Downtown Alexandria has been transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, live music, fireworks and all kinds of holiday activities for Alex Winter Fête.

The festivities kicked off last night and run through Sunday, December 15.

"We're expecting a great festival," said Mayor Jeffrey Hall. "We really want to encourage people to come out and give it a try, especially people who have experienced it before. It's an entirely different experience."

If my memory serves me correct, I attended the first year the town put the event on back in 2015 and it was well attended. (Ice skating seemed to be the highlight so pack your patience as you'll likely have to wait a bit.)

Alex Winter Fête is a great place to get some Christmas shopping done as well.

For updates and to see the entire schedule of events, visit alexwinterfete.com or look them up on Facebook.