures with Santa and his crew after the show. This is a free event.

Visit our website at www.waterskiingsanta.com or give us a call at 571-385-2929.
Hope to see you there!

Dec
31
Sun
First Night Alexandria @ King St.
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am

First Night Alexandria is a celebration of the new year through the performing arts. Retail stores, churches, museums and public buildings are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional talent. Recent performers at First Night Alexandria include a Grammy-nominated rock and roll guitarist, traditional jazz, country bands and a rising pop star, as well as clowns making balloon sculptures, face painters and magicians for children.

For a small fee for adults (children 12 and under and active military are free), you have access to all the entertainment, more than 100 performances, all evening! Everything is within easy walking distances. And we celebrate the dawning of a new year at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display on the Potomac River at the foot of King Street sponsored by First Night Alexandria and MGM National Harbor.

Jan
5
Fri
Sensorium Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Jan 5 – Jan 28 all-day
Sensorium Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Our senses and the apparatus in our brain—the sensorium—evoke emotional feelings of sympathy, appreciation,or gratitude, or something that is moving, heartwarming or tender. The connection between our senses and emotions makes contact with our hearts through someone, something, or an event—be it a pat or tap on the head; or the feel of flower petals, hard steel, body parts or smooth glass. The Sensorium art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans honors how artists interpret the impact of our human journey through evoking the five senses.

Join us at the opening reception on Friday, January 5 from 7-9pm to discover these unique artworks, meet the curators, artists, and art appreciators.

The Sensorium exhibit runs January 5 through January 28, 2018 at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Virginia 22301.

Gallery hours are Thursdays noon to 6 p.m., Fridays noon to 9 p.m., Saturdays noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

For more information, please visit www.DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits or contact the curators Betsy Mead (egmead@gmail.com) and Mel Bikowski (Melanie.Bikowski@gmail.com) or Director of Curating Kathy Turner (Curating@DelRayArtisans.org).

“Sensorium” Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans Gallery Opening Reception @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"Sensorium" Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans Gallery Opening Reception @ Del Ray Artisans Gallery | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

“Sensorium” Art Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, Jan. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. Our senses and the apparatus in our brain—the sensorium—evoke emotional feelings of sympathy, appreciation, or gratitude, or something that is moving, heartwarming, or tender. The “Sensorium” exhibit honors the emotional impact of our human journey invoked by our five senses. The exhibit runs January 5-28, 2018 with an Opening Reception on Friday, January 5, 7-9pm. View exhibit at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Details: www.DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits

Jan
19
Fri
The Late Shift: Brand New Day @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Late Shift: Brand New Day @ Torpedo Factory Art Center | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Welcome 2018 with a spirited celebration of art, music and dance. Warm up with an indoor art market, live performances and pop-up activities throughout the building. Dance into the night during the silent disco with the City of Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab.