Getting into the holiday spirit (w/video)
Let the countdown to Christmas begin.
The Christmas season officially kicked off in Alexandria Friday.
Hundreds of people braced temperatures in the teens along with icy winds to attend the Runestone Museum’s “Christmas in the Fort” on North Broadway.
There were plenty of ways for people to stave off the chill – sipping hot apple cider, warming their hands over an open fire, munching on a steamy pretzel or going inside to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.
A steady stream of fort-goers also warmed up by going to the church where they were treated to Scandinavian music from the Nordic Bees.
The Zion Children’s Choir helped set the mood by singing a variety of Christmas carols. After each selection, the crowd gave the singers a burst of applause, although it was muffled because practically everyone was wearing gloves.
The Jefferson High School Carolers also performed a festive collection of songs.
The celebration was capped by a ceremony to officially turn on the Christmas lights that brighten up Broadway.
See more photos and a video of the Christmas in the Fort activities at www.echopress.com.