22 Fun Things to Do When It’s Cold in Hampton Roads

22 Fun Things to Do When It’s Cold in Hampton Roads

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It’s that time of year between the holidays and springtime – when we bundle up and wait for warmer days. It may seem like there’s not much to do during this time, but we’ve found 22 fun things to enjoy across Hampton Roads this winter! Check out our list below and discover what’s happening near you!

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“Into the Woods” at The Sandler Center

Thursday, January 21, 2016, through Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Located at the Miller Studio Theatre at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462.

Admission: $32 per ticket.

Highlights: Originally a book by James Lapine, “Into The Woods” brings a timeless tale to life with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. With haunting music and lavish costumes, journey with the cast “Into The Woods” as the Baker and his Wife, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and the Beanstalk), and Cinderella discover what happens when you get what you wish for – revealing that “happily ever after” isn’t necessarily what you might imagine. The Brothers Grimm inspires this spellbinding story.

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Coastal Virginia Magazine Wine Fest

Saturday, January 16, 2016, and Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Saturday: 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Sunday: 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

Located at the Virginia Beach Convention Center at 1000 Nineteenth Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451.

Admission on Saturday: $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Six-pack tasting: $210 – advance only. Single non-tasting: $35.

Admission on Sunday: $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Six-pack tasting: $150 – advance only. Single non-tasting: $25.

Admission for Two-Day tickets: $60 (advance purchase only).

Highlights: Vendors include wineries, specialty foods, and arts and crafts. Enjoy a craft beer garden, grape stomp competition, live entertainment, and more!

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3D Films at Nauticus: “Great White Shark” and “Rescue”

Films play Tuesdays thru Sundays. Great White Shark show times: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Rescue show times: 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

Located at Nauticus at One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Admission: Tickets are $15.95 for Adults and $11.50 for Children ages 4-12.

Highlights: The 350-seat Nauticus Theater is the place to watch our hi-def and 3D films.

Great White Shark takes viewers around the world to great white hotspots: the crystal clear waters of Mexico’s legendary Guadalupe Island; newly-discovered shark territory around Stewart Island off the southernmost tip of New Zealand; the bone-chilling waters of South Africa’s “flying” great whites; and finally to the California coast near heavily-populated Los Angeles.

Rescue plunges audiences into the challenging but inspiring work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster. Behind the scenes, the film follows a Canadian naval commander, two pilots, and a volunteer rescue technician as they train for action.

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“The Women” by Clare Boothe Luce

Friday, January 8, 2016, through Sunday, January 31, 2016.

The Little Theatre of Norfolk is located at 801 Claremont Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507.

Admission: Adult: $18, Full-time Student: $15, Military: $15, Senior (age 60+): $15, Youth (17 and Under): $9. Group rate pricing is also available.

Highlights: In this lighter comedy, Mary Haines is a wealthy and happily married socialite. That is until she discovers her husband is having an affair. Mary takes her mother’s advice and ignores the infidelity, hoping it will blow over, but her friend (and poisonous gossip) Sylvia Fowler turns it into a front-page scandal.

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“Turn Up The Lights” starring The Pushers

Friday, January 15, 2016, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Located at the Push Comedy Theater at 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Admission: Tickets are $18.

Highlights: Step back…to a time when Live Television was the King and Variety was the love of his life.

Brad, Sean, Ed, and Alba take on four short comedic plays about the absurdities of showbiz. This extravaganza has something for everyone, including Comedy, Drama, Mystery, the Ultimate Escape Artist, Motown & much More!

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Feldman Chamber Music Society Concert

Monday, January 18, 2016, from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM.

Located at the Chrysler Museum of Art at One Memorial Place, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510.

Admission: $20 for Museum Members at the door, $25 for all others.

Highlights: The Amara Piano Quartet is known for mixing beloved, immortal favorites with an innovative classical sound.

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Third Thursday at the Chrysler Museum of Art

Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

Festivities begin at the Museum at 5:00 PM and start at the Glass Studio at 8:00 PM.

Located at the Chrysler Museum of Art at One Memorial Place, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510.

Admission: Free for Museum Members and students with current ID. It’s $5 for all others. There’s a cash bar at both locations. Wine-tasting tickets are $5 in addition to admission. Dancing is free.

Highlights: At the Museum, the Chrysler offers an evening of wine tasting and live music. Sommeliers from Norfolk’s Mermaid Winery offer samples of some of their favorite vintages while the famous musicians of 504 Supreme fill Huber Court with the sounds of live swing and jazz.

At the Perry Glass Studio, the Studio presents Flock the Optic. This innovative glass performance trio-Liesl Schubel, David King, and Abram Deslauriers-weave patterns from winter bird migrations into a spectacle of light and team glassblowing on our Kaufman and Canoles Hot Shop floor.

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School of Rock of Norfolk Presents: End of the Season Shows

Friday, January 22, 2016: All You Need is Love at 5:00 PM, Led Zeppelin at 6:00 PM, and Animal Collective at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, January 23, 2016: All You Need is Love at noon, Led Zeppelin at 2:00 PM, and Animal Collective at 3:30 PM.

Located at Eagleton Hall at the School of Rock Norfolk. 430 Boush Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Admission: Free and open to the public.

For more information, call 757-961-7626 (ROCN) or email [email protected].

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Chrysler Hall

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, through Sunday, February 7, 2016

Located at the Chrysler Hall at 215 St. Pauls Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Admission: Tickets start at $35.

Highlights: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love-the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more-plus some surprising new twists!

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“Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” at The Ferguson Center

Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 3:00 PM.

Located at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts at 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, Virginia 23606.

Admission: Tickets start at $39.

Highlights: Now in its 25th fantastic year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock’ n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.S. and worldwide. Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features the classic songs Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Not Fade Away, Oh Boy, Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba, The Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace, and many more! Viewed by more than 20 million people in over 20,000 performances worldwide, Buddy opened in London’s West End in 1989 and has been seen on Broadway throughout Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands, and Singapore, winning numerous awards along the way.

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Golden Bacchus Wine and Food Festival at the Virginia Living Museum

Friday, February 5, 2016, at 7:00 PM.

Located at the Virginia Living Museum at 524 J Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Admission: Divine Reception is 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Admission: $120. Cost includes Main Event.

The main event is 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Admission: $60 through January 31, 2016; $70 beginning February 1, 2016.

Highlights: Experience the Virginia Living Museum’s 12th annual Bacchus Wine & Food Festival, a Golden Anniversary event! Taste the bounty of the Peninsula’s finest establishments, sway to the beat of live local musicians and make plans for your next get-together with friends. Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local restaurant fare, and an eclectic mix of live music and games. This event was three times voted “Best in the 757” for Events & Galas by Coastal Virginia Magazine and is always a sell-out.

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The Mariners’ Museum Community Day

Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

The Mariners’ Museum is located at 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.

Admission: $5.00 per Hampton Roads resident. Children 3 and under are free.

Highlights: Take the family on a voyage of exploration to The Mariners’ Museum. Explore the USS Monitor Center, handcrafted ship models, maritime paintings, rare figureheads, small craft from around the world, and much more.

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Impromptu Wine Tasting at La Bodega Hampton

Friday nights from 4:30 PM until 7:30 PM

Located at 22 Wine Street, Hampton, VA 23669.

Admission: No admission fee nor reservation is required.

Highlights: Enjoy a sampling of wine, delicious food, and music. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.

For more information, contact La Bodega at 757-722-8466.


“Engineer It” Exhibition at The Virginia Air and Space Center

Tuesdays through Sundays. Times vary.

Located at the Virginia Air and Space Center at 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669.

Admission: Non-Member Ticket Pricing: $18 per adult, $14.50 per child or student, $16.00 per Senior, $15.00 per Military/NASA. For Membership pricing, click HERE.

Highlights: This new playground equipment system encourages learning, social development, movement, and above all, FUN! VASC’s new exhibit for young children helps to inspire young builders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) while allowing them to be creative and imaginative. The exhibit also features larger-than-life blocks for giant-scale buildings and tabletop blocks for smaller hands.

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California Dreaming Wine Dinner

Saturday, January 16 at 7:00 PM.

Located at The Grey Goose at 118 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669.

Admission: $50 per person.

Highlights: Enjoy a 5-course dinner paired with delicious California wine!

For more information, contact the Grey Goose at 757-723-7978.


Silent Film with ‘Professor’ Bill Edwards

Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 2:30 PM

Located at The American Theatre at 125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, Virginia 23663.

Admission: $15 per ticket.

Highlights: Phoebus Film Club Series Special Event! Bill returns for an afternoon of ragtime piano favorites and a screening of Our Hospitality, a Buster Keaton classic silent feature film. In Our Hospitality, sole heir Willie McKay (Buster Keaton) journeys by train from New York City to Kentucky to claim his fortune amid a decades-old feud with the Canfield family. En route, he meets and is smitten with young beauty Virginia (Natalie Talmadge), who invites him to dinner. Still, he realizes too late that she is the only daughter of patriarch Joseph Canfield (Joe Roberts). The rules of hospitality protect McKay from harm in their house, but he must outwit her brothers to resolve the feud.

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8th Annual MyTime Women’s Show

Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM.

Located at the Hampton Roads Convention Center at 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23669.

Admission: $5 in advance at The Mole Hole, $7 online, and $8 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

Highlights: Founded in 2009 by Daily Press Media Group, the MyTime Women’s Show provides Hampton Roads women an opportunity to escape, indulge, and explore the various and unique products, crafts, and services the region has to offer. The MyTime Women’s Show attracts over 2,500 women for browsing, shopping, and entertainment; it is the quintessential “girl’s day out!”

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Hampton Comedy Fest

Saturday, January 23, 2016, beginning at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Located at the Hampton Coliseum at 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

Admission: $45 to $65. Additional fees may apply.

Highlights: The Hampton Comedy Fest is an urban comedy show featuring Earthquake, Lil Duval, Bill Bellamy, Tommy Davidson, and Michael Blackson.

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Music with The Trongone Band

Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 10:00 PM.

Located at the Taphouse at 17 E. Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669.

Admission: Admission is free.

Highlights: Enjoy a large selection of craft beers, Tavern fare, entrees, fresh salads, and great specials while listening to music by the Trongone Band. Rapidly gaining momentum with a sound that falls between southern Rock’ n’ Soul and Americana Jam, The Trongone Band is turning heads and impacting the east coast music scene.

For more information, contact the Taphouse at 757-224-5829.



Chesapeake Planetarium Programs

Thursday nights at 8:00 PM.

Located at 310 Shea Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

Admission: Free to the public. Due to limited seating, reservations are necessary and may be made by calling the Chesapeake Public Schools between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays at 757-547-0153.

Highlights: Every Thursday night in January, enjoy the Stargazing program. Explore the wonders of the night sky in your backyard. The planetarium will introduce an easy way to become a stargazer using star charts and maps. An introduction to how to use a telescope will also be covered. After the program, you will be invited to view the stars and planets through the planetarium’s giant telescope.

Every Thursday night in February, enjoy The Black Sun program. The sun will turn black in the middle of the day. Unfortunately, this celestial event will not be visible in the Tidewater area. A total solar eclipse will be visible over most of Asia. The planetarium program will explore why eclipses (solar and lunar) occur and why you don’t often see them in your backyard.
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Boogie on the Bay Shag Club Sponsors Shag Lessons

Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Located at Big Woody’s Bar and Grill Chesapeake Square. 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23321.

Admission: $5.00 each week.

Take your Basic lessons to the next level! Highlights: Learn the Carolina Shag with instructors Marsha Ruth and Tom Edwards. No partner is required. Six-week sessions feature progressive instruction:

– BASIC Session focuses on basic footwork, turns, and lead-follow technique. No experience necessary!

– INTERMEDIATE Session focuses on technique, complex footwork, and turns.

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Great Wolf Lodge

Open daily.

Located at 549 East Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Admission: $199.99 and up.

Highlights: Giving new meaning to the term “year-round family resort,” Great Wolf Lodge defies the weather outside with an indoor waterpark experience with young and young-at-heart soaking in fun! Your Great Wolf Lodge adventure begins in a massive, 84-degree indoor water park. Outside the water park, the fun continues. Grab a wand and battle a dragon in MagiQuest, or get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scoops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day. There is also a wide variety of dining and shopping opportunities at the resort.

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