2018 Holiday Parades in Hampton Roads!


2018 Holiday Parades in Hampton Roads Virginia

Holiday Parades in Hampton Roads! Here is our 2018 BIG LIST of local parades celebrating the festive season -  Additions to this free listing can be submitted HERE!

Make sure to check out our other Seasonal BIG LISTS including where to find Santa, Dining with Santa, Holiday Light Displays and so much more!
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Saturday, November 17, 2018


Coliseum Central Holiday Parade (Hampton)

Where: Coliseum Drive & Peninsula Town Center, Hampton VA
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:30am-11:30am
What: Kick-off the holiday season with the 20th Annual Coliseum Central Holiday Parade Presented by Sentara CarePlex Hospital on November 17th. Come join in the excitement as the marching bands, floats, squads, and animals parade through Coliseum Central. Santa Claus is also sure to stop by!
Cost: Free

34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade (Norfolk)

Where: Streets of Downtown Norfolk, VA
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018. Street Seats for the Grand Illumination Parade open at 5pm with the parade starting at 7pm.
What: Annual Grand Illumination Parade in Downtown Norfolk. The illumination of the Downtown Norfolk skyline kicks off the festivities as Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth celebrate the holidays as a community. Downtown Norfolk is enlivened by the thousands of people who fill the streets of Downtown Norfolk on parade night to experience the festive beginning of the holiday season, dazzled by spectacular floats, energetic marching bands, giant balloons, lively dancers and even Santa himself. The theme this year is "The Lights Are Bright On Broadway".
Cost: Free. Paid Street Seats (sold out!) are available but not necessary to enjoy the parade.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Annual Chick-Fil-A Christmas Parade at Chesapeake Square

Where: Chesapeake Square Mall 
When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9-10am
What: Join us as we participate in the 7th Annual Chick-fil-A Christmas Parade sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Portsmouth Boulevard on December 1! The Parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. and will feature a number of different local groups, bands, and floats. Don't miss it!

Holiday Parade at the Beach (Virginia Beach)

Where: On Atlantic Avenue between 15th Street and 25th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
When: Saturday, December 12018 beginning at 5:30pm
What: Giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more join forces to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages! And, best of all, Santa himself makes a grand appearance to greet all his loyal fans as the evening winds down and thousands of families take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront!
Cost: Free

Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade (Chesapeake)

Where: The parade begins at Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Battlefield Blvd. and ends in front of City Hall on Cedar Rd. Chesapeake VA
When: Saturday, December 12018 at 6pm
What: This year's theme is "Christmas Time in the City" 
Cost: Free

Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade (Yorktown)

Where: 331 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 
When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 7-8:30pm
What: 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.
Cost: Free

Friday, December 7, 2018


Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade (Hampton)  

Dates: Friday, December 7, 2018. Music begins at 6pm; parade begins at7pm
Where: On the Downtown Hampton Oceanfront at the Hampton Maritime Center 710 Settlers Landing Road Hampton, VA 
What: Cruise into the spirit of the holiday season. The 30th Annual Hampton Lighted Boat Parade will light up the Hampton River.
Cost: Free

Annual Poquoson Holiday Parade (Poquoson)

Where: Parade route– Poquoson Ave at Wythe Creek Rd, to Wells Fargo Bank at Victory Blvd in Poquoson
When: Friday, December 7, 2018, starting at 7pm
What: Enjoy the joy and spirit of the Christmas season in our Coastal City. The community comes together for the evening to celebrate in the holiday spirit. The Judges Stand will be at Dominion Village, and Santa will be part of the final procession courtesy of Poquoson Fire and Rescue. This year's theme: "The Spirit of Christmas"
Cost: Free


Saturday, December 8, 2018


Children's Christmas Parade (Portsmouth) 

Where: The parade will start at Washington and High Streets and travel to Water Street, Portsmouth, VA
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 10am 
What: The Children's Christmas Parade is a very special part of the annual Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival.

Christmas in Smithfield Holiday Parade (Smithfield) 

Where: Downtown Smithfield, VA
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 10:30am
What: Genuine Smithfield's Annual Christmas Parade is an old-fashioned "can't miss" community event. This year's theme is "It's A Wonderful Life".
Cost: Free

Santa's Holiday Parade at Military Circle Mall (Norfolk)

Where: Military Circle Mall 880 N. Military Circle Mall Norfolk Virginia
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12pm 
What: Kick the season off with Military Circle's Annual Holiday Parade. The parade will begin outside of the Food Court and feature Kingdom Kidz Marching Band and more! Be sure to stick around immediately following the parade for a jam session in the Food Court! 


Dates: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1-3pm
Where: Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, VA
What: Children’s activities include colonial crafts, holiday music, and rides on the Polar Express! Everyone is invited to march in the Toyland Parade through Riverwalk Landing led by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown with festivities beginning at 1 p.m. Don your strollers, wagons, pets, and kids in your most impressive holiday spirit.
Cost: Free
Dates: Saturday, December 8, 2018 beginning at 7pm
Where: Downtown Suffolk, VA
What: Join in the lights and sounds of the Suffolk Holiday Parade. The parade starts at 7pm. Find the best spot to watch the floats, equestrian units, marching bands and festive vehicles stroll down West Washington Street and take a turn up North Main Street with the parade route ending at Finney Avenue. This year’s Grandstand will be in front of the Suntrust Building in the 100 block of North Main Street. Be there to catch the performances of the local bands and performance groups. Free parking for the event is available in all City public lots including the Godwin Courthouse parking lot, Saratoga Street lot, Commerce Street Lot and Market Park parking lot.
Cost: Free
Dates: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 7-9pm
Where: Downtown Hampton, VA
What: Experience the largest illuminated parade on the Peninsula at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Hampton. This year's theme is "Holiday Lift Off" in celebration of NASA's 100th anniversary in Hampton. Hampton Holly Days Parade will feature over 70 units, including beautiful floats, marching bands including high school bands, auto clubs, dance groups, military honor units, and everyone’s favorite holiday guest…Santa Claus!
Cost: Free


Holiday Parades in Hampton Roads Virginia! 


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