The Scottish Christmas Walk

The Scottish Christmas Walk

Our love for all things Old Town Alexandria is no secret, but one of our favorite events so far has been the Scottish Christmas Walk put on by the Campagna Center. Scott and I both have strong Scottish lineage {Clan MacPhae on my side, Clan Morrison on his}, so part of the fun is learning more about our heritage.

The rest? Kilts! And bagpipes! And ponies, fire trucks, clan tartans, Airedales, Westies, Shelties, and even Santa with bagpipes!

I’m in a definite plaid and red mood this Christmas for some reason, so there was a lot of design inspiration to be found out here as well. Here’s a little of what we saw, both in the Scottish Christmas Walk parade and exploring Old Town after.

This was the 47th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade. It not only celebrates the season, but Alexandria’s rich Scottish heritage – three Scottish merchants established the city of Alexandria in 1749 and named it for founder John Alexander, of Scottish descent.

In the parade, you’ll find pipe and drum bands, dancers, re-enactors, all kinds of dog groups and ponies, and, naturally, Santa Claus. There’s also a Christmas market and a sale for traditional Heather and Greens, a whole Taste of Scotland festival, and a Holiday Designer Tour of Homes. We only caught the parade this year, and found out about the others later, but you can bet we’ll be checking out the marketplace, the tour of homes, and the tasting festival next year if they have all the events again!

What Christmas celebrations and traditions are you guys enjoying this year?

  • THE DOGS! They’re so cute!

    Also, I had absolutely no idea that Alexandria had its own Scottish heritage, despite growing up not that far from there.

    • The dogs were the best!! My husband absolutely loves Westies – I thought he was going to make off with at least two of them when the Westie Rescue organization came by!

      We had no idea all this was going on until a friend shared a Facebook event with me. It looked like fun, so we went. And we were surrounded by tons of people with Scottish accents. Who knew?