By the Office of Historic Alexandria
Alexandria, VA – While Christmas has been part of Alexandria’s history since the beginning, did you know that our current traditions, including Santa Claus, were adapted more recently?
The American concept of Santa Claus was popularized during the Civil War. Alexandria’s merchants bought into the new tradition whole-heartedly, including organizing a Christmas Parade on King Street during the first half of the 20th century. During this most unusual of holiday seasons, we’d like to highlight some of the traditions that will continue this year and some that have been suspended.