If you’re eager to get out and enjoy the lights and sounds of the holidays, you’re not lacking in opportunities here in Hampton Roads. There are parades a plenty, festive festivals, moving music, and soulful shows waiting for you and yours.
And there are also lights. It is amazing how moving lights can be during the holidays, and around here, you get the added benefit of seeing the lights twinkle on the water.
So, no matter where you are in the 757, you are only a short walk/bike ride/bus ride/car trip away from continuing holiday traditions, as well as creating new ones with friends and family.
The 32nd Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade will take place on December 5th.
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will hold a free Holiday Brass Concert on December 16th.
Hey, y’all … try a little Christmas in the Country at Triple R Ranch on select dates in December.
Start a new holiday tradition during Festive Friday in Cape Charles on December 18th.
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Sway to the beats of the Holiday Jam at the Hampton Coliseum on December 4th.
A beautiful parade on the water, make your way to the 27th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade on December 11th.
Moisten those lips for the Fort Monroe Mistletoe Homes Tour on December 12th.
Parade on the Peninsula on December 12th at the Hampton Holly Days Parade: Happy Holidays from Crabtown.
Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Celebration and Downtown Block Party on December 31st.
Put your antlers on (come on, I know you have a pair hidden somewhere) and head to the Hollydazzle at Fountain Plaza at the City Center at Oyster Point on December 5th.
Put on your mittens and head to the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center for a Holiday Frost Celebration on December 11th.
See A Christmas Carol at the Peninsula Community Theater from December 4th through the 20th.
Through January 2nd, enjoy a drive through the Celebration in Lights in Newport News Park.
Take a step back in time to see Antebellum Holidays at Lee Hall Mansion from December 12th through January 3rd.
Check the calendar of events for the Mariners Museum for Holidays at the Museum, Breakfast with Santa, and Holiday Pomander Workshop.
See the various holiday entertainment opportunities at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, including Big Band Holiday, Celtic Women: Home for Christmas, The Symphony Tour, and so much more!
Virginia Stage Company’s A Christmas Carol never disappoints. It runs December 9 through 24.
Enjoy the Holiday Yule Log Bonfire & Holiday Marketplace at Town Point Park on December 5th.
Spend the season with the animals at The Virginia Zoo during Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claws on December 5th.
Take the family to Dickens’ Christmas Towne next to Nauticus and step out of Hampton Roads and into Victorian England now through December 27th.
Check out the events calendar for Seven Venues. Throughout December, there are great shows such as The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Home for the Holidays and more.
A popular holiday tradition, make sure to visit the Norfolk Botanical Gardens for the Garden of Lights. It is open nightly through December 31st.
Get into the holiday spirit with the Hurrah Players as they present Hurrah for the Holidays and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Prepare yourself for a beautiful sight during the 4th Annual Lighted Boat Parade and Resort Home Decorating Contest on December 5th.
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center is offering many different events throughout the month of December.
Take part in the 18th Annual Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival on High Street on December 12th.
One of my personal favorites, you can join in on the Annual Olde Towne Scottish Walk on New Year’s Eve, starting at Queen and Washington Streets.
Don’t miss the Suffolk Holiday Parade: Storybook Holiday on December 12th.
Enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on December 13th.
Grab your hot chocolate (or whatever, you can’t see in those mugs anyway) and enjoy the Holiday Parade at the Beach on December 5th at 5:30pm on Atlantic Avenue.
Head Home for the Holidays and enjoy free entertainment at Town Center on December 11th and 12th.
Catch some traditional family holiday films such as A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Polar Express, and Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
Check out the many holiday events at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts including A Christmas Carol, Sounds of the Season, The Nutcracker and more!
Celebrate the close of 2015 and the welcoming of 2016 at Town Center during Last Night on the Town on December 31st.
If you want to celebrate your holidays at the beach, you can check out Santa’s Seaside Village at Atlantic Avenue & 30th Street each Thursday through Sunday until December 27th.
If lights are your thing, hop in the car and check out the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach at 2nd Street and the Boardwalk through January 2nd.
December 5th is the day for the Williamsburg Christmas Parade!
Find your way to Colonial Williamsburg for the Grand Illumination on December 6th.
Open now through January, enjoy the beautiful Christmas Town at Busch Gardens.