Hampton Roads Holiday Events 2013

Hampton Roads Holiday Events 2013

Looking for some fun family things to do this Holiday Season? Check out below some of the great events Hampton Roads has to offer. 

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Virginia Beach - McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach
November 22, 2013 – January 1, 2014 – On the Boardwalk between 2nd and 34th street

The lights are on at McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach, bringing joy and wonder to Hampton Roads this holiday season!  From November 22 through January 1, take a shiny journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk. Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises – all in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky, are the stars of McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.  They are joined by Santa, elves, and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree erected on the beach and in the beautiful parks along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.  Over 30,000 families a year make this unique light show a part of their holiday celebration!  This “Fanta-Sea” of lights is sure to dazzle and amaze holiday travelers visiting Virginia Beach.  Hotels create special packages that include free tickets to the light show.

McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach opens nightly beginning at 5:30.  Hours of operation are 5:30pm-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday.


Virginia Beach – Holidays at Hunt Club Farm – Winter Wonderland!

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 12pm – 9pm
Dec. 6 – 8 12pm – 9pm
Dec. 13 – 15 12pm – 9pm
Dec. 20 – 31 12pm – 9pm

Take a step into Hunt Club’s Magical Winter Wonderland! 5,000 square feet of Animated Displays! Full Service Christmas Tree Market, Holiday light displays in the Petting Farm, Bonfires with S’mores, Hot Apple Cider and Hot Dogs, An All new peddlers village w/ local vendors.

Admission is $7.00 per person. Children 2 and under are free.



Norfolk – Breakfast with Santa Cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk
December 7th – 8am to 10:30am

Enjoy breakfast with Santa along the Elizabeth River! Each Child will get a visit with Santa. Photos will be available for purchase. Christmas Carol Sing-a-long and Storytime with Mrs. Claus as well as DJ playing kid-friendly music for entertainment. Candy canes for all!


Board: 8:00am
Cruise: 8:30am – 10:30am
Price: $31.90 per adult, $19.95 per child age 12 and under*


  • Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon & Cured Sausage Links
  • Hash-Browned Potatoes
  • Southern Hominy Grits
  • French Toast Sticks
  • Assorted Muffins
  • Danishes
  • Biscuits
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Coffee, Tea, Soda and Juice.


Portsmouth - Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth
The Month of December – Full Schedule of Events
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Now in its ninth year, Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth will once again offer the irresistible Candlelight Stroll that Strawbery Banke Museum has offered for 34 years, and the live holiday shows, opera broadcasts and films in The Music Hall’s landmark Historic Theater and the intimate Music Hall Loft on Congress Street, in this elegant and delightful holiday downtown. Get ready to cuddle up with a free trolley ride through red-bricked Market Square, stroll through the snowflakes to the many eclectic shops, step back in time through living history at the festively decorated Strawbery Banke Museum, sample Portsmouth’s famous culinary specialties, or enjoy a first-class show at The Music Hall. Back by popular demand – the free Vintage Christmas Trolley shuttles patrons around the historic seaport each Saturday and Sunday afternoon and evening for the first three weekends in December.

Check out all the events HERE.

Chesapeake - Christmas Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
11/29 – 12/06

  • Day: Friday
  • Times: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Aquibob Farms
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Address: 3900 Saunders Lane, Chesapeake, VA 23321
  • Phone: (757) 484-9858
  • Admission: $10 per person

Visit Website Take a horse drawn wagon ride through farm decorated with Christmas lights or nearby neighborhoods. Call for reservations and off-site pricing.


Chesapeake - Christmas in the Country at Triple R Ranch
December 13 – 14

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2 NIGHTS – December 13 & 14 – from 6-9 PM
Join us for our seasonal celebration of the Savior’s birth. The Ranch will be lit with thousands of Christmas lights, as you enjoy:Pony rides
Hay rides
Children’s crafts
A live nativity
A Christmas shop with local vendors
Live music from some special guestsThis event is our gift to the community (donations appreciated*.) Food is available for purchase.*This year’s donations will go to the Triple R Campership Fund, providing financial assistance to families, enabling their children to enjoy the benefits of attending summer camp.



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Williamsburg, VA – is your Christmas destination! Santa makes regular visits throughout the Historic Triangle, and we know his favorite spots. Joy, laughter and cheer are in the air at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town where the merriment of the season is spotlighted with Broadway-style shows and millions of twinkling lights.

Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center continue the tradition of A Colonial Christmas with a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special programs. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in military encampments during the American Revolution and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm.  Colonial Williamsburg serves up music, dance and merriment with a multitude of holiday events including a Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration.

In Historic Yorktown, join the Christmas Tree Lighting procession on December 6 and enjoy the lights of the Boat Parade on December 7. A Saturday morning holiday market, Yorktown Market Days, on December 14 is followed by a Toyland Parade, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a ride on the Polar Express.

With our Premium Outlets and local shops, we have a wide selection of gifts for Christmas giving, and big sales to welcome the New Year.


Williamsburg, VA - Busch Gardens Christmas Town
Christmas Town opens Nov. 22 and continues select days through Dec. 31.

Joy, laughter and cheer are in the air at Christmas Town. This one-of-a-kind event combines the magic and merriment of the season with stunning Broadway-style shows, unique gift ideas and millions of twinkling lights.

Sip on Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate while strolling through Christmas Town’s latest addition, Holiday Hills™ a nostalgic vision of mid-20th-century Christmas traditions complete with tin toys and miles of garland.

Plan to share your holiday wishes at Santa’s workshop and to see the park’s 50-foot tall, light-animated Christmas tree for a memorable Christmas Town experience. Christmas Town opens Nov. 22 and continues select days through Dec. 31.


Newport News – 2013 Celebration of Lights
Virginia’s First Drive-through Holiday Light Event - November 28, 2013 – January 1, 2014


Over 300 individual display pieces (70 animated), 43 arches, and three miles of rope lighting enhance the natural beauty of the two-mile drive along Newport News Park’s main road. All new display pieces added since 2007 use LED lights which result in a savings of approximately 30% on electrical cost compared to incandescent bulbs and last 100,000 hours verses 3,000 hours for incandescent. Older (pre 2007) display pieces are being refitted with LED lights.Hours and admission are: Sunday- Saturday 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., $10.00 per car and $60.00 per bus (cash, credit cards, and checks made payable to the City of Newport News are accepted; advance/gift tickets may be purchased at the Newport News Visitors Center). Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA. Directions: Eastbound I-64 use Exit 247 (Lee Hall), Westbound I-64 use Exit 250 B (Ft. Eustis). For more information, call (757) 926-140.


Newport News – Hollydazzle
Friday, December 6, 2013; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.- City Center at Oyster Point

hollydazzlefireworksphotoNewport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism will present Hollydazzle, Hampton Roads’ most unique holiday event, on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in City Center at Oyster Point. Hollydazzle is a free family event with activities and entertainment leading up to the spectacular BayPort Credit Union “Fountains of Light Show” at 8:45 p.m. with fireworks and new special effects by Pyrotecnico and the lighting of the 45’ BayPort Credit Union Tree on the Fountain Plaza.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with holiday entertainment at locations throughout City Center at Oyster Point. The Snowflake Children’s Area will include five “make and take crafts” (including Gift Bags, Magic Scratch Ornaments, and Holiday Mugs), dance performances by the City Arts Dance Company, The Academy of Dance, and international street performer Wacky Chad (bike stunt and juggling). The CSX Dazzle Stage will feature musical performances by the Warwick Assembly of God Christmas Choir, Soundscapes, and Harmonica Plus. Christopher Newport University A Capella Groups Expansion and the Newport Pearls will perform on the Gazebo Stage. The U.S. Army Brass Quintet and the Tap Dancing Terror of Tidewater will perform on theLakefront Commons Stage. Strolling performers will include carolers, “living” statues, mimes, stilt walkers, and Katie Balloons.


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