Hampton Roads Holiday Events That Can't Be Missed

Posted by Tereesa Admin on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 10:42am.

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Hampton Roads is known for celebrating the holidays in style. With hundreds of events taking place throughout the region this holiday season, we have found the best events for 2018. So bundle up and make sure you do not miss out on these amazing holiday celebrations!

Holiday Events in Virginia Beach

Celebrate one of the most joyous seasons in Virginia Beach!

Holiday Lights Merry Mile
Until December 30
5-10 pm (Sunday - Thursday) | 5:30-11 pm (Friday - Saturday)
Virginia Beach Boardwalk (8th to 22nd Street)

The tradition continues! One of Hampton Roads' most anticipated events, this beachside holiday lights events features over 50 incredible displays. From festive fish swimming overhead to a 40-foot tall Christmas tree, this event is a must-see in 2018.

Admission prices: $10 cars | $5 active military on Mondays

The Nutcracker with Symphonicity
7:30 pm Friday, Dec 14 | 2 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday Dec 15 | 2 pm Sunday Dec 16
Sandler Center

Presented by Ballet Virginia International, see the holiday magic of this enchanting ballet. Featuring nationally recognized guest artists showcased by the imagination of celebrated choreographers, if you can only see the ballet once, this is the one you don't want to miss.

Admission prices: $37-57. Purchase tickets here.

Where to find Santa in Virginia Beach

Lynnhaven Mall
Until Dec 24
11 am - 8 pm (Monday - Saturday) | 12 - 6 PM (Sunday)
Pet Photos: Mondays until Dec 17
Ugly Sweater Night: Dec 13
Photo packages available


Holiday Events in Norfolk

See incredible holiday magic in Norfolk!

Garden of Lights
December 16-31
5:30-10 pm Nightly
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Voted in the top 10 best light displays in the USA and named "one of the 12 magical Christmas destinations you need to add to your holiday bucket list" by simplemost.com, the Garden of Lights is one of Virginia's most celebrated holiday events.

Admission prices: $25 cars (Mon - Thurs) | $30 cars (Fri - Sun)
Special pricing for NBG members, City of Norfolk employees, and military personnel.

A Christmas Carol
Dec 8 - 23
7:30 pm most Saturdays and Sundays | 2 & 3 pm weekend matinees
Wells Theatre

This acclaimed performance by the Virginia Stage Company is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Visit the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and warm your heart watching Ebenezer Scrooge find redemption

Admission prices: $50-79. Purchase tickets here.

Where to find Santa in Norfolk

Ice Palace at MacArthur Center
until Dec 24
10 am - 9 pm most days | See Santa's hours
Pet Photos: Dec 9 6:30-8:30 pm
Calming Santa: Dec 9 9-11 am
Breakfast with Santa: Dec 8 & 15 8-9:30 am
Photo packages available


Holiday Events in Newport News

Deck the halls this holidays in Newport News!

Laser Holidays
until Dec 31
5:30-10 pm Nightly
Virginia Living Museum

Listen to your favorite holiday songs while taking in one of the most incredible laser light shows in the country. Celebrate the season with the whole family and marvel at the magic of light!

Admission prices: Daytime Shows: FREE for VLM members or $4 for non-members
Evening Shows: $3 for VLM members or $6 for non-members

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Dec 18
7:30 pm
Ferguson Center For The Arts

See gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching high above across thin wires in this incredible holiday show. This show sells out quickly so get your tickets early!

Admission prices: $43-73. Purchase tickets here.

Where to find Santa in Newport News

Patrick Henry Mall
Until Dec 24
10 am - 8 pm (Monday - Saturday) | 12 - 6 pm (Sunday)
Pet Photos: Mondays
Photo packages available


Other Great Events in Hampton Roads

HAMPTON - Breakfast With Santa. Dec 8, 15, 22 @ 9 am at The Grey Goose.

PORTSMOUTH - Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival. Dec 8 @ 10 am - 3 pm at Olde Towne Portsmouth.

SUFFOLK - Holiday Parade - Jingle Bell Rock. Dec 8 @ 7 pm at Downtown Suffolk.

YORKTOWN - Toyland Parade. Dec 8 @ 9 am - 3 pm at Riverwalk Landing.

CHESAPEAKE - Live Nativity. Dec 15 @ 6 pm most days at Greenbriar Presbyterian Church.

WILLIAMSBURG - Busch Gardens Christmas Town. Until Jan 5 @ 2-10 pm most days at Busch Gardens.

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