60+ Fabulous Holiday Events Near Me in Virginia Beach

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a trip to the Hampton Roads / Tidewater area.  You may already have a trip to Busch Garden’s unique Christmas Town on your calendar, so spend a few more days or the rest of the week in the area and take advantage of all the wonderful holiday happenings going on from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach

You may not be surfing the waves or building sandcastles on the beach wearing your swimsuit, but the crowds will be lighter, and the sights and sounds will be worth your time.

Christmas lights in Virginia Beach

Table of Contents

Holiday Events in Virginia Beach

The Lights of Christmas at the Virginia Beach KOA

  • Address: 1240 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach
  • Dates: Mid-November – New Year’s Weekend
  • Time: Sunday-Thursday 5:00 – 10:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Website

Take a drive through the Virginia Beach KOA to experience the interactive light tunnels, a Nativity display, the 40 foot tall Mega Tree, and thousands of lights twinkling to the tunes on your car radio.

If you want a little something extra for that special date, take the 15–20-minute horse and carriage ride through the lights.

Before you head on your way, stop at the Christmas Village to peruse the vendor booths, watch a Christmas movie on the outdoor screen, and get that Christmas photo.

Holiday Family Bike Night

  • Address: Virginia Beach Board Walk
  • Date and Time:  January 1, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Start the new year off with a bike ride along the Virginia Beach boardwalk from 2nd Street to 22nd Street.  Not only will you burn off a cookie or two, but you can enjoy seeing all the Christmas lights along the boardwalk.

BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach

  • Address: Virginia Beach Boardwalk
  • Website
  • Dates: Mid-November – New Year’s Weekend
  • Times: Sunday – Thursday 5:30 – 10:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 5:30 – 11:00 PM

Take a drive along Virginia Beach’s boardwalk through lighted archways, swimming fish, and musical crabs. Be on the lookout for Santa and the 40-foot Christmas tree right on the beach too.

Note: tickets are required.

Holiday Parade at the Beach

  • Address: Atlantic Avenue between 15th and 25th Streets, Virginia Beach

Join friends and family at the oceanfront as Virginia Beach officially ushers in the holiday season with an annual parade.  The parade will feature nearly 90 units, including giant balloons, equestrian units, floats, fire trucks, marching bands, dance troupes, and Santa.

The Holidays at Town Center

  • Address: Town Center Fountain Plaza, 4525 Main Street, Virginia Beach
  • Calendar of Events
  • Dates: Thanksgiving weekend – December 31

If you happen to be heading to Town Center for dinner or a show, plan on spending some additional time enjoying the Dancing Northern Lights Tree, taking a picture or two at the Selfie Stations, and so much more. Check out the calendar of events for the daily special happenings.

Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler

  • Address: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach
  • Information

Run off a few calories as you partake in the annual Surf-n-Santa 5-miler. You and your running mates are sure to have a great time knowing you got in your miles this week before eating more holiday cookies.

Founders Illumination

  • Address: Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach
  • Information

Holiday Christmas Party

  • Address: Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Oceanside – 2101 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach
  • Date and Time: Friday, December 17, 2021, 5:30 – 11:00 PM

Sandler Center for the Arts

Holiday Spectacular “Tis the Season to Swing

  • 1st weekend in December, 8pm

Hot Chocolate and Cinema Sticks Virginia Beach Chorale

  • 1st weekend in December

Santa Swings! – Annual Holiday Concert

  • 1st weekend in December, 7:30 PM

Jingle Bell Jam

  • 3rd weekend in December, 3:00 PM

The Nutcracker

  • 3rd weekend in December

The Annual Christmas Bar Crawl – Virginia Beach

  • Address: The Bunker Brewpub, 211 21st Street, Virginia Beach
  • Date and Time: 2nd Saturday in December, 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Holiday Photo Event

  • Address: First Landing State Park, 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
  • Date and Time: 1st Saturday in December, 11:00 AM

A Celtic Christmas

  • Address: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3229 MacDonald Road, Virginia Beach
  • Dates: 1st weekend in December
  • Information

Christmas Eve Brunch

  • Address: Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach
  • Information

O Christmas Tea

  • Address: Lynnhaven House, 4409 Wishart Road
  • Date and Time: 2nd weekend in December, 3:30 – 4:45 PM, Virginia Beach
  • Information

Tidewater Big Train Operators’ Annual Holiday Train Show

Zeiders American Dream Theater

  •  Address: 4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach

Harambe for the Holidays: Birds of a Feather

  • 1st Saturday in December, at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Holidivas – A Holiday Cabaret

  • 2nd weekend in December, 2021, at 7:30 PM

A Soulful Christmas: A Groovy Musical Revue

  • 3rd weekend in December, 7:30 PM and December 18-19 at 3:00 PM

Evening with Santa

  • Address: Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach
  • Information

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

  • Address: Chick’s Oyster Bar, 2143 Vista Circle, Virginia Beach
  • Information

Seaside Christmas Party

  • Address: Seaside Realty, 1209 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Information

The Farmhouse’s Grand Illumination

  • Address: Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Co, 1805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach
  • Information

Movie Night – The Grinch

  • Address: New Realm Brewing Co., 1209 Craft Lane, Virginia Beach
  • Information

More Christmas Lights in Virginia Beach

Norfolk Events
credit Visit Norfolk

Holiday Events in Norfolk

Million Bulb Walk

  • Address: Norfolk Botanical Gardens – 6700 Azalea Gardens Road, Norfolk
  • Date and Time: Mid-November – New Year’s weekend nightly from 5:30 – 9:00 PM
  • Information

To enjoy the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Christmas light display, put on your walking shoes and follow the one-mile-long trail through many of the areas of the gardens.  The trip also includes walking past The Wall of Light which highlights the NATO Tower, before returning to the parking lot.  The walk is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are per person and can be purchased online or for an additional charge at the gate.  Head to the park on most Monday through Thursdays and get discounted tickets.

NEON Holiday Market

  • Address: The Plot, 776 Granby Street, Norfolk
  • Date and Time: December 11, 2021 – 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Information

Enjoy the live music of local acoustic musicians, shop for handmade art and wares from local artisans.

WinterFest on the Wisconsin

  • Address: One Waterside Drive, Norfolk
  • Dates: Mid-November – New Year’s weekend – Wednesday – Sunday
  • Information and Tickets

You may have toured the Battleship Wisconsin on a summer visit to Norfolk, but come back in November and December to enjoy the more than 650,000 lights that cover the ship.  As you stroll along the decks, you will enjoy a variety of themed light areas, live music and entertainment, and a visit below deck to see Santa and visit the Griswold’s Café in the historic wardroom.

A Merry Little Christmas Carol

Head to the Wells Theatre to enjoy Dickens’ classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas.

Harrison Opera House Holiday Happenings

  • Address: 160 W Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk

Masterworks: A Storyland Christmas

Holiday Pops

Hallelujah! Handel’s Messiah

Holiday Yule Log Bonfire and Holiday Marketplace

  • Address: Town Point Park, 113 Waterside Dr, Norfolk
  • Date and Time: 1st Saturday in December, 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Information

Fill your day with fun shopping, live entertainment, a visit with Santa, and time around the bonfire at the Holiday Yule Log Bonfire and Holiday Marketplace.

During the afternoon, watch live ice carving followed by an evening of singing Christmas carol with the Standard Time Quartet.  Stay warm around the yule log bonfire as you sip your cider, seasonal craft beer, or hot chocolate.  The event is free to attend and offers holiday treats for purchase.

Hurrah Players Present:

  • Hurrah for the Holidays
    • Address: MacArthur Center, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk
    • 2nd weekend in December
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    • Address: The Hugh R. Copeland Center, 112 W Wilson Ave, Norfolk
    • 3rd weekend in December

Join the Hurrah Players for their two annual Christmas shows. Hurrah for the Holidays features some of the best holiday music of yesterday and today.  While The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on Barbara Robinson’s book, is a funny story of a church play gone wrong.

Norfolk Santa Crawl

  • Address: Granby Street, Norfolk
  • Date and Time: December 18, 2021, 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Tickets

Join friends and family as you stroll down Granby Street in your most expressive holiday attire.  With your refillable Santa mug, explore some of Norfolk’s best bars and celebrate the holiday season.

12 Plants of Christmas

  • Address: Norfolk Botanical Gardens – 6700 Azalea Gardens Road, Norfolk
  • Information

Christmas at the Kroc

Christmas by the Bay

More Christmas lights in Norfolk VA

Hampton VA Events

Holiday Events in Hampton

Holiday Wonder Walk

  • Address: Waterwalk at Central Park, 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton
  • Date and Times:  1st wekend in December through the second weekend, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Grab your scarf and mittens and enjoy a stroll along the lighted walkway. Along the path, you will pass through Candyland, visit the characters of Frozen, enjoy two stages of holiday entertainment, and have a chance to pick up hot chocolate and holiday merchandise at the vendor booths.

The walk begins behind the Hampton Coliseum, crosses over bridges, and through the woods to Freeman Drive.

The Holiday Wonder Walk is a free event, and parking is even free at the Hampton Coliseum.

Phoebus Holiday Illumination and Craft Market

  • Address: Mellen Street, Hampton
  • Date and Time: Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Information

Christmas at the Chamberlin

  • Address: The Chamberlin, 2 Fenwick Road, Hampton
  • Information

Breakfast with SANTA

  • Address: The Grey Goose, 118 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton
  • Information

HRP Presents: Winter Classics and Holiday Favorites

  • Address: Fort Monroe Theater, 42 Tidball Road, Hampton
  • Information

Holidays by the Bay at Fort Monroe

Coliseum Central Holiday Extravaganza Drive-In Movie Series

Lighted Boat Parade

  • Address: Hampton River, Downtown Hampton
  • Date and Time: 2nd Saturday in December, 2:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Information

Biggest Holiday Event of The Year

  • Address: Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton
  • Date and Time: December 18, 2021 7:00 PM – December 19, 2021 1:30 AM
  • Information

More Christmas Lights in Hampton Roads

Holiday Events in Newport News

Newport News Celebration in Lights

  • Address: Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News
  • Dates: Thanksgiving – January 1, 5:30 – 10:00 nightly
  • Information

For nearly 30 years, Newport News has been lighting up the park with over 350 displays along three miles of scenic candy canes, reindeer arches, Christmas trees, and Santa’s Kingdom.

Nature Night Holiday Lights at The Virginia Living Museum

  • Address: 524 J Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
  • Dates: Thanksgiving weekend throughout December – Thursdays through Sundays
  • Information

Wonderfest – Holiday Marketplace

  • Address: Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite, 65 Saunders Road, Newport News
  • Information

Stroll through twinkling lights throughout the Dinosaur Discovery Villages and along the outdoor trail. 

This holiday experience will be a memory maker as you sip your hot chocolate, eat delicious cookies, and suck on that peppermint candy cane. Glow toys and sticks are available for purchase.

Dave Koz and Friens Christmas Tour

  • Address: Diamonstein Concert Hall, Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News
  • Informatio

Holiday Events in Suffolk

Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park

  • Address: Sleepy Hole Park, 4616 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk
  • Dates and Time: Black Friday – December 30, Closed 12/24-25, 5:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Information

Take a fantastic drive through the Sleepy Hole Park in Suffolk and discover the five themed holiday light displays.

Home for the Holidays Parade

  • Address: West Washington Street, North Main Street, and Finney Avenue, Suffolk
  • Date and Time: December 11, 2021, 7:00 PM
  • Information

The Suffolk Holiday Parade will feature equestrian units, marching bands, floats, and festive vehicles.  Parking for the event is free in the city public lots.

Deck the Hall and Fa La La Land

  • Address: Chesapeake City Hall, 306 Cedar Road, Suffolk
  • Dates and Time: Thanksgiving – New Year’s weekend 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Information
Christmas Events Chesapeake VA
Christmas Palooza

Holiday Events in Chesapeake

Christmas In the Country

  • Address: Triple R Ranch, 3531 Bunch Walnuts Road, Chesapeake
  • Dates and Time: December 10 – 31, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Information

Take a drive through Triple R Ranch and marvel at how festively decorated the property is for Christmas.  The drive is a free event.

Historic downtown Skyline in Portsmouth, VA

Holiday Events in Portsmouth

Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival

  • Address: Court and High Streets, Portsmouth
  • Date and Time: 2nd Saturday in December, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Information

Santa Claus Shuffle

  • Address: Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion, 16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth
  • Date and Time: 2nd Sunday in December at 8:30 AM
  • Information
Scroll to Top