MORE Fun Holiday Events in Hampton Roads

MORE Fun Holiday Events in Hampton Roads

Local Events

So much holiday fun has been had in Hampton Roads since we first published our blog post. Many events have come and gone, but there are still many fun holiday events set to take place between now and the end of the year. So, check out our updated list of holiday events in Hampton Roads! We hope you and your family are enjoying a happy and safe holiday season!

Virginia Beach


McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach with Santa’s Seaside Village

Friday, November 20, 2015 through Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Located on the boardwalk between 2nd and 34th Streets – Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Admission: Cars: Monday – Sunday $15; Limos and Mini Buses $25; Motor Coaches $45. Santa’s Seaside Village: $4 per person or $10 family 4-pack (4 tickets; each additional ticket will be $3). Visit Santa’s Seaside Village AND drive through McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach for $20.

Highlights: Tour through illuminated nautical, holiday, and adventure lands at the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach. Thursdays to Sundays from November 27 through December 27, enjoy Santa’s Seaside Village, located at Atlantic and 30th Street. Includes carnival rides, animated holiday displays and live entertainment. Click here to learn more.

The Nutcracker Performed by Ballet Virginia International

December 19 & 20 at 2pm, December 18 & 19 7:30pm at The Sandler Center for Performing Arts located in Virginia Beach Town Center.

Admission: Ticket prices vary. $20, $37 $47, $57.

Highlights: Experience the beauty and athleticism of this timeless classic. Enjoy nationally recognized guest artists, our region’s finest young dancers and a cast of over 100 talented local children. Symphonicity, the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach, will provide live orchestra accompaniment. Click here to learn more.


Dickens Christmas Towne at Nauticus

December 16-December 27 at Nauticus in Downtown Norfolk. Weekdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, Noon-6 p.m. Open December 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission: $5, adults; $4, children (4-12); free, ages 3 & under.

Highlights: A lively London Pub featuring savory fare, additional storefront shops, and even more family-focused entertainment will help bring the magic and tradition of Dickens’ Christmas Towne to life this holiday season at Nauticus! Visitors walk through a magical Victorian village filled with strolling carolers, Father Christmas, sweet treats, unique gifts, games, holiday activities and crafts. An impressive train display, lighted sailboats, and the Teddy Bear Express trackless train on Saturday and Sunday evenings combine to make this a truly memorable experience. Presented in partnership with the Virginia Stage Company, this experience takes place in the lower level of the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. Click here to learn more.

8th Annual Storyland Christmas

Friday, December 18, 2015. L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center; 700 Park Ave; Norfolk, VA 23504.

Admission: $14 – $16. Purchase tickets at or call 757-548-2122.

Highlights: Nearing ten years of delighted audience ranging in age from grand children to great grandmas Storyland Christmas is truly a multi-generational show. It’s the heartwarming story of how mean old Mayor Miserly learns the true meaning of Christmas taught by the likes of Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood. Pinocchio and more heartwarming characters form the likes of Aladdin to those frozen sisters Elsa and Anna. Click here to learn more.

MacArthur Ice Palace and Photos with Santa

Now through Dec 24 at MacArthur Center Mall in Downtown Norfolk. This attraction is open during mall hours. See website for specific dates and times when Santa will be available.

Admission: Prices vary. See website for more information.

Highlights: Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace, featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. Visitors can also marvel at the larger-than-life snow globes, leave an icy handprint and sit on the chilly Ice Throne. The adventure culminates with a visit to Santa and a special gift. Click here to learn more.

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

December 20, 2015, 7:00 PM. Harrison Opera House. 160 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Admission: Ticket prices vary. $69, $59, $39, $20

Highlights: With a history six centuries in the making, the famed Vienna Boys Choir delights audiences across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant. Click here to learn more.

Dominion Garden of Lights at Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Now through December 31. 5:30 – 10 p.m. nightly.

Admission: $20 per car Monday – Thurs; $25 per car Fri – Sun. See website for more details on admission fees.

Highlights: This is 21st annual light show extravaganza for a magical holiday experience. During this event, the Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland where you will enjoy a 2-mile drive through a million sparkling lights bringing the four seasons to life. Click here to learn more.

A Christmas Carol Performed by Virginia Stage Company

December 10 – 24 at the Wells Theater in Norfolk.

Admission: $25 – $55. See website for details.

Highlights: Enjoy a spectacular performance of this traditional holiday play from Virginia Stage Company. Click here to learn more.

Newport News

23rd Annual Celebration in Lights

Thursday, November 26, 2015 through Saturday, January 2, 2016, 5:30 PM until 10 PM at Newport News Park. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603

Admission: $12.00 per car, $60.00 per bus

Highlights: Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event includes over 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. Click here to learn more.

Festive Family Films: Polar Express

Friday Dec 18, 2015; 7 p.m. at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. 2410 Wickham Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607.

Admission: Free

Highlights: Free community movie night! Come in your PJs and snuggle in for the show! Click here to learn more.


Christmas in the Country

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning Thursday, December 10, 2015 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) through

Friday, December 18, 2015 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) at the Triple R Ranch. 3531 Bunch Walnuts Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Admission: Free

Highlights: These free activities include pony rides, hay rides, nature activities, live nativity, rock wall climbing, critter corral, campfires and more! Click here to learn more.


Children’s Museum Holiday Make-N-Take Activities

Throughout December, 2015 at the Children’s Museum of Virginia. 400 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Times: December 4, 12, 19, 26 (10:00am, 2:00pm & 5:00pm); December 13, 20, 27: (12:00pm); December 4, 11, 18: (5:00pm); December 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 (10:00am & 2:00pm)

Admission: Free

Highlights: Spread holiday cheer as you make a gift to give to others. Click here to learn more.


A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 through Saturday, January 2, 2015 at the Jamestown Settlement. 2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Admission: Prices vary. Please see website for details.

Highlights: Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs. Click here to learn more.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Christmas Town is open select days from Nov 27 – Jan 3, 2016. For show times, please check the park schedule here.

Admission: A single-day ticket to Christmas Town costs $35, but there are discounts for annual pass members and multi-day tickets. You can compare tickets by clicking here.

Highlights: Busch Gardens will get a holiday makeover starting November 27. Attendees will enjoy rides, holiday shows, visits to Santas Workshop and more! Click here to learn more.