Dickens’ Christmas Towne
Friday December 14, 2018 through Monday, December 31, 2018
Located at Nauticus at 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
Highlights: Explore Dickens’ Christmas Towne—a magical holiday village in the Decker Half Moone Center at Nauticus—featuring music, entertainment, food, shops, and more! In celebration of the 175th anniversary of A Christmas Carol, every child visitor will get a free copy of the book, and everyone can enjoy The Art of Christmas, an exhibit of original book sketches by Christmas Carol illustrator P. J. Lynch. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12) and free for children ages 2 and under.
5th Annual Christmas Market and Holiday Yule Log Bonfire
Saturday, December 1, 2018 beginning at 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Located at Town Point Park, 1 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510.
Highlights: Enjoy an evening of holiday traditions at Town Point Park near the Holiday Homecoming Tree. The park transforms into a festive wonderland to feature a massive Yule Log bonfire, Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa. During the festivities, seasonal craft beer, mulled wine, hot chocolate and other holiday treats will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade
Saturday, November 17, 2018 beginning at 7:00 PM.
Located at Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront in Norfolk, VA 23510.
Highlights: The 34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade, “The Lights Are Bright On Broadway,” will take place in Downtown Norfolk on Saturday, November 17 at 7pm, bringing thousands of spectators out to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit.
Million Bulb Walk
Friday, November 9, 2018 through Saturday December 15, 2018 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM nightly.
Located at Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, VA 23518
Highlights: Walk through 2-miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season… with a few new surprises!
Garden of Lights
Sunday, December 16, 2018 through Monday December 31, 2018 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM nightly.
Located at Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, VA 23518
Highlights: Don’t miss Virginia’s favorite holiday tradition. Drive through our 24th annual light show extravaganza for a magical holiday experience. During this event, the Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland bringing the four seasons to life.
Holiday Lights at the Beach
Thursday, November 22, 2018 through Sunday, December 30, 2018 from
5:00pm – 10:00pm Sunday through Thursdays and 5:30pm – 11:00pm Friday- Saturday.
Located at Virginia Beach boardwalk, from 8th to 22nd Street. The entrance is located at 2nd Street.
Highlights: The Holiday Lights at the Beach boardwalk lights display has been a holiday tradition in Virginia Beach for over 20 years. The Holiday Lights display at the boardwalk once covered 30 blocks. However, due to long-term wear and tear on the light displays, the event was shortened last year to feature 50 favorite displays over 12 blocks along the boardwalk, from 8th Street to 22nd Street.
Holiday Parade at the Beach
Saturday, December 1, 2018 starting at 5:30pm
Located at On Atlantic Avenue between 15th Street and 25th Street
Highlights: On Saturday, December 1, at 5:30pm, join us for the Cox Communications Holiday Parade at the Beach, where almost 90 parade units make their way down Atlantic Avenue in a joyous celebration of the holiday season.
26th Annual Celebration in Lights
Thursday, November 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019 from 5:30 PM until 10:00 PM.
Located in Newport News Park at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA.
Highlights: Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 26th season on Thanksgiving night (November 22, 2018). Newport News Park will be transformed by over a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. For its 26th year, the event will add special effects snow that will fall on the cars as they drive into the Winter Wonderland area on special nights. The event will also add a new Gingerbread House display and new scenes on its two giant 25’ x 16’ screens of color-changing LED lights. The Forest of Lights display area will have upgraded color-changing LED bulbs to create more complex colors and patterns on the trees. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2019.
Turkey Pardoning at the Virginia Living Museum
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
Located at Virginia Living Museum at 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.
Highlights: Celebrate the long and healthy lives of our wild turkeys during the VLM’s ninth annual Turkey Pardoning. A city official will pardon the turkeys during a brief ceremony on the outdoor trial beside Turkey/Deer Habitat. Don’t miss turkey-related crafts and displays.
25 Nights of Northern Lights
December 1st, 8th, and 15th, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Located at the 701 Town Center Dr Ste 100, Newport News, VA 23606
Highlights: With the theme Journey to the North Pole, Saturday, December 1 will include an official BayPort Credit Union 25 Nights of Northern Lights kick-off with city dignitaries. Saturday, December 8, is themed Holiday Candy Land and Saturday, December 15 is themed Snow Pets. Various activities will take place that correspond to each week’s theme along with entertainment on three stages, strolling performers and holiday characters, children’s make-and-take holiday crafts, carnival games, and food vendors. On each of the 25 nights, December 1-25, visitors can enjoy a five-minute, theatrical Holiday Magic Light Show happening at the top of each hour from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Breakfast with Santa at The Grey Goose
Saturday, December 8th, 15th, 22nd 2018 at 9:00AM
Located at The Grey Goose at 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton VA.
Highlights: Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for breakfast! There will be fun, crafts and a sing a long with Mrs. Claus!
Holiday Brass Concert
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.
Located at the Chesapeake Conference Center at 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320.
Highlights: The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra brass section will help you ring in the holidays in a bright new way! With a variety of styles from classical to contemporary, you’ll delight in the sounds of the season.
Chesapeake’s Holiday Craft Show
Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Located at the Chesapeake Conference Center at 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Highlights: Get your holiday shopping started early. Talented artisans display and sell their crafts at this traditional opening of the holiday shopping season in Chesapeake. Over 90 crafters to shop from for handmade gifts and decorations! Santa Claus will make an appearance from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM both days (Parents, bring your camera!). Chessie, the Parks, Recreation and Tourism mascot, will also be around and available for pictures on both days. Concessions will be available for purchase.
21st Annual Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
Located in Olde Towne Portsmouth at 300 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704.
Highlights: A favorite holiday tradition in Portsmouth, the Olde Towne Music Festival features strolling carolers from Washington Street to Water Street. Featured performers will be stationed at several locations along the High Street corridor. Children’s activities are held on the Middle Street Mall area adjacent to the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Other highlights include a Children’s Parade, which begins at 10 am and fire pits for roasting marshmallows.
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Winter Wonderland in Portsmouth
Friday November 23, 2018 – Monday December 31, 2018
Located at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center at 420 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704.
Highlights: Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents. This event includes scenes from the famed Coleman Collection. From Victorian scenes of animated skaters and carolers, to the enchanted forest of bears, deer and Santa’s workshop, the displays are sure to delight visitors of all ages! Also enjoy an array of holiday activities including crafts, face-painting, tasty treats, performances including plays, music and song, and horse-drawn carriage rides!
Busch Gardens Christmas Town
On select days and times from November 17, 2018 until January 5, 2018.
Located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg at 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Highlights: Christmas Town brings holiday traditions to life with heartwarming shows, delicious holiday dining and festive shopping opportunities!
Williamsburg Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 beginning at 8:00 AM.
Located in Downtown Williamsburg at Merchants Square, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Highlights: Enjoy the annual community Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Williamsburg Area Chamber and Tourism Alliance. The parade features more than 100 entries including floats and marching bands and begins at the College of William & Mary at Brooks Street and Richmond Road, continues along Richmond Road and ends in Merchants Square in the historic area of Williamsburg.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination
Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 4:00 PM until 7:30PM.
Located in Colonial Williamsburg at Palace Green, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Highlights: In the 18th century, illuminations–the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks–celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Historic Area and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout the Historic Area and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace.
Annual Artisan Gift Fair at the Pavilion
Saturday, November17, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
Located at the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion at 524 North Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23434.
Highlights: Kick off your holiday shopping with handcrafted gifts at the 6th Annual Artisan Gift Fair at the Suffolk Visitor Center’s open-air Pavilion. Enjoy festive music, light refreshments and arts and crafts!
Suffolk Holiday Parade: Jingle Bell Rock
Saturday, December 8, 2018 beginning at 7:00 PM.
Located in Downtown Suffolk on Main & Washington Streets, Suffolk, VA 23434.
Highlights: This year’s theme is “Jingle Bell Rock” Find the best spot to watch the floats, equestrian units, marching bands and festive vehicles stroll down West Washington Street and take a turn up North Main Street, with the parade route ending on Finney Avenue. This year’s grandstand will be in front of the SunTrust building on Main Street.
Suffolk Grand Illumination
Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Located at 326 North Main Street Suffolk, VA 23434
Highlights: The 2018 Holiday Season officially begins in Suffolk on Friday, November 16, with the Suffolk Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park in Downtown Suffolk. The event rings in the holidays with the park opening at 6 p.m. Watch the 32′ tree light up when the switch is flipped at 6:15 p.m., illuminating Suffolk for the holiday season. Be there when Santa arrives in style (around 6:30 p.m.) and enjoy seasonal music courtesy of local choirs. Be sure to bring along your camera to capture your children’s smiling faces as they whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus. Stick around to purchase tasty treats from local vendors, as your children decorate their letter to Santa and visit the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. There will also be horse and carriage rides available for purchase!
Yorktown Celebrates Christmas: Illumination & Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM.
Located at Riverwalk Landing at 331 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690.
Highlights: A tradition that began in 1945 continues with the Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting. Evening highlights include a performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing, the procession of lights through the historic village, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Yorktown Christmas Market on Main Street
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
Located at Historic Main Street at Main Street, Yorktown, VA 23690.
Highlights: Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for family, friends, or as a treat to yourself, you’re sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main. The market features arts and crafts vendors, strolling musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Yorktown Celebrates Christmas: Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Located at Riverwalk Landing at Main Street, Yorktown, VA 23690.
Highlights: Festively decorated sail and power boats compete for “Best in Show.” The Yorktown waterfront is bedazzled with holiday sights and sounds, including a spectacular floating parade of lights, caroling around a roaring beach bonfire, musical performances and complimentary hot cider. Located at the Yorktown waterfront.
Yorktown Market Day and Toyland Parade
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
Located at Riverwalk Landing at 425 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690.
Highlights: Enjoy a special holiday market featuring an assortment of items: seasonal fruits & vegetables; fresh seafood, eggs, poultry, beef and pork; fine sweets and baked goods including cakes, breads, brownies and cookies; coffee, jams and jellies; homemade relish and spices; organic and gluten free products; holiday wreaths, pines and flowering bulbs; homemade peanut brittle; quality art, and holiday music. Starting at 1:00 PM, become a part of our Toyland Parade, jump in with a decorated a stroller or wagon, or even yourself! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the guests. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will be leading the parade. As an added treat, the Polar Express will be chugging along through Riverwalk Landing.