(Get out and enjoy the spectacular Million Bulb Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden through January 2. )


Million Bulb Walk

Norfolk Botanical Garden

November 12 through January 2

5-9:30 PM Nightly


Get out and enjoy the spectacular Million Bulb Walk at Norfolk Botanical Garden through January 2. 



November 11 through January 2

USS Wisconsin/Nauticus

The deck of the battleships becomes adorn with holiday lights. Below deck, tour rooms of holiday exhibits. 


Holiday Lights at The Beach

November 19 through January 2


A magical car journey down the Virginia Beach Boardwalk provides a memorable light show for the family or on date night. 



November 19 through January 9

Virginia Zoo


Some 28 large inflatable animals can be viewed during the day by foot or dramatically illuminated at night during a unique driving tour. 


Ghent Holiday Tree Lighting

December 3, 6:30 PM

Blair Middle School/Colley Ave.



Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade

December 11, 6-9 PM

Downtown Hampton Waterfront


Boats of all sizes are covered in holiday lights. 


Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination

Every Friday-Sunday in December, 3-7:30 PM


Yuletide entertainment will include favorite holiday traditions, as well as heartwarming new additions to the festivities. On Friday evenings, join the new Procession of the Yule Log and enjoy holiday songs and stories on Market Square. Saturday evenings will include a dramatic presentation of an original holiday story, glorious music, and a joyful appearance by Father Christmas, culminating in simultaneous Grand Illumination fireworks displays over the Governor’s Palace and Capitol building.



“The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical”

November 30

Chrysler Hall

The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical” is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.


“A Storybook Christmas”

December 4

Harrison Opera House

Familiar nursery rhyme and storybook characters must deal with the constant negativity from “The Crooked Man” (Mayor Miserly) who despises Holiday Cheer. Join Old Mother Hubbard and her children as they journey from the Storybook Village, to the Sweet Shop & all the way to the Toy Shop on a delightful adventure to show Mayor Miserly the wonders of Christmas. 


Hurrah for the Holidays

Presented by Hurrah Players

December 10-12

MacArthur Center


Hurrah Players will perform its annual holiday musical theater production. 


“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” 

Presented by Hurrah Players

December 17-19

Hugh R. Copeland Center


Based on the popular book by Barbara Robinson, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is the funny, heartwarming, and mildly irreverent story of what happens when a church play is hijacked by six of the ‘absolutely worst kids in the history of the world’. A holiday tradition for 27 years, this event is presented with Happy Hanukkah, My Friend; a short program celebrating the Festival of Lights. 



“A Drag Queen Christmas”

November 19

Harrison Opera House

Hosted by Trinity The Tuck and Peppermint. It’s a magical night of fun with holiday classics and naughty shenanigans – with our all-new production.


“A Merry Little Christmas Carol”

Presented by Virginia Stage Company

December 2-24

Wells Theatre


This re-imagining of Dickens’ timeless classic brings to life the spirits of Christmas on the historic Wells Theatre stage. Watch Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunting journey unfold with inventive theatricality incorporating traditional holiday music harmonizing to produce a tour de force of laughter, hope, and the magic of the season. Don’t miss this heartwarming tale that reminds us that it is never too late to become our best selves.


Harambe for the Holidays: Birds of a Feather

Presented by Atumpan Dance Theatre

December 4

Zeiders American Dream Theater


Set the Kwanzaa table and light the kinara, it’s time to celebrate Kwanzaa.  Atumpan Dance Theatre brings folklore to life through a story about two different birds.


Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 7

Ferguson Center


A thrilling light show, music, an acrobatic feats with a holiday theme. 



December 9-11

Zeiders American Dream Theater


A holiday themed cabaret. 


A Soulful Christmas: A Groovy Musical Revue

December 16-19

Zeiders American Dream Theater


Created by Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, this holiday musical featuring soul, R&B and gospel is inspired by the TV show, Soul Train. 


“The Nutcracker”

Presented by Ballet Virginia International

With Symphonicity

December 17-19

Sandler Center


Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking score will be performed live by Symphonicity, the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach. Waltzing flowers, tiny mice, and a delightful Sugar Plum Fairy will make treasured memories and send you away with joy in your heart.


“The Nutcracker”

Presented by Virginia Regional Ballet

With Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra

December 18-19

Ferguson Center


This sparkling holiday classic returns to Hampton Roads with swirling snowflakes, sword fights, the wondrous Land of Sweets, waltzing flowers and an enchanted Nutcracker. Virginia Regional Ballet presents this spectacular production with Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, members of the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, and nationally acclaimed soloists Nicole Graniero and Simon Wexler. 


Hip Hop Nutcracker

December 29

Chrysler Hall

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle is a re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, smashing hip hop dance and Tchaikovksy’s timeless music together into a heart-stirring and inspirational holiday event. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is brought to life by a powerhouse cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.



Jake Shimabukuro: Christmas in Hawaii

November 20

Ferguson Center


Ukulele master and jolly ambassador of aloha, Jake Shimabukuro, will bring joy to the world this upcoming season by delivering a special gift for all with the debut of his highly anticipated holiday show, Jake Shimabukuro – Christmas in Hawaii.


Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas by Chip Davis

November 30

Ferguson Center


An enormous production blending the best of Christmas songs through orchestration, modern rock, and even some English Renaissance flair. 


Virginia Voices International

December 3

Sandler Center


A holiday fundraiser featuring Virginia Voices International and the Bella Dancers. 


’Tis the Season to Swing

Presented by Virginia Arts Festival

December 4

Sandler Center


A trio of Broadway stars—Nadia DiGiallonardo (Waitress), Christine DiGiallonardo (Guys and Dolls), and conductor Rob Fisher (Chicago, An American in Paris)—will deliver an unforgettable holiday party. These fan favorites from public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” swing with fresh arrangements of the holiday songs you know and love, from Broadway to country to classics from old-time radio.


Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour

December 4

Ferguson Center


Smooth jazz saxophonist brings Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Rebecca Jade along for the ride through the many great holiday season classic melodies. 


Sing We Nowell

Presented by Virginia Chorale

December 4, Susan Goode Performing Arts Center

December 5, Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church


Welcome the holiday season with favorite songs and carols. Prize-winning guitarist Dr. Todd Holcomb joins the Virginia Chorale in intimate works for chorus and guitar including Alf Houkom’s The Rune of Hospitality, and Jeffrey Van’s Fourteen Angels. And to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, the Chorale performs Hanerot Halalu, the Chanukah classic by Louis Lewandowski.


Hot Chocolate & Cinema Sticks

Presented by Virginia Beach Chorale

December 5

Sandler Center


A fun-filled vocal performance of holiday movie music. 


CNU Holiday Happening

December 5

Ferguson Center


The university’s musical schools gather to perform at 4 PM with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 PM. 


Santa Swings!

Presented by Tidewater Winds

December 6

Sandler Center


The delightful sound of brass and wind instruments performing your favorite Hanukkah and Christmas classics. 


Holiday Pops

Presented by Virginia Symphony Orchestra

December 10, Ferguson Center

December 11, Harrison Opera House

December 12, Sandler Center


A symphonic concert of all your favorite holiday tunes. 


Jingle Bell Jam

Presented by Virginia Symphony Orchestra

December 12, Sandler Center


Thing classical holidays for the kids — songs like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” A fun for the family event at 3 PM. 


Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas

Presented by Virginia Arts Festival

December 13

Chrysler Hall


Iconic entertainer Marie Osmond, backed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, performs an array of holiday classics.


Holiday Brass

Presented by Virginia Symphony Orchestra

December 15, St. Bede, Williamsburg

December 16, Chesapeake Conference Center

December 17, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts

December 18, Historic Palace Theater, Cape Charles


The Symphony’s dynamic brass section steps out for a series of holiday music. 


Hallelujah: Handel’s Messiah

Presented by Virginia Symphony Orchestra

December 16, Sandler Center

December 17, Ferguson Center

December 18, Harrison Opera House


Guest conductor Don McCullough leads the Symphony and its Chorus through memorable, sing-along excerpts from this Baroque masterpiece. 



Hot Cocoa War

November 20-27

Downtown Norfolk Restaurants


Downtown restaurants compete for the most chocolatey and hot winter drinks. 


Winter Wonderland

Through December 28

Portsmouth Art Center


See the famous Coleman Collection during the holiday season. 


Holler-Day Party at OConnor Brewing Co.

November 26 & 27

O’Connor Brewing Co


Day 1 of O’Connor Reserve Series Holler-Day party features Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout 11.5%. Receive  50% off your first pint with any donation of a nonperishable goods. Live music by Anothony Rosano & The Conquerors from 7pm-10pm. 


Black Friday Super Sale at Mermaid Winery

November 26, 12-8pm


$5 glasses of wine! Huge selection of wines, $8 – $25.


Dark Journey Bottle Release at Big Ugly Brewing

November 26, 12-10pm

Big Ugly Brewing


Dark Journey (Barrel Aged Porter) bottles will be available for sale with a 2 bottle per person limit and on tap as well as tap-only exclusive variants along with dark journey flights. Live music by Jesse Chong 2pm-5pm and Bennett Wales 6:30pm-9:30pm. Food trucks. Axe-throwing.



Williamsburg Christmas Market

Colonial Williamsburg adjacent to Merchants Square

Nov. 26-28, Dec 2-5, 9-12, 16-23


A traditional European-style Christmas market. 


5th Annual Yule Log Bonfire & Christmas Market

December 4, Noon to 8 PM

Town Point Park


Holiday retail items, entertainment, food, drinks and more. 


Ghent Holiday Farmer’s Market

December 5, 11am-4pm

60+ vendors – local food & farm, art, handmade jewelry, wood crafts, hand woven items, artisan soaps, and more!

Green space of Blair Middle School, Colley Avenue, Norfolk



COVA Brewing Winter Market

December 11

Featuring local craft vendors, Baby Goats w/ Santa Pictures, Food Trucks, & Live Music.

9529 Shore Drive, Norfolk