Santa is a very busy guy this time of year.
Don't miss our list of Santa events for Military Families to make it easier to track him down for those memorable holiday meetings, and of course, family photographs!
PLEASE NOTE: These events are for military patrons only, must have valid military ID
All of these events (and many more) can be found on our Website Calendar. If you have a Santa appearance to add to this FREE Listing please SUBMIT IT HERE.
DON'T MISS OUR OTHER BIG LISTS OF SEASONAL FUN INCLUDING DINING WITH SANTA, HOLIDAY PARADES, HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES, HAMPTON ROADS LIGHTS DISPLAYS AND MORE!
VISIT WITH SANTA AT YOUR LOCAL NEX
Santa's Schedule at NEX Little Creek:
- Saturdays 10am-6pm (*Except 12/1 for Breakfast with Santa & Story Time with Santa)
- Sundays 12pm-4pm
- Tuesdays 11am-3pm
- Fridays 12pm-6pm
- Monday, December 24th 11am-3pm
Santa's Schedule at NEX Norfolk:
- Sat Dec 1st 11am-5pm
- Sun Dec 2nd 10am-5pm
- Fri. Dec 7th 4pm-7pm
- Sat Dec 8th 8:30am-3:30pm
- Sun Dec 9 10am-5pm
- Fri. Dec 14th 4pm-8pm
- Sat Dec 15th 10am-5pm
- Sunday 16th 10am-5pm
- Friday 21st 4pm-8pm
- Sat. 22nd 10am-5pm
- Sunday Dec 23rd 10am-5pm
Santa's Schedule at NEX Oceana:
- Saturday 12/1 from 11am-3pm
- Saturday 12/8 Breakfast with Santa
- Saturday 12/15 from 11am-3pm
- Saturday 12/22 from 11am-3pm
SPECIAL ONE-DAY EVENTS
NOVEMBER 30, 2018
JEB LITTLE CREEK HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & CONCERT
Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5:30-8pm
Where: JEB Little Creek - Gator Theater 3504 Gator Blvd. Bldg. 3104 Virginia Beach, VA 23459
What: Come out to the Holiday Tree Lighting & Concert on Friday, November 30 at Gator Theater! This free event will feature Children's Indoor Holiday Activities at 5:30 p.m., Outdoor Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa's Arrival at 6:45 p.m., the U.S. Fleet Forces Band Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. For more information, call 757-462-7952.
OCEANA - TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Date: Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5:30-8pm
Where: NAS Oceana - All Sports Zone Laser Ave.
What: Ring in the holiday season with this free family-friendly event at the NASO Youth Sports Complex (Bldg. 531) and Aerotheater. The 2018 Holiday Tree Lighting event occurs Friday, November 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The festivities kick off with a Child & Youth performance at 5:30 p.m. at the Aerotheater, followed by the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. and a free special holiday movie. There will also be a variety of children activities to include inflatables, crafts, hayrides, face painting, balloon animals, pictures with Santa, Christmas music and dancing. Concessions available for purchase. For more information call 757- 433-3976.
DECEMBER 1, 2018
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - LITTLE CREEK
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8:30-10:30am
Where: Navy Exchange (Little Creek) 1170 Amphibious Dr Bldg 3443, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459
What: Oh what fun! You're invited to Breakfast with Santa in the NEX Little Creek Food Court on Saturday, December 1 from 8:30am-10:30am. Ticket of $7 includes breakfast provided by Wendy's, a meet & greet with Santa, a mini firetruck/train ride from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services - Unofficial, children's activities, story time & a FREE book courtesy of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Bring your own cameras. Purchase your tickets at NEX’s Personalized Services Department. Limited seating available.
Cost: Tickets are $7 each
NAVSTA NORFOLK - WINTER WONDERLAND
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 6-9pm
Where: NAVSTA Norfolk - Parade Field 1570 Gilbert St. Norfolk, VA
What: Naval Station Norfolk MWR presents the 2018 Winter Wonderland. Join us on Saturday, December 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. for some family fun. There will be activities for the children to include bounce houses, hot cocoa bar, arts, crafts, story time with Santa and a tree lighting. Call 757-455-6663 for more information.
PETS WITH SANTA LITTLE CREEK
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4-6pm
Where: Navy Exchange (Little Creek) 1170 Amphibious Dr. Bldg 3443, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459
What: Bring your friendly pet to NEX Little Creek on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4pm-6pm and get a selfie with Santa! All pets welcome, so bring your bird, hamster, guinea pig, pot belly pig, iguana, dog, cat, rabbit & more. Don't forget your camera or phone. Tag us in your photos & use #NEXSantaPaws. All pets will leave with a goodie bag. Also, we'll have a Most Festive Pet Contest at 5pm. Winning pet will receive a prize.
SELFIES WITH SANTA FOR EFMP FAMILIES
Date: December 6, 2018 from 5:30-7pm
Where: Langley A&FRC @ Community Commons
What: Selfies with Santa for Military Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Families
DECEMBER 7, 2018
NSAHR NORTHWEST - CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, ICE SKATING, COOKIES & COCOA, CAROLS & A VISIT BY SANTA
Date: Friday, December 7, 2018 at 6pm
Where: NSAHR Northwest - Mariner Community Recreation Center Parking Lot
What: Friday, December 7 at 6 p.m. Tree lighting will start at 6:15 p.m. Mariner Community Recreation Center Parking Lot
Cost: Event is FREE and open to authorized DoD patrons and their families. For more information and questions on any of the Holiday Celebration events, please call 757-421-8250.
DECEMBER 8, 2018
NORFOLK MWR & NEX BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8-10:30am
Where: NEX Norfolk Food Court, 1560 Mall Drive Building #CD-13, Norfolk, Virginia 23511
What: Oh what fun! You're invited to an MWR & NEX Breakfast with Santa in the NEX Norfolk Food Court on Saturday, December 8 from 8:00am-10:30am.
Cost: Ticket of $7 includes breakfast provided by MWR Catering (pancakes, bacon & eggs), a meet & greet and professional photo with Santa, children's activities, face painting, & a FREE book courtesy of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Purchase your tickets at NEX’s Personalized Services Department. Limited seating available.
NSAHR Northwest - ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: NSAHR Northwest - Gymnasium, Chesapeake, VA 23322
What: Breakfast with Santa
Cost: Breakfast is optional: $3 per child / $5 per adult. Seating is limited Register by Monday, November 26.
USCG Portsmouth - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9-11am
Where: USCG Base Portsmouth MWR, Portsmouth, VA
What: December 8th from 9 AM - 11 AM and come out and enjoy Breakfast with Santa! Don't miss out on a great breakfast, games, crafts and of course a visit with SANTA! Tickets will go on sale Thursday November 1st here at the Base Portsmouth Gym MWR Event Registration Office.
Cost: Ticket prices are $7 for Adults and $5 for Children. Tickets will only be sold in advance, so don't put it off and miss out on all the fun!
OCEANA NEX - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9-10:30am
Where: Navy Exchange (Oceana) 1449 Tomcat Blvd. Building No. 292, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Oh what fun! You're invited to Breakfast with Santa in the NEX Oceana Food Court on Saturday, December 8 from 9:00am-10:30am.
Cost: Ticket of $7 includes breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A, a meet & greet with Santa, a mini firetruck/train ride from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services - Unofficial, children's activities & a FREE book courtesy of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Bring your own cameras. Purchase your tickets at NEX’s Personalized Services Department. Limited seating available.
NSAHRHQ - A HOLLY JOLLY FESTIVUS!
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Where: NSAHR Headquarters - Marianas Fitness Center and Gym 7800 Hampton Blvd, Bldg S-400 Norfolk VA 23511
What: Join us for A Holly Jolly Festivus on Saturday, December 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marianas Hall Gymnasium! Come out for refreshments, cookie decorating, bounce house, face painting, photo booth, and a visit from Santa followed by a showing of the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 12:15 p.m. All ages welcome! Base access required.
NEX LOCATIONS - WE BELIEVE: HOLIDAY KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11am-2pm
Where: Select NEX Locations including Little Creek, Oceana, and Norfolk
What: Join us Saturday, December 8th, 11am - 2pm, for a fun day of activities and help Dash The Elf write holiday letters to deployed sailors! Write a letter, give it to Santa to put in his sea bag and you will receive a $10 OFF COUPON* from Dash! Plus, visit and get your photo taken with Santa, listen to story time and more!
LITTLE CREEK - HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA WHOBILATION CELEBRATION
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2-5pm
Where: JEB Little Creek - Gator Theater 3504 Gator Blvd. Bldg. 3104 Virginia Beach, VA
What: The sights and sounds of the holidays will be celebrated inside the Gator Theater on this special evening for the 2018 Holiday Extravaganza Whobilation Celebration. We forecast a 100% chance of fun for the entire family on Saturday, December 8. The festivities take place from 2 to 5 p.m. and include a candy cane hunt, performances and meet and greet with Cindy Lou, the Grinch and Santa.
Open to active duty, retirees, Reservists, DoD civilians and their eligible family members. For more information, call 757-462-7691.
DECEMBER 14, 2018
WPNSTA YORKTOWN - WINTER WONDERLAND
Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 from 4-7pm
Where: WPNSTA Yorktown - Sports Zone Gym Lebanon Church Rd. Bldg. 2062 Newport News, VA
What: WPNSTA Yorktown MWR presents its Winter Wonderland event on Friday, December 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Join us at the Sports Zone Fitness Center for crafts, ice skating rink, visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus, letter writing to Santa, and more. Call 757-887-7395 for more information.
DECEMBER 15, 2018
FORT STORY HOLIDAY COMMUNITY PARTY
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10am-1pm
Where: JEB Fort Story - Youth Center 457 Vera Cruz Road Bldg. 457 Virginia Beach, VA 23459
What: Celebrate the Holiday! There will be lots of exciting activities! Pictures with Santa, Holiday Crafts, Games, Door Prizes, Holiday Refreshments, and fun for everyone! For more information, call (757) 422-7714.
JEB LITTLE CREEK - COOKIES & COCOA WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Where: Drexler Manor Conference Center on JEB Little Creek, across from the CDC
What: Photos with Santa, Cookies and Cocoa and other Holiday Treats, Holiday Crafts and Activities. Free Gift for each Military Child. Open to active duty military, reserve/national guard and dependents with valid Military ID card. For the Southside edition of Cookies & Cocoa, registration time slots are designated times for families to meet and greet Santa. Families can arrive and enjoy the other activities on site at any time before or after their photo with Santa, but families are expected to fall in line to meet Santa at the time slot they registered.
Cost: Free but Reservations are required. This event has sold out in the past, so registering early is encouraged! One registration entry per family.
LANGLEY/FT EUSTIS - COOKIES & COCOA WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10am and 11am at US Langley AFB and then 1pm & 2pm at USO Fort Eustis
Where: Langley AFB (Hampton) & Fort Eustis (Newport News)
What: Photos with Santa, Cookies and Cocoa and other Holiday Treats, Holiday Crafts and Activities. Free Gift for each Military Child. Open to active duty military, reserve/national guard and dependents with valid Military ID card.
Cost: Reservations are required.
LANGLEY LANES - BOWL WITH SANTA
Date: December 15, 2018 from 12-5:45pm
Where: Langley Lanes Bowling Center
What: Bowl with Santa at Langley Lanes on base.
FT EUSTIS - SWIM WITH SANTA
Date: December 15, 2018 from 12-5:45pm
Where: Fort Eustis Aquatic Center, Ft Eustis, Newport News VA
What: Come out to swim with Santa!