2020 BIG LIST - Santa! Where to Find Santa in Hampton Roads, Virginia

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Where to find Santa in Hampton Roads, Virginia

Santa is a very busy guy this time of year. This year COVID-19 is making his visits even more complicated.

With that in mind, we have a list for you to make it easier to track him down for those memorable holiday meetings, and of course, photographs! Please note that many events have reservation requirements, as well as mask and social distancing expectations.

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 Performances, Hampton Roads Lights Displays and more!

Looking for Santa in a specific place: We have broken out the lists by city to make finding the right location a little easier:

Santa in Chesapeake, VA                        Santa in Hampton, VA

Santa in Virginia Beach, VA                    Santa in Portsmouth, VA

Santa in Norfolk, VA                                Santa in Newport News, VA

Santa in Suffolk, VA





Dates: November 27 through December 24. Santa's Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11am-8pm. Sunday: 12-6pm. Please note: Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Monday thru Saturday, and from 2pm to 2:30pm on Sunday. Special Hours: CLOSED on November 30 & December 7; December 24 from 9am-1pm & 2-5pm. 
Where: Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway South, Chesapeake, VA 23320 
What: Visit with Santa! 
Cost: Free to visit with Santa, photo packages available for purchase


Dates: November 27 - 29, 2020 from 2-8pm. (Other dates will be December 3, 5, 6 & 10, 2020 with TBA)
Where: Historic Greenbrier Farm 225 Sign Pine Road Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
What: Santa Claus is coming to the Farm! 2pm-8pm FRIDAY SATURDAY & SUNDAY! In our Christmas Tent. Come see Santa while you get your family Christmas Tree and Wreath! And Grab some hot cocoa! Friday- we will have Bold Coffee Co. ☕️as well as Stuuff Cakes out here. Saturday- we will have Klassic Doughnuts as well as Peake Coffee Co. ..Food truck times do vary.. (More Santa dates will be Dec 3rd, 5th, 6th and 10th. Times to be announced) Santa will be socially distanced from the kids during photos and Sitting on a separate bench. Please wear your masks inside the tent. FYI-Santa is dog friendly for pictures with your fur babies too
Cost: FREE to enter, bring your own camera!


Dates: Sunday, December 6, 2020, 11am-3pm
Where: Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake, VA
What: Come out to Chesapeake City Park have lunch and take your picture with the Santa and Holiday Inflatables. (Due to COVID Santa could not make the trip from the North Pole) There will be BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and more. Don’t forget to save room for dessert; homemade goodies will be on hand too! We will also have adoptable dogs on site just in time for the Holidays!
Cost: Food fees. All proceeds go to the Bay Beagle Rescue Medical Fund!

Santa at Chubby's Christmas Trees

Dates: Sundays in December from 2-5pm
Where: Chubby's Christmas Tree Lot 1448 Battlefield Blvd South Chesapeake VA 23322
What: Santa visits at Chubby's  

Breakfast with Santa at Chesapeake Square Mall

Date: Saturday December 12, 2020 from 9-10am
Where: Chesapeake Square Mall at the Food Court
What: Breakfast and photos with Santa. Masks are required. 


Drive-By Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Dates: December 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2020 from 6-8pm
Where: 831 Saint Lawrence Drive, Chesapeake VA 23325
What: A Holly Jolly tradition made safe for this Pandemic year. There will be a mailbox for letters to Santa! Christmas music! Whatever lights we could get to light up! An easy driving loop for good traffic flow! and best of all? Santa Claus! Ho! Ho! Ho! This event is free of charge.  

Drive-By Letters to Santa

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 1:30-2:30pm
Where: Deep Creek United Methodist Church 141 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA 23323
What: Come by the church's back porch to see Santa, St. Nicholas and another "special guest", drop off your letter to Santa, snap a picture and receive a treat bag! (Face masks required)  

Underwater Pictures with Santa

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 1:30-3:30pm (limited spots available)
Where: Taylor Bend Family YMCA, Chesapeake VA
What: Wear your festive attire and bring your smile. We will have swim instructors available to assist you underwater if needed. For more information please see Vicki our Aquatics Director or call 757-638-9622 
Cost: $25 for members, $40 for guests. 





Dates: November 7-December 24, 2020. Times vary by day.
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 1972 Power Plant Pkwy, Hampton, VA
What: Free visits with Santa, a Free photo with Santa, Free Games & Crafts
Cost: Free. Reservations Required online.


Date: Saturday, December 5 at 6:30pm, Sunday, December 6 at 7am, Friday, December 18 at 3pm, and Monday, December 21, 2020 at 8:30am.
Where: SKY4-TV
What: Phoebus will host a virtual Holiday Illumination by the means of a 30 minute program that will air four times throughout December on SKY4-TV. The program will highlight Phoebus’s unique business scene: shopping, dining and adult beverage establishments (Sly Clyde Ciderworks), that will culminate with the lighting of our holiday tree. As is tradition, there will be carolers, a visit from Santa, SNOW, a message from the City of Hampton Mayor and much more!
Cost: Free 

Virtual Visit with Santa! (Virtual)

Dates: December 15-17, 2020 from 6-8pm. Register for a 7-minute time slot by Dec. 7th.
Where: Virtually from home
What: You and your children can celebrate the holidays with a virtual visit from Santa Dec. 15-17 from 6-8 p.m. Register for a 7-minute time slot by Dec. 7, and Hampton's Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department will email you with a link and confirm your special time with Santa. To register, click the link above look under ‘"Virtual Programs."


Cookies with Santa! 

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 1-6pm
Where: Bacon Street Youth and Family Services 329 Buckroe Ave, Hampton VA 23664
What: Families could use a little extra holiday cheer this season! Join Bacon Street's social work elves at our Hampton office for cookies, photos with Santa, and arts-and-crafts. Kids and teens will leave with a special holiday gift. To keep everyone safe, each family must reserve a half hour time slot between 1 pm and 6 pm: call 757-253-0111 or email gdennis@baconstreet.org. 





Dates: November 14, 2020 from 12-2pm
What: Walk through a seasonal experience of holiday entertainment, vendors, area businesses and non-profit organizations all in the holiday spirit! Take a moment to enjoy: Classic Holiday Tunes & Games with DJ Mark, Take a selfie with Holiday Characters, Hang out with Santa's Elf Besties!, Greet Mrs. Claus!, Show your skills at festive holiday games and win prizes!, Pick up your take & make holiday craft!, Shop local vendors & businesses! Reservations are required to visit with Santa.
Where: Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23602
Cost: Free


Dates: November 14 thru December 24, 2020. Various times. (Santa Break Times: Monday-Saturday: 3-3:45pm) Pet Photos are every Monday from November 16 until December 14th. 
What: Visit with Santa 
Where: Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23602
Cost: Free (photo packages available for purchase). Reservations required. Virtual Visits available for $29.99, includes a recording of your virtual visit.


Dates: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 5-8:30pm
Where: Newport News Park at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA
What: Holiday Light Stroll 2020 (ROLL) presented by Langley Federal Credit Union will take place on Tuesday, November 24th from 5:30 - 8:30pm at Newport News Celebration in Light at Newport News Park. Santa has historically been at this event (although he is not mentioned in the event description this year)
Cost: $20/vehicle. All tickets must be pre-purchased, we will not be selling tickets at the event. 


Dates: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at TBD
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!
Cost: Free


Dates: Saturday, November 28 or Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 8-12pm 
Where: Sage Kitchen, 11250 Jefferson Ave, Newport News VA
What: CALLING ALL ELVES for our ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA! Eat, Drink, And Be Merry with us Saturday, November 28th or Sunday, December 20th from 8am-Noon in Newport News.  (Regular menu will resume at 12pm)
TO MAKE RESERVATIONS: Email chefchris@lovesagekitchen.com with the following information - Reservation Name, Phone Number, Date: 11/28 or 12/20, Time: (please choose a time between 8am-11:30am), Number of people in party: (please include if you will need highchairs)
Cost: Call for pricing

Military Families: Holiday Tree Lighting & Parade at Fort Eustis (Virtual)

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5pm
Where: Facebook Live
What: Join us for our Holiday Tree Lighting & Parade!  This event is made up of a Facebook Live Tree Lighting Ceremony and a Holiday Parade.

Breakfast with Santa! 

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 9-11am
Where: Faith Community Church 657 Harpersville Rd, Newport News, VA 23601
What: Come join us for a special breakfast with Santa where he will share what Christmas is really all about! There will be great food and a time to get your pics with Santa and Mrs. Claus around the BIG tree in Schrum Hall!
Cost: Only $3 each!  Call 757- 660-6791 to make your reservations! (Please make your reservations by leaving a message or responding on the event page on FB) 

Breakfast with Santa

Dates: December 5 & 19, 2020 at 9am
Where: The Grey Goose 118 Old Hampton Ln, Hampton, VA 23669
What: Santa has decided that we all "Need a Little Christmas" this year! 2020 has brought some unique challenges to us and our event will look a little different this year. We will be limiting our seating capacity considerably as well as some additional safety protocols. We will ask that all guests (children and adults) be masked unless eating their meal. Children will have the personalized chance to have  Santa at their table to talk about Christmas wishes but not able to sit on his lap. Photos opps will be provided at your table with your child seated and Santa distanced behind them. Santa will still read his favorite book to the kids and Mrs. Claus will still have some crafting fun prepared for the kids. We look forward to seeing you all again this year.  


Dates: December 10-11, 2020 from 5-7:30pm
Where: Endview Plantation, 362 Yorktown Road, Newport News, Virginia 23603
What: Private family sessions with St. Nick are offered in Endview’s historic interior. This long-standing holiday tradition provides family photo opportunities. A wrapped present for each child participating is requested along with a can of food for the local food bank.
Cost: $5. Advance reservations must be made by calling (757) 887-1862.


Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 at from 4-8pm
Where: Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA
What: Our annual holiday celebration is returning with some major changes. We're venturing into outer space with this year's event so bring your young explorers for some intergalactic fun.
Cost: RSVP is required as this year we are implementing timed entry. To regulate the capacity for the event throughout the evening, families will be expected to register for a designated time slot.

Owl Be Home Walk 2020

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9-11am
Where: Virginia Living Museum, 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News VA
What: TICKETS ON SALE NOW- Limited tickets! Come celebrate the holiday season at the Virginia Living Museum! Walk the outdoor trail, where you can find Santa and two of his elves with special animal friends. There will be a station inside with grab and go crafts, as well as a candy bag and a letter-drop off for Santa! Make sure you bring a warm winter coat, a letter for Santa, and the holiday spirit!
Cost: The cost to members is FREE, and the cost to non-members is $4+admission. Make sure you reserve tickets in advance, as the event will SELL OUT!

Donuts & Photos with Santa 

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10am-12pm
Where: Jungle Gym Strength and Conditioning, LLC 727 Blue Crab Rd, Newport News VA
What: Get your photo taken with Santa. $20 for 10 digital shots sent to your email! Beaunuts Donut truck will be here selling their homemade buttermilk donuts! We have a “Letters to Santa” station set up for the kids to write out their wish list to Santa and Christmas coloring books to keep the littles company. You can also shop some local vendors to help you get your Christmas shopping done! 

Lunch with Santa

Date: Sunday December 13, 2020 from 11am-12pm
Where: Surge Newport News 14346 Warwick Blvd Suite 402 Newport News VA 23602
What: Lunch with Santa includes 2 slices of pizza and a photo with Santa. Call for reservation s 757-888-0888 
Cost: $15 per person 

Story time with Santa

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10am
Where: Online
What: FREE VIRTUAL PROGRAM! Advance registration is required. Yo ho ho, Mariners… young and old! Join The Mariners’ Museum and Park for story time with Santa Claus! Gather around the Christmas tree or find a cozy spot next to the fireplace and listen in as Santa Claus reads A Pirate’s 12 Days of Christmas. Following the story, children can ask Santa questions or tell him and Mrs. Claus about their holiday plans. 





Dates: Select Sundays-Thursdays, November 17-December 17, 2020 
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518
Tinsel Tram: Bring your family to ride the Tinsel Tram through the Dominion Energy Garden of Lights! The 2020 Tinsel Tram holiday program does not include the option to complete a craft and/or visit with Santa.
Cost: $30/row for NBG Members, $40/row for not-yet-members. Registration/ticket required.


Dates: November 21-December 31, 2020.
Where: One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
What: Celebrate the holiday season with a safe, new experience aboard the Battleship Wisconsin. Dazzling walk-through light trail with over 250,000 lights, Special tree lighting ceremonies (5:30PM & 7:00PM), Interior “WinterFest” tour of the Battleship Wisconsin, Santa sightings + elves, Live entertainment, Lighted sailboat parade (6:00PM on Saturdays ONLY), Holiday beverages + delicious bites
Cost: $12.50 Adult/$10 Child, $9.50 Adult / $7 Child (Members). All tickets are timed on the hour (4PM, 5PM, 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, 9PM). **ENTER OUR TICKET GIVEAWAY HERE**


Dates: November 21 - December 24, 2020. Mondays to Saturdays from (11 am to 7 pm and Sundays noon to 6 pm with the exception of Christmas Eve when he will be available from 9 am to 5 pm.  Santa takes breaks 1 hour each day to check on toy production.  Additional unplanned 15-minute breaks as needed. Santa is not able to visit on 11/23-26, 11/30 or 12/7 because he has to return to the North Pole. VIRTUAL VISITS: November 2-December 24
Where: MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510 
What: To help guests capture a one-on-one visit with Santa this holiday season, MacArthur Center is offering a contactless in-person Santa experience with enhanced safety protocols such as offering a reservation system to avoid overcrowding, requiring guests and staff to wear a face covering and daily temperature checks and health screenings for all staff.
Cost: Free Visit with Santa. Photo packages available. Advance reservations and appointments to visit Santa are strongly encouraged.


Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 4-7pm
Where: Downtown Norfolk VA
What: While we are not able to produce our traditional Grand Illumination Parade this year, we will still kick-off the holiday season in Downtown Norfolk with the illumination of the skyline and other mini-activaties throughout the evening including: Unveiling of new holiday art installation in the NEON District, Model Train Exhibit in Selden Market, Socially-distanced Santa photo op, Performances by The Rhythm Project and other outdoor music and entertainment, Snowfall on Granby
Cost: Free

Selfies with Santa at Military Circle Mall

Dates:  Now through December 20, 2020 on Fridays 4-7pm. Saturdays 12-7pm. Sundays 1-6pm. Also, the week of Christmas: Monday Dec, 21 5-8pm. Tues. Dec, 22 4-8pm. Weds. Dec, 23 4-8pm. Thur. Christmas Eve 12-5pm.
Where: Military Circle Mall 880 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23502 at JCPenney Court
What: Stop by JCPenney Court and take a safe selfie with Santa! 

A Christmas Celebration, Market, and Movie Night

Dates: Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 12-8pm
Where: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia
What: See Santa, shop local, watch 'Elf' and enjoy socially distanced merriment this weekend at the Town Point Holiday Marketplace & Movie Night Town Point Park! The Big Man will be available for free, socially-distant visits from 4pm to 6pm! For those youngsters unable to attend, send your wish list in an email to festevents@festevents.org and you may just receive a virtual response from Santa!
Cost: Free

Train Rides with Santa

Dates: December 5, 12 & 19, 2020 from 10am-2pm
Where: Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk VA
What: If Santa can handle a sleigh, he can surely handle a train! Santa will be swinging by the Virginia Zoo to be our guest Train Engineer this December. Join us every Saturday until Christmas for train rides with Santa. Photos are encouraged and riders will receive a holiday treat. Masks required, groups will be seated socially distant and rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations available. The train will close during inclement weather and extreme temperatures. 
Cost: $3 per rider. Between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm the train is operating under special event pricing. Regular pricing ($2 per rider) will resume at 2 pm. (does not include Zoo admission)

Santa Bike Ride

Dates: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7:30pm 
Where: Freshtopia VA 532 W 35th Street Suite C, Norfolk, VA 23508 
What: Ho Ho Ho, winter riders! Ring in the holiday season and don your most festive apparel with a ride to observe the holiday lights from the streets of Norfolk. This annual costume ride is hosted by the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, Social Cycling Norfolk and Freshtopia, Local Bike Shop and Pedego. It's sure to be a jolly ol' time! There will be several regroup points along the route and awesome ride organizers to keep the cheer rolling right. Costumes are not required, but HIGHLY encouraged. Santa Claus, reindeer, elves - all are welcome!

Santa Claus Comes to Town!

Dates: Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 1-5pm
Where: Dale's Train Station 5880 Poplar Hall Dr, Norfolk, VA 23502
What: Come visit us on the only Sunday we're open to see a special friend of ours - Santa Claus! For one day only at Dale's Train Station. 

Santa's Drive-Thru Visit

Dates: Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 4-6pm
Where: Broad Creek Crossing Chick-fil-A, 1205 N. Military Highway1205 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23502
What: Get your Christmas list ready, because Santa is visiting our Drive-Thru next Thursday, Dec. 10, from 4-6pm! Kids who bring their Christmas list will get a free kid’s meal, and we hope that you can join us as we work on safely spreading some holiday cheer. We ask that guests remain in their cars for everyone’s safety and practice social distancing. 

Military Families: Holiday Activity Book Drive-thru at Cutter Park (+ Santa)

Dates: Friday, December 11, 2020 from 5-7pm
Where: Cutter Park 100 Elementary Dr, Norfolk, VA 23551
What: Open to active duty, retirees, Reservists & DOD civilians. Santa Claus will be helping us hand out Activity Books and other surprises (while supplies last). No registration required. FREE! 


Dates: Saturdays, December 12 & 19, 2020 from 12-2pm
Where: Mona Lisa Restaurant & Bar, 3574 N Military Hwy Ste C Norfolk, VA 23518
What: Tickets will include lunch, drink and a visit from Mr. Jolly himself! Limited Seating so get your tickets soon!
Cost: $20 for each kiddo and parents can help or paint their very own!

Pictures with Santa Paws

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 11am-3pm.  Rain or Inclement Weather Date: December 19
Where: Ballentine Bark Park, 2717 Tait Terrace, Norfolk, Virginia 
What: The Keene Pack would like to invite you to join us at the Ballentine Bark Park for our 4th Annual Pictures with Santa Paws . We will have games, prizes, vendors and more. While you wait your turn to see Santa you can check out other local businesses and get some last-minute shopping done . There will also be an enclosed area for your furbaby to enjoy some playtime!

Drive-By Signing Santa

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 between 10 AM - Noon
Where: The parking lot of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23505 
What: Families to Families invites families with deaf or hard of hearing children to a "Drive-By Signing Santa" on Saturday, December 12th between 10 AM - Noon in the parking lot of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23505. Children and parents will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from the safety of their car. Elves will be at stations with a holiday snack and drive-by carols! Families must RSVP by December 8th with the ages of their children so that Santa's elves will have time to prepare gifts for everyone!

Drive-Thru Santa Visit

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020 from 6-8pm
Where: Chick-fil-A Ghent 600 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
What: Join us for socially distanced holiday fun as Santa visits us in our drive-thru to spread some cheer! First 75 children will receive a special surprise! You are more than welcome to take selfies with Santa, but please remember to remain in your car and keep a 6-foot distance. For safety, Team Members will be wearing masks and gloves. Event only valid at the Chick-fil-A Ghent location- 1600 Monticello Avenue in Norfolk, VA. 





Polar Express with Santa Portraits

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1-5pm
Where: The Railroad Museum of Virginia, Wythe Street & Harbor Center Way Portsmouth, VA 23704
What: Enjoy 15 minutes as a family with Santa. Avoid the crowds and lines. Stay safe. Create a magical memory aboard the Polar Express. Don't forget your ticket as each child will get it back with a punched message.
Cost: Minimum package to book is package 1. You may upgrade package after your view your online gallery. Sessions are per family. Interest-free payment plans are available. 

Annual 5K Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Walk (Virtual)

Date: December 6-13, 2020
Where: Your home
What: All Shuffle activities will take place between December 6th and 13th. Get your running shoes ready, pull those holiday costumes out of the closet, and join us for the 26th Annual Santa Claus Shuffle!
Running in the Santa Claus Shuffle will boost your holiday spirits –  PLUS, you will be helping young people in our community who need a little extra guidance and the help of caring adults.
Cost: 5K: $30, 1 Mile: $10



Breakfast with Santa!

Dates: Sundays, December 6, 13 & 20, 2020 from 9am-12pm
Where: Smithfield Station, 415 S Church Street, Smithfield VA
What: Join us for one of our favorite December traditions! Santa travels all the way from the North Pole, and joins us for our popular Sunday Brunch! This is not your traditional “sit and pose” with Santa event. Guests at the restaurant will be able to enjoy a delicious and popular brunch, and interact with Santa as he walks around and spreads holiday cheer. This will be a fun morning kids (and grown ups) will remember. Reservations recommended.
Cost: Included with purchase of your breakfast 


Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:30pm 
Where: 319 Main Street, Smithfield VA
What: 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 





Christmas in Driver

Dates: Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 5-8pm
Where: 3129 Kings Hwy, Suffolk, VA
Description: Come on out to Driver for our Annual Christmas Event.  We will be collecting toys(new Unwrapped) and non perishable food to be donated to the Genieve Shelter. Letters can be written to Santa, kids can visit with Santa and parents you can take there pictures.  There will be a nativity set and an outdoor movie running all evening located in The Knot Hole Parking lot. Stop in to Happy Hour Glass so the kiddos can write letters to Santa.  Greg from the General Store will be having his band The Last Call Band playing for your Entertainment.  Santa will be arriving at 5:30 on a Fire Truck and will be at The Knot Hole for you to visit with. Please practice social distancing. 


Dates: Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 9am-1pm
Where: 1000 Bennett's Creek Park Road, Suffolk, Virginia
What: Creekside PTA is planning their first large scale fundraiser event of the year and we couldn’t be more excited!! The Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Fair will take place on Saturday December 5th from 9am-1pm.



Meet Santa at the Train Station!

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 1-5pm. 
Where: Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, 326 North Main Street, Suffolk, VA
When: Bring the kiddos to meet jolly ol' St. Nick! Bring your cameras for photos with Santa. Holiday décor makes this the ideal place to snap a photo with Santa.
Cost: Free and open to the public.  






Dates: November 20 thru December 25, 2020. Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday 12-6pm; December 24 from 9am-5pm. VIRTUAL VISITS: November 15, 2020-Jan 7, 2021
Where: Lynnhaven Mall, 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Vir3ginia Beach, Virginia 23452
What: Bring your little ones to share their holiday wish list, and get your annual Santa photos.
Cost:  Reservations are required, so secure your spot today!

VBLA's Santa on the Beach

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 11am-3pm
Where: 2nd Street and the Oceanfront Virginia Beach
What: Join VBLA & Santa at 2nd Street and the Oceanfront for your photo opportunity with Santa. Friends, family & pets are all welcome to join in on the fun. Donations are accepted to benefit VBLA, LivOn Foundation & Hope for Life Rescue, Inc.


Dates: This event has been canceled due to updated COVID19 guidelines.
Where: Military Aviation Museum, 1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457 
What: Join us to take pictures with Santa, deliver your Christmas wish-list and drop off any letters you might have for the North Pole in our special AIRMAIL bag! Safe pictures with Santa will be possible out on the flight line with the North Pole Express, Santa’s special airplane that will be visiting just for the weekend! Thanks to the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club, we will also have a link established so you can talk with Mrs. Claus and the Elves at the North Pole! Each daily session will include an arrival by Santa Claus in a vintage aircraft, weather permitting. His call sign will be Reindeer One! Santa and the Marine Corps Reserves will also be collecting donations on site for Toys for Tots, so please remember to bring along a gift to support them!
Cost: Members – Free; WWII & Korea War Veterans – Free; Adults – $15.00; Youth (ages 6-17) – $7.50; Child 5 & under – Free; Seniors (65+) – $13.00; Active Duty, Retired Military and dependents – $12.00 

Virginia Beach Santa Claus (at your location)

Where: Your location
November 26- December 23, 2020 by appointment.
Attention Hampton Roads: You're invited to JOIN THE FUN for FREE! Santa Claus is coming to Virginia Beach and he is making some very SPECIAL STOPS along the way!!! Although Santa Claus loves traveling in his sleigh, this year he thought he would try something new! Look out for Santa as he travels in his Christmas themed RV! Santa will pull up right in front of your home, business, church or special event! Worried about social distancing?! No problem! Santa can wave, smile, dance and cheer from a safe distance! Have something you want him to deliver for your family? No problem! 


Dates: Friday, November 27; Saturdays, November 28, December 5, 12 & 19 and Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 12 to 4pm.
Where: The Shops at Hilltop, Laskin and First Colonial Roads, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What: Look for Santa as he strolls our centers! Kids receive a Free activity pad! (while supplies last.)

Farmhouse Grand Illumination!

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 11am-10pm
Where: Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co, 1805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: We will have live music, holiday decor, Christmas trees for sale, special beer releases, and so much more!
Cost: Free Event

Santa Photos at Care-A-Lot

Dates: November 28-29, 2020. Saturdays 11am-4pm Sundays 12-5pm
Where: Care A Lot Pet Supply Diamond Springs, 1924 Diamond Springs Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: Bring your pets and kids to have their photo taken with Santa! 
Cost: The price is only $10 and the entire amount goes to help dogs through Rainbow Animal Rescue


Dates: Sundays, November 29 & December 6 and Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 8-12pm 
Where: Sage Kitchen- Virginia Beach, 1925 Fisher Arch, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456 
What: CALLING ALL ELVES for our ANNUAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA! Eat, Drink, And Be Merry with us Sunday, November 29th, Sunday, December 6th, or Saturday, December 19th, from 8am-Noon in Virginia Beach. (Regular menu will resume at 12pm)
TO MAKE RESERVATIONS: Email marina@lovesagekitchen.com with the following information:
Reservation Name, Phone Number:, Date: 11/29, 12/6 or 12/19. Time: (please choose a time between 8am-11:30am) Number of people in party: (please include if you will need highchairs)
Cost: Call for pricing

Holi-Rays at the Virginia Aquarium

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, December 4-19, 2020 beginning at 6pm. Timed tickets required.
Where: Virginia Aquarium 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
What: Come dressed in your holiday best or festive pjs, for an evening of family fun. Stroll through our winter wonderland of lights and holiday magic under the sea. Stop by the all-new holiday Aquarium train exhibit, snap a selfie with our holiday-outfitted Speckles and Sandy, wave hello to the jolly elf himself (Santa), and don't forget to bring your own stocking to fill with sweets and treats along the way. 
Cost: Timed tickets are $25.95 and must be pre-purchased online. Members save 50%.

Santa’s Snow Globe

Dates: Santa will appear every weekend in December: Friday’s: 6PM-9PM, Saturday’s: 4PM-9PM, Sunday’s: 4PM-9PM, December 21-24: 6PM–9 PM.
Where: Fountain Plaza, Town Center Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach VA
What: Santa Claus will appear LIVE and in-person ­in his very own North Pole (Covid Safe) Snow Globe. The “Candy Cane Communication” network has developed a touchless 2-way communication Gingerbread Chalet where kids young and old can see, talk, and have selfies with Santa. Town Center is excited to bring this exclusive and safe experience to you. 

Time To Visit Santa

Date: December 4, 2020 from 7-9pm
Where: 837 Clinton St, Virginia Beach, VA
What: This is an outside event.  Santa will be wearing a mask. Come and visit with Santa.  This is free and open to all!  Children can sit, stand, or just drop off a "Wish List."  All families are welcome!  Each child receives a full sized Candy Cane and lots of Cheer! Take all the photos you want with your camera or phone!  Santa is Special Needs and pet friendly!  

Breakfast with Santa

Dates: December 5, 12, & 19, 2020 at 10am
Where: Becca Restaurant & Garden 4200 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
What: Celebrate the holiday season by joining us for Breakfast with Santa this Saturday at Becca Restaurant & Garden. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, then join Santa for photos and fun in The Raleigh Room. Seatings are available from 10AM to 2PM. Book your reservation for December 5th, 12th or 19th 

Santa Photos at Care-A-Lot

Dates: December 5-6 & 12-13, 2020. Saturdays 11am-4pm Sundays 12-5pm
Where: Care A Lot Pet Supply, 5457 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: Bring your pets and kids to have their photo taken with Santa! 
Cost: The price is only $10 and the entire amount goes to help dogs through Rainbow Animal Rescue

Brunch with Santa

Date: Sunday, December 6 & 13, 2020 from 10am-12pm
Where: Redhead Bay Cafe 605 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457
What: Photos with Santa at Redhead Bay Café, by Skylar Wyatt Photography! Come join us for brunch, and have a holly jolly time snapping your holiday photos! Free s’mores kits and hot chocolate for the kids! Photos will be $10 per kid or $25 for the whole family (Digital Download) Come see our extra festive set-up and all the work we’ve been doing in our NEW event space at Redhead Bay Café! *Social distancing will be in place and masks will be required when not seated at a table. 

Photos With Santa

Date: December 6, 2020 from 1-3pm and December 12, 2020 from 12:30-3:30pm
Where: Blue Pete's Restaurant 1400 N Muddy Creek Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
What: Bring your kiddos to Blue Pete's Restaurant to get a professional photo with Santa and Skylar Wyatt Photography! Sign up with our attached link to guarantee a safe, socially distanced photo. We may have time to fill in between, but signing up GUARANTEES a time for your littles to meet Santa Claus. - $10 per child or $25 for 3 or more children. - PHOTOS WILL BE OUTDOORS, weather permitting. We will have a safe, masked, socially distanced (and incredibly festive and clever - if we do say so ourselves) photo option available. - Sign up with SignUpGenius link to secure your spot. Email info@bluepetes.com with any questions or concerns! 


Dates: December 12 & 19, 2020 from 8-10am.  
Where: Founders Inn, 5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA
What: What a better way to celebrate the season than to share a meal with the jolly elf in the red suit. You will have the opportunity to take your child's picture with Santa in front of our 32-foot tree. Reservations Required 757-366-5777. Event starts promptly at 8:00 am
Cost: $29.95 per person

Old Beach Tavern Kids Christmas Paint Party

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 12-2pm
Where: Old Beach Tavern 3020 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
What: Bring the kids out for a fun afternoon of painting. Lots of Christmas and winter shapes to choose from! Options that will be available are shown in the discussion. Shapes, sizes and prices range for everyone.
Cost: $15-$25 shape options Include your blank shape to paint, all the supplies and table time to paint your piece and twine and a bow to hang once you are done. Ornaments include twine to hang and supplies to paint. Santa will be on site as well as his photographer to purchase Socially distanced Santa pictures. 

Swim With Santa

Date: December 12, 2020 at 1pm
Where: YMCA at JT's Camp Grom 1181 Prosperity Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
What: Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 12th from 1:00-4:00p at the YMCA JT’s Camp Grom!  Serving our Gold Star Families, those with differing abilities and our Wounded Veterans; this event will include a wide variety of activities inclusive to all.  This event is $10 per family and is open to the community.  Register in-person, online at www.ymcashr.org or by calling (757)961-4175.  We hope to everybody there! 

The Comfy Belly Kids Christmas Party

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 1-4pm
Where: The Comfy Belly  1801 Pleasure House Rd Virginia Beach VA 23455
What: Join us on Saturday, December 12th for an exciting afternoon of kid's crafts, hot chocolate bar and cupcake decorating!  Oh... and I almost forgot, SANTA!!!  Get your pictures with take with Santa! This event is FREE to everyone!  Merry Christmas!! 

Drive-Thru Santa

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 2-4pm *Rain date December 19th 
Where: Light Of Hope United Methodist Church 208 South Plaza Trail, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
What: Enjoy a Covid safe drive through visit with Santa!! Don't forget to bring your letter to Santa and drop it off. There will be small gifts for the kids! 

Evening with Santa at the Founders Inn

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 6-8pm
Where: The Founders Inn and Spa 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: Children, all dressed in their holiday pajamas, will snuggle up in blankets and hear Santa ready "The Night Before Christmas" and other stories. Children will enjoy milk, cookies and pictures with Santa. Masks must be worn during the event. Masks will be worn while waiting in line for pictures with Santa. Once seated, the masks can be removed while you take your picture. Families will sit on a sofa and Santa will be standing behind them.
Cost: Reservations Required $18.00 per child. Please call 757-366-5777 to reserve your space.

Annual Food and Toy Drive

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Virginia Beach Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit 2089 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
What: Our Annual Food and Toy Drive is a go!!!  To address COVID19 safety measures, this year we will be offering a drive-through holiday lights event.  In lieu of an admission fee, we are collecting nonperishable food items and new unwrapped toys in their original packaging  Items will be collected as you enter the main gate to the VBPD Mounted Unit. From there you will be given instructions on where to go next. Santa will be there! 

Christmas at MOCA with Salt Church

Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 9:15 and 11am
Where: Virginia MOCA 2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach VA
What: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Salt Church is inviting you to come Home for Christmas at MOCA. This isn’t just a Christmas service—it’s a Christmas experience for the whole family, and it’s open to the entire community! We’re offering two service times on Sunday, December 20: 9:15 and 11:00 a.m. Here’s what you can expect: Christmas music, Gifts and candy for the kids, Holiday treats, hot cocoa, and cider, Photos with Santa, Candle lighting, And more! Most importantly, we are celebrating the advent of the one we adore, Jesus Christ, who humbled himself and came into darkness to be our light—and that’s worth the celebration. 




Drive-In Movie: It's a Wonderful Life CANCELED

Dates: This event has been canceled.
Where: Heritage Park Fairgrounds, 21311 Courthouse Hwy, Windsor, VA 23487
What: Join us for our annual Holiday Drive-In! NEW this year... our Winter Village! The Winter Village will feature 20 vendors for all your holiday shopping needs! It will also include a scenic holiday walkthrough and festival of trees. You won't want to miss this event.
Cost: Due to COVID-19, this event will be free and open to the public.  The event is first-come, first-serve with limited capacity.





Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:30pm. Tree lighting begins at 8:30
Where: Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, VA 23690
What:The holiday fun kicks off with Yorktown’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Cost: Free


Dates: Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10am-3pm; Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 11am-3pm
Where: Main Street, Yorktown, VA
What: More than 50 vendors line the street selling everything from nautical paintings to roasted chestnuts to Christmas wreaths! The Town Crier will ring in the market at 10 a.m., followed by a performance from the Fifes and Drums of York Town to officially open the market. Then, Santa will ride in on York County's first fire truck, before mingling with the crowd to greet families. Expect strolling musical entertainment throughout the day to add to the festive atmosphere. It simply doesn't get more "Christmas" than this! Main Street in Yorktown.
Cost: Free


Dates: Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10am-5pm; Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 12-5pm
Where: Waterman's Museum, 309 Water Street, Yorktown, VA
What: During this family-friendly event, you can learn about the ancient Norse influences on modern Christmas culture; enjoy demonstrations of traditional crafts and sport; play games and participate in the Althing in a Viking-era encampment; and enjoy a proper Victorian display! Odin and St. Nicolas will also be on site for photos.
Cost: Free


Dates: Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 1-4pm
Where: York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, VA
What: Children and parents can stop by to wave to Santa, drop off pre-made wish lists for the North Pole, grab a to-go goodie bag with a cookie, and do some holiday shopping as well! The Gallery at York Hall is filled with local one-of-a-kind art in all mediums. Parents and grandparents are still encouraged to bring their own cameras to this family event, but are reminded that children will have to stand in front of Santa in a designated area. Though six feet away, the big guy in red will still be wearing a mask as an added precaution. Adults and children who are old enough are also asked to wear masks as they enter York Hall. We thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation during this fun, community tradition.
Cost: Free


Dates: Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9am-3pm
Where: Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, VA
What: The holiday shopping season has officially kicked off in Yorktown! Browse the market for chowders and soups; baked goods, including an assortment of cakes, breads, brownies, fudge, and cookies; jams, jellies, and honey; holiday wreaths; candles and soaps; and seasonal art! NEW this year – don’t miss a festive live ice carving demonstration! Don your most festive attire to march in our Toyland Parade – a short loop around Riverwalk to celebrate the holiday season.
Cost: Free

Christmas themed Sensory Sunday!

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 1-3pm
Where: CHATS 100 Old Pond Rd, Yorktown, VA 23692 
What: Exclusive to children with autism or similar special needs & their family. Out in nature we will have various sensory & craft stations to include: holiday sticker sheets, sensory bags & beads, sand paper coloring. Festive hand, pinecone and leaf painting, playdoh and felt Christmas tree decorating. Create your own Christmas ornament and pinecone bird feeder. A shaker/noise station, Thomas the train table, swings and tree house exploration. A short trail walk to our Wishing Tree and the opportunity to interact with our therapy horse elves! PLUS a very special appearance by Santa Claus! 




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.


Looking for Santa in a specific place: We have broken out the lists by city to make finding the right location a little easier:

Santa in Chesapeake, VA                        Santa in Hampton, VA

Santa in Virginia Beach, VA                    Santa in Portsmouth, VA

Santa in Norfolk, VA                                Santa in Newport News, VA

Santa in Suffolk, VA

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