This past Friday and Saturday were VERY big days in Old Town Alexandria! The Campagna Center's Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade brought throngs of people to Alexandria's streets! If you recall last year's blog post regarding this weekend, we've been anticipating the event for a year!
The entire weekend is jam packed with events, starting with a Christmas Marketplace at the George Washington Masonic Memorial and continuing with Heather and Greens Sales at the same location. I had pre-ordered some beautiful square boxwood wreaths and a boxwood kissing ball to hang at Zoe as well as a beautiful square magnolia wreath for my door at home. (Due to two rambunctious cats, I don't do much decorating at home but I always insist on a pretty wreath on the door!)
A picture of one of the wreaths at Zoe:
Friday evening continues with an event called Taste of Scotland which includes tastings of rare Scotches, Scottish food, beer, and wine.
Saturday continues as a jam-packed day in Old Town. In addition to continuing Heather and Greens sales (now at the Campagna Center) there is an Advent Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House and a Holiday Design Tour of Homes (one of the homes on Prince Street was just around the corner from Zoe!)
And then the big draw - the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade! You will never see as many men in kilts and adorable dogs in one place! I knew that parade time would be quiet at Zoe and indeed it was - everyone was lining the parade route!
Zoe actually got very busy later in the afternoon as people headed to the City Marina Docks and Waterfront for the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Over 50 boats participated in this event on the Potomac River! Traffic was so crazy that after I closed I walked several blocks down the street for Jim to pick me up. There was just no point in him getting tied up in that traffic.
If you didn't get to participate in any of the events this year, make sure to put it on your calendar for next year!