Santa is a very busy guy this time of year.
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, family photographs!
All of these events in Norfolk (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 Where to Find Santa in Hampton Roads (all cities), Dining with Santa, Holiday Parades, Holiday Performances, Hampton Roads Lights Displays and more!
SANTA AT THE ICE PALACE AT MACARTHUR CENTER
Dates: November 10 - December 24, 2018 during mall hours.
Where: MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510
What: Visit with Santa! Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace, featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. Visitors can also marvel at the larger-than-life snow globes, leave an icy handprint and sit on the chilly Ice Throne. The adventure culminates with a visit to Santa and a special gift.
Special Events include Sign Language Santa on November 13, 2018 from 1-9pm; Calming Santa on December 9, 2018 from 9-11am; Pet Photos on November 18 & December 9, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm; and Breakfast with Santa on December 8 & 15, 2018 from 8-9:30am.
Cost: Free Visit with Santa. Receive a promotional certificate from Snapfish when you purchase any photo package. Photo package prices range from $25-50.
2ND ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING EVENT
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 5 PM - 7 PM
Address: Center Court at Norfolk Premium Outlets, 1600 Premium Outlets Blvd Norfolk, Virginia 23502
What: Bring your family and friends as we launch the Holiday Season with Family Fun, Entertainment and the lighting of our 36' Christmas Tree! - Musical Entertainment by the Tidewater Winds Concert Band - Facepainting Elves -Holiday Stiltwalkers LED Giveaways for the kids - SANTA will need everyone's help to light our 36' Christmas Tree at7PM -SANTA will stay for a Meet & Greet with the kids immediately following the Tree Lighting: 7 PM -8PM
Dates: November 17, 18, 23 - 25 & 30. December 1 - 2, 7 - 9, 14 - 24, 26-31, 2018. Times vary by day.
Where: Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, 111 Waterside Drive, Norfolk VA 23510
What: Celebrate family, art and literature during six magical weeks in this delightful holiday village. In recognition of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this season will feature the first-ever U.S. exhibition of original book sketches by Christmas Carol illustrator P.J. Lynch. Let your imagination soar with magical fairies, carousel horses, weekend tea parties, a second giant train display, carolers, new entertainment, shops and more! Every child will receive a FREE copy of A Christmas Carol. Returning to this year’s experience will be Father Christmas, Geoffrey “the Talking Christmas tree”, puppet shows, magicians, a children’s crafts corner, and lots of free family activities! PLUS, special programming returns the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Cost: $5 for kids (age 3-12)! Kids 2 & under are FREE! $7.50 for adults. Group pricing is available.
GRAND ILLUMINATION PARADE
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 7-8pm
Where: Downtown Norfolk VA
What: The 34th Annual Grand Illumination Parade, "The Lights Are Bright On Broadway,” will take place in Downtown Norfolk on Saturday, November 17 at7pm, bringing thousands of spectators out to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit.
Cost: Attendance is free, VIP seating is available
VISIT WITH SANTA AT NORFOLK FARM MARKET
Dates: Market is open beginning November 17 - December 24, 2018 (Closed on Thanksgiving) Monday-Friday 12-9pm. Saturday & Sunday 9am-9pm. Santa's hours below.
Where: Norfolk Farm Market 6870 N Military Hwy Norfolk, VA
What: Santa will be on his Throne Friday Nights 5-8pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-3pm. Also available, a wide variety of fresh cut trees and tree stands, wreaths, pine roping, poinsettias and Christmas shop
Cost: Christmas Trees and other seasonal items available for purchase
Rockefeller In Ocean View
Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 4-6pm
Where: Ocean View Park, 100 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk VA 23503
What: Santa will be coming to the OV Park Gazebo.....Entire event is FREE. Civic Leagues, WHRO and businesses are providing books, treats and fun. It is a perfect way to start the holidays.
GHENT ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Where: Blair Middle School, Colley & Spotswood Avenues, Norfolk VA
What: Ghent’s Holiday Open House Weekend starts with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Blair Middle School on Colley Avenue. Join your friends from the Ghent Business Association for a family-friendly event to help spread the holiday spirit throughout Ghent. Enjoy music and caroling from area school groups. Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. And, there will be a special appearance by Santa Claus as he helps light the tree.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Where: Starving Artist Cafe
What: Enjoy breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring the family and your wish list and enjoy Starving Artist’s brunch menu and mimosas all in a festive holiday atmosphere. Each child will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have a picture taken with him.
Cost: The cost of the pictures will be $15 for 5 digital pictures. Plus, the kids will receive a special treat from Santa and Mom and Dad will receive a goodie bag filled with great offers and promotional items from area Ghent businesses.
PANCAKES, PAWS & SANTA CLAWS
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8-10am
Where: The Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk VA
What: Eat breakfast with Santa, meet Zoo animal ambassadors, make a craft, enjoy all-day Zoo admission and children get to take home a lasting memento of them and Saint Nick. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today! Children's tickets includes one 5″x7″ photo with Santa and frame.
Cost: Members: $20 Adults (18+), $20 Children (5-17), $5 Kids under 5. Non-members: $25 Adults (18+), $25 Children (5-17), $5 Kids under 5.
KIDS' CHRISTMAS SHOP & SANTA TO BENEFIT CHKD
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10am-1pm
Where: Saint Patricks Catholic School, 1000 Bolling Avenue, Norfolk VA
What: Kids love choosing Christmas gifts on their own (with the help of our "elves"). Santa will be there for priceless pictures and hearing all those Christmas wishes!
Cost: Gifts are priced between $2-$10.
Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Event
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10am-3pm * Santa will be with us from noon-2:00PM *
Where: New Heights Fellowship Church 1251 Kempsville Rd, Norfolk, VA 23502
What: Join us on a walk through a Winter Wonderland for our first annual Toys for Tots event at New Heights Fellowship Church on December 1st in Norfolk. There will be a guest appearance from Hampton Roads Santa himself along with Mrs Claus!! Be sure to bring your cameras to capture some special holiday moments, free of charge. There will be a table set up for the children to write letters to Santa... we will be sure to get them to the North Pole just in time! Shop with our vendors and local crafters and get some Christmas gifts or treat yourself! There will be baked goods available for purchase and light refreshments. And don't forget about the raffles! There will be AMAZING raffle baskets with items donated from our vendors, and a couple of extras thrown in there as well. Be sure to take your chances! All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will also benefit Toys for Tots. We hope to see you and your family there to celebrate this beautiful season of giving!
Cost: Admission to this event is one new, unwrapped toy or a monetary donation to benefit Toys for Tots.
Painting with Santa
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Color Me Mine 1300 Colley Avenue Norfolk VA
What: Join us for this spectacular event! Spend special time with Santa and enjoy seeing your kids' eyes light up and big smiles across their faces. Bring your camera! Paint a dinner plate and add your child's hand print along with Santa's hand, too. Kids also paint a Christmas ornament. Choose from a wide variety of beautiful ornaments. Light refreshments will be served.
Cost: $38 + tax per child.
Military Families - Santa's Schedule at NEX Norfolk
What: Visit with Santa at the NEX! For military patrons only, must have valid military ID
- 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
HOLIDAY YULE LOG BONFIRE & MARKETPLACE
Dates: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 12-8pm
Where: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia
What: Join us for a one-day Holiday Market in Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. This festive outdoor wonderland will feature unique and local crafters, a massive Yule Log bonfire, Christmas caroling with a take home carol book, and also a visit from the big-man himself, Santa Claus. During the festivities, hot chocolate, ciders, seasonal craft beer, mulled wine and other holiday treats will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Virginia Stage Associates.
Military - 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.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CRUISE
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8:30-10:30am (boarding at 8am)
Where: Spirit Cruises in Norfolk VA
What: A breakfast cruise with Santa.
Cost: $34.90 per adult, $24.90 per child age 12 and under
Military - MWR & NEX Breakfast with Santa
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.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Dates: Saturdays, December 8 & 15, 2018 from 8-9:30am
Where: California Pizza Kitchen at MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510
What: Santa always starts his day with a good breakfast and the kids are invited to join him at California Pizza Kitchen. Guests can meet and talk with Santa and enjoy their favorite breakfast and a jolly good time.
Cost: Prices are $7 for kids and $8 for adults. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, there is a link to register on the website link above.
Breakfast with Santa
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-12pm
Where: Kroc Center Hampton Roads 1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23504
What: Breakfast with Santa has become a holiday favorite at the Kroc Center. Featuring a hearty breakfast, reindeer games and a photo with old Saint Nick, this event is sure to please! Tickets usually go fast, so stop by the Welcome Desk of the Kroc Center to reserve your seat today! Breakfast is served from 10-10:45am.
Cost: Tickets are $12, that fee includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional tickets are $8 person.
Military - 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.
OBE-TIDEWATER NAUGHTY OR NICE VENDOR EVENT
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-3pm
Where: VFW Post 4809, 5728 Bartee St, Norfolk, Virginia 23502
What: Join the Tidewater chapter of Outer Banks Entrepreneurs for their 3rd Annual Naughty or Nice Vendor Event. It's the perfect place to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! This is a free, family-friendly event that includes door prize drawings throughout the day, food, fun and games! Santa will be there!
Military Families - 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!
Santa's Holiday Parade
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12pm
Where: Military Circle Mall 880 N Military Hwy, Norfolk, Virginia 23502
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!
Date: Saturdays, December 8 & 15, 2018 from 2-3pm
Where: MacArthur On Ice, Norfolk VA
What: Join Santa on the ice! Skate with Jolly old St. Nick, grab a photo and share your holiday wishes. Come dressed like Santa or in your best holiday outfit and receive free skate rentals.
Cost: Included with skating
Dates: Saturday, December 8 - 6-9pm, Wednesday, December 12 - 6-8pm, Saturday, December 15 - 6-9pm, Tuesday, December 18 - 6-8pm, Friday, December 21 - 6-9pm.
Where: 8410 Old Ocean View Road, Norfolk VA
What: Free visits and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus
SANTA'S JINGLE BELL LUNCH
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 10am-12pm
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 670p Azalea Garden Rd, Norfolk VA
What: Join us at the Garden for a delicious, environmentally-friendly lunch with Santa. Tickets include a catered lunch by All In One Catering, served on 100% biodegradable or compostable products, a holiday ornament craft, a visit with Santa, and a few additional surprises.
Cost: Price for NBG Members: $30/person (all children ages 2+ and adults must have tickets) Price for Not-yet Members: $40/person (Includes admission to the Garden and all children ages 2+ and adults must have tickets)
Night Before Christmas
Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6pm and 8pm
Where: Hunter House Victorian Museum 240 W Freemason Street, Norfolk VA
What: Your child can experience the classic children's story in an interactive manner throughout the rooms of the museum. Santa will be our special guest at this evening event. Please limit adults to two chaperones per child, free of charge THIS IS A RESERVATION ONLY EVENT. All events require advance registration and payment with the exception of fairs and open houses. Reservations will be accepted by phone at 757-623-9814 or through private messaging. The 'going'/'not going' feature on Facebook does not correspond with our registration process.
Cost: The event will be $15 per child.
Breakfast with Santa
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10am
Where: Military Circle Mall, 880 N Military Hwy, Norfolk VA
What: What could be more magical than enjoying breakfast with the jolly man himself before the big day? Please join us for our annual Kid's Breakfast with Santa in the Food Court on Saturday, December 15 at 10am.
Cost: This event is FREE to attend however, please make sure to register via this link: http://bit.ly/MCsantabfast
WINTER WONDERLAND AT SLOVER LIBRARY
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10am-5pm
Where: Slover Library, 235 E. Plume Street, Norfolk Virginia
What: Bring in the season at our annual Winter Wonderland Extravaganza. Join us for fun, games, crafts, music, performances and more to get you into the holiday spirit!
Christmas at The Kroc!
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am-2pm
Where: Kroc Center Hampton Roads 1401 Ballentine Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23504
What: The community of Hampton Roads is invited to enjoy reindeer games, holiday crafts, festive food specials and more! Come dressed in your Christmas best for FREE selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus! For more information on Christmas at the Kroc, contact the Welcome Desk of The Kroc Center.
Lunch and Paint Santa Extravaganza
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am-3pm
Where: Mona Lisa Restaurant 2574 N Military Hwy, Ste C, Norfolk VA
What: We will be painting rocks! Festivities will include lunch, painting and Meet and Greet with Ole Saint Clause! **each child will receive a toy
Cost: $25.00 online (+ applicable fees) or on-site ***Seats are limited: Tickets on day of event will be first come first serve. **** RSVP are appreciated but tickets need to be purchased in advance for this event to ensure the proper amount of supplies
Mrs. CLAUS Is Coming To Town
Dates: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2pm
Where: Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch, 111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk, VA
What: Come meet and hear a story read by Mrs. Claus and participate in some fun activities!
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
Dates: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 2-3:30pm
Where: Barron F. Black Branch 6700 E. Tanners Creek Dr. Norfolk, Virginia 23513
What: Visit with Santa Claus
Stories with Santa: Family Fun with Santa Claus
Dates: Saturday & Sundays, December 15-16 and 21-22, 2018 from 1-3pm
Where: Push Comedy Theater 763 Granby St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
What: Santa Claus is coming to the Push Comedy Theater! Come visit with Santa and take part in interactive holiday stories. There will be stories, some improv and Santa. Enjoy seasonal treats including cookies, hot cocoa, juice and coffee or tea for the adults. Children will have a chance to chat with Santa and receive a goodie bag. There is limited seating and reservations are recommended. Parents, make sure to bring your cameras! The show starts at 1pm. This show is fun for the whole family.
Cost: Tickets are $5
Breakfast with Santa
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 9-11am
Where: Jollity & Co Party Boutique 2111 Granby St, Norfolk VA 23517
What: Join the elves at Jollity & Co for Breakfast with Santa. After a delicious catered breakfast buffet and hot chocolate bar children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa in our Christmas vignette, share their holiday wish lists, get their picture taken and do holiday crafts!! Parents will then receive electronic copies of the photos, with all photo rights and free downloads.
Cost: Adults ages 12 and over ~ $35.00 Children ages 11 and under ~ $28.00 **This is a family event and adult supervision is required. All guests attending will need to purchase a ticket. *
Brunch with Mrs. Claus
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 11am-2pm
Where: Stripers Waterside 333 Waterside Drive Suite 105, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
What: We've all met Santa, but have you met Mrs. Claus?? We all know shes REALLY the one who checks the list twice before letting Santa leave the North Pole! She'll be in Norfolk on Sunday, December 16th from 11am-2pm for brunch! Come down to Stripers Waterside located inside the newly renovated, Waterside District in Downtown Norfolk. Brunch buffet, picture with Mrs. Claus & a special toy!
Cost: $30 family package includes admission for 2 adults & 1 child. Each additional child is $5.
Santa is Coming to Hank's!
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 1-3pm
Where: Hank's Filling Station 4301 Colley ave, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
What: Bring your kids! Bring your dog! Bring your camera (or phone)!! Santa is coming to Hank's Filling Station, and will be available for pictures on our stage from 1-3pm on Sunday December 16th! Enjoy a cocktail while getting your family's Santa pics!
TINSEL TRAM DELUXE AT DOMINION GARDEN OF LIGHTS AT NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN
Dates: December 16-20, 2018
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518
Tinsel Tram Deluxe: Visit with Santa, make a keepsake holiday ornament, and ride our open-air tram through the Dominion Energy Garden of Lights.
Cost: $20/person for NBG Members, $25/person for not-yet-members. Registration/ticket required.
Dinner With Santa
Date: Monday, December 17, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Fuddruckers 7750 Tidewater Drive, Suite 301, Norfolk, Virginia 23505
What: Come enjoy dinner with Santa and Mrs. Clause. Kids eat free with an adult entree purchase. All kids will get a small goodie bag. (While supplies last) Please RSVP (on link) so that we can get a good count.
BEDTIME STORIES WITH MRS. CLAUS
Dates: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 6:30pm
Where: Slover Library, 235 E. Plume Street, Norfolk Virginia
What: Wear your pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk while listening to Mrs. Claus read bedtime stories.
SANTA IS HERE HOLIDAY EVENT
Dates: Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 1-2pm
Where: Horace C. Downing Branch 555 E. Liberty St. Norfolk, Virginia 23523
What: Santa is open for shop. Bring your list so he can check it once and maybe twice. There will be fondue treats for everyone. No appointment needed, cameras are welcome.