What to know about Scottish Christmas Walk weekend

What to know about Scottish Christmas Walk weekend
The Scottish Christmas Walk parade returns to Old Town for its 47th year (Photo Credit: Matt Chenet for Visit Alexandria)

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com

After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Campagna Center’s 50th annual Scottish Christmas Walk weekend is back this weekend.

The Scottish Christmas Walk includes a parade of local Scottish clans, pipe and drum bands and terriers and hounds. The weekend-long celebration also includes the already sold out and Taste of Scotland scotch tasting event on Friday.

The Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk

A map of the Scottish Christmas Walk. (Courtesy image)

Time: 11 a.m. 
Location: Starts at the intersection of St. Asaph and Wolfe streets, concludes at Market Square

For the 50th consecutive year, The Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Parade will march through Old Town. Enjoy marching units filled with the magnificent tartans of Scottish Clans, the stirring sound of Scottish bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancers and Scottie dogs. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) will serve as the grand marshall of the parade this year. The parade will take place rain or shine, and is free to the public.


Taste of Scotland (Sold Out)

Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: The Atrium Building, 277 S. Washington St. 

If you’ve already bought tickets, you’re in luck – this popular event has sold out. This food-and-drink-centric night cap includes a Scotch tasting menu, featuring a variety of Scotches direct from Scotland distilleries, a Scottish ale sampling, as well as beer, wine and food. Attendees must bring their vaccination cards or proof of vaccination, such as a photo of their vaccine card, or the results of a negative COVID-19 test administered within the last 72 hours or else they will not be allowed in the venue.