On December 12 and 13, BPAC and the Alexandria Spokeswomen led walking and biking tours of Del Ray’s wonderful holiday lights. Instead of our usual large bike parade, we adapted to these covid times by going in small groups, with face masks, staggered start times across two evenings, and other precautions. The new walk option this year proved popular with families and kids in strollers.
As shown in the photos below, we oohed and aahed over the creativity, use of colors, and twinkly lights — and that was just for the holiday lights on the bikes and strollers! The decorations and lights on the houses were festive and bright, and they got everyone in the holiday spirit. We went by some longstanding favorites, such as the houses at 409 E. Nelson, 411 E. Bellefonte, and 323 E. Oak, as well as “Christmas Card Lane” on E. Luray. We also saw some fun new decorations, visiting streets that we hadn’t ridden to in previous years. If you couldn’t make the event but would like to walk or bike the route on your own, the walking and biking routes are available here.
Thank you to everyone who came out for the event, to all of the residents who put up such amazing light displays, and to all of the people who cheered us on as the groups walked or biked by. And a super, Abominable-Snowman-sized thank you to all of the volunteers who led groups, made sure everyone stayed safe, took photos, and helped this holiday tradition continue.