2019 Hampton Roads In Lights! Holiday Light Displays in HRVA!

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Holiday Light Displays in Hampton Roads Virginia

Here is our BIG LIST of Holiday Light Displays in Hampton Roads! Daily Light Displays, Grand Illuminations, Christmas Tree Lightings and more:

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Repeating Events



Dates: November 8 - December 14, 2019, daily from 4-9pm
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk, VA 
What: Enjoy a festive and healthy way to kick off the holidays. Walk through 2 miles of spectacular lighted displays.
Cost: Tickets are $18 (not yet members); $16 (military); $14 (Garden members); $10 (children 3 to 17); children 2 & younger are FREE.

Christmas Town™ at Busch Gardens (Williamsburg)

Dates: Opening Day for Christmas Town is November 16, 2019 and the festivities are open select dates until January 5, 2020.
Where: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg VA

What: The world’s most beautiful theme park is one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. 
Cost: Prices vary by day and promotion. Included in current membership options. Click HERE for Current Prices.



Dates:  Please check schedule for all days and times. Holiday light shows run on varying dates from November 27 - December 31, 2019. Closed December 24 & 25, 2019.
Where: The Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
What: Holiday Magic is a delightful celebration of the holiday season that the whole family will enjoy!  Featuring timeless classics and songs from the holiday specials we loved as kids, as well as modern holiday music, this show has something for everyone.  Ring in the holiday season with the most amazing light show in town!
Cost: Daytime shows: $4 plus Museum admission/free for members. Evening shows $6 non-members, $3 for members.


Dates: November 22, 2019 - December 31, 2019. Hours of operation are 5:30pm-10pm Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30pm-11pm Friday-Saturday. 
Where: On the boardwalk beginning at 2nd Street, Virginia Beach VA
What: Drive your vehicle ON THE BOARDWALK through Nautical, Holiday, and Adventure Lands with a soundtrack signal playing traditional Holiday music on your vehicle’s radio. Festive fish, musical crabs, and hard-working elves – all in brightly colored lights against the moonlit Atlantic Ocean - are the stars of BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights Merry Mile. They are joined by light up Santa and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree erected on the Beach and in the beautiful Parks along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. The light display includes archways along the entire length of the spectacular light display with fish swimming overhead and spectacular light tunnels to drive through. Military tributes to the region’s strong Armed Forces community are featured prominently throughout the display.
Cost: Cars, $10 nightly. Limos: $25. Motor coaches: $45. Mini buses: $25. On “Military Mondays,” presented by Bayport Credit Union, active military receive a 50% discount each Monday night. Military Monday tickets are $5 per car. All vehicles enter through the main entrance at 2nd Street. Cash only is accepted at the gate. ENTER OUR WEEKLY TICKET GIVEAWAY HERE (7 WINNERS EACH WEEK!)

Pagoda & Garden LightFest

Dates: November 23-December 31, 2019. Lights are on daily from 5-10pm   
Where: Pagoda & Oriental Garden 265 West Tazewell St Norfolk VA
What: Featuring beautiful sparkling lights glowing in the Oriental Garden & Pagoda. 


Dates: November 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10pm
Where: Newport News Park at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA
What: For its 27th year, the event will add new lighting effects in the Newport News Golf Course at Deer Run area and enhancements to the Newport News arch. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2020. Over 350 individual display pieces, 50+ arches, and over 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 versus 3,000 hours for incandescent. Older (pre-2007) display pieces are being refitted with LED lights.
Cost: $15.00 per car and $75.00 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)

Snow and Light Show - formerly Snow Wonders (Portsmouth)

Dates: Fridays/Saturdays, November 29 - December 28, 2019 at 5:30 and 7pm
Where: Children's Museum of VA, High Street, Portsmouth VA
What: Bring the kids down to the Children’s Museum Friday and Saturday and plan to stay for the
magical music and light show accompanied by snow.
Cost: There is no cost for the light show as it takes place outside of the museum.


Snowman’s Wonderland (Newport News)

Dates: December 6-31, 2019
Where: Denbigh Community Center, Newport News VA
What: New this year, the Denbigh Community Center is being transformed into a living snow globe to include murals, trees, lights, reindeer, and more, all photo-ready. Free family films on the evenings of December 6 & 20 with a hot chocolate bar and popcorn, and children’s matinees movies with make-and-take crafts (details to come).


Lights at the Fountain (NEWPORT NEWS)

Dates: Nightly light show, December 7 – 31, 2019, from 5 – 9pm. Fountainside Festivals – December 7 & 14, 2019 from 5 – 8pm. Free admission, free parking
Where: City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News VA
What: Lights at the Fountain is a holiday experience of lights, decorations, and magical falling snow set to music around the City Center at Oyster Point five-acre fountain plaza. Delighting all ages is a special ten-minute synchronized light show, held twice each hour during the evening, incorporating a 42’ intelligent, color/pattern changing tree and coordinated lights around the fountain along with a festive soundtrack. 
Special Events:  On December 7 and 14, Fountainside Festivals will fill City Center with holiday entertainment, a holiday market, carnival games, food vendors, and children’s activities. Bring your camera for photos with Santa and be sure to indulge in the food and beverage specials in the “Jingle and Mingle” lounges at nearby restaurants.
Cost: Admission each night is free and free parking is available in the three City Center parking garages.


CBN Christmas Village (Virginia Beach)

Dates: December 5-7 and 12-14, 2019. Thursdays and Fridays 6-9pm. Saturdays 12-9pm 
Where: 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23463
What: For two weekends in December, the campus of CBN and Regent University transforms into an enchanting place where the true meaning of the Christmas season is celebrated. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of a Christmas village... Experience festive traditions for the whole family.
Cost: Free admission 



Dates: Select Mondays-Thursdays, December 16-30, 2019
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518
Tinsel Tram Only: Ride our open-air tram through the Dominion Energy Garden of Lights. Tickets only include a tram ride. Plan to check in at the Visitor Center Front Desk before boarding. $10/person for NBG Members, $13/person for not-yet-members.
Tinsel Tram Deluxe: Visit with Santa, make a keepsake holiday ornament, and ride our open-air tram through the Dominion Energy Garden of Lights. $20/person for NBG Members, $25/person for not-yet-members.


Dates: December 15-31, 2019 from 5:30-10pm
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518
What: Don’t miss Virginia’s favorite holiday tradition. Drive through our 25th 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.
Cost: General Admission is $25 Per Car (Monday – Thursday) and $30 Per Car (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). Members receive $5 off nightly. Limo & Multipassenger vans: $50. Specials include Military Appreciation Discount: $25 per car (Fri-Sun) or $20 per car (Mon-Thurs), City of Norfolk Employees is Monday-Thursday only ($25 per car with current employee ID Monday-Thursday only). Payment can be cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express.

Single Day Events



ARTech Lights (Newport News)

Date: December 13, 2019 from 3:30 – 8pm
Where: Brooks Crossing in the Southeast Community
What: A brand new holiday experience comes to Brooks Crossing in the Southeast Community with the innovative ARTech Lights. At the heart of the event is a giant, animated, lighted double helix art installation that will shine nightly through December. Its illumination with be celebrated with hands-on “Techtivities,” food and beverage vendors, a fire pit, a “silent disco,” fire performers, a DJ, and a skating rink (skating rink will also be open on December 14 & 15).
Cost: Free admission, free parking


Dates: Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6pm
Where: on the Downtown Hampton Oceanfront.
What: The annual Lighted Boat Parade is 30 years old and happens every December at the Downtown Waterfront. The highly anticipated gathering of illuminated power boats and sail boats is visible from anywhere along the Hampton River.
Cost: Free

MILITARY FAMILIES - Illumination Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 5:15-8:30pm
Where: Mariner Community Recreation Center, NSA Hampton Roads Northwest
What: Free Buffet Dinner and Photos with Santa, Tree Lighting, Iceless Skating. 

Smithfield Lighted Boat Parade (Smithfield)

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8pm
Where: Smithfield Station, Smithfield VA
What: Christmas in Smithfield is a very special time of year and a large part of what makes it so beautiful is the marina here at Smithfield Station!  Join us for dinner in the restaurant (reservations recommend) and then join us for our lighted boat parade at 8:00 pm! 



Neighborhood Light Displays


2019 Fallen Hero's Tree

Dates: November 24, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Where: New location, now located on Main Street in front of the fire station), Buchanan, VA. The tree will be lit in late November and stay lit until January 2020. 
What: Each ornament on the tree has the name of a firefighter or police officer who died in the line of duty in 2019. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas on Mansion Cross

Dates: November 30-December 28, 2019. Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9pm and Friday-Saturday 5:30-10:30pm 
Where: Mansion Cross Lane, Virginia Beach across from Hunt Club Farm
What: Over 50,000 lights on display, all synched to music. All donations will benefit St Jude Children's Research Hospital

Holt Family Lights

Dates: See link for details
Where: 705 Tallahassee Dr, Chesapeake VA
What: Holiday Light Display
Special Events: Holt Family Lights is happy to announce that our two character nights this year will be December 14th and 21st from 6-8pm (weather permitting). Bring your kids to meet Santa, Buddy the Elf, and more! And of course, enjoy the light display and play in the snow

Lights by Michael Guzman

Dates: Lights are on every day from 5-10pm
Where: 13227 Harbor Drive, Carrollton, VA
What: Over 30,000 lights, walking path around the entire house, enjoy a candy cane at the end of you walk 

Neighborhood Lights 

Dates: TBA
Where: 1834 Kensington Dr Hampton Va 23663
What: Residential light display, 80,000+ lights set to music nightly from 5-11pm.

Piazza Family Christmas Lights  

Dates: Hours are 530pm to 900pm Sun to Thurs, 530PM to 1000PM Fri and Sat.
Where: 913 Pleasant Ridge Drive Chesapeake, VA 23322
What: Holiday Light Display set to music.

Priest Family Christmas

Dates: On display for 2019 holiday season
Where: 820 Sydenham Blvd Chesapeake, Virginia
What: ChristmasPalooza featuring thousands of bright lights and characters--synchronized to music which can be heard on your radio or out on the sidewalks. Watch out for the Grinch--he's always trying to swipe our lights!

Scroggins Family Christmas Light Show

Dates: Seasons Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5-10 pm Friday-Saturday 5-10:30 pm
Where: 905 Deer Crossing Chesapeake, VA
What: We are a family in Chesapeake who put on a Christmas Light show from the day after Thanksgiving to December 31st. 


Sheeley Family Lights

Dates: Thanksgiving through New Year's Day! 2019 Hours Sunday-Thursday 5:15-9:00pm Friday/Saturday 5:15-9:30pm 
Where: 703 Ava Ct, Chesapeake VA 
What: Holiday Light Display. Radio station 89.7FM Please respect our neighbors by not blocking driveways and giving them the right of way. Keep your radios at a comfortable listening level. Please do not litter and enjoy the show!
Cost: Free - donations will be accepted for the Eliza Hope Foundation

Stern Family Holiday Light Show

Dates: see link for details
Where: 108 Sheffield Way, Newport News VA 
What: Holiday light display

Woodland Christmas Wonderland

Dates: see link for details
Where: 4028 Woodland Drive, Chesapeake VA
What: light display runs throughout the holiday season and is free to the public. Donations for the Portsmouth Humane Society are accepted on site.

Looking for your local neighborhood light displays? Check out this fantastic map put together by Hampton Roads Real Estate Agent Sam Sansalone.

Hampton Roads In Lights - Light Displays in Hampton Roads VA

Previous Events

Grand Illumination at Lynnhaven Mall (Virginia Beach)

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019 from 6-8pm (Free light up item will be distributed starting at 5:30pm)
Where: Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach VA
What: Bring the whole family to Lynnhaven Mall for one of Hampton Roads beloved annual holiday traditions - the Grand Illumination. Kids and adults alike will be filled with the holiday spirit featuring live entertainment, magic show, DJ with a dance party following the show, giveaways and much more! Children 12 & under will receive a FREE exclusive mystery light up holiday item that will create enough holiday magic to welcome Santa's during his grand entrance! Visit the Santa set in Center Court between 5:30-6:00PM to receive your item (while supplies last, one per child). Santa will be available after the show for photos and meet & greet’s. Reservations are recommended by not required.
Cost: Free

SPARKLE NIGHT (Newport News)

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5-7pm
Where: Marketplace at Tech Center 638 Oyster Point Rd, Newport News, VA
What: Holiday Family Fun! Co-Sponsored by Crosswalk Church. On the Green and in the Center Courtyard • Tree Lighting at Dusk • Visit with Santa • Carolers • Candy Canes • Local Dignitaries • National Anthem and Tribute to Veterans and First Responders • Hot Cocoa • Samples from Select Restaurants Rain Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019 While supplies last. Weather permitting. Events subject to change without notice.
Cost: Free



Dates: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 4-7pm The Annual Peninsula Town Center Tree Lighting scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16th has been canceled due to inclement weather in the forecast.
Where: Peninsula Town Center, 4410 E. Claiborne Square, Hampton, VA, 23666
What: Ring in the holiday season at Peninsula Town Center with the Annual Tree Lighting. The event will take place in Town Square from 4-7pm and feature trackless train rides, live music, a luminary ceremony, a visit from Santa & so much more!
Cost: Free

3rd Annual Tree Lighting Event

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 5 - 8pm
Where: Center Court at Norfolk Premium Outlets, 1600 Premium Outlets Blvd Norfolk, Virginia 23502
What: Help Santa & Mrs. Claus kick-off the holidays by lighting our 36' Christmas Tree. We'll be celebrating with family entertainment, children's activities, giveaways and a holiday concert by THE TIDEWATER CONCERT BAND and more! Bring the kids and start your holiday season off with a magical evening of fun.

Olde Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting Ceremony (Portsmouth)

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4-8pm
Where: Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street, Portsmouth VA
What: Enjoy a hometown holiday tree lighting complete with decorations, music, a Sugar Plum fairy, Father Christmas, and even a little snow! Add the Olde Towne shops open late, 30 crafters & authors selling their wares, an art opening, free chorale concert, strolling colonial carolers, hot cider, prize drawings, and shuttle rides, and you can be sure to get in the holiday spirit right here in Olde Towne! Tree Lighting takes place from 5:30-6pm.


Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 from 6-8:30pm
Where: Market Park at Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, 326 North Main Street, Suffolk, VA
What: The 2019 Holiday Season officially begins in Suffolk on Friday, November 22, with the Suffolk Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park in Downtown Suffolk. The event rings in the holidays with the park opening at 6pm. Watch the 32' tree light up when the switch is flipped at 6:15pm, illuminating Suffolk for the holiday season. Be there when Santa arrives in style (around 6:15 pm), 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!
Cost: Free 

Grand Illumination Parade (Norfolk)

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 7-8pm
Where: Downtown Norfolk VA
What: The 35th Annual Grand Illumination Parade, "Toy Land,” will take place in Downtown Norfolk on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm, bringing thousands of spectators out to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit. The Grand Illumination Parade is a beloved holiday tradition for many in Hampton Roads. Let us help you have the best experience!
Cost: Attendance is free, VIP seating is available


Dates: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 5-7pm and 7:30-9pm
Where: Newport News Park at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA
What: The Holiday Light Stroll presented by Langley Federal Credit Union is a charity walk 'one night only' through the world-famous Newport News Celebration in Lights. It is an event to benefit the programs and services of the Center for Child & Family Services, a local non profit family services organization. The walk has been happening for over 20 years and since 2014 the Center for Child & Family Services has been organizing the Holiday Light Stroll with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Center's programs and services. The Center for Child & Family Services has been serving children and families on the Peninsula & surrounding communities since 1943. 
Cost: SOLD OUT - Holiday Light Stroll is SOLD OUT, but if you are interested in joining the waiting list if tickets become available, please click on the "Ready to Buy Tickets?" red tab on their website.


Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 4-10pm. Illumination takes place at 6pm.
Where: Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co, 1805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: The holidays are just around the corner and we are gearing up for our Grand Illumination event on November 30, 2019. Save the date and stay tuned as we announce more information around this event. Get ready for holiday music by Swinging Santa Band, pictures with Santa, holiday decor and special beer releases! Our Christmas tree and lights are going to be bigger and brighter than ever this year...we promise ;).
Cost: Free Event


Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 5-8pm  
Where: Port Warwick, 3100 William Styron Square North, Newport News VA
What: Bring the whole family to this festive holiday event. The kids will love visiting Santa while choral groups, Dance Works dance troupes and other live entertainment will get everyone in the holiday spirit! Visit with Santa, Live Holiday music and dance performers, Carriage rides around Styron Square, Holiday Games, Food Trucks. Come out and join in on the fun!!
Cost: Free

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Marketplace (Chesapeake)

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 4:30pm
Where: Mt. Pleasant Marketplace 1464 Mt. Pleasant Road, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322 
What: Join the merchants at Mt. Pleasant Marketplace, 1464 Mt. Pleasant Road, the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Centerville Turnpike in Chesapeake as they are pleased to announce its Inaugural “Holiday Tree Lighting at the Marketplace“, Saturday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m. Look for the very tall tree and Polar Express cut out at the greenspace near AJ Gators and the Centerville Animal Hospital. Join in with some caroling as well. The tree will be lit at 4:55 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit and bring your friends or family to capture some tis the season photos with the eight-person Polar Express cut out near the 22’ ft. tree. The Polar Express and the Marketplace Tree will remain on site for photos until Dec. 26. We’ll be doing some caroling with Hampton Roads’ ukulele songstress and local songwriter award winner and nominee with several regional locations, Skye Zentz.
Cost: This event is FREE and we welcome to the community. 


Dates: Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2-6:30pm
Where: The Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: Start the Holiday Season Off Right by Attending Founders Annual Illumination Event! Activities to include: Puppet Caravan Cultural Dancers Christmas Choirs in the Atrium Pictures with Santa Strolling Entertainment Face-Painting and Balloon Artistry Horse-drawn Carriage (weather permitting) At 6:00 pm, don't miss a reading of "The Christmas Story" followed by the "Illumination" of the English Gardens This event is one you won't want to miss and is fun for the whole family! Free and Open to the public.
Cost: Free and open to the public

The Cavalier Grand Illumination (Virginia Beach)

Dates: December 1, 2019 from 5-8pm
Where: Cavalier Hotel 4200 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What: We will be hosting our annual Grand Illumination on December 1st from 5-8 PM, From 5PM until the lights go on, enjoy Santa and Mrs. Claus, carolers, complimentary hot chocolate, spiced wine and cookies, and a special appearance by The Richmond Ballet, the State Ballet of Virginia. A special reception in The Raleigh Room will follow. Come see our hotel and Cavalier residences light up for the holidays — children of all ages are welcome! Open to the public - this is a free event!

8th Annual Ocean View Community Tree Lighting (Norfolk)

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 4-6pm 
Where: Ocean View Park, 100 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk VA 23503 
What: Meet Santa, Petting Zoo, Live Band, Bounce House, Hurrah Players. Free event open to everyone!
Cost: Free


Lights On- Illumination of Historic Hilton Village (Newport News)

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 6pm
Where: Hilton Village, Warwick Blvd and Main Street, Newport News VA
What: Once you get them untangled, holiday lights set the perfect scene for a community-wide Winter Wonderland! Join us December 1st as we illuminate Historic Hilton Village, including the Business District- That’s right, everyone is encouraged to spread the HOLIDAY CHEER! 
Cost: Free

Hampton University's 36th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (Hampton)

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:30pm
Where: EmancipationDrive & William R Harvey Way, Hampton VA 



Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5-9pm
Where: Sly Clyde Ciderworks 207 E Mellen St, Hampton, Virginia 23663
What: Join us for the 8th Annual Phoebus Holiday Illumination Friday, December 6, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a special holiday tree lighting at 8 p.m. Phoebus will be filled with a variety of holiday-themed crafts, food and music. Santa and Lucky the Dinosaur will be in attendance and the weather forecast is calling for SNOW on Mellen Street!  Also, for those 21 and over adult beverages will be available for purchase.
Cost: Free 

Military Families: Holiday Tree Lighting at Fort Eustis

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5-9pm
Where: Seay Plaza, Fort Eustis VA
What: Join us for our annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Food, Pictures with Santa, Make and take Crafts and more.  


Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:30pm 
Where: Smithfield Times Gazebo, 228 Main Street, Smithfield VA
What: John & Anne Edwards will be the 2019 honorary Christmas Tree Lighters on Friday, December 6 at the Times Gazebo. The Woman’s Club of Smithfield will serve complimentary cookies and refreshments on Hayden’s Lane following the ceremony. Shops will stay open until 8 pm and Tourism will hold the 2nd annual Light Up Main Illumination contest. The community is invited to stroll Main Street and vote for their favorite holiday or light display by casting a vote at the Visitors Center at 319 Main St. from 6 to 8 pm on Dec. 6. (one vote per person). All voters will be entered to win a $40 gift certificate from Bubba & Franks.
Cost: Free 

Yorktown Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (Yorktown)

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:30pm. Tree lighting from 7:30-8:30pm.
Where: Yorktown Victory Monument 331 Water Street Yorktown, VA 23690
What: The holiday fun kicks off with Yorktown’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This community tradition goes all the way back to 1945. That's the year that Reverend Claud G. Barkley, Pastor of Yorktown Baptist Church, and staff from the County Clerk’s office, decorated a cedar tree that stood at the corner of Main and Ballard Streets. The York County Historical Committee works hard to keep this ritual going! The tree that is used today is a 20-foot artificial commercial “Giant Everest Fir” tree placed down in Riverwalk Landing. Everyone is invited to gather at the Yorktown Victory Monument by 6:30 p.m. for live music including a performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town. From there, the procession will make its way from the Victory Monument to Riverwalk Landing, where the tree lighting ceremony will begin. Make sure you stay for a visit from Santa, eager to hear all those wish lists!
Cost: Free


Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:30pm
Where: Blair Middle School, Colley & Spotswood Avenues, Norfolk VA
What: Enjoy caroling from area school groups, a special performance by The Hurrah Players, refreshments, and a visit from Santa!
Cost: Free

Military - 2019 Winter Wonderland (Norfolk)

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4-6pm
Where: Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk VA
What: Naval Station Norfolk MWR presents the 2019 Winter Wonderland. Join us on Saturday, December 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. for some family fun. There will be activities for the children to include bounce houses, hot cocoa bar, arts & crafts, storytime with Santa and a tree lighting.

CXB Grand Illumination 2019 (Virginia Beach)

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 5-7pm
Where: Bayside Christian Church 2224 Greenwell Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
What: We would like to welcome you to our annual Grand Illumination on the front lawn of Bayside Christian Church.  We have a new live tree that we will be lighting this year.  This is a very exciting new event. - Live Music - Food Truck - Kid's Activities - Visit from Santa Claus 

Christmas in Cradock (Portsmouth)

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 5-7pm
Where: Cradock Baptist Church 96 Afton Parkway, Portsmouth, VA
What: Lighting of the Gazebo, Christmas Party with Christmas Carols, refreshments, hats, gloves, and art & crafts.


Dates: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 6-8pm. The Boat Parade starts at 7pm
Where: Yorktown, VA Waterfront
What: Join us at the Yorktown Waterfront from 6-8 p.m. Pre-parade festivities start at 6 and include caroling around a beach bonfire, a musical performance by the Fifes & Drums of York Town, and complimentary hot cider. The boats will finish out the evening, as they make their way down the river in a dazzling show of lights that starts at 7 p.m. This annual event has been a community tradition for more than two decades, and brings neighbors together to celebrate the season. Some of the boats take almost 20 hours to decorate! As an added safety precaution, families are encouraged to bring flashlights to assist in navigation around town at night. No rain dates are scheduled for the holiday weekend events. In the event weather conditions pose a threat, please call the York County event weather hotline for the most current information at 757.890.3520. This event is sponsored by the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade Committee.
Cost: Free

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