Holiday Events

For the holidays, we've lined up a host of free, festive events. From gift-making, to holiday movies, to handbell concerts, our calendar is joy packed with activities for people of all ages. You can also join us for our annual open house holiday party on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. 'Tis the season to be an Alexandria Library patron!


Classic Cinema at Beatley Central Library
Sundays December 1, 22 & 29 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for a screening of a classic holiday movie. Call 703-746-1702 for more information. Located in the Large Meeting Room.


Festival of Lights Story Time at Duncan Branch Library
Monday, December 2 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a special Chanukah story time. For families.

Holiday Device Showcase at Beatley Central


Try Before you Buy Technology Zoo at Beatley Central Library 
Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
Thinking of getting someone an eReader or an iPad for the holidays Join us to try out some of the most popular devices. Located in the Large Meeting Room.


Holiday Open House at Duncan Branch Library
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Branch staff and Friends of Duncan Library for this annual event! There will be entertainment, and refreshments will be served.

Holiday Handbell Concert at Beatley Central


Holiday Handbell Concert at Beatley Central Library 
Sunday, December 15 at 2:15 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the season with the glorious sounds of the Browne Academy handbell choir. Located in the Large Meeting Room.


Mother Goose Nutcracker at Barrett Branch Library
December 17 at 10:15 a.m.
A special music and movement program with rhythm instruments and music from the Nutcracker! For children ages 12-23 and their grownups.


Nutcracker Special at Barrett Branch Library
Tuesday and Wednesday December 17 & 18 at 11 a.m.
A special music and movement story time treat. No dance shoes required, but come ready to dance! Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday December 18 at 11:00am for ages 2 and up with an adult.


eReader Cover Craft Project at Beatley Central Library
Friday, December 20 at 2 p.m.
Love your eReader but miss the feel of a hardback book? Join librarians who will show you how to turn a hardback book into a cover for your eReader. We will provide all materials. Participation is limited, please contact Katie. 703-746-1745 or email kdow@alexandria.lib.va.us. Located in the Large Meeting Room.


Holiday Social and Screening at Beatley Central Library 
Thursday, December 26 at 6 p.m.
Can't get away for the holidays? Join the Beatley Library for a showing of a romantic holiday comedy. This will be in place of our Speed Dating event. Refreshments will be provided. Come at 6:00 to mingle and stay for the movie at 6:30pm. Located in the Large Meeting Room.


Baby Dance Party at Duncan Branch Library
Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m.
Say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new as we groove at the Baby Dance Party. Wear your dancing shoes. For babies 0-12 months with a care giver.


Year End Party with Rainbow Rock at Beatley Central Library Year End Party at Beatley Central
Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m.
Say "Farewell" to 2013 with a music performance by Alexandria's Rainbow Rock. This concert is for all ages. No registration necessary.


New Year's Eve Toddler Dance Party at Beatley Central Library
Tuesday, December 31 at 10 a.m.
Say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new at our New Year's Eve Toddler Dance Party! Wear your dancing shoes! For toddlers with a care giver.