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Christmas in July in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 2013

Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at The Christmas Attic {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Christmas in July in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 2013


This past weekend was the fourth annual Christmas in July Celebration on Union Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The event featured Mr. and Mrs. Claus and fun activities for the whole family.

King Street Trolley {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Word of Mouth, a Washington, DC mixed all-vocal band, made an appearance as carolers as they did last year. They alternated with other performers, including Santa himself.

Word of Mouth Carolers Outside The Christmas Attic {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Santa Claus Playing His Bagpipes {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus were again a popular activity with a line winding through the first floor of The Christmas Attic. Every year the event benefits a different local charity. This year’s charity was The Reading Connection who is dedicated to improving the lives of at risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy rich environments and motivation for reading.

Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at The Christmas Attic {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Stopping by for his photo with the Clauses was Clumsy Smurf, who was NOT allowed into the store. (Photo courtesy of The Christmas Attic.)

Mr. and Mrs. Claus with Clumsy Smurf {The Christmas Attic (2013)}

Nona and I couldn’t help but wander through the store to see what new ornaments we could find.

The Christmas Attic Second Floor{The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

The Christmas Attic Second Floor{The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Alexandria, VA Christmas Ornament {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Ballerina Christmas Ornaments {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Peacock Ballerina Christmas Ornament {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Bristle Raccoon Christmas Ornament {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Nona With Snowman Headpiece {The Tree Topper (CC BY-NC-ND)}

Participating Businesses

Geek Factor

In the southern hemisphere, winter falls in July. Therefore in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in order to have Christmas with a winter feel Christmas in July events are undertaken. The earliest known occasion to make the phrase Christmas in July literal was in July 1933 at Camp Keystone, a girl’s summer camp in North Carolina, which celebrated with a Christmas tree, gifts, and a visit by Santa Claus.